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August 20, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Robin Williams would have been pleased. His return to TV with The Crazy Ones may have produced meager ratings on CBS and ended up canceled after its first season, but ABC’s 20/20 special about him, slapped together following his death, made it into Nielsen’s top ten list for last week. It was the sixth most-watched show of the week among total adult viewers and the eighth among viewers 18-49. Somewhat surprisingly during the summer rerun season, only one repeat was included in the top-ten list among younger viewers, CBS’s The Big Bang Theory. The top-rated show among that demo was the Sunday edition of CBS’s Big Brother. The Thursday edition of the reality series was close behind at No. 2, while the Wednesday episode wound up at No. 4. No. 3 on the list was the Tuesday edition of NBC’s America’s Got Talent, while the Monday’s was the most-watched show of the week among total viewers, with 9.97 million tuning in. With events boiling over in Ferguson, Missouri, each of the evening newscasts saw a ratings uptick — none more so than ABC World News with Diane Sawyer, which ranked No. 1 among the key news demo of viewers 25-54. Among total viewers, NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams remained the leader with 7.99 million viewers, but the ABC newscast was right on its heels with 7.68 million. The CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley placed third with 6.21 million. For the week overall, CBS led with a 3.5 household rating and a 6 share. NBC was close behind with a 3.0/5, followed by ABC with a 2.8/5. Fox was a distant fourth with a 1.9/3, virtually tied with Spanish-language Univision with a 1.7/3. (Among the 18-49 age group, Univision was ranked No. 1 with an audience that was 13 percent ahead of NBC, the leader among the so-called Big Four.)