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CBS: BACK ON TOP, THANKS TO FOOTBALL

September 17, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

CBS returned to the top of the ratings last week, heading the list of most-watched shows and the list of those drawing the most 18­49 year-olds. The debut of Thursday Night Football with 20.77 million viewers put it over the top. While ordinarily its scripted series such as The Big Bang Theory and NCIS have helped it dominate the ratings during the regular season, the only other CBS show to land in Nielsen’s top ten among total viewers was a rerun of the venerable 60 Minutes at No. 5. The network averaged 8.22 million viewers for the week, edging out second-place NBC with 7.77 million. ABC was a distant third with 4.10 million, while Fox trailed with 2.94 million. The top-rated show of the week was NBC’s Sunday Night Football with 22.16 million viewers. The second week of David Muir’s stewardship of ABC’s World News Tonight saw him closing the gap even tighter with NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams. The NBC newscast averaged 8.55 million viewers to 8.33 million for ABC’s, a difference of just 2.6 percent — statistically insignificant. The CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley remained a distant third with 6.28 million viewers.