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September 4, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

NBC returned to the top of the ratings heap last week, winning among total adult viewers and among those 18-49, but placing second to CBS among total households. Although its Monday-night telecast of the Primetime Emmy Awards was down significantly from last year, it nevertheless was the most-watched show of the week with 15.6 million viewers. The Wednesday edition of NBC’s hit summer series America’s Got Talent claimed second place with 9.46 million viewers, while the Tuesday edition placed third with 9.5 million. A rerun of CBS’s longtime standby NCIS was in fourth place with 8.99 million. CBS’s 60 Minutes rounded out the top five with 7.16 million viewers. With Diane Sawyer checking out of ABC World News, ratings for the ABC and NBC newscasts were as close as they have been in recent memory. NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams barely edged out the ABC newscast with 7.42 million viewers versus 7.38 million for Sawyer’s swan song. The CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley trailed with 6.12 million. For the week overall, CBS led in households with a 5.9 rating and a 10 share. NBC followed with a 5.1/9. ABC placed third with a 4.4/8, and Fox filled out the top four with a 3.7/6.