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October 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

The first week of the 2014-15 broadcast season saw NBC take the lead among the key demographic group (adults 18-49) but fall behind CBS for total viewers (10.9 million viewers to NBC’s 10.03 million). ABC placed third in both categories, while Fox finished fourth, far behind its rivals. The usual program leaders returned to the top of the Nielsen list, with NBC’s Sunday Night Football capturing first place with 22.7 million viewers, who tuned in for the New Orleans vs. Dallas matchup. CBS’s NCIS was the most-watched scripted TV show of the week with 18.2 million viewers, followed by back-to-back episodes of The Big Bang Theory which drew 12.4 million each. But the Nielsen top ten also featured three brand new scripted shows: CBS’s NCIS: New Orleans in fifth place; ABC’s How to Get Away with Murder in eighth place; and CBS’s Scorpion in ninth. (CBS’s Madam Secretary debuted in 11th place.) Among the evening newscasts, ABC World News Tonight with David Muir continued to close in on the longtime leader, NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams. The NBC newscast drew 6.46 million viewers, while ABC’s averaged 6.28 million. The CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley lost ground with 4.87 million viewers.