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December 8, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

During a week that saw ratings for each of the networks drop from their season averages by double-digit percentages and the annual visit of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer rank seventh on the Nielsen ratings chart among 18-49 year-olds (No. 1 among kids), CBS held on to its leadership for the 10th time out of 11 weeks. While NBC’s Sunday Night Football retained the No. 1 spot in the overall adult ratings with 22.5 million viewers, a repeat of an NCIS holiday special on CBS was the highest-rated scripted show with 15.1 million viewers.

The top ten shows of the week according to Nielsen Research:

1. Sunday Night Football, NBC, 13.4/21; 2. Sunday Night NFL Pre-Kickoff, NBC, 9.4/15; 3. NCIS, CBS, 9.1/14; 4. The OT, Fox, 8.6/14; 5. 60 Minutes, CBS, 7.8/12; 6. (Tie) Blue Bloods, CBS, 7.1/13; 6. (Tie) Desperate Housewives, ABC, 7.1/11; 6. (Tie) Grey’s Anatomy, ABC, 7.1/11; 6. (Tie) Two and a Half Men, CBS, 7.1/11; 10. Survivor: Nicaragua, CBS, 7.0/11.