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January 12, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

NBC’s Sunday Night Football telecast of a game played on Tuesday night was the highest-rated program of last week, according to Nielsen Research. The Minnesota Vikings/ Philadelphia Eagles game that had been delayed because of blizzard weather conditions in Philadelphia on Sunday, attracted 23.7 million viewers. The actual Sunday Night Football telecast — that is, the one played the following Sunday between the St. Louis Rams and the Seattle Seahawks, placed second on the Nielsen list with 19.4 million viewers. Indeed, only four non-NFL-related shows landed in the top ten: CBS’s 60 Minutes at No. 5 with 12.8 million viewers; ABC’s Desperate Housewives at No. 6 with 12.2 million, CBS’s Undercover Boss at No. 7 with 11.9 million; and CBS’s CSI: Miami in ninth place with 10.9 million.

UPDATE: Tuesday night is turning out to be a hot night for TV viewing. According to overnight ratings, NCIS attracted 22 million viewers, its biggest audience in eight years, and its spinoff, NCIS: Los Angeles, held on to 18 million. CBS also won the 10:00 p.m. hour with The Good Wife boasting 12.2 million viewers.

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

1. NFL Football (Tuesday), NBC, 13.8/23; 2. Sunday Night Football, NBC, 11.3/18; 3. Tuesday NFL Pre-Kickoff, NBC, 8.7/ 15; 3. Sunday Pre-Kickoff, NBC, 8.7/14; 5. 60 Minutes, CBS, 8/13; 6. Desperate Housewives, ABC, 7.5/12; 7. The O.T., Fox, 6.9/11; 7. Undercover Boss, CBS, 6.9/11; 9. CSI: Miami, CBS, 6.7/10; 9. Football Night in America Pt 3, NBC, 6.7/11.