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February 16, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

It was a week that saw CBS’s Grammy Awards telecast draw its biggest audience in eleven years but the finale of CBS’s Live to Dance with Paula Abdul flatline with just 4.6 million. Four shows attracted more than 20 million viewers, the Grammy Awards with 26.7 million; Wednesday’s American Idol on Fox with 24.1 million; CBS’s NCIS with 30.4 million; and Thursday’s American Idol with 21.9 million. The demonstrations in Egypt also kicked up ratings for the three network newscasts. NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams averaged 9.9 million viewers for the week; ABC World News with Diane Sawyer averaged 8.8 million. Even the CBS Evening News with Katie Couric saw a significant increase in viewers, recording an average of 6.4 million viewers. For the week, CBS led with a 7.9 rating and a 13 share; Fox was No. 2 with a 5.3/9; ABC placed third with a 4.3/7; NBC trailed with a 3.6/6.

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

1. Grammy Awards, CBS, 14.8/25; 2. American Idol (Wednesday), Fox, 13.0/21; 3. NCIS, CBS, 12.1/19; 4. American Idol (Thursday), Fox, 12.0/19; 5. NCIS: Los Angeles, CBS, 10.3/16; 6. Two and a Half Men, CBS, 9.1/14; 7. The Mentalist, CBS, 9.0/16; 8. Criminal Minds, CBS, 8.2/13; 9. CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, CBS, 7.8/12; 10. Modern Family, ABC, 7.7/12.