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October 12, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Two and a Half Men with Ashton Kutcher slipped slightly in the ratings again last week, but still managed to remain in the top four and continue as television’s highest-rated sitcom. It was beaten by NBC’s Sunday Night Football contest between Green Bay and Atlanta, CBS’s always-strong NCIS, and ABC’s Dancing with the Stars. Among the nightly news programs, NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams once again remained the leader with 7.9 million viewers. ABC World News with Diane Sawyer took second place with 7.3 million viewers, while the CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley trailed with 5.5 million viewers. Nielsen also released the overall primetime averages for the week, showing CBS substantially in the lead with 11.3 million viewers and a 7.1 rating/11 share. ABC placed second with 8.2 million viewers and a 5.3/9. NBC was well behind with 7.3 million and a 4.6/7, edging out Fox with 7.1 million viewers and a 4.2/7.

The top ten shows of the week according to Nielsen Research:
1. Sunday Night Football, NBC, 13.4/21; 2. NCIS, CBS, 11.9/19; 3. Dancing with the Stars (Monday), ABC, 10.8/16; 4. Two and a Half Men, CBS, 10.7/15; 5. Dancing with the Stars (Tuesday), ABC, 10.1/15; 6. Sunday Night NFL Pre-Kickoff, NBC, 9.4/15; 7. NCIS: Los Angeles, CBS, 9.1/14; 8. 60 Minutes, CBS, 8.5/13; 9. The Big Bang Theory, CBS, 8.3/14; 9. Criminal Minds, CBS, 8.3/13.