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December 21, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

The most-watched television show last week was not NBC’s Sunday Night Football. In fact, the contest between Baltimore and San Diego ranked only fourth on the Nielsen ratings list for the week, presumably brought down by competition from the season finale of CBS’s Survivor: South Pacific. No, the No. 1 show was CBS’s eight-year-old drama NCIS, which attracted 19.1 million viewers. The No. 2 show for the week was even older — CBS’s 60 Minutes, which debuted in 1968. It drew 18.5 million viewers. Placing third was the NCIS spin-off, NCIS Los Angeles, which counted 16.4 million viewers. In fact, CBS accounted for nine of the top ten shows and 18 of the top 20 among total adults. CBS also captured the crown among the 18-49 demo. While football continued to retain its lock on the No. 1 spot in that demo, CBS’s Two and a Half Men took the No. 2 spot, followed by Two Broke Girls. For the week, CBS towered over its rivals, averaging a 6.9 household rating and an 11 share. NBC was far behind in second place with a 3.9/6. Fox was third with a 3.3/5, followed closely by ABC with a 3.2/5.

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

1. Sunday Night Football, NBC, 1., 6.1; 2. Two and a Half Men, CBS, 2/4.7; 3. 2 Broke Girls, CBS, 3/4.2; 3. Sunday Night NFL Pre-Kickoff, NBC, 3/4.2; 5. 60 Minutes, CBS, 5/4; 5. Mike & Molly, CBS, 5/4; 5. Survivor: South Pacific Finale, CBS, 5/4; 8. NCIS, CBS, 8/3.6; 9. Fear Factor, NBC, 9/3.5; 10. Criminal Minds, CBS, 10/3.4; 10. The X Factor (Wednesday), Fox, 10/3.4.