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FOOTBALL DRIVES WEEK’S RATINGS

November 28, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

The top five of Nielsen’s list of the top ten television shows for last week among the 18-49 age group all belonged to football — either the games themselves or pregame commentaries and discussions. Heading the list, as usual, was NBC’s Sunday Night Football. It was also the No. 1 show among total adult viewers with 20.9 million viewers. CBS’s NCIS remained the most-watched scripted show with 16.5 million viewers. In fact, the drama and its companion, NCIS: Los Angeles were the only scripted shows to land in the top ten. Together with two episodes of The Voice, which also landed in the top ten among the key demo, NBC was able to claim its eighth consecutive victory of the season among younger viewers, while CBS remained in the lead among total adults. Despite the Thanksgiving Day holiday, ratings for the evening newscasts held up well. NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams drew an average of 9.2 million viewers. ABC World News with Diane Sawyer placed second with 8.5 million, followed by the CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley with 6.7 million. Overall, CBS pulled an average 7.3 rating and a 12 share for the week. ABC claimed second place with a 5.9/9, closely followed by NBC with a 5.5/9. Fox trailed with a 4.2/7.


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

1. Sunday Night Football: Green Bay Packers vs. New York Giants, NBC, 12.6/19; 2. Sunday Night NFL Pre-Kickoff, NBC, 10.5/16; 3. NFL Special (Thursday): New England Patriots vs. New York Jets, NBC, 10.1/20; 4. NCIS, CBS, 10.1/16; 5. NCIS: Los Angeles, CBS, 9.6/15; 6. Saturday Night Football: Notre Dame vs. USC, ABC, 9.4/16; 7. Dancing with the Stars (Monday), ABC, 9.3/14; 8. Dancing with the Stars (Tuesday), ABC, 8.6/13; 9. The OT, Fox, 8.1/12; 10. Football Night in America Pt. 3, NBC, 7.8/12.