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NBC, `NCIS’ Top Television Ratings

HOLLYWOOD – The conclusion of the fall season of the singing
competition “The Voice’ and “Sunday Night Football’ gave NBC a rare victory
in the weekly prime-time television ratings.
NBC had four of the six most-watched programs between Dec. 17 and Sunday
and averaged 8.12 million viewers for its prime-time programming for its
second weekly victory this season, according to live-plus-same-day figures
released today by Nielsen.
In a week that mixed original series programming with reruns and
Christmas specials, CBS was second, averaging 7.5 million viewers, followed by
Fox (5.64 million) and ABC (4.78 million).
“The Voice’ finale on Dec. 18 was fourth for the week, averaging 14.13
million viewers, while the final competition episode the previous night was
sixth, averaging 13.37 million.
NBC also got boosts from two specials. “A White House Christmas: First
Families Remember’ was 22nd among the week’s broadcast and cable programs,
averaging 8.29 million viewers. It was NBC’s most-watched show, outside of its
football programming and “The Voice.’
The Miss Universe Pageant telecast was 30th for the week, averaging 6.08
million viewers — nearly 14 percent more than its record low of 5.34 million
last year, when it aired in September.
CBS had each of the week’s 10 most-watched scripted programs, topped by
“NCIS,’ which ended “Sunday Night Football’s’ seven-week streak atop the
ratings by averaging 19.59 million viewers. The “Sunday Night Football’ game
between the San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks was second, averaging 19.5
The premiere of the NBC comedy “1600 Penn’ was 25th for the week and
third in its 9:30-10 p.m. time slot, averaging 6.88 million viewers following
the Dec. 17 episode of “The Voice.’
NBC finished first outright for the ninth time in the 13-week-old season
among 18- to 49-year-olds, who ABC and Fox also target and advertisers covet
because they watch less television and are harder to reach. NBC has also tied
CBS for first place twice this season.
“Sunday Night Football’ finished first among the group for the 13th
time this season. NBC also had each of the next three most-watched programs
among the group — “The Voice’ finale, the nine-minute “Sunday Night
Football’ pregame show and the final competition episode of “The Voice.’
The ESPN “Monday Night Football’ game between the New York Jets and
Tennessee Titans was the week’s most-watched cable program, averaging 10.15
million viewers, finishing 13th for the week among all prime-time broadcast and
cable programs.
ESPN was the most-watched cable network for the sixth consecutive week,
averaging 3.58 million viewers.
The Tuesday episode of the Univision telenovela “Amores Verdaderos’
(“True Love’) was the week’s most-watched Spanish-language program with 4.78
million viewers, putting it 48th among all prime-time broadcast and cable
As usual, Univision was the most-watched Spanish-language network,
averaging 3.21 million viewers for its prime-time programming. Telemundo was
second (1.24 million), followed by TeleFutura (740,000), Estrella TV (270,000),
Azteca America (140,000) and MundoFox (60,000).
The “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams’ was the most-watched
network nightly newscast for the 171st consecutive week and 218th time in the
past 219 weeks, averaging 9.13 million viewers, followed by ABC’s “World News
with Diane Sawyer’ (7.94 million) and the “CBS Evening News’ (7.94 million).
The week’s 10 most-watched prime-time programs were CBS’ “NCIS’; NBC’s
“Sunday Night Football’; CBS’ “NCIS: Los Angeles’; the Tuesday episode of
NBC’s “The Voice’; CBS’ “The Big Bang Theory’; the Fox 25-minute football
postgame show “The OT’; and CBS’ “Mike & Molly’ and “Hawaii Five-0.’

Copyright © 2012 CNS

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