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‘NCIS’, ‘Big Bang Theory’ Help CBS Top Television Ratings

A 1-2-3 finish by “NCIS,” “The Big Bang Theory” and “NCIS: Los Angeles” helped make CBS the most-watched network for the ninth consecutive week and 15th time in 16 weeks.

In a week that included the first four days of May sweeps, CBS had seven of the eight most-watched scripted series and averaged 8.71 million viewers for its prime-time programming between April 22 and Sunday, according to live- plus-same-day figures released today by Nielsen.

ABC was second, averaging 6.44 million, followed by Fox (6.06 million) and NBC (5.08 million).

Four programs averaged more than 14 million viewers — “NCIS” (17.33 million), “The Big Bang Theory” (15.05 million), “NCIS: Los Angeles” (14.22 million) and the Monday episode of the NBC singing competition “The Voice” (14.15 million).

For the second consecutive week, Fox was the most-watched network among 18- to 49-year-old viewers, who ABC and NBC also target and advertisers covet because they watch less television and are harder to reach.

The Monday episode of “The Voice” was the most-watched program of the week among that group, followed by “The Big Bang Theory” and the Tuesday episode of “The Voice.”

Fox also led among viewers ages 12-17 and 18-34, while CBS finished first among viewers ages 25-54 for the seventh consecutive week and 50 and older, a group it has long dominated.

The A&E reality series “Duck Dynasty” was the week’s most-watched cable program for the fourth consecutive week, with its third season finale averaging a series-record 9.63 million viewers, 17th among all broadcast and cable programs.

NBA playoff coverage made TNT the week’s most-watched cable network in prime time, averaging 2.62 million viewers.

The week’s most-watched Spanish-language program was the Wednesday episode of the Univision telenovela “Amores Verdaderos” (“True Love”), which averaged 4.58 million viewers, finishing 56th among all prime-time broadcast and cable programs.

As usual, Univision was the most-watched Spanish-language network, averaging 3.43 million viewers for its prime-time programming.

Telemundo was second, averaging 1.49 million viewers, followed by UniMas (510,000), Estrella TV (210,000), Azteca America (90,000) and MundoFox (50,000).

The “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams” was the most-watched network nightly newscast for the 189th consecutive week and 236th time in the past 237 weeks, averaging 8.13 million viewers, followed by ABC’s “World News with Diane Sawyer” (7.52 million) and the “CBS Evening News” (6.45 million).

The week’s 10 most-watched prime-time programs were CBS’ “NCIS,” “The Big Bang Theory” and “NCIS: Los Angeles”; the Monday episode of NBC’s “The Voice”; ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars”; CBS’ “Person of Interest”; the Tuesday episode of “The Voice”; “Dancing with the Stars: The Results Show”; Fox’s Wednesday “American Idol” episode; and ABC’s “Castle.”

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