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CBS, ‘The Big Bang Theory’ Top Weekly Television Ratings

CBS had six of last week’s 10 most-watched programs, topped by “The Big Bang Theory,” to finish first in the prime-time ratings for the eighth consecutive week.

CBS averaged 7.96 million viewers for its prime-time programming between April 21 and Sunday, according to live-plus-same-day figures released by Nielsen today.

ABC was second, averaging 6.39 million, followed by NBC with 5.39 million and Fox with 4.77 million.

In a week when CBS ran a rerun of “NCIS,” the season’s most-watched scripted series, its comedy “The Big Bang Theory” was the week’s most-watched program with 16.44 million viewers. CBS has had the most-watched program for the eight weeks since ABC’s Oscar telecast.

ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” was the week’s other program to average more than 12 million viewers, finishing second at 14.06 million.

NBC swept the third through fifth places on the week’s chart with the Tuesday episode of “The Voice” (11.29 million viewers), “The Blacklist” (11.24 million) and the Monday episode of “The Voice” (11.19 million).

Fox’s most-watched program was the Wednesday episode of “American Idol,” which was 17th for the week, averaging 9.02 million viewers.

The premieres of the CBS comedy “Bad Teacher” and the ABC medical drama “Black Box” both finished second in their time slots.

“Bad Teacher” averaged 7.8 million viewers from 9:30-10 p.m. Thursday, finishing 23rd for the week and retaining 83 percent of the audience of “Two and a Half Men.”

“Black Box” averaged 6.87 million viewers from 10-11 p.m. Thursday, finishing 35th among the week’s broadcast and cable programs and retaining 85 percent of the average viewership for “Grey’s Anatomy.”

“Black Box” was ABC’s most-watched 10 p.m. drama debut since “Nashville” on Oct. 10, 2012. It won its time slot among viewers ages 18-34 and women ages 18-34, 18-49 and 25-54.

ABC finished first among viewers ages 18-49 for the second consecutive week. The group is targeted by ABC, Fox and NBC and coveted by advertisers.

“The Big Bang Theory” was also the most-watched program among the group, followed by “Modern Family,” the Monday episode of “The Voice” and “The Blacklist.”

CBS led among viewers ages 25-54 for the sixth consecutive week and was also first among viewers ages 50 and older, a group it has long dominated.

HBO’s “Game of Thrones” was the week’s most-watched cable program for the third consecutive week, averaging 6.95 million viewers, putting it 33rd among all prime-time broadcast and cable programs.

NBA playoff coverage made TNT the most-watched cable network, averaging 3.05 million viewers. Three of the week’s seven most-watched cable programs were NBA playoff games on TNT, topped by Sunday’s fourth game of the Houston- Portland series that averaged 4.73 million viewers.

The week’s most-watched Spanish-language program was the Tuesday episode of the Univision telenovela “Lo Que La Vida Me Robo,” which averaged 4.26 million viewers for a 65th-place finish among all prime-time broadcast and cable programs.

As usual, Univision was the most-watched Spanish-language network, averaging 2.84 million viewers. Telemundo was second, averaging 1.29 million, followed by UniMas (970,000), Estrella TV (210,000), MundoFox (120,000) and Azteca America (100,000).

The “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams” was the most-watched network nightly newscast for the 241st consecutive week and 288th of the past 289, averaging 8.25 million viewers, followed by ABC’s “World News with Diane Sawyer” (7.6 million) and the “CBS Evening News” anchored by Scott Pelley (6.28 million).

The week’s 10 most-watched prime-time programs were CBS’ “The Big Bang Theory”; ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars”; NBC’s Tuesday episode of “The Voice,” “The Blacklist” and the Monday episode of “The Voice”; and CBS’ “60 Minutes,” “NCIS,” “NCIS: Los Angeles” and “The Millers”.

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