By STEVEN HERBERT
City News Service
HOLLYWOOD (CNS) – CBS averaged a season-high 11.35 million viewers for
its prime-time programming last week, with its usual series strength getting a
boost from its coverage of the.
CBS’ 2.8 million viewer-winning margin was the largest of the seven-week-
old season and the network matched the high set by Fox the week of Oct. 21-
27, when its programming included four World Series games.
NBC was second, averaging 8.55 million viewers between Nov. 4 and
Sunday, followed by ABC, which averaged 7.9 million, and Fox, which averaged
3.83 million, according to live-plus-same-day figures released today by
CBS had six of the week’s 12 most-watched programs in its sixth weekly
victory of the season. CBS’ most-watched program was “NCIS,” which was second
overall, averaging 19.18 million viewers.
CBS had the most-watched comedy, “The Big Bang Theory,” which was
third, averaging 16.89 million, and the most-watched new series, “The
Millers” with 10.38 million viewers, putting it 18th among the week’s
broadcast and cable programs.
The Alabama-LSU game gave CBS its most-watched Saturday since April 6,
when it aired college basketball’s men’s Final Four. The Crimson Tide’s 38-17
victory averaged 11.9 million viewers, finishing 11th for the week.
CBS also benefited from Sunday’s 47-minute runover of its afternoon NFL
coverage into prime time, which averaged 26.73 million viewers. It is not
considered a separate program, but is included in the weekly averages.
NBC had the week’s most-watched program, the “Sunday Night Football”
game between the New Orleans Saints and Dallas Cowboys, which averaged 21.09
The Saints’ 49-17 victory marked the fourth time this television season
that a “Sunday Night Football” game has averaged more than 20 million
viewers. The only other programs to do so this season were the season premieres
of “The Big Bang Theory” and “NCIS.”
ABC’s most-watched program was the CMA Awards, which finished fourth for
the week. About 16.76 million viewers tuned into the country music awards
ceremony — the most since 2009, when viewership averaged 17.18 million.
Fox’s most-watched program was the first-year drama “Sleepy Hollow,”
which was 40th for the week, averaging 7.08 million.
CBS and NBC tied for first among 18-to-49-year-old viewers, the group
ABC and Fox also target and advertisers covet because they watch less
television than average and are harder to reach. NBC has led or tied for first
in the category six of the seven weeks this season, losing only to Fox the week
of Oct. 21-27.
“Sunday Night Football” was the most-watched program among the group.
NBC led among viewers ages 12-17 and 18-34. CBS was first among viewers
ages 25-54 and 50 and older, a group it has long dominated.
(CBS and ABC aired 22 hours of prime-time programming for ratings
purposes, NBC 21 1/2 and Fox 16 hours.)
ESPN’s “Monday Night Football” game between the Chicago Bears and
Green Bay Packers was the week’s most-watched cable program, averaging 16.10
million viewers, putting it fifth among all cable and broadcast programs.
ESPN was the most-watched cable network for the third consecutive week,
averaging 3.56 million viewers.
The week’s most-watched Spanish-language program was the Monday episode
of the Univision telenovela “Porque El Amor Manda” (“Because Love
Commands”), which averaged 4.48 million viewers, finishing 58th among all
prime-time broadcast and cable programs.
As usual, Univision was the most-watched Spanish-language network,
averaging 3.17 million viewers. Telemundo was second, averaging 1.32 million,
followed by UniMas (530,000), Estrella TV (290,000), Azteca America (120,000)
and MundoFox (80,000).
The “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams” was the most-watched
network nightly newscast for the 217th consecutive week and 264th time in the
past 265 weeks, averaging 9.25 million viewers, its most since the week of
ABC’s “World News with Diane Sawyer” was second, averaging 8.06
million viewers, its most since the week of April 15.
The “CBS Evening News” averaged 7.37 million viewers, finishing third
for the 371st consecutive week and 126th since Scott Pelley became anchor.
The week’s 10 most-watched prime-time programs were NBC’s “Sunday Night
Football”; CBS’ “NCIS” and “The Big Bang Theory”; ABC’s coverage of the
CMA Awards; ESPN’s “Monday Night Football”; NBC’s 11-minute “Sunday Night
Football” kickoff show; CBS’ “60 Minutes” and “NCIS: Los Angeles”; ABC’s
“Dancing with the Stars”; and AMC’s “The Walking Dead.”
By STEVEN HERBERT