Cbs Looks Down Again On Its Rivals
CBS continued to dominate the ratings last week among both overall households and younger viewers, with its NCIS holding the top spot for the fourth week in a row and the spin-off, NCIS Los Angeles scoring the best ratings for a new show for a fourth time. According to Nielsen Media Research, it was the first time that a network has had the same No. 1 show and No. 1 new show for each of the first four weeks of the season since 1998 when NBC did so with E.R. and Jesse . A handful of other new series also showed promise, particularly ABC's Modern Family and Cougar Town and NBC's Mercy. For the week, CBS averaged a 7.5 rating and a 12 share. ABC placed second with a 5.8/10. Fox was third with a 4.8/8, while NBC trailed with a 4.7/8. Among the nightly newscasts, NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams widened its lead against ABC World News with Charles Gibson by a count of 8.8 million viewers to 7.7 million. CBS Evening News with Katie Couric remained far behind with 5.2 million. Meanwhile, Sports Business Daily reported Tuesday that ratings for post-season baseball on cable and broadcast TV are up 13 percent from last year.
The top ten shows of the week according to Nielsen Research 1. NCIS, CBS, 12.9/20; 2. Sunday Night Football, NBC, 10.9/17; 3. Dancing with the Stars , ABC, 10.8/16; 4. CSI Crime Scene Investigation, CBS, 9.7/15; 4. (Tie) The Mentalist, CBS, 9.7/16; 4. (Tie) NCIS Los Angeles, CBS, 9.7/15; 7. 60 Minutes, CBS, 9.2/14; 8. Dancing with the Stars Results, ABC, 9.1/14; 9. Grey's Anatomy, ABC, 8.9/14; 10. CSI NY, CBS, 8.8/15.