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CBS keeps its winning ways with another top-ranked week, says Nielsen


NEW YORK — A slate of CBS dramas and comedies dominated the Nielsen Top 20 last week, lifting CBS to its 10th consecutive win in viewership.

CBS claimed 13 of the Top 20 series, led by the No. 1 show, "NCIS," followed by "NCIS: New Orleans" and "The Big Bang Theory."

ABC had four series in the Top 20, with NBC scoring three. Fox was shut out.

Overall in prime time, champion CBS averaged 8.3 million viewers. ABC had 6.5 million viewers, while NBC had 5.6 million, Fox had 3.4 million, Univision had 2.5 million, Telemundo had 1.6 million, the CW had 1.5 million, and ION Television had 1.0 million.

TNT was the week's most popular cable network, averaging 2.455 million viewers in prime time. Fox News Channel followed with 1.997 million, and ESPN was right behind with 1.951 million.

In the evening-news wars, NBC's "Nightly News" snapped its month-long losing streak to ABC with an audience of 7.73 million viewers, followed by ABC's "World News Tonight," seen by 7.69 million viewers. "The CBS Evening News" finished third with 6.58 million viewers.

For the week of April 27-May 3, the top 10 shows, their networks and viewerships: "NCIS," CBS, 14.9 million; "NCIS: New Orleans," CBS, 14.6 million; "The Big Bang Theory," CBS, 13.9 million; "Dancing With the Stars," ABC, 13.2 million; "Blue Bloods," CBS, 11.3 million; "The Voice" (Monday), NBC, 10.5 million; "Dancing With the Stars: 10th Anniversary Show," ABC, 10.1 million; "Madam Secretary," CBS, 9.7 million; "The Voice" (Monday), NBC, 9.5 million; "Law & Order: SVU," NBC, 9.3 million.

ABC is owned by The Walt Disney Co. CBS is owned by CBS Corp. CW is a joint venture of Warner Bros. Entertainment and CBS Corp. Fox is owned by 21st Century Fox. NBC and Telemundo are owned by Comcast Corp. ION Television is owned by ION Media Networks.


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