Navy crime fighters beat out the antics of brilliant nerd physicists in the latest TV ratings numbers, but the number one and two shows were separated by only about a half-million viewers.
“NCIS” was the nation’s number one TV show, followed by “Big Bang Theory.”
CBS aired each of last week’s three most-watched prime- time programs and five of the top six to finish first in the network ratings race for the ninth consecutive week, according to live-plus-same day figures released by Nielsen.
CBS averaged 7.11 million viewers for its prime-time programming between May 1 and Sunday for its 20th victory in the 33-week-old season.
NBC was second for the eighth time in nine weeks, averaging 5.16 million viewers. ABC was third for the ninth time in the 10 weeks after it aired the Oscars, averaging 4.99 million viewers.
Fox averaged 2.44 million viewers to finish fourth among the broadcast networks for the 13th consecutive week since it aired Super Bowl LI.
The week’s most-watched program was the CBS drama “NCIS,” which averaged 12.878 million viewers. “The Big Bang Theory” was second, averaging 12.389 million viewers and “Bull” third, averaging 10.827 million viewers.
ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” was the only other program to average more than 10 million viewers, averaging 10.314 million viewers.
NBA playoff games on TNT and ESPN combined for each of the 11 most-watched cable programs, topped by TNT’s coverage of Sunday’s Game 4 of the Houston Rockets-San Antonio Spurs Western Conference semifinal, which averaged 4.936 million viewers, 39th overall.
TNT was the most-watched cable network for the second time in three weeks, averaging 3.241 million viewers.
Fox News Channel was second, averaging 2.07 million after finishing first four of the previous five weeks and 13 of the past 15. TNT was first for the week among viewers ages 18-49, averaging 1.64 million viewers among the group targeted by Fox, ABC and NBC and coveted by advertisers.
ABC was second, averaging 1.46 million, followed by NBC, which averaged 1.32 million and CBS, which averaged 1.3 million.
“The Big Bang Theory” was the most-watched program among the group, averaging 3.187 million viewers, followed by Game 4 of the Houston-San Antonio series, which averaged 2.568 million and ABC’s coverage of Game 3 of the Golden State Warriors-Utah Jazz Western Conference semifinal Saturday, which averaged 2.437 million.
The most-watched Spanish-language prime-time program was the Friday episode of the Univision telenovela “Vino El Amor,” which averaged 2.639 million viewers, 89th overall.
Longtime leader Univision averaged 1.7 million viewers to be the most- watched Spanish-language network for the 26th consecutive week and 28th time in 29 weeks.
UniMas was second, averaging 900,000, followed by Telemundo, which averaged 890,000 viewers, Estrella TV, which averaged 270,000, and Azteca America, which averaged 60,000.
The “NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt” edged ABC’s “World News Tonight with David Muir,” 7.685 million viewers – 7.629 million to be the most- watched nightly network newscast for the third consecutive week after finishing second six of the previous seven weeks.
The “CBS Evening News” was third, as it has been throughout Scott Pelley’s more than five years as anchor, averaging 6.181 million viewers.
The week’s 10 most-watched prime-time programs were CBS’ “NCIS,” “The Big Bang Theory” and “Bull”; ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars”; CBS’ “60 Minutes” and “Blue Bloods”; the Monday episode of NBC’s “The Voice”; the 8:30 p.m. Thursday rerun of “The Big Bang Theory”; and the Tuesday episode of “The Voice.”
—City News Service
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