NBC Nightly News Outdraws NBC's Prime Time Shows

By DAVID BAUDER | November 22, 2011 | 2:35 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Some weeks NBC must wish it could start prime time a couple of hours earlier.

The Nielsen Co. said Tuesday that NBC's "Nightly News" with Brian Williams averaged 9.1 million viewers over five days last week. That puts it in first place against rivals at ABC and CBS. The problem for NBC is that it also beats virtually everything the network shows in prime time.

Take away Sunday night football and its preview shows and the most-watched NBC show last week was "Law & Order: SVU," with 7.3 million viewers.

CBS is king in prime time. Last week, the network had 18 of the 20 most-watched programs.