Nielsen: CBS Dominates Weekly TV Ratings

January 18, 2012 - 6:25 PM

LOS ANGELES (AP) — CBS scored big in the weekly ratings with the National Football League's Patriots-Broncos playoff game and the network's reliable series lineup.

New England's lopsided win over Denver in the AFC divisional match on CBS was last week's most-watched broadcast with 34.2 million viewers, according to Nielsen Co. figures released Wednesday.

CBS also got a boost from the debut of the sitcom "Rob." The Rob Schneider series rode the coattails of "The Big Bang Theory" to draw 13.5 million viewers despite scathing reviews.

Fox, in a distant second place, had the No. 2 program with the NFC playoff game between the winning New York Giants and the Green Bay Packers. It drew 23.8 million viewers.

The Golden Globes proved the bright spot for fourth-place NBC. The awards show was watched by 16.85 million viewers, beating all network competition in its time slot but dipping slightly from last year's audience of 17 million.

CBS averaged 13.9 million viewers in prime time (8.3 rating, 13 share). Fox had 8.7 million (5.0, 8), ABC had 7 million (4.4, 7), NBC had 6.6 million (4.2, 7), the CW had 1.3 million (0.9, 1) and ION Television had 1.1 million (0.7, 1).

Among the Spanish-language networks, Univision led with a 3.4 million average (1.7, 3). Telemundo had 1.4 million (0.7, 1), TeleFutura had 620,000 (0.3, 0), Estrella had 220,000 and Azteca 170,000 (both 0.1, 0).

NBC's "Nightly News" topped the evening newscasts with an average of 9.3 million viewers (6.1, 11). ABC's "World News" was second with 8.3 million (5.5, 10) and the "CBS Evening News" had 7 million viewers (4.7, 8).

A ratings point represents 1,147,000 households, or 1 percent of the nation's estimated 114.7 million TV homes. The share is the percentage of in-use televisions tuned to a given show.

For the week of Jan. 9-15, the top 10 shows, their networks and viewerships: AFC Divisional Playoff: Denver at New England, CBS, 34.2 million; Fox NFC Playoff: NY Giants at Green Bay, 23.8 million; "NCIS," CBS, 21 million; Golden Globe Awards, NBC, 16.85 million; "NCIS: Los Angeles," CBS, 16.6 million; "The Big Bang Theory," CBS, 16.1 million; "Person of Interest," CBS, 14.9 million; "The Mentalist," CBS, 13.6 million; "Rob," CBS, 13.5 million, "Modern Family," ABC, 12.12 million.

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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 and My Network TV are units of News Corp. NBC and Telemundo are owned by Comcast Corp. ION Television is owned by ION Media Networks. TeleFutura is a division of Univision. Azteca America is a wholly owned subsidiary of TV Azteca S.A. de C.V.

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