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Top-20 Prime-Time Nielsen Ratings

August 29, 2006

Prime-time viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen Media Research for Aug. 21 to Aug. 27. Top 20 listings include the week’s ranking, with viewership for the week and season-to-date rankings in parentheses.

An ``X″ in parentheses denotes a one-time-only presentation.

1. (X) ``Emmy Awards,″ NBC, 16.18 million viewers.

2. (26) ``60 Minutes,″ CBS, 11.94 million viewers.

3. (3) ``CSI,″ CBS, 11.58 million viewers.

4. (8) ``CSI: Miami,″ CBS, 10.56 million viewers.

5. (X) Movie: ``Pirates of the Caribbean,″ ABC, 9.99 million viewers.

6. (6) ``Without a Trace,″ CBS, 9.95 million viewers.

7. (21) ``Law & Order: SVU,″ NBC, 9.59 million viewers.

8. (62) ``Prison Break,″ Fox, 9.37 million viewers.

9. (98) ``House,″ (Tuesday, 8 p.m.), Fox, 9.00 million viewers.

10. (20) ``CSI: NY,″ CBS, 8.90 million viewers.

11. (X) ``Vanished,″ Fox, 8.65 million viewers.

12. (16) ``Two and a Half Men,″ CBS, 8.42 million viewers.

13. (30) ``Criminal Minds,″ CBS, 8.33 million viewers.

14. (98) ``Big Brother 7″ (Thursday), CBS, 8.27 million viewers.

15. (113) ``Big Brother 7″ (Sunday), CBS, 8.16 million viewers.

16. (98) ``Big Brother 7″ (Tuesday), CBS, 8.00 million viewers.

17. (62) ``Without a Trace″ (Sunday), CBS, 7.97 million viewers.

18. (109) ``Grey’s Anatomy″ (Thursday, 9 p.m.), ABC, 7.85 million viewers.

19. (23) ``Cold Case,″ CBS, 7.70 million viewers.

20. (X) ``Emmy Red Carpet Special,″ NBC, 7.18 million viewers.