CBS clobbers rivals with 15 of Top 20 shows
NEW YORK (AP) — The Nielsen ratings company says football and a slate of robust comedies and dramas gave CBS a big prime-time win last week.
CBS surged with its playoff game between the Indianapolis Colts and the New England Patriots, which drew nearly 32 million viewers as the week’s most-watched program. The network claimed an additional 14 of the Top 20 shows on broadcast and cable.
NBC’s only entry in the Top 20 was its Golden Globe Awards telecast, which ranked third with nearly 21 million viewers.
Overall for the week, CBS won with an average of 15.2 million viewers, while runner-up NBC had 7.2 million.
The week’s top-rated cable networks were ESPN, averaging 4.19 million viewers, followed by USA and History.