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TV Ratings: 'NCIS' Tops 'American Idol'

Jonathan Teigland Jonathan Teigland
February 23rd, 2012 9:12am EST

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CBS had a big week. Not only did it claim the top show (‘NCIS’ on Tuesday) but it also had a whopping 16 of the Top 20 shows. Probably the only way other networks survive (*cough NBC cough*) is that CBS viewers tend to skew a bit older.

The good news for FOX was that ‘American Idol’ held steady this week, fending off director competitor ‘The Big Bang Theory’ (good for 6th place) as well as genre competitor ‘The Voice,’ which attracted over 16 million viewers in 4th.

Speaking of ‘Big Bang,’ has anyone noticed that it is starting to outpace its former lead-in ‘Two and a Half Men’? The show is really hitting its stride, ratings-wise, while ‘Men’ is beginning to dip as interest in Ashton Kutcher wanes.

As for ‘Big Bang’’s lead-out, the new CBS comedy ‘Rob,’ which has been surprisingly successful, continues to slide. It shed nearly 5 million viewers of its lead-in. Still, it looks like a good bet to get a second season.

Modern Family’ was ABC’s most-watched show by far with 11.2 million viewers in 12th place. The show often ranks even higher in the 18-49 demo, the key age range for advertisers.

Here’s the week’s Top 20 in viewers:

Rank Show Network Day Viewers
1 NCIS CBS TUE 19,586,000
2 AMERICAN IDOL - WED FOX WED 18,893,000
3 AMERICAN IDOL - THURS FOX THURS 16,713,000
4 THE VOICE NBC MON 16,278,000
5 NCIS: LOS ANGELES CBS TUE 16,147,000
6 THE BIG BANG THEORY CBS THURS 15,646,000
7 THE MENTALIST CBS THURS 13,549,000
8 PERSON OF INTEREST CBS THURS 13,161,000
9 TWO AND A HALF MEN CBS MON 12,453,000
10 CRIMINAL MINDS CBS WED 12,195,000
11 60 MINUTES CBS SUN 11,779,000
12 MODERN FAMILY ABC WED 11,226,000
13 CSI CBS WED 11,087,000
14 UNFORGETTABLE CBS TUE 11,034,000
15 MIKE & MOLLY CBS MON 10,908,000
16 BLUE BLOODS CBS FRI 10,811,000
17 SURVIVOR CBS WED 10,795,000
18 UNDERCOVER BOSS CBS FRI 10,780,000
19 ROB CBS THURS 10,653,000
20 2 BROKE GIRLS CBS MON 10,481,000
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