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TV Ratings: 'NCIS' Tops, 'Mad Men' Sets Record

March 29th, 2012 10:10am EDT | Jonathan Teigland By: Jonathan Teigland favorite Add to My News

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The return of fresh episodes of ‘NCIS’ vaulted CBS to the top of the ratings heap this week, but every network had something to cheer about. For the first time in who knows how long, each network had at least one show in the Top 7. You might guess that NBC’s top entry was ‘The Voice.’

FOX, of course, had two editions of ‘American Idol’ in the Top 5, and the return of ABC’s ‘Dancing With the Stars,’ while down from the last installment, was the Number 2 program for the week. Its performance propelled ‘Castle’ into the Top 10. Likewise, FOX’s Kiefer Sutherland drama ‘Touch’ eked out a spot in the Top 10, perhaps thanks to being paired with Wednesday night’s edition of ‘American Idol.’

Over on Cable, AMC’s ‘Mad Men’ returned after a 17-month hiatus. Creator and writer Matthew Weiner said he was nervous, but he apparently had no reason to worry: Absence makes the heart grow fonder, apparently. The show returned to 3.5 million viewers, the biggest audience in its history. Clearly, people have been catching up on DVD in the last year and a half.

Here’s a rundown of the Network Top 20:

Rank Show Network Day  Viewers
1 NCIS CBS TUE 19,055,000
2 DANCING WITH THE STARS ABC MON 18,788,000
3 AMERICAN IDOL - WED FOX WED 17,209,000
4 NCIS: LOS ANGELES CBS TUE 16,174,000
5 AMERICAN IDOL - THURS FOX THURS 15,580,000
6 CRIMINAL MINDS CBS WED 12,088,000
7 THE VOICE NBC MON 11,950,000
8 TOUCH FOX THURS 11,810,000
9 CASTLE ABC MON 11,521,000
10 TWO AND A HALF MEN CBS MON 11,473,000
11 CSI CBS WED 11,380,000
12 UNFORGETTABLE CBS TUE 11,316,000
13 60 MINUTES CBS SUN 11,235,000
14 CBS NCAA BASKETBALL CBS SAT 10,949,000
15 SURVIVOR CBS WED 10,469,000
16 THE GOOD WIFE CBS SUN 9,774,000
17 MIKE & MOLLY CBS MON 9,713,000
18 2 BROKE GIRLS CBS MON 9,379,000
19 AMAZING RACE CBS SUN 9,348,000
20 HAWAII FIVE-O CBS MON 9,308,000
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Photo Credits: AMC Networks Inc.


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