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TV Ratings: 'NCIS' Reclaims Top Spot ' While Game Of Thrones' Premiere Scores Big

Jonathan Teigland Jonathan Teigland
April 4th, 2012 10:17am EDT

 

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Once again, every network had at least something to cheer about. CBS had a strong showing, not only from its usual procedurals, but also NCAA basketball over the weekend. It’s not very often a Top 5 show airs on Saturday. That’s barely happened since ‘The Golden Girls’ was on the air.

The network’s ‘NCIS’ was tops with a new episode, but it was followed closely by the new season of ABC’s ‘Dancing with the Stars.’ That show also helped ‘Castle’ and ‘Body of Proof’ perform stronger than usual.

‘American Idol’ and ‘The Voice,’ in particular, haven’t exactly been reigning lately. The two editions of ‘Idol’ placed in the Top 5, but not the usual top two spots it used to occupy in past years. And NBC’s ‘The Voice’ fell out of the Top 10, all the way to #13 with nearly 12 million viewers.

In the 18-49 demo, basketball, ‘American Idol,’ ‘The Big Bang Theory’ and ‘The Voice’ all placed in the Top 5.

HBO showed huge numbers in its season two premiere of 'Game of Thrones' on Sunday night. It averaged some 3.9 million viewers, up 74 percent from its season one premiere, which is only available in one-third of television homes.

Here are the week’s rankings:

Rank Show Network Day Viewers
1 NCIS CBS TUE 18,619,000
2 DANCING WITH THE STARS ABC MON 17,961,000
3 AMERICAN IDOL - WED FOX WED 17,871,000
4 NCAA BASKETBALL CBS SAT 16,603,000
5 AMERICAN IDOL - THURS FOX THURS 15,875,000
6 DANCING WITH THE STARS - RESULTS ABC TUE 15,743,000
7 NCIS: LOS ANGELES CBS TUE 14,753,000
8 PERSON OF INTEREST CBS THURS 14,588,000
9 THE MENTALIST CBS THURS 13,615,000
10 THE BIG BANG THEORY CBS THURS 13,956,000
11 NCAA BASKETBALL CBS SAT 13,605,000
12 ACM AWARDS CBS SUN 13,087,000
13 THE VOICE NBC MON 11,996,000
14 CASTLE ABC MON 11,874,000
15 BLUE BLOODS CBS FRI 10,717,000
16 DANCING WITH THE STARS ABC TUE 10,696,000
17 UNFORGETTABLE CBS TUE 10,510,000
18 60 MINUTES CBS SUN 10,086,000
19 BODY OF PROOF ABC TUE 9,722,000
20 CSI: NY CBS FRI 9,453,000
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