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TV Ratings: CBS, FOX Dominate, PBS Impresses With 'Sherlock'

Jonathan Teigland Jonathan Teigland
May 8th, 2012 8:36pm EDT

Sherlock

CBS dominated the ratings last week with 14 of the Top 25 programs. But FOX managed to tie it in the 18-49 demo with a 2.2 rating. ‘NCIS’ was tops again, while ‘American Idol’ performed quite strongly, particularly on Wednesday.

‘The Big Bang Theory’ performed well for CBS, making it the most-watched comedy and the third-most watched scripted program after both ‘NCIS’ shows. ‘Person of Interest’ and ‘The Mentalist’ also placed in the Top 10 for the network.

NBC had to settle for 20th place for ‘The Voice,’ its only program to crack the overall Top 20. ABC, meanwhile, found success with ‘Modern Family’ (#18), ‘Castle’ (#13) and ‘Dancing With the Stars,’ of course. The latter program placed fourth and seventh, respectively.

PBS has also performed well this year on Sunday nights. While it couldn’t quite match ‘Downton Abbey’’s 4.2 million season opener, ‘Sherlock’’s first episode in the new series notched an impressive 3.2 million viewers.

Here’s a rundown of the Top 20 shows:

Rank Show Network Day Viewers
1 NCIS CBS TUE 17,580,000
2 AMERICAN IDOL - WED FOX WED 16,660,000
3 DANCING WITH THE STARS ABC MON 16,200,000
4 AMERICAN IDOL - THURS FOX THURS 15,560,000
5 NCIS: LOS ANGELES CBS TUE 15,210,000
6 THE BIG BANG THEORY CBS THURS 13,910,000
7 DANCING WITH THE STARS - RESULTS ABC TUE 13,870,000
8 PERSON OF INTEREST CBS THURS 13,270,000
9 THE MENTALIST CBS THURS 12,940,000
10 60 MINUTES CBS SUN 11,730,000
11 CRIMINAL MINDS CBS WED 11,470,000
12 TWO AND A HALF MEN CBS MON 11,320,000
13 CASTLE ABC MON 11,080,000
14 HAWAII FIVE-O CBS MON 10,910,000
15 UNFORGETTABLE CBS TUE 10,660,000
16 BLUE BLOODS CBS FRI 10,360,000
17 MIKE & MOLLY CBS MON 10,160,000
18 MODERN FAMILY ABC WED 10,060,000
19 CSI CBS WED 9,750,000
20 THE VOICE NBC MON 9,520,000
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