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TV Ratings: CBS Dominates With 12 Of The Top 20 Shows

Jonathan Teigland Jonathan Teigland
May 24th, 2012 12:33pm EDT

 

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If the latest TV ratings week was a final exam, CBS would get an A+ and NCIS would graduate at the top of the class. The stalwart once again topped the Nielsen ratings, besting all other scripted and reality programming, even as American Idol geared up for its finale.

‘NCIS’ attracted over 19 million viewers and spinoff NCIS: Los Angeles got over 15 million. By comparison, the Wednesday and Thursday editions of "Idol' attracted 17.7 million and 16.4 million, respectively.

CBS had 12 of the Top 20 shows, including Person of Interest, The Mentalist and How I Met Your Mother. Mike & Molly actually bested its lead-in Two and a Half Men by about 200,000 viewers. Meanwhile, Tom Selleck showed that he’s still got it, at least with older viewers. His latest Jesse Stone movie garnered nearly 13 million sets of eyeballs, good for 10th place.

NBC was aided only by both editions of America’s Got Talent, which placed 15th and 16th. Once scripted fare finishes for the season, the show will likely top the charts more often. ABC, meanwhile, did well with Dancing With the Stars, of course. Its top scripted show was Grey’s Anatomy, followed closely by Modern Family.

Here’s a look at the Top 20:

Rank Show Network Day Viewers
1 NCIS CBS TUE 19,054,000
2 AMERICAN IDOL - WED FOX WED 17,682,000
3 AMERICAN IDOL - THURS FOX THURS 16,404,000
4 DANCING WITH THE STARS ABC MON 15,792,000
5 NCIS: LOS ANGELES CBS TUE 15,194,000
6 CRIMINAL MINDS CBS WED 13,676,000
7 PERSON OF INTEREST CBS THURS 13,474,000
8 DANCING WITH THE STARS - RESULTS ABC TUE 13,228,000
9 THE MENTALIST CBS THURS 13,092,000
10 JESSE STONE: BENEFIT OF THE DOUBT CBS SUN 12,932,000
11 MIKE & MOLLY CBS MON 11,787,000
12 TWO AND A HALF MEN CBS MON 11,547,000
13 GREY'S ANATOMY ABC THURS 11,443,000
14 HAWAII FIVE-O CBS MON 11,422,000
15 AMERICA'S GOT TALENT - TUE NBC TUE 10,583,000
16 AMERICA'S GOT TALENT - MON NBC MON 10,480,000
17 60 MINUTES - SPECIAL CBS SUN 9,801,000
18 60 MINUTES CBS SUN 9,359,000
19 MODERN FAMILY ABC WED 9,359,000
20 HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER CBS THURS 8,575,000
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