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Jonathan Teigland Jonathan Teigland
July 11th, 2012 7:45pm EDT

 

'America's Got Talent'

As our summer TV lineup limps along, the glory was spread across all networks, ratings-wise, last week. NBC claimed the top show with ‘America’s Got Talent’ and did well with its annual Fireworks show (good for 7th place) and more U.S. Olympic trials. CBS, meanwhile, held strong with repeats of ‘The Big Bang Theory’ (3rd and 4th place, respectively), ‘NCIS’ and ‘Person of Interest,’ among others. Its newsmagazines also fared well, topped by ’60 Minutes’ and ’48 Hours Mystery.’

FOX had four shows in the Top 10 in the 18-49 category – two editions each of ‘Hell’s Kitchen’ and ‘Masterchef.’ ABC  had bragging rights with ‘The Bachelorette,’ ‘20/20,’ ‘Secret Millionaire’ and ‘Wipeout.’

Over on cable, Charlie Sheen’s ‘Anger Management’ fell by 38 percent to 3.4 million viewers, a not unexpected decline and still a decent number. HBO’s ‘The Newsroom,’ meanwhile, climbed to its highest tally yet.

Here’s a look at the Top 20:

Prime-time viewership numbers compiled by the Nielsen Co. for July 2-8. Listings include the week’s ranking and viewership.

1. “America’s Got Talent” (Monday), NBC, 10.4 million.

2. “America’s Got Talent” (Tuesday), NBC, 9.32 million.

3. “The Big Bang Theory” (Thursday, 8:30 p.m.), CBS, 9.05 million.

4. “The Big Bang Theory” (Thursday, 8 p.m.), CBS, 8.32 million.

5. “NCIS,” CBS, 8.17 million.

6. “Person of Interest,” CBS, 8.121 million.

7. “Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks,” NBC, 8.116 million.

8. “The Bachelorette,” ABC, 7.5 million.

9. “60 Minutes,” CBS, 7.49 million.

10. “U.S. Olympic Trials” (Monday, 8 p.m.), NBC, 7.41 million.

11. “The Mentalist,” CBS, 6.88 million.

12. “48 Hours Mystery” (Tuesday), CBS, 5.96 million.

13. “20/20,” ABC, 5.958 million.

14. “Dateline NBC,” NBC, 5.89 million.

15. “NCIS: Los Angeles,” CBS, 5.832 million.

16. “Hell’s Kitchen” (Monday), Fox, 5.831 million.

17. “Secret Millionaire, ABC, 5.66 million.

18. “60 Minutes” (Sunday, 8 p.m.), CBS, 5.6 million.

19. “Wipeout (Thursday), ABC, 5.58 million.

20. “Master Chef” (Monday), Fox, 5.53 million.

Photo Credits: NBC Universal Inc.