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TV Ratings: MacFarlane's Oscars Rule For ABC

Jonathan Teigland Jonathan Teigland
February 27th, 2013 7:52pm EST

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Thanks to the 85th Annual Academy Awards – sorry, The Oscars – ABC managed a rare weekly win in the TV ratings race. Sunday’s telecast, which saw ‘Argo’ nab Best Picture, nabbed 40.38 million viewers, a three-year high. While Seth MacFarlane, who got mixed reviews, is not likely to come back, the network saw big increases in some demos, and also managed to top the Grammy telecast, unlike last year.

ABC averaged 11.26 million viewers to win the week. CBS, not surprisingly, was second with 9.58 million viewers. ‘NCIS’ was tops for the network, with ‘The Big Bang Theory’ close behind. Speaking of ‘Bang,’ that show now regularly trounces FOX’s ‘American Idol,’ which placed 7th and 9th for the week – unheard of in Simon Cowell days.

NBC continues to languish in the second half of the TV season. Its top program was ‘Chicago Fire’ in 39th place. The Peacock net averaged only 3.83 million viewers, dead last among the broadcast networks. It even trailed Univision for the week.

Here’s a look at the Top 20:

1. “The Oscars,” ABC, 40.38 million.

2. “Oscars Red Carpet Live” (Sunday, 8 p.m.), ABC, 25.53 million.

3. “NCIS,” CBS, 21.08 million.

4. “The Big Bang Theory,” CBS, 17.62 million.

5. “Oscars Red Carpet Live” (Sunday, 7:30 p.m.), ABC, 16.5 million.

6. “NCIS: Los Angeles,” CBS, 16.27 million.

7. “American Idol” (Wednesday), Fox, 14.37 million.

8. “Person of Interest,” CBS, 14.23 million.

9. “American Idol” (Thursday), Fox, 13.66 million.

10. “Two and a Half Men,” CBS, 13.41 million.

11. “Oscars Red Carpet Live” (Sunday, 7 p.m.), ABC, 12.44 million.

12. “Blue Bloods,” CBS, 11.21 million.

13. “Elementary,” CBS, 11.19 million.

14. “Criminal Minds,” CBS, 10.69 million.

15. “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” CBS, 10.65 million.

16. “Modern Family,” ABC, 10.62 million.

17. “Mike & Molly,” CBS, 10.33 million.

18. “2 Broke Girls,” CBS, 10.25 million.

19. “Castle,” ABC, 9.85 million.

20. “Vegas,” CBS, 9.52 million.

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