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Prime-Time TV Rankings

Here are the rankings for national prime-time network television last week (Jan. 11-17) as compiled by the Nielsen Co. They are based on the average number of people who watched a program from start to finish. Nielsen estimates there are 286 million potential viewers in the U.S. ages 2 and older. Viewership is listed in millions.

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1

NFL Football: Ravens

at Colts

CBS30.57
2American Idol (Tue.)FOX29.94
3American Idol (Wed.)FOX26.39
4NFL Postgame (Sun)CBS25.81
5NCISCBS20.84
6Two and a Half MenCBS17.27
7Golden Globe AwardsNBC16.98
8The Big Bang TheoryCBS15.82
960 MinutesCBS15.77
10NCIS: Los AngelesCBS15.60
11The Mentalist CBS15.37
12CSICBS15.33
13CSI: NYCBS14.03
14Criminal MindsCBS13.90
15The Good WifeCBS13.87
16CSI: MiamiCBS13.70
17

Grey’s Anatomy

(Thu., 9 p.m.)

ABC12.78
18HouseFOX12.25
1924 (Sun., 9 p.m.)FOX11.44
20Desperate HousewivesABC11.32
21Private PracticeABC10.96
22BonesFOX10.75
23Cold CaseCBS10.62
24The BachelorABC10.50
25Human TargetFOX10.12
26How I Met Your MotherCBS9.77
27NCIS (Sun., 10 p.m.) CBS9.67
28Numb3rsCBS9.65
29CastleABC9.47
30The Mentalist (8 p.m.) CBS9.40
31MediumCBS8.96
32Ghost WhispererCBS8.61
33Accidentally on PurposeCBS8.44
34The Biggest Loser NBC8.11
35

The Simpsons (Wed.,

9:30 p.m.)

FOX8.06
36Brothers & SistersABC7.97
37Modern FamilyABC7.83
38Fringe (Mon., 9 p.m.) FOX7.72
39Dateline (Fri.)NBC7.69
40Law & Order: SVUNBC7.65
41ChuckNBC7.35
42CopsFOX7.31
America’s Funniest Home VideosABC7.31
44Cougar TownABC7.27
45Law & OrderNBC7.21
46Cops 2FOX7.10
47FringeFOX6.60
48America’s Most Wanted: America Fights BackFOX6.55
49Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (8 p.m.) ABC6.48
50Jay Leno Show (Tue.)NBC6.10
51

The New Adventures

of Old Christine

CBS5.97
52The MiddleABC5.95
53MercyNBC5.85
54Golden Globe ArrivalsNBC5.60
55Gary UnmarriedCBS5.59
56CommunityNBC5.41
20/20 (Fri.)ABC5.41
58Law & Order: SVU (Sat.)NBC5.39
59

Haiti: Race to Save

a Country (Thu.)

ABC5.36
60SupernannyABC5.31
61Jay Leno Show (Wed.)NBC5.30
62Jay Leno Show (Fri.)NBC5.23
6330 Rock (9 p.m.)NBC5.12
Modern Family (Wed.)ABC5.12
65Sortilegio (Mon.)UNI5.08
66Sortilegio (Thu.)UNI5.02
6730 Rock (9:30 p.m.)NBC4.98
68Sortilegio (Wed.)UNI4.84
69Jay Leno Show (Mon.)NBC4.80
70HeroesNBC4.72
71Sortilegio (Tue.)UNI4.65
Sortilegio (Fri.)UNI4.65
73Parks and RecreationNBC4.63
74En Nombre del Amor (Mon.)UNI4.49
75Shark TankABC4.43
76Jay Leno Show (Thu.)NBC4.40
Ugly BettyABC4.40
78The ForgottenABC4.32
79En Nombre del Amor (Wed.)UNI4.29
80En Nombre del Amor (Tue.)UNI4.23
81En Nombre del Amor (Thu.)UNI4.22
82Law & Order (Sat.)NBC3.98
83Bones (Fri., 8 p.m.) FOX3.84
84En Nombre del Amor (Fri.)UNI3.82
8524 (Sun., 7 p.m.) FOX3.81
86Cristina (Mon.)UNI3.69
87Un Gancho al Corazón (Mon.)UNI3.41
88Un Gancho al Corazón (Tue.)UNI3.25
89Un Gancho al Corazón (Wed.)UNI3.22
90Haiti (Fri.)UNI3.21
91Un Gancho al Corazón (Thu.)UNI3.20
92Don Francisco PresentaUNI3.14
93Castle (Sat., 10 p.m.) ABC3.00
94Un Gancho al Corazón (Fri.)UNI2.90
95Aqui y Ahora (Tue.)UNI2.85
96Cine Especial (Sun., 8 p.m.) UNI2.78
Network averages
Here is the number of viewers (in millions) that each network averaged per hour of prime time, for last week and for the season.
NetworkLast weekSeason to date
CBS 16.3611.8
Fox12.349.02
NBC7.317.82
ABC6.449.02
UNI3.553.5

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