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ABC Series Plunges to Historic Low; CBS Wins the Night Even as 'Victoria's Secret' Show Dips TVbytheNumbers

On a night when an ABC series sank to an all-time ratings low, CBS coasted to a win over its broadcast rivals even as its "Victoria's Secret Fashion Show" saw its numbers decline.

TVbytheNumbers.com reports that "Victoria's" delivered a 3.4 average rating in the key 18-49 demo, based on Nielsen overnights. That number was the best for any program in broadcast prime, even though it was off 6% from last year's show.

CBS also had a 2.8 average for "NCIS" in viewers 18-49, down 7% from the show's previous original, and a 2.4 for "NCIS: Los Angeles," equaling its previous original.

NBC was competitive, but saw its numbers decline across the board from last week. The network was paced by its singing competition "The Voice," which pulled in a 3.1 average in the 18-49 demo, slipping 9% from a week ago.

NBC's "Chicago Fire" fell 4% from last week to a 2.2 average in 18-49, while "The Biggest Loser" slipped 10% to a 1.9.

Fox and ABC tied for third place overall, well off the pace set by CBS and NBC. Fox's two-hour "American Country Awards" managed a 1.4 average in adults 18-49, the same number the show had one year ago.

ABC saw "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." turn in its worst performance in series history with a 2.0 in viewers 18-49, dropping six-tenths of a ratings point from the show's most recent original. "What Would You Do?" was also down, slipping 10% from last week to a 0.9.

The good news for ABC: Both "The Goldbergs" and "Trophy Wife" were up from a week ago. "Goldbergs" surged 21% to a 1.7 in 18-49 while "Trophy Wife" ticked up 9% to a 1.2.

For prime time overall, CBS came out on top in the 18-49 demo with a 2.8 average, followed by NBC (2.4 average), Fox and ABC (both with 1.4 averages) and Univision (1.1). CBS was comfortably ahead in total viewers with 14.4 million, followed by NBC (8.9 million), Fox (5.2 million), ABC (4.4 million) and Univision (2.9 million).

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