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CBS Becomes First Network in History to Achieve Ratings Milestone

Oct 13, 2011  •  Post A Comment

CBS has been so dominant in the ratings for the young fall television season that it has accomplished something no network in history has ever done before, The New York Times reports.

According to Nielsen figures for the first three weeks of the season — Sept. 19 through Oct. 9 — CBS has 20 of the top 30 shows on broadcast, in terms of total viewers, the story reports. That feat has never been done before, the story says.

Though TVWeek, going through ratings of past TV seasons, notes that in the 1956-57 season ending ratings for the ENTIRE season, CBS had 23 of the top 30 spots. Of course at that time there were only three networks. In that season the only non-CBS shows to break into the top 30 for the entire season were 5 shows on NBC and two shows on ABC. The top five shows that season were "I Love Lucy, " "The Ed Sullivan Show," "General Electric Theater," "The $64,000 Question," and "December Bride" (all on CBS). 

Getting back to the current season, CBS also ranks as the top network in the 18-49 demographic.

The network’s powerhouse procedurals “NCIS,” with an average of 18.7 million viewers, and “NCIS: L.A.,” with 15.4 million, are leading the way for CBS.

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