List of Top-Rated Shows Dominated by Two Networks

Mar 7, 2012  •  Post A Comment

The list of the 30 top-rated shows in prime time was almost the exclusive terrain of two networks last week, the AP reports, citing Nielsen data. One of the two, CBS, had 21 of the 30 shows, but the other network, Fox, claimed a narrow win for the week on the strength of its “American Idol” franchise and its Daytona 500 coverage.

“Idol’s” three editions took three of the top four spots: first, third and fourth. CBS’s “NCIS” held the No. 2 spot, and the network’s lineup of dramas, comedies and reality shows dominated the rest of the list.

The story reports: “For the week in prime time, Fox averaged 10.45 million viewers (6.1 household rating, 10 share), followed closely by CBS with 10.23 million (6.5 rating, 11 share). Far behind was ABC with 6.39 million (4.1 rating, 7 share) and NBC with 5.71 million (3.6 rating, 6 share). ION Television averaged 1.17 million and the CW had 1.11 million (both with 0.8 rating, 1 share)."

ABC landed only three shows in the top 30 — "Modern Family," ”Once Upon a Time" and "Castle" — while NBC managed to get just one show on the list, with “The Voice” placing sixth.

Here’s the top 10 for the week of Feb. 27-March 4:

1. "American Idol" (Thursday), Fox, 18.45 million
2. "NCIS," CBS, 18.20 million
3. "American Idol" (Wednesday), Fox, 17.23 million
4. "American Idol" (Special — Tuesday), Fox, 16.11 million
5. "NCIS: Los Angeles," CBS, 15.85 million
6. "The Voice," NBC, 14.89 million
7. NASCAR Daytona 500, Fox, 13.67 million
8. "Criminal Minds," CBS, 12.54 million
9. NASCAR Daytona 500 (continuing), Fox, 12.47 million
10. "Two and a Half Men," CBS, 11.92 million

The report adds: “Among the Spanish-language networks, Univision led with a 3.74 million viewer average (1.9 rating, 3 share), Telemundo had 1.21 million (0.7 rating, 1 share), Telefutura had 690,000 (0.4 rating, 1 share), Estrella had 210,000 and Azteca 120,000 (both 0.1 rating, 0 share).”


  1. Hey,
    Thanks a lot for the comment on my article, yours is really good too, but there is a pb I can’t see the images, is it my browser ? I’m using Google Chrome
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  2. I also love these differents show thanks for resuming them in a single post !

  3. I think that most of this shows are note the best anymore ! I would add Walking Dead in the list, the show has beaten every records on the last launch !

  4. Can’t hear from “The Voice” anymore, so many singing tv programs… Gonna hate theme quite quickly !

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