CBS Dominates Prime Time in Total Viewers — Including Pulling Off a Feat It Hasn’t Achieved in 12 Years

Feb 22, 2017  •  Post A Comment

CBS’s prime-time lineup put in a dominant performance during the week ending Feb. 19, based on Nielsen data for total viewers. The network cites live plus same day numbers indicating that CBS had nine of the top 10 broadcasts of the week, and 17 of the top 20.

The network reported that the 17 programs matches its best result in the Top 20 rankings since at least the 2004-2005 season.

Another stat that bodes well for CBS is that it had six freshman series in the top 20 for the second consecutive week. Additionally, the network’s special preview of the CBS All Access show “The Good Fight” landed at No. 20.

CBS also noted that it won the week in adults 25-54.

Here are the Top 20 broadcasts in total viewers for the week ending Feb. 19 (Live+SD), followed by Nielsen figures for the week by network, and season-to-date:

Top 20 broadcasts (total viewers)

(CBS, except where noted)

  1. NCIS (15.29m)
  2. THE BIG BANG THEORY (13.51m)
  3. BULL (10.64m)
  4. 60 MINUTES (10.35m)
  5. NCIS: NEW ORLEANS (10.32m)
  6. BLUE BLOODS (10.14m)
  7. HAWAII FIVE-0 (9.62m)
  8. THIS IS US (NBC) (9.03m)
  9. NCIS: LOS ANGELES (8.61m)
  10. THE GREAT INDOORS (8.01m)
  11. MOM (7.87m)
  12. KEVIN CAN WAIT (7.85m)
  13. GREY’S ANATOMY (ABC) (7.68m)
  14. THE BACHELOR (ABC) (7.56m)
  15. CRIMINAL MINDS (7.34m)
  16. SUPERIOR DONUTS (7.25m)
  17. MACGYVER (7.239m)
  18. SCORPION (7.237m)
  19. MAN WITH A PLAN (7.20m)
  20. THE GOOD FIGHT-S (7.17m)

National Nielsen Summary — Prime Time

Week No. 22 of the 2016-2017 Season (ending: 2/19/17)

Total Viewers

CBS: 7,545,000

NBC: 4,606,000

ABC: 4,494,000

FOX: 2,867,000

Adults 18-49 (Rating/share)

ABC: 1.2/4

CBS: 1.1/4

NBC: 1.0/4

FOX: 0.8/3

Adults 25-54 (Rating/share)

CBS: 1.6/5

ABC: 1.5/5

NBC: 1.3/4

FOX: 1.0/3

National Nielsen Summary — Prime Time

Season-to-Date (9/19/16-2/19/17)

Total Viewers

CBS: 10,095,000

NBC: 8,792,000

FOX: 7,123,000

ABC: 6,329,000

Adults 18-49 (Rating/share)

NBC: 2.4/8

FOX: 2.3/8

CBS: 1.9/7

ABC: 1.6/6

Adults 25-54 (Rating/share)

NBC: 3.0/9

CBS: 2.7/8

FOX: 2.7/8

ABC: 2.1/6


  1. NCIS picture is a little dated don’t you think.

    • You must be hard up to see a comment of yours online … unless that’s really the kind of thing that matters to you, which would be even sadder.

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