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Prime-time network TV rankings

December 16, 2009

Here are the rankings for national prime-time network television last week (Dec. 7-13) 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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ers1FootballNBC20.882CSICBS16.433The Mentalist CBS16.37460 MinutesCBS16.245NCISCBS15.096NFL Preg`ame (Sun.)NBC15.087Two and a Half MenCBS14.848Criminal MindsCBS14.439The Big Bang TheoryCBS14.3810The Biggest Loser NBC13.4511Survivor: SamoaCBS13.2512CSI: NYCBS12.9613CSI: MiamiCBS12.7214NCIS: Los AngelesCBS12.04Disney Prep & LandingABC12.0416Christmas at the White HouseABC11.9517A Charlie Brown ChristmasABC11.1718BonesFOX10.9019Barbara Walters Presents the 10 Most Fascinating People of 2009ABC10.5520Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (8 p.m.) ABC10.3421Cold CaseCBS10.3022Football Night America (Part 3)NBC10.1123Modern FamilyABC9.6724The Mentalist (Sun.)CBS9.3725Dateline (Fri.)NBC9.3426The Good WifeCBS9.1027Law & OrderNBC8.8128How I Met Your MotherCBS8.7829America's Funniest Home VideosABC8.6830Carrie Underwood: An All-Star Holiday Special FOX8.5531The OfficeNBC8.5132Criminal Minds (Sun.)CBS8.4533Shrek the Halls (Wed.)ABC8.4334Jay Leno Show (Tue.)NBC8.3335GleeFOX8.1336Law & Order: SVUNBC7.9237Accidentally on PurposeCBS7.9138CastleABC7.8039The MiddleABC7.6840Family GuyFOX7.6641Santa Claus Is Comin' to TownABC7.6042The New Adventures of Old ChristineCBS7.494320/20 (Fri.)ABC7.3944MercyNBC7.01Gary UnmarriedCBS7.01Cougar TownABC7.0147The SimpsonsFOX6.974830 RockNBC6.7049So You Think You Can Dance (Wed.)FOX6.6950Football Night America (Part 2)NBC6.6751Law & Order: SVU (Mon., 8 p.m.) NBC6.5452The Cleveland ShowFOX6.5353FringeFOX6.3254So You Think You Can Dance (Tue.)FOX6.2455American DadFOX6.1956Law & Order: SVU (Mon., 9 p.m.) NBC5.7757Jay Leno Show (Fri.)NBC5.7258Cops 2FOX5.6259CommunityNBC5.5060America's Most Wanted: America Fights BackFOX5.486148 Hours MysteryCBS5.44ScrubsABC5.4463Numb3rsCBS5.3964Find My FamilyABC5.2365Yes, VirginiaCBS5.2066CopsFOX5.1467Sortilegio (Mon.)UNI5.0968Sortilegio (Tue.)UNI5.0269Sortilegio (Wed.)UNI4.9870Jay Leno Show (Thu.)NBC4.9671Parks and RecreationNBC4.90Grey's Anatomy (Thu., 9 p.m.) ABC4.9073Sortilegio (Thu.)UNI4.7374Jay Leno Show (Mon.)NBC4.6875Ugly BettyABC4.6576En Nombre del Amor (Wed.)UNI4.5777Movie: "It's a Wonderful Life"NBC4.50Jay Leno Show (Wed.)NBC4.5079The Big Bang Theory CBS4.4980Rudolph the Red-Nosed ReindeerCBS4.4681SupernannyABC4.4582The Flight Before ChristmasCBS4.3883Sortilegio (Fri.)UNI4.3184En Nombre del Amor (Mon.)UNI4.3085The Forgotten ABC4.2686MediumCBS4.0587En Nombre del Amor (Tue.)UNI4.0388Abc Sat Movie of the WeekABC3.9989En Nombre del Amor (Thu.)UNI3.9790FlashForwardABC3.9691En Nombre del Amor (Fri.)UNI3.9592Private PracticeABC3.8993Better Off TedABC3.8294Castle (Sat.)ABC3.6795Cristina UNI3.4796Un Gancho al Corazón (Wed.)UNI3.3797Don Francisco Presenta UNI3.3598Un Gancho al Corazón (Tue.)UNI3.1899La Rosa de Guadalupe (Fri.)UNI3.14100La Rosa de Guadalupe (Thu.)UNI3.05101Un Gancho al Corazón (Mon.)UNI3.04102Aqui y Ahora (Tue.)UNI3.02103Un Gancho al Corazón (Thu.)UNI2.84104Dollhouse (Fri., 8 p.m.) FOX2.72105Un Gancho al Corazón (Fri.)UNI2.64106Brothers (Sun., 7:30 p.m.) FOX2.62107One Tree Hill (Mon.)CW2.57108Sabado Gigante UNI2.49109Cine Especial (Sun., 8 p.m.) UNI2.45Network averagesHere 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 dateCBS 10.5511.89NBC8.767.93ABC6.839.97Fox6.229.2UNI3.513.56

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