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May 12, 2004
Sources: CBS; Nielsen Media Research *--* PROGRAM NAT'L RANK STATION HOUSEHOLDS 1 Friends 1 KNBC 1,711,000 2 Friends Clips Special 2 KNBC 1,309,000 3 ER 3 KNBC 1,075,000 4 American Idol (Tue.) 6 KTTV 790,000 5 Survivor: All-Stars 4 KCBS 674,000 6 American Idol (Wed.) 7 KTTV 669,000 7 Survivor: All-Stars Reunion 5 KCBS 658,000 8 10.5, Part 2 9 KNBC 609,000 9 Law & Order: SVU 18 KNBC 574,000 10 Frasier 16 KNBC 566,000 *--*
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October 11, 1995 | LEE MARGULIES
"Seinfeld" was the most-watched prime-time program in the Los Angeles TV market last week, but it got edged nationally by "ER," co-starring Sherry Stringfield, as NBC's Thursday night lineup made a clean sweep of the ratings, winning the top five spots. That stunning accomplishment helped propel NBC to its first victory in the 3-week-old season, Nielsen Media Research reported Tuesday. NBC was first both in total households reached and the number of 18-to-49-year-olds watching.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 22, 2010
Viewers flocked to various musical programs last week: "American Idol" scored a 1-2 finish in the ratings, "Glee" registered series-high numbers and the "Academy of Country Music Awards" helped CBS to a sixth consecutive weekly victory. The Wednesday results show Fox's "American idol" averaged 21.02 million viewers, 14% less than the similar episode last season but still the most-watched prime-time program for April 12-18, according to figures released this week by the Nielsen Co. Despite airing reruns of its popular Tuesday dramas, CBS was first for the 23rd time in the prime-time television season's 30 weeks, averaging 9.2 million viewers.
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February 20, 1985 | JAY SHARBUTT, Times Staff Writer
As expected, Sunday's opening installment of ABC's steamy "Hollywood Wives" miniseries was among the highest-rated network shows last week. But the network failed to escape third place in the week's ratings averages, A. C. Nielsen Co. figures showed Tuesday. CBS won the week with an 18.2 rating, followed by NBC with 16.2 and ABC with 15.3 For the third consecutive week, Bill Cosby's hit "The Cosby Show" on NBC was the nation's most-watched prime-time program, seen in 22.6 million homes.
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January 22, 2010 | By city news service
Viewership for the "American Idol" season premiere declined for the third consecutive year -- to its lowest level since 2004 -- but was still higher than any other prime-time entertainment program this television season. An average of 29.94 million viewers watched the Jan. 12 two-hour premiere of Fox Broadcasting's singing competition series, 2% less than last year's 30.42 million. A 90-minute audition episode Wednesday was the third-most-watched prime-time program between Jan. 11 and Sunday with 26.39 million viewers -- 13% fewer than the 30.32 million who tuned in for the two-hour audition program shown on the corresponding Wednesday last season.
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February 24, 2010 | By city news service
The first full week of Winter Olympics coverage gave NBC its most-watched week since the 2008 Summer Olympics and its widest margin of victory in the prime-time ratings race during the official television season since the 2002 Winter Olympics. With the Winter Olympics accounting for seven of the week's 10 most-watched programs, NBC averaged 24.75 million viewers for its prime-time programming between Feb. 15 and Sunday. Fox Broadcasting was second, averaging 8.68 million viewers, according to figures released Tuesday by the Nielsen Co. NBC averaged 26 million viewers for the first 10 nights of Vancouver, Canada, Olympics coverage through Sunday, 27% more than the 20.4 million average for the 2006 Winter Games, which were held in Turin, Italy.
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April 7, 2010 | By city news service
ABC's "Dancing With the Stars" outdrew both editions of Fox Broadcasting's "American Idol" to become last week's most-watched prime-time television program, marking the first time any regular series -- outside of post-Super Bowl shows -- has bested the ratings giant in nearly five years. "Dancing With the Stars' " two-hour competition edition on March 29 averaged 22.97 million viewers, a series high outside of premieres and finales, according to live-plus-same-day figures released Tuesday by the Nielsen Co. The last time both weekly "Idol" episodes were beaten by regular series, outside of post-Super Bowl shows, was the week of May 16-22, 2005, when the series finale of the CBS comedy "Everybody Loves Raymond," the CBS drama "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" and the first-season finale of ABC's "Desperate Housewives" did it. CBS had five of the week's six most-watched scripted programs to be the most-watched network for the fourth consecutive week and 21st time in the television season's 28 weeks, averaging 10.12 million viewers.
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November 1, 1995 | LEE MARGULIES
The World Series dominated prime-time viewing last week, as the series between the Atlanta Braves and the Cleveland Indians posted a 13% increase over ratings for the previous baseball championship in 1993. But figures released Tuesday by Nielsen Media Research indicated that baseball moguls could take only moderate satisfaction in that showing. The series still ranked as the fourth lowest-rated ever--and more than 18% lower than in 1991, the last time that two U.S.-based teams played.
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