TV RATINGS: Football games dominate network viewing (LIST)

1/23/2013

In the most recent week's television viewing, there were the NFL conference championship games and everything else.

The Nielsen company said Wednesday that 47.7 million people watched the Baltimore Ravens win entree into the Super Bowl by beating the New England Patriots. The 42 million who saw the NFC championship between San Francisco and Atlanta was down sharply from last year.

Still, networks increasingly rely on big live events to make up for dwindling regular viewing caused by DVRs and increased competition. Football is the most dependable: more than half of the shows that reached 20 million viewers since September 2010 were NFL games.

Prime-time viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for Jan. 14-20. Listings include the week's ranking and viewership.

1. AFC Championship: Baltimore vs. New England, CBS, 47.71 million.

2. "AFC Championship Post-Game," CBS, 25.95 million.

3. "NCIS," CBS, 22.86 million.

4. "American Idol" (Wednesday), Fox, 17.93 million.

5. "NCIS: Los Angeles," CBS, 17.64 million.

6. "American idol" (Thursday), Fox, 16.23 million.

7. "Hawaii Five-0" (Sunday), CBS, 13.03 million.

8. "Criminal Minds," CBS, 12.64 million.

9. "2 Broke Girls," CBS, 12.45 million.

10. "The Big Bang Theory" (Monday, 8:30 p.m.), CBS, 11.7 million.

11. "Blue Bloods," CBS, 11.65 million.

12. "The Big Bang Theory," CBS, 11.64 million.

13. "Mike & Molly," CBS, 11.46 million.

14. "Vegas," CBS, 11.27 million.

15. "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation," CBS, 10.68 million.

16. "Modern Family," ABC, 11 million.

17. "CSI: NY," CBS, 10.68 million.

18. "How I Met Your Mother," CBS, 10.51 million.

19. "Hawaii Five-0," CBS, 9.59 million.

20. "Undercover Boss," CBS, 9.45 million.


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