NEW YORK, N.Y. – CBS dominated in the ratings last week with a winning slate of dramas and comedies as well as a Republican presidential debate, which ranked fourth.
“The Walking Dead,” airing on cable’s AMC, claimed third place. But when only broadcast networks are included, CBS swept the top 10 positions. It’s a feat no network has accomplished in at least a decade, according to CBS.
Season-to-date, CBS is first in viewers in prime time with an average 11.74 million viewers, according to the Nielsen co.
During this relatively stable week with no series premieres and few specials, CBS averaged 9.41 million viewers. ABC and NBC were tied for a lukewarm second place with 5.07 million while Fox had 4.77 million, Univision had 1.81 million, the CW had 1.72 million, ION Television had 1.26 million and Telemundo had 1.09 million.
TNT was the week’s most popular cable network, averaging 2.37 million viewers in prime time. Fox News Channel had 2.33 million, and AMC — bolstered by “The Walking Dead” — had 1.96 million.
NBC’s “Nightly News” topped the evening newscasts with an average of 9.4 million viewers. ABC’s “World News Tonight” had 9.2 million and the “CBS Evening News” had 7.8 million viewers.
For the week of Feb. 8-12, the top 10 shows, their networks and viewerships: “NCIS,” CBS, 16.94 million; “The Big Bang Theory,” CBS, 16.25 million; “The Walking Dead,” AMC, 13.74 million; “Campaign ’16 Republican Debate,” CBS, 13.44 million; “NCIS: New Orleans,” CBS, 12.59 million; “Scorpion,” CBS, 11.36 million; “Blue Bloods,” CBS, 10.92 million; “Madam Secretary,” CBS, 10.06 million; “60 Minutes,” CBS, 10.42 million; “NCIS: Los Angeles,” CBS, 9.76 million.
ABC is owned by The Walt Disney Co. CBS is owned by CBS Corp. CW is a joint venture of Warner Bros. Entertainment and CBS Corp. Fox is owned by 21st Century Fox. NBC and Telemundo are owned by Comcast Corp. ION Television is owned by ION Media Networks.
This story has been corrected to show that “Madam Secretary” had 10.06 million viewers.