- The Washington Times - Tuesday, June 2, 2009

CBS was easily the most popular network last week, the first of the summer season, according to Nielsen Media Research. It had the seven most-watched shows in prime-time television, and the only original was a George Strait special.

Both Fox (“So You Think You Can Dance”) and ABC (“Wipeout”) had original summer series higher rated than any on CBS. But CBS’ strength is in how well its procedural dramas do in reruns. The networks’ two hottest shows, “NCIS” and “The Mentalist,” topped the ratings.

For the week, CBS averaged 8 million viewers, Fox had 5.5 million and NBC 5.3 million. ABC had 4.2 million, My Network TV 1.5 million, the CW 1.2 million and ION Television 680,000.

Among the Spanish-language networks, Univision led with an average of 3.4 million viewers. Telemundo had 1.1 million, TeleFutura 930,000 and Azteca 130,000.

NBC’s “Nightly News” topped the evening newscasts with an average of 7.3 million viewers. ABC’s “World News” was second with 6.9 million and the “CBS Evening News” had 5.4 million viewers .

For the week of May 25 through 31, the top 10 shows, their networks and viewerships were: 1) “NCIS,” CBS, 12.46 million; 2) “The Mentalist,” CBS, 12.36 million; 3) “George Strait: Academy of Country Music Artist of the Decade,” CBS, 10.63 million; 4) “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” CBS, 9.98 million; 5) “Without a Trace” (Thursday, 10 p.m.), CBS, 9.71 million; 6)”NCIS” (Thursday, 8 p.m.), CBS, 9.64 million; 7)”Without a Trace,” CBS, 9.57 million; 8) ‘Two and a Half Men,” CBS, 9.27 million; 9)”So You Think You Can Dance” (Thursday), Fox, 9.15 million; and 10) “Criminal Minds” (Wednesday, 10 p.m.), CBS, 8.93 million.

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