- The Washington Times - Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Competitions and CBS reruns ruled prime-time television.

Each of Nielsen Media Research’s 11 most watched broadcast shows last week fell into one of those two categories, led by NBC’s hit airing of “America’s Got Talent” in three separate hours.

Fox’s “So You Think You Can Dance” also hit the top 15 with two separate editions and ABC’s “The Bachelorette” reached the top 10 as she neared a crucial decision. Six CBS reruns landed in the top 11, led by “NCIS.”

CBS averaged 6.2 million viewers in prime-time for the week. NBC had 5.1 million, Fox 5 million, ABC 4 million, My Network TV 1.4 million, the CW 860,000 and ION Television 410,000.

Among the Spanish-language networks, Univision led with a 3 million viewer average, Telemundo had 1.1 million, TeleFutura 950,000 and Azteca 170,000 (0.1, 0).

NBC’s “Nightly News” topped the evening newscasts with an average of 7.6 million viewers. ABC’s “World News” was second with 6.8 million and the “CBS Evening News” had 5.5 million viewers.

For the week of July 20 through July 26, the top 10 shows, their networks and viewerships were : 1)”America’s Got Talent” (Tuesday, 9 p.m.), NBC, 13.75 million; 2)”America’s Got Talent” (Wednesday), NBC, 11.26 million; 3)”NCIS,” CBS, 9.72 million; 4)”The Mentalist,” CBS, 9.61 million; 5)”Two and a Half Men,” CBS, 9.31 million; 6)”The Big Bang Theory,” CBS, 8.8 million; 7)”CSI: Miami,” CBS, 8.52 million; 8)”So You Think You Can Dance” (Thursday), Fox, 8.42 million; 9)”America’s Got Talent” (Tuesday, 8 p.m.), NBC, 8.27 million; and 10) “The Bachelorette,” ABC, 8.04 million.

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