- The Washington Times - Wednesday, June 24, 2009

The big news in TV ratings last week was how few people bothered to watch the news the three network evening newscasts, anyway.

Logging only 4.9 million viewers, the “CBS Evening News” slipped below 5 million for the first time on record. And ABC’s “World News” had 6.4 million viewers — a drop of a half-million viewers from the week before, according to Nielsen Media Research.

Not helping matters: ABC’s Charles Gibson and CBS’ Katie Couric had the week off from their respective anchor desks.

Brian Williams was on duty at “NBC Nightly News,” which won the week with a three-day average of 7.8 million viewers, down a half-million from the week before. (NBC’s U.S. Open coverage led to pre-emptions Thursday and Friday.)

In prime time, a slew of popular repeats of such episodic series as “NCIS,” “Two and a Half Men” and “The Mentalist” helped CBS win the week. That network had nine of the top 10 most-watched programs, and 16 of the top 20.

Overall, CBS averaged 7.0 million viewers. Runner-up Fox had 4.7 million, while NBC had 4.6 million and ABC had 3.7 million viewers. Following were My Network TV with 1.3 million viewers, the CW with 950,000 viewers and ION Television 810,000.

Among the Spanish-language networks, Univision led with a 3.3 million average audience. Telemundo had 1.1 million viewers, TeleFutura 720,000 viewers and Azteca 170,000 viewers (0.1 rating, 0 share).

For the week of June 15 through 21, the top 10 shows, their networks and viewerships were: 1) “NCIS,” CBS, 10.39 million; 2) “Two and a Half Men,” CBS, 10.19 million; 3) “The Mentalist” (Tuesday), CBS, 10.12 million; 4) “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” CBS, 9.72 million; 5)”The Mentalist,” CBS, 8.97 million; 6)”So You Think You Can Dance” (Wednesday), Fox, 8.48 million; 7)”The Big Bang Theory,” CBS, 8.42 million; 8)”60 Minutes,” CBS, 8.31 million; 9) “CSI: Miami,” 8.25 million; and 10) “Criminal Minds,” CBS, 8.04 million.

On the Net: https://www.nielsenmedia.com

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