- The Washington Times - Tuesday, May 19, 2009

NEW YORK CBS kept up its winning ways, remaining the most-watched network for the 11th straight week.

And Fox again could lay claim last week to the top duo of shows: the Wednesday and Tuesday editions of “American Idol.” TV’s third-ranking show: ABC’s May 11 airing of “Dancing with the Stars.”

In fourth place was ABC’s season finale of “Grey’s Anatomy,” which edged out CBS rivals in its May 14 time slot. The season finales of “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” ranked seventh) and “CSI: NY” landed in 15th place.

“Farrah’s Story,” documenting Farrah Fawcett’s battle against cancer, drew 9 million viewers. But many viewers opted for CBS’ escapist crime dramas: “Flashpoint” attracted 8.5 million viewers, and, airing against the documentary’s second hour, “Numb3rs” won with 9.7 million viewers.

For the week, CBS averaged 11.2 million prime-time viewers, according to Nielsen Media Research. ABC had 9.4 million, Fox 9 million, NBC 6.4 million, the CW 2.1 million, My Network TV 1.3 million and ION Television 570,000.



Among the Spanish-language networks, Univision led with 3.8 million viewers, while Telemundo had 1.2 million, TeleFutura 760,000 and Azteca 200,000.

NBC’s “Nightly News” topped the evening newscasts with an average of 7.7 million viewers. ABC’s “World News” was second with 7.1 million and the “CBS Evening News” had 5.6 million.

For the week of May 11 though 17, the Top 10 shows, their networks and viewerships were: 1) “American Idol” (Wednesday), Fox, 24.6 million; 2) “American Idol” (Tuesday), Fox, 22.7 million; 3) “Dancing With the Stars,” ABC, 18.5 million; 4) “Grey’s Anatomy,” ABC, 16.5 million; 5)”The Mentalist,” CBS, 16.2 million; 6) “NCIS,” CBS, 16.20 million; 7) “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” CBS, 14.8 million; 8) “Dancing With the Stars Results,” ABC, 14 million; 9) “Desperate Housewives,” ABC, 13.9 million; and 10) “CSI: Miami,” CBS, 13.5 million.

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