- The Washington Times - Thursday, May 7, 2009

A formidable slate of what’s been called “crime-and-cry” dramas kept CBS on top in viewership last week, according to Nielsen Media Research.

It was the ninth straight week that CBS led the pack, scoring eight of the week’s top 10 scripted programs (including freshman drama “The Mentalist,” ranked No. 4).

Meanwhile, Fox’s “American Idol” held the top two positions (the April 28 and April 29 editions, respectively). And ABC grabbed the No. 3 slot with the April 26 edition of its own reality-competition series, “Dancing with the Stars.” he April 28 “Dancing” results show took 7th place.

For the week, CBS prevailed with an average of 11.1 million viewers. Fox was runner-up with 8.9 million viewers. ABC had 8.4 million viewers, NBC 6.4 million, the CW 2 million, My Network TV 1.6 million, and ION Television 670,000.

Among the Spanish-language networks, Univision had 3.6 million viewers, Telemundo 1.1 million, TeleFutura 710,000 and Azteca 150,000.

NBC’s “Nightly News” topped the evening newscasts with an average of 8.4 million viewers. ABC’s “World News” was second with 7.7 million and the “CBS Evening News” had 5.7 million viewers.

For the week of April 27 through May 3, the top 10 shows, their networks and viewerships were: 1)”American Idol” (Tuesday), Fox, 23.2 million; 2) “American Idol” (Wednesday), Fox, 22.3 million; 3)”Dancing With the Stars,” ABC, 19.2 million; 4)”The Mentalist,” CBS, 17.1 million; 5)”NCIS,” CBS, 16.7 million; 6)”CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” CBS, 15.5 million; 7)”Dancing With the Stars Results,” ABC, 14.7 million; 8) “Two and a Half Men,” CBS, 14.1 million; 9) “Grey’s Anatomy” (Thursday, 9 p.m.), 14.1 million; and 10) “Criminal Minds,” CBS, 13.6 million.

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