- The Washington Times - Tuesday, September 1, 2009

NEW YORK An audience that hasn’t reached puberty yet made the Disney Channel’s “Wizards of Waverly Place” movie one of television’s biggest hits last week.

The 11.43 million viewers who watched the film last Friday was second in popularity only to the 11.46 million who watched the Aug. 25 edition of “America’s Got Talent” on NBC, according to Nielsen Media Research. Only once before, when the first “High School Musical” sequel debuted in 2007, has a cable network beaten everything on broadcast.

Of that Disney audience last Friday, 7.1 million were under age 15, Nielsen said.

It was the most-watched program on cable this year.

NBC had a strong week, led by “America’s Got Talent,” an exhibition football game and a true-crime story about a bridegroom who went missing while on his honeymoon cruise.

For the week, CBS averaged 6.6 million viewers. NBC had 6.4 million and won among the 18-to-49-year-old age group it targets. Fox had 4.8 million and ABC had 3.8 million. Following were My Network TV with 1.5 million, the CW with 1.3 million ( and ION Television with 700,000.

Among the Spanish-language networks, Univision led with 3.2 million viewers. Telemundo had 950,000, TeleFutura 930,000 and Azteca had 160,000

NBC’s “Nightly News” topped the evening newscasts with an average of 7.9 million viewers. ABC’s “World News” was second with 7.1 million and the “CBS Evening News” had 5.4 million viewers.

For the week of Aug. 24-30, the top 10 shows, their networks and viewerships were: 1) “America’s Got Talent” (Tuesday), NBC, 11.46 million; 2) “America’s Got Talent” (Wednesday), NBC, 11.19 million; 3) NFL Exhibition Football: Chicago at Denver, NBC, 10.4 million; 4) “NCIS,” CBS, 10.06 million; 5) “60 Minutes,” CBS, 9.71 million; 6) “Two and a Half Men,” CBS, 9.55 million; 7)”The Big Bang Theory,” CBS, 8.56 million; 8) “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” CBS, 8.4 million; 9) “The Mentalist, CBS, 8.07 million; and 10) “Big Brother 11” (Thursday), CBS, 7.79 million.

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