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TV Ratings: 'NCIS' Reclaims Top Spot ' While Game Of Thrones' Premiere Scores Big

April 4th, 2012 10:17am EDT

NCIS Once again, every network had at least something to cheer about. CBS had a strong showing, not only from its usual procedurals, but also NCAA basketball over the weekend. It’s not very often a Top 5 show airs on Saturday. That’s barely happened since ‘The Golden Girls’ was on the air.

The network’s ‘NCIS’ was tops with a new episode, but it was followed closely by the new season of ABC’s ‘Dancing with the Stars.’ That show also helped ‘Castle’ and ‘Body of Proof’ perform stronger than usual.

‘American Idol’ and ‘The Voice,’ in particular, haven’t exactly been reigning lately. The two editions of ‘Idol’ placed in the Top 5, but not the usual top two spots it used to occupy in past years. And NBC’s ‘The Voice’ fell out of the Top 10, all the way to #13 with nearly 12 million viewers.

In the 18-49 demo, basketball, ‘American Idol,’ ‘The Big Bang Theory’ and ‘The Voice’ all placed in the Top 5.
Looking at subscription cable, HBO showed huge numbers in its season two premiere of 'Game of Thrones' on Sunday night. It averaged some 3.9 million viewers, up 74 percent from its season one premiere, which is only available in one-third of television homes.

Here are the week’s rankings:

Rank
Show
Network
Day
Viewers

1
NCIS
CBS
TUE
18,619,000

2
DANCING WITH THE STARS
ABC
MON
17,961,000

3
AMERICAN IDOL - WED
FOX
WED
17,871,000

4
NCAA BASKETBALL
CBS
SAT
16,603,000

5
AMERICAN IDOL - THURS
FOX
THURS
15,875,000

6
DANCING WITH THE STARS - RESULTS
ABC
TUE
15,743,000

7
NCIS: LOS ANGELES
CBS
TUE
14,753,000

8
PERSON OF INTEREST
CBS
THURS
14,588,000

9
THE MENTALIST
CBS
THURS
13,615,000

10
THE BIG BANG THEORY
CBS
THURS
13,956,000

11
NCAA BASKETBALL
CBS
SAT
13,605,000

12
ACM AWARDS
CBS
SUN
13,087,000

13
THE VOICE
NBC
MON
11,996,000

14
CASTLE
ABC
MON
11,874,000

15
BLUE BLOODS
CBS
FRI
10,717,000

16
DANCING WITH THE STARS
ABC
TUE
10,696,000

17
UNFORGETTABLE
CBS
TUE
10,510,000

18
60 MINUTES
CBS
SUN
10,086,000

19
BODY OF PROOF
ABC
TUE
9,722,000

20
CSI: NY
CBS
FRI
9,453,000

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