TV Ratings: CBS Wins Big Week, But NBC Tops Sweeps

11/22/2012 10:25am EST | Jonathan Teigland By: Jonathan Teigland


'The Big Bang Theory'

CBS handily won the week, hitting a series-high with ‘The Bing Bang Theory,’ but NBC is poised to claim the November sweeps crown among viewers 18-49.

The Eye Network had 11 of the top 20 shows, topped by ‘Big Bang,’ with over 17 million viewers, good for second place behind ‘Sunday Night Football.’ ‘Two and a Half Men,’ ‘NCIS,’ ‘NCIS: Los Angeles’ and ‘Person of Interest’ also placed strongly in the Top 10.

For the week, FOX struggled, and ABC was buoyed only by ‘Modern Family’ and ‘Dancing With the Stars.’ NBC, which did fine with football and ‘The Voice,’ surprised even itself by nabbing its first sweeps title in nine years. Stranger things have happened, but it’s still a bit of a shock. Remember the days of ‘The Jay Leno Show’ in primetime? Oooof.

Here’s a look at the Top 20 for the week:

1. "Sunday Night Football," NBC, 18.16 million viewers

2. "The Big Bang Theory," CBS, 17.63 million viewers

3. "NCIS," CBS, 17.05 million viewers

4. "NCIS: Los Angeles," CBS, 15.77 million viewers

5. "Person of Interest," CBS, 14.57 million viewers

6. "60 Minutes," CBS, 14.04 million viewers

7. "Two and a Half Men," CBS, 13.87 million viewers

8. "Dancing with the Stars" (Monday), ABC, 13.79 million viewers

9. "Sunday Night Football Kickoff Show," NBC, 12.91 million viewers

10. "Monday Night Football," ESPN, 12.82 million viewers

11. "Criminal Minds," CBS, 12.20 million viewers

12. "Dancing with the Stars: The Results Show," ABC, 12.11 million viewers

13. "Modern Family," ABC, 11.89 million viewers

14. "The Voice" (Monday), NBC, 11.63 million viewers

15. "The Voice" (Tuesday), NBC, 11.15 million viewers

16. "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation," CBS, 11.01 million viewers

17. "Elementary," CBS, 10.75 million viewers

18. "Vegas," CBS, 10.41 million viewers

19. "Castle," ABC, 10.08 million viewers

20. "Survivor: Philippines," CBS, 10.06 million viewers

Photo Credits: Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

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