CBS is Tops in Ratings for Eighth Straight Week


"The Big Bang Theory," led the way for CBS's ratings win this past week, leading to the network's eight straight week atop the Nielsen ratings (Photo by CBS).

LOS ANGELES – CBS is the only network that can claim to be the most-watched for eight straight weeks this season. Last week, CBS won five nights and beat its nearest competition for the week by +1.95 million viewers (6.39m versus 4.44m, +44%), according to Nielsen live plus same day ratings for the week ending April 29. The Network also finished tied for first in adults 25-54 (1.3) and tied for second in adults 18-49 (0.8).

CBS had three of the week’s top five broadcasts (THE BIG BANG THEORY, YOUNG SHELDON and 60 MINUTES) with seven of the top 10 (MOM, BLUE BLOODS, SURVIVOR and HAWAII FIVE-0) and 11 of the top 20 (NCIS: LOS ANGELES, INSTINCT, NCIS 9:00 PM SPECIAL, NCIS ENCORE and THE BIG BANG THEORY 8:00 PM SPECIAL).

The winning nights included Wednesday, as the Network was first with 6.58 million viewers. At 8:00 PM, SURVIVOR was first in viewers (7.81m) and adults 25-54 (2.3/08). Compared to last week, SURVIVOR was up +5% in adults 25-54 (from 2.2/08) and added +80,000 viewers (from 7.73m, +1%). SURVIVOR was the night’s #1 program in viewers for the eighth time in the last nine weeks. At 9:00 PM, SEAL TEAM was first in viewers (6.26m), while at 10:00 PM the premiere of CODE BLACK was first in viewers (5.64m), adults 25-54 (1.1/04) and tied for first with NBC in adults 18-49 (0.7/03).

On Thursday, CBS was first across the board, winning in viewers (8.01m), adults 25-54 (2.0/07) and adults 18-49 (1.3/06). CBS won the first Thursday in the May Sweep for the seventh consecutive year in viewers, sixth straight in adults 25-54 and adults 18-49.

At 8:00 PM, THE BIG BANG THEORY was first in viewers (11.79m), adults 25-54 (3.2/12) and adults 18-49 (2.0/09). THE BIG BANG THEORY was the night’s #1 program in viewers and key demos. At 8:30 PM, YOUNG SHELDON was first in viewers (11.15m), adults 25-54 (2.9/10) and adults 18-49 (1.8/07) and was the #2 program for the night. MOM at 9:00 PM was first in viewers (8.31m), adults 25-54 (2.2/07) and adults 18-49 (1.3/05), ranking #3 for the night in viewers and adults 25-54 (tied with ESPN’s NFL Draft coverage). LIFE IN PIECES at 9:30 was first in viewers (6.22m) and adults 25-54 (1.6/05), while finishing second in adults 18-49 (1.0/04). S.W.A.T. wrapped up the night, finishing second in viewers (5.22m).

On Friday, CBS finished first in viewers (7.39m) for the 23rd time this season, while also finishing first in adults 25-54 (1.2/5) for the 22nd time and in adults 18-49 (0.8/4) for the 21st time. MACGYVER was first in viewers (6.26m), adults 25-54 (1.1/04) and adults 18-49 (0.7/04) and was the night’s #3 program in viewers and #3 broadcast in adults 25-54 and adults 18-49 (tie), behind BLUE BLOODS and HAWAII FIVE-0. At 9:00 PM, HAWAII FIVE-0 was first in viewers (7.79m), adults 25-54 (1.3/05) and adults 18-49 (0.9/04). Compared to last week, HAWAII FIVE-0 added +270,000 viewers (from 7.52m, +4%). HAWAII FIVE-0 was the night’s #1 broadcast in adults 18-49, tied with BLUE BLOODS as the #1 broadcast in adults 25-54 and the #2 program in viewers (behind BLUE BLOODS). Wrapping up the night, BLUE BLOODS was first in viewers (8.13m), adults 25-54 (1.3/05) and adults 18-49 (0.8/04). BLUE BLOODS was the night’s #1 program in viewers, tied as the #1 broadcast in adults 25-54 with HAWAII FIVE-0 and #2 broadcast in adults 18-49 (behind HAWAII FIVE-0).

On Saturday, CBS was the most-watched network (3.46m) as RANSOM kicked off the night with 2.50 million viewers, followed by 48 HOURS 9:00 PM SPECIAL (3.49m viewers) and 48 HOURS (4.39m viewers). Compared to last week, 48 HOURS added +790,000 viewers (from 3.60m, +22%) and posted its largest audience since April 7.

On Sunday, CBS was first in viewers (7.45m) as 60 MINUTES kicked off the night with 9.16 million viewers. Compared to last week, 60 MINUTES added +140,000 viewers (from 9.02m, +1%) and was Sunday’s #1 prime program in viewers. INSTINCT was second in viewers (7.01m) and was the night’s #2 scripted program in viewers behind NCIS: LOS ANGELES, which was also second in its hour in viewers (7.62m). MADAM SECRETARY was first in viewers (6.03m) and was the night’s #3 scripted program in that demo.

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