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CBS wins season in total viewers for sixth straight year

by jmaloni

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Tue, May 20th 2014 08:00 pm

Network has four of the top five dramas; "The Big Bang Theory" is No. 1 comedy/scripted broadcast in viewers and adults 18-49; "NCIS" is No. 1 drama; "60 Minutes" remains top news program

CBS will win the 2013-2014 season in viewers for the sixth consecutive year and 11th out of the past 12 seasons, according to Nielsen most current ratings through the week ending May 18.

With three nights remaining, CBS leads second-place NBC by 1.45 million viewers (10.73m vs. 9.28m). CBS is finishing the season strongly, winning the past 11 weeks in viewers (every week since the Academy Awards).

CBS also is No. 1 in adults 18-49 and adults 25-54 in primetime with its deep roster of hits, excluding sports. In these categories, CBS ranks first in adults 18-49 (2.3/07) ahead of NBC (2.2/07), ABC (2.2/06) and FOX (2.0/06). Among adults 25-54, CBS (3.1/08) is ahead of NBC (2.7/07), ABC (2.7/07) and FOX (2.3/06).

In a sign of the network's broad reach and demographic strength across the schedule, CBS will finish the season with more programs ranked among the top 30 in viewers (15), adults 18-49 (11) and adults 25-54 (13) than any other network.

Among comedies, CBS has eight of the top 10 in viewers, including No. 1 "The Big Bang Theory," No. 3 "The Millers," No. 4 "Two and a Half Men," No. 5 "How I Met Your Mother," No. 7 "Mike & Molly," No. 8 "2 Broke Girls" and No. 9 "Mom."

Among adults 18-49, CBS had seven of the top 10 comedies, including No. 1 "The Big Bang Theory."

CBS had four of the top five broadcast dramas in viewers and 12 of the top 20, including No. 1 "NCIS," No. 2 "NCIS: Los Angeles," No. 4 "Person of Interest," No. 5 "Blue Bloods," No. 7 "Criminal Minds," No. 11 "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation," No. 12 "Elementary," No. 13 "Hawaii Five-0," No. 14 "The Good Wife" and No. 15 "The Mentalist."

CBS has the No. 1 scripted program in viewers on five nights: Tuesday ("NCIS"), Wednesday ("Criminal Minds"), Thursday ("The Big Bang Theory"), Friday ("Blue Bloods") and Saturday ("Crimetime Saturday").

•CBS is the No. 1 network in L+7-Day DVR lift averaging plus-1.78 million viewers

•Four of the top 10, and 10 of the top 20 gainers in viewers (more than any network) including:

No. 2 "The Big Bang Theory" (plus 4.28m)

No. 4 "Elementary" (3.76m)

No. 8 "Person of Interest" (3.50m)

No. 11 "Blue Bloods" (3.11m)

No. 13 "NCIS" (3.08m)

No. 16 "The Mentalist" (2.87m)

No. 16 "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" (2.87m)

No. 18 "Criminal Minds" (2.78m)

No. 20 "Hawaii Five-0" (2.69m)

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