Nielsen: CBS clobbers rivals last week, snapping up 15 of prime-time Top 20 shows

FILE - In this Jan. 9, 2007, file photo, Leslie Moonves, president and CEO of CBS Corp., is silhouetted while watching a video presentation during his keynote speech at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas . Thanks to football and a slate of robust comedy and drama shows, CBS clobbered its prime-time competition for the first full week of 2014. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, file)

NEW YORK, N.Y. - The Nielsen ratings company says football and a slate of robust comedies and dramas gave CBS a big prime-time win last week.

CBS surged with its playoff game between the Indianapolis Colts and the New England Patriots, which drew nearly 32 million viewers as the week's most-watched program. The network claimed an additional 14 of the Top 20 shows on broadcast and cable.

NBC's only entry in the Top 20 was its Golden Globe Awards telecast, which ranked third with nearly 21 million viewers.

Overall for the week, CBS won with an average of 15.2 million viewers, while runner-up NBC had 7.2 million.

The week's top-rated cable networks were ESPN, averaging 4.19 million viewers, followed by USA and History.


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