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CBS Claims 16 of Week’s Top 20 Nielsen Shows
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CBS had a gleam in its eye again last week as the network held on to its Nielsen crown. In primetime viewership, CBS could claim the most-watched show, “NCIS,” and another 15 of the Top 20 programs. (Remarkably, six of those CBS shows are freshman series.)

AMC’s “The Walking Dead” placed third. NBC’s “This Is Us” was ninth. ABC had a pair of entries with “Grey’s Anatomy” and “The Bachelor” (14th and 15th, respectively).

CBS’ broadcast launch of “The Good Fight,” its spinoff of “The Good Wife” that will henceforth be available only on the CBS All Access pay channel, placed 21st with 7.2 million viewers.

The week’s other premiere, CBS’ Katherine Heigl-starring legal drama “Doubt,” opened with a so-so 5.3 million viewers.

In late night, CBS had more good news: “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” was the most-watched show in that nocturnal niche for the third consecutive week, averaging 3 million viewers.

Overall in prime time, CBS averaged 7.55 million viewers, while runner-up NBC was far behind with 4.61 million viewers. ABC had 4.50 million viewers, Fox had 2.87 million, Univision had 1.89 million, Telemundo had 1.39 million, ION Television had 1.27 million, and the CW had 1.23 million.

Fox News Channel remained the week’s most popular cable network in prime time, averaging 2.72 million viewers. TNT had 2.92 million, HGTV had 1.57 million and MSNBC had 1.55 million.

ABC’s “World News Tonight” topped the evening newscasts with an average of 8.68 million viewers, while NBC’s “Nightly News” had 8.54 million and the “CBS Evening News” had 7.10 million.

Below are primetime viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for Feb. 13-19. Listings include the week’s ranking and viewership.

1. “NCIS,” CBS, 15.29 million.

2. “The Big Bang Theory,” CBS, 13.51 million.

3. “The Walking Dead,” AMC, 11.08 million.

4. “Bull,” CBS, 10.64 million.

5. “60 Minutes,” CBS, 10.35 million.

6. “NCIS: New Orleans,” CBS, 10.32 million.

7. “Blue Bloods,” CBS, 10.14 million.

8. “Hawaii Five-O,” CBS, 9.62 million.

9. “This is Us,” NBC, 9.04 million.

10. “NCIS: Los Angeles,” CBS, 8.61 million.

11. “The Great Indoors,” CBS, 8.01 million.

12. “Mom,” CBS, 7.87 million.

13. “Kevin Can Wait,” CBS, 7.86 million.

14. “Grey’s Anatomy,” ABC, 7.68 million.

15. “The Bachelor,” ABC, 7.57 million.

16. “Criminal Minds,” CBS, 7.35 million.

17. “Superior Donuts,” CBS, 7.25 million.

18. “MacGyver,” CBS, 7.239 million.

19. “Scorpion,” CBS, 7.238 million.

20. “Man with a Plan,” CBS, 7.20 million.