CBS could claim lay claim to a dozen of last week's top 20 shows, but in prime time overall, NBC wasn't far behind.
CBS was powered by its strong slate of dramas, which do well even in reruns, along with "60 Minutes" and three editions of "Big Brother," according to figures released Tuesday by the Nielsen Co.
But NBC got a boost from "America's Got Talent," which seized the top two slots.
For the week, CBS averaged 6.0 million viewers in prime time (3.9 household rating, 7 share), compared to NBC's 5.2 million (3.2 rating, 6 share). Fox, which boasted baseball's All-Stars Game and its pre-gamer, was in third place with 5.0 million (3.1 rating, 6 share). ABC was fourth with 4.7 million viewers (2.9 rating, 5 share), ION Television had 1.2 million (0.8 rating, 1 share), and the CW had 810,000 (0.5 rating, 1 share).
Among the Spanish-language networks, Univision led with a prime-time average of 3.3 million viewers (1.8 rating, 3 share), Telemundo had 1.1 million (0.6 rating, 1 share), TeleFutura had 810,000 (0.4 rating, 1 share), Estrella had 190,000 and Azteca had 170,000 (both 0.1 rating, 0 share).
NBC's "Nightly News" topped the evening newscasts with an average of 7.7 million viewers (5.0 rating, 11 share). ABC's "World News" was second with 6.9 million (4.6 rating, 10 share), and the "CBS Evening News" had 5.6 million viewers (3.7 rating, 8 share).
A ratings point represents 1,147,000 households, or 1 percent of the nation's estimated 114.7 million TV homes. The share is the percentage of in-use televisions tuned to a given show.
For the week of July 11-17, the top 10 shows, their networks and viewerships: "America's Got Talent" (Tuesday, 9 p.m.), NBC, 14.07 million; "America's Got Talent" (Wednesday), NBC, 11.43 million; MLB All-Star Game, Fox, 10.97 million; "NCIS," CBS, 8.86 million; "60 Minutes," CBS, 8.70 million; MLB All-Star Pre-Game Show, Fox, 8.21 million; "The Bachelorette," ABC, 8.12 million; "NCIS: Los Angeles," CBS, 7.49 million; "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation," CBS, 7.39 million; "Big Brother 13" (Wednesday), CBS, 7.31 million.
ABC is owned by The Walt Disney Co. CBS is owned by CBS Corp. CW is a joint venture of Warner Bros. Entertainment and CBS Corp. Fox and My Network TV are units of News Corp. NBC and Telemundo are owned by Comcast. ION Television is owned by ION Media Networks. TeleFutura is a division of Univision. Azteca America is a wholly owned subsidiary of TV Azteca S.A. de C.V.