Nielsen's top programs for Aug. 20-26

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Posted: Aug 28, 2012 2:35 PM
Nielsen's top programs for Aug. 20-26

Prime-time viewership numbers compiled by the Nielsen Co. for Aug. 20-26:

1. "America's Got Talent" (Tuesday), NBC, 9.9 million.

2. NFL Exhibition Football: Carolina vs. N.Y. Jets, NBC, 9.82 million.

3. "America's Got Talent" (Wednesday), NBC, 8.6 million.

4. "60 Minutes," CBS, 8.58 million.

5. "NCIS," CBS, 8.09 million.

6. "The Big Bang Theory," CBS, 7.44 million.

7. "Big Brother 14" (Sunday), CBS, 7.37 million.

8. "NCIS: Los Angeles," CBS, 7.15 million.

9. "The Mentalist" (Tuesday), CBS, 6.29 million.

10. "Big Brother 14" (Thursday), CBS, 6.28 million.

11. "Hell's Kitchen" (Monday), Fox, 6.23 million.

12. "Master Chef" (Tuesday), Fox, 5.99 million.

13. "Two and a Half Men" (Thursday), CBS, 5.95 million.

14. "20/20," ABC, 5.93 million.

15. Auto Racing: NASCAR at Bristol, ABC, 5.91 million.

16. "Big Brother 14" (Wednesday), CBS, 5.86 million.

17. "Criminal Minds," CBS, 5.77 million.

18. "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation," CBS, 5.61 million.

19. "The Mentalist" (Sunday), CBS, 5.57 million.

20. "2 Broke Girls," CBS, 5.47 million.

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