Football and other fancy footwork rule in ratings

AP News
Posted: Dec 04, 2013 2:48 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — Whether on the gridiron or the dance floor, fancy footwork ruled in the ratings last week.

NBC's Thanksgiving Day NFL clash between Pittsburgh and Baltimore seized the top spot in prime time with 21 million viewers, while other football games and related sportscasts took four more of the Top 10 slots.

ABC's "Dancing With the Stars" ranked fifth and sixth for the week, according to figures released by the Nielsen company.

And the zombies of "The Walking Dead" claimed 10th place, scaring up 12 million viewers for AMC.

CBS won the week overall in prime time, averaging 9.56 million viewers. Close behind was NBC with 9.52 million. ABC had 7.03 million and Fox had 3.74 million, while Univision had 2.69 million, The CW had 1.43 million, Telemundo had 1.24 million and ION Television had 1.25 million.

ESPN was the week's most popular cable network, averaging 3.36 million viewers in prime time. The Disney Channel had 2.86 million, USA had 2.06 million and Hallmark had 2.03 million.

For the week of Nov. 25-Dec. 1, the top 10 shows, their networks and viewerships: NFL Football Thanksgiving Special: Pittsburgh at Baltimore, NBC, 21.07 million; "60 Minutes," CBS, 18.09 million; NFL Football: NY Giants at Washington, NBC, 17.75 million; NFL Thursday Post-Game, Oakland at Dallas, CBS, 17.47 million; "Dancing With the Stars Special" (Tuesday), ABC, 14.75 million; "Dancing With the Stars," ABC, 14.61 million; NFL Football: San Francisco at Washington, ESPN, 13.16 million; NFL Thanksgiving Pre-Kick, NBC, 12.67 million; "NCIS: Los Angeles," CBS, 12.32 million; "The Walking Dead," AMC, 12.05 million.


ABC, Disney Channel and ESPN are 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 is owned by 21st Century Fox; NBC and Telemundo are owned by Comcast Corp.; ION Television is owned by ION Media Networks; AMC is owned by AMC Networks; Univision is owned by Univision Communications Inc.