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NBC tops week in demo, but CBS gains

Eye sees rookies rise while 'Big Bang' tops all shows

There appears to be no stopping NBC this fall with its combo of “The Voice” and “Sunday Night Football.”

Even on a week when CBS had significant football boosts on both Saturday and Sunday and had the week’s No. 1 entertainment series in “The Big Bang Theory,” the Peacock prevailed among young adults and tied the Eye in adults 25-54.

CBS, which also saw “Vegas” and “Elementary” rise week to week, won in total viewers by the largest margin of the season, besting runner-up NBC by 3 million (11.6 to 8.6).

ABC, which has numerous problem spots on its sked, doesn’t have to fret about Friday, at least. Its new comedy combo of “Last Man Standing” and the new “Malibu Country” performed well in their bows, and “Shark Tank” remains an unsung star on the night.

Fox had a forgettable week, meanwhile, hampered in part by the quick end to the World Series.

Overall in primetime, according to Nielsen estimates for the week of Oct. 29-Nov. 4, NBC led in adults 18-49 with a season-high 3.1 rating/8 share, followed by CBS (2.8/8), ABC (2.2/6), Fox (1.7/5) and Univision (1.5/4). NBC and CBS tied in adults 25-54 (3.6 rating).

NBC has now won five of the fall’s first six weeks in 18-49 and is up for the season by 24% while its rivals are all down: ABC by 11%, CBS by 18% and Fox by a big 31%.

“Sunday Night Football” was the week’s top program (8.5/21 in 18-49, 21.76m), and “The Voice” ranked in the top five with two-hour segs on both Monday (4.8/11, 12.44m) and Tuesday (4.6/12, 12.13m), with the music contest matching its best weekly average this season.

“Revolution” again bested its Monday rivals in demos (3.0/7, 7.89m), and the net’s special on Hurricane Sandy scored well (2.9/8, 8.29m). Continuing to cover Sandy damage on Thursday, newsmag “Rock Center” (1.3/3, 4.85m) drew its best numbers of fall.

At CBS, “The Big Bang Theory” hit a season high (5.2/15, 15.90m), one of nine top-25 shows on the net — as many as ABC (five) and NBC (four) combined.

Bouncing back off their lowest scores to date, the net’s rookie dramas “Vegas” (1.7/4, 10.75m) and “Elementary” (2.4/6, 10.49m) were both up a tick week to week.

The net’s telecast of college football rivals Alabama and LSU dominated Saturday (4.0/13, 11.35m), though it drew nowhere near the 20 million that the teams attracted when they met a year ago or the 24.2 million when they faced each other again in January for the national championship.

ABC was led by “Modern Family” (4.2/12, 10.62m), though its Halloween night airing was its lowest-rated of the season. It also had its best Thursday of the season thanks to the “CMA Awards” (3.8/10, 13.68m), but a switch from its usual night of Wednesday contributed to the kudocast’s lowest ratings ever.

The Alphabet had a strong Friday, as “Last Man Standing” kicked off its second season (2.0/7, 8.07m), and Reba McEntire laffer “Malibu Country” opened strong (2.3/8, 9.13m), tying with lead-out “Shark Tank” (2.3/7, 7.44m) as the night’s top show in 18-49. The “Malibu” preem was the biggest for any scripted Friday show in five years, and was higher than two of the net’s drama premieres this fall (“Last Resort” and “666 Park Avenue”).

Fox’s week was a wasted one due largely to the World Series wrapping in the minimum four games on Sunday of last week. Tuesday’s “New Girl” (2.3/6, 4.75m) and “The Mindy Project” (1.5/4, 3.12m), Wednesday’s “X Factor” (2.7/8, 7.60m) and Sunday’s “Family Guy” (2.5/6, 5.11m) all hit season lows.

After AMC’s “Walking Dead” (4.9/11, 9.27m), FX had the week’s next top two scripted cable shows in 18-49 with “Sons of Anarchy” (2.5/7, 4.59m) and “American Horror Story” (1.5/4, 2.47m). Discovery saw a strong return Friday for unscripted hit “Gold Rush” (1.8/5, 4.41m), followed by the preem of “Jungle Gold” (1.2/4, 2.77m).

And National Geographic Channel drew 2.72 million viewers (more than any program on the net this year) for its Sunday special “SEAL Team Six: The Raid on Osama bin Laden.”

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