Come what May: 'NCIS,' CBS top the Nielsen TV ratings

May 22nd, 2013
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The May sweeps — the Nielsen TV ratings — are over, and the No. 1 ranking goes to (drum roll), “NCIS.”
The CBS procedural, starring a top-notch combo led by Mark Harmon, dominated the list again with 18.8 million viewers.
The spin-off show, CBS’ “NCIS: Los Angeles,” at No. 4, and the Monday favorite, ABC’s “Castle,” were the only other procedurals on the Top 10.
The island-based CBS series, “Hawaii Five-0,” which has struggled to maintain a following in its third season, finished a distant No. 25 with 7.9 million viewers.
Highlights of the May sweeps:
• “American Idol” hit a record low, with 14.3 million viewers, which was down 33 per cent from the finale show last season; two episodes of CBS’ “Big Bang Theory” on Thursday, and the finale of “NCIS” Tuesday possibly added to the reality show’s erosion and decline.
• In network ranking, CBS was the winner with 11.9 million, and a 3.7 rating for the 18 to 49 demographics; ABC pulled in 7.9 million, and a 2.8 in demos; Fox eked out third place with 7.1 million and a 3.2 demo; and NBC was fourth with 7.0 million and a 3.0 demo.
The rating period was from April 21 through May 19.
Here’s the overall picture:

TOP 20 NETWORK SHOWS

Rank / Show ........................ Viewers (millions)
1 — “NCIS” (CBS) ..........................................18.8
2 — “Big Bang Theory” (CBS) ..........................15.5
3 — “American Idol” (Tue, Fox) .......................14.3
4 — “NCIS: Los Angeles” (CBS) ........................13.5
5 — “Dancing With the Stars” (Mon, ABC)..........13.3
6 — “American Idol” (Wed, Fox) ......................12.1
7 — “Dancing With the Stars” (Tue, ABC) .......11.9
8 — “Big Band Theory” (repeat, CBS) ..............11.8
9 — “The Voice” (Mon, NBC)..........................11.3
10 —“Castle” (ABC).......................................11.2
11 — “Criminal Minds” (CBS)..........................10.6
12 — “The Voice” (Tue, NBC) .........................10.5
13 — “60 Minutes” (CBS)..................................10.2
14 — “Modern Family” (ABC) ...........................10.0
15 — (tie) “CSI” (CBS)...................................... 9.5
(tie) “Billboard Music Awards” (ABC) ................9.5
17 — “Scandal” (ABC).........................................9.1
18 — (tie) “Grey’s Anatomy” (ABC) ....................9.0
(tie) “Elementary” (CBS) ....................................9.0
20 — “2 Broke Girls” (CBS)................................8.9

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3 Responses to “Come what May: 'NCIS,' CBS top the Nielsen TV ratings”

  1. fans are too defensive:

    The next time I hear that phrase "on the hit show Hawaii Five 0" I am going to sue the writer of the article for libel. LOL


  2. AniMatsuri:

    That line is used liberally(think hype) for any show that wasn't cancelled 3 episodes in. I think Vegas billed as a hit show too at one point.


  3. fans are too defensive:

    So true, Ani! LOL They all are! :-)