All networks, except Fox, claim weekly honors

Tue Nov 11, 2008 11:31pm EST
 
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LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - With the World Series over and Election Night boosting audiences levels last week, CBS attracted the most viewers for the sixth consecutive frame.

Seven of the network's series hit season-high deliveries, led by the week's top show, "60 Minutes" (18.5 million), which featured an interview with Barack Obama's campaign team and was aided by a heavy NFL lead-in. "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" (18.2 million) followed in the rankings.

ABC and NBC tied for first place among the advertiser-friendly adults 18-49 demographic, with ABC fueled by its scripted dramas and NBC by the NFL and "Saturday Night Live."

ABC is ranked No. 1 season-to-date in the demo, and it boasted four shows in the top 10 among viewers, with "Dancing with the Stars" (17.1 million) at No. 4, and "Desperate Housewives" (15.9 million) at No. 5.

NBC's "Sunday Night Football" featuring the New York Giants and Philadelphia Eagles ranked No. 3 among viewers (17.6 million) and No. 1 among adults 18-49 (6.7 rating/16 share).

The debut of NBC's new Wednesday night crime block got off to a weak start, however. The 19th-season debut of "Law & Order" collared just 7.9 million viewers.

Returning to original series after weeks of baseball pre-emptions, Fox's best-rated night -- Tuesday -- was pre-empted by election coverage. As a result, the network's highest-rated show was "Bones" (10.2 million), which ranked at No. 25 for the week.

Among total viewers, CBS (11.0 million) was followed by ABC (10.4 million), NBC (8.9 million) and Fox (5.9 million).

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter