NEW YORK - Baseball's All-Star game was a hit with viewers last week to top the ratings. But claiming the No. 2 and 3 slots for the week was a quirkier sort of competition: "America's Got Talent" on NBC.
Mostly on view this midsummer week were lots of episode repeats - much to CBS' benefit, boasting hits like "NCIS" and "Two and a Half Men."
Overall, Fox averaged 6.21 million prime-time viewers (3.9 rating, 7 share), with CBS close behind with 6.19 million (4.1 rating, 8 share), according to Nielsen Media Research.
NBC was in third place with 5.29 million viewers (3.4 rating, 6 share), followed by ABC with 4.16 million viewers (2.7 rating, 5 share), My Network TV with 1.44 million viewers (0.9 rating, 2 share), the CW with 920,000 viewers (0.6 rating, 1 share), and ION Television with 580,000 viewers (0.4 rating, 1 share).
Among the Spanish-language networks, Univision led with a 3.19 million average audience (1.7 rating, 3 share). Telemundo had 980,000 viewers (0.5 rating, 1 share), TeleFutura had 870,000 viewers (0.5 rating, 1 share), and Azteca had 170,000 viewers (0.1 rating, 0 share).
As usual, NBC's "Nightly News" topped the evening newscasts with an average of 7.4 million viewers (5.0 rating, 11 share). ABC's "World News" was second with 6.5 million (4.4 rating, 10 share) and the "CBS Evening News" had 5.1 million viewers (3.6 rating, 8 share).
A ratings point represents 1,145,000 households, or 1 per cent of the nation's estimated 114.5 million TV homes. The share is the percentage of in-use televisions tuned to a given show.
For the week of July 13-19, the top 10 shows, their networks and viewerships: All-Star game, Fox, 14.59 million viewers; "America's Got Talent" (Tuesday), NBC, 13.51 million; "America's Got Talent" (Wednesday), NBC, 11.64 million; MLB All-Star Pregame Show, Fox, 11.22 million; "NCIS," CBS, 10.45 million; "Two and a Half Men," CBS, 9.12 million; "The Mentalist," CBS, 8.37 million; "The Big Bang Theory," CBS, 8.23 million; "The Bachelorette," ABC, 8.013 million; "CSI: Miami," CBS, 8.012 million.
ABC is 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 and My Network TV are units of News Corp.; NBC and Telemundo are owned by General Electric Co.; ION Television is owned by ION Media Networks; TeleFutura is a division of Univision; Azteca America is a wholly owned subsidiary of TV Azteca S.A. de C.V.
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