CBS Claims Victory in Round 1 of New TV Season

The Nielsen Co. says CBS averaged 12 million viewers last week, some 2 million more than runner-up ABC.

The season premiere of “Two and a Half Men” didn’t hurt CBS’ cause. Nearly 29 million viewers tuned in to see Ashton Kutcher arrive as Charlie Sheen’s replacement on the veteran sitcom. It was the most-watched show of the week.    

But CBS logged another 10 shows in the Top 20. These include the premiere of “2 Broke Girls,” and also the most-watched new dramas — “Unforgettable” and “Person of Interest.”

Fox’s much-anticipated singing competition, “The X Factor,” ranked 19th and 20th.

NBC’s “Nightly News” topped the evening newscasts with an average of 7.97 million viewers (5.4 rating, 11 share). ABC’s “World News” was second with 7.27 million (5.0 rating, 10 share) and the “CBS Evening News” had 5.82 million viewers (4.0 rating, 8 share).

A ratings point represents 1,147,000 households, or 1% of the nation’s estimated 114.7 million TV homes. The share is the percentage of in-use televisions tuned to a given show.

Prime-time viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for Sept. 19-25. Listings include the week’s ranking and viewership.

   1. “Two and a Half Men,” CBS, 28.74 million.

   2. NFL Football:PittsburghatIndianapolis, NBC, 20.36 million.

   3. “NCIS,” CBS, 19.96 million.

   4. “2 Broke Girls,” CBS, 19.37 million.

   5. “Dancing with the Stars,” ABC, 19.03 million.

   6. “NCIS:Los Angeles,” CBS, 16.71 million.

   7. “Sunday Night NFL Pre-Kick,” NBC, 15.98 million.

   8. “The Big Bang Theory”-Special, CBS, 14.94 million.

   9. “Dancing with the Stars”-Results, ABC, 14.79 million.

   10. “Modern Family,” ABC, 14.54 million.

   11. “Modern Family”-Special, ABC, 14.52 million.

   12. “The Big Bang Theory,” CBS, 14.30 million.

   13. “Criminal Minds,” CBS, 14.14 million.

   14. “Unforgettable,” CBS, 14.09 million.

   15. “The Mentalist,” CBS, 13.56 million.

   16. “Person of Interest,” CBS, 13.33 million.

   17. “Castle,” ABC, 13.28 million.

   18. “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” CBS, 12.74 million.

   19. “The X Factor” (Thursday), Fox, 12.52 million.

   20. “The X Factor” (Wednesday), Fox, 12.49 million.

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 ABC is owned by The Walt DisneyCo.; CBS is a division of CBS Corp.; Fox is a unit of News Corp.; NBC is owned by NBC Universal.

Nielsen permits use of only the top 20 on websites.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.

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