first_imgCBS reclaimed the primetime television ratings crown after a one-week absence, with six of the 10 most-watched shows last week and the largest audiences of the season for “Cold Case,” “Shark” and “Numb3rs.” CBS averaged 11.95 million viewers for its primetime programming between Nov. 12 and Sunday, to become the most-watched network for the fifth time in the season’s eight weeks, according to figures released today by Nielsen Media Research. After a victory the previous week, ABC was second with 10.37 million viewers, followed by Fox Broadcasting (8.54 million viewers), NBC (8.24 million), The CW (2.96 million); My Network TV (1.1 million) and ION Television (550,000). Among the Spanish-language networks, Univision led with 3.84 million, followed by Telemundo with 930,000, Telefutura with 730,000 and Azteca America with 240,000. In a season where most of the new series have struggled to attract viewers, the ABC comedy “Samantha Who?” was the week’s most-watched new series for the fifth time in its five airings with 13.7 million viewers, finishing 15th overall. ABC’s coverage of Sunday’s American Music Awards reversed its two-year trend of declining viewership, averaging 11.81 million viewers, its most since 2004, when it drew 12.91 million. The American Music Awards ceremony, which has aired annually on ABC since 1974, drew a record audience of 48.16 million in 1985. Viewership for awards shows have routinely sunk to record lows in recent years because their proliferation makes each one less unique. And, like all forms of television programming, they are also impacted by growing competition from the Internet, cable television and home video. ABC’s “World News with Charles Gibson” was the most-watched network nightly newscast for the third time in four weeks, averaging 9.084 million viewers — 2,000 more than the “NBC Nightly News”, the previous week’s winner. “The CBS Evening News with Katie Couric” was third for the 60th consecutive week, averaging 6.69 million viewers. The week’s 10 most-watched primetime programs were ABC’s Monday edition of “Dancing with the Stars”; CBS’ “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation”; ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy” and the Tuesday “Dancing with the Stars” results show; CBS’ “NCIS”; Fox Broadcasting’s “House”; and CBS’ “Criminal Minds,” “CSI: Miami,” “Survivor: China” and “60 Minutes.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Fox was first among viewers ages 18-49, the group it targets, as does ABC and NBC. Fox also led among viewers ages 2-49, 12-17, 12-34, 12-49 and 18- 34. CBS was first among viewers 25-54, 35-49 and 55 and older. Fox broadcasts 15 hours of primetime programming each week, compared to 22 each for ABC, CBS and NBC. For the third time in four weeks, the Monday competition edition of ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” was the week’s most-watched program, averaging a season-high 21.43 million viewers. It was ABC’s largest non-sports audience in the Monday 8-9:30 p.m. time slot since May 1, 2000, when the network aired a celebrity version of “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” and the opening half-hour of the conclusion of a two-part made-for-television movie. last_img read more