CBS continued to dominate the ratings last week among both overall households and younger viewers, with its NCIS holding the top spot for the fourth week in a row and the spin-off, NCIS Los Angeles scoring the best ratings for a new show for a fourth time. According to Nielsen Media Research, it was the first time that a network has had the same No. 1 show and No. 1 new show for each of the first four weeks of the season since 1998 when NBC did so with E.R. and Jesse . A handful of other new series also showed promise, particularly ABC's Modern Family and Cougar Town and NBC's Mercy. For the week, CBS averaged a 7.5 rating and a 12 share. ABC placed second with a 5.8/10. Fox was third with a 4.8/8, while NBC trailed with a 4.7/8. Among the nightly newscasts, NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams widened its lead against ABC World News with Charles Gibson by a count of 8.8 million viewers to 7.7 million. CBS Evening News with Katie Couric remained far behind with 5.2 million. Meanwhile, Sports Business Daily reported Tuesday that ratings for post-season baseball on cable and broadcast TV are up 13 percent from last year.
The top ten shows of the week according to Nielsen Research 1. NCIS, CBS, 12.9/20; 2. Sunday Night Football, NBC, 10.9/17; 3. Dancing With The Stars , ABC, 10.8/16; 4. Csi Crime Scene Investigation, CBS, 9.7/15; 4. (Tie) The Mentalist, CBS, 9.7/16; 4. (Tie) NCIS Los Angeles, CBS, 9.7/15; 7. 60 Minutes, CBS, 9.2/14; 8. Dancing with the Stars Results, ABC, 9.1/14; 9. Grey's Anatomy, ABC, 8.9/14; 10. CSI NY, CBS, 8.8/15.