For the second week in a row, CBS's summer miniseries Under the Dome from Steven Spielberg and Stephen King, topped the Nielsen ratings list with 11.82 million viewers. During a week when ratings usually plummet because of the Fourth of July holiday, the sci-fi episode was the only show to top 10 million viewers, although the Tuesday telecast of NBC's America's Got Talent came close with 9.56 million. The networks' evening newscasts, which were preempted on Thursday and Friday for holiday broadcasts, each drew mediocre numbers. NBC Nightly News with Britain Williams remained in the lead with 7.68 million viewers, followed closely by ABC World News with Diane Sawyer with 7.18 million and the CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley with 5.78 million. Among total households, CBS rose to the top with an average 3.4 rating and a 6 share. NBC was second with a 2.9/5 (but first among adults 18-49). ABC followed with a 2.3/4, while Fox trailed with a 1.6/3.
The top ten shows of the week according to Nielsen Research:
1. Under the Dome, CBS, 7.4/13; 2. America's Got Talent (Tuesday), NBC, 5.8/10; 3. NCIS, CBS, 5.7/10; 4. 60 Minutes Presents, CBS, 5.1/10; 5. The Bachelorette, ABC, 4.5/7; 6. Macy's 4th July Fireworks, NBC, 4.4/10; 7. Dateline Friday, NBC, 3.9/7; 8. The Big Bang Theory, CBS, 3.8/6; 8. (Tie) Big Brother 15 (Sunday), CBS, 3.8/7; 8. (Tie) Blue Bloods, CBS, 3.8/7.