NBC's The Singing Bee lost a lot of its sting last week as it lost its top spot on the weekly Nielsen ratings list, falling to No. 6. It was replaced by CBS's CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, the usual weekly winner when Fox's American Idol is not airing. Still, NBC's own talent contest, America's Got Talent, was a close second on the list. Fox's So You Think You Can Dance performed nicely to tie (with CBS's 60 Minutes) for third. For the most part, however, the usual broadcast network viewers had other things on their mind during the week, as CBS captured the highest average with just a 4.3 rating and an 8 share. NBC was in second place with only a 3.7/7. Fox was close behind with a 3.5/7, while ABC trailed with a 3.3/6. In the evening news race, Charles Gibson returned from vacation and ABC's World News With Charles Gibson returned to first place. The Gibson newscast drew 7.5 million viewers, while NBC Nightly News With Brian Williams drew 7.2 million. CBS Evening News With Katie Couric remained well behind with 5.9 million.
The top ten shows of the week according to Nielsen Research:
1. CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, CBS, 6.4/11; 2. America's Got Talent, NBC, 6.2/11; 3. 60 Minutes, CBS, 5.9/12; 3. So You Think Can Dance (Thursday) , Fox, 5.9/10; 5. Two and a Half Men, CBS, 5.8/10; 6. Shark (Thursday), CBS, 5.7/10; 6. Singing Bee, NBC, 5.7/10; 8. CSI: NY, CBS, 5.5/10; 8. Don't Forget the Lyrics (Thursday), Fox, 5.5/10; 8. NCIS, CBS, 5.5/10.