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NBC Scores Nielsen TD With NFL Thursday and Sunday Night Football
In this Nov. 24, 2016 file photo, Pittsburgh Steelers’ Mike Mitchell (23) jumps over Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Donte Moncrief (10) after making an interception during the second half of an NFL football game in Indianapolis. The Thursday night clash between the Steelers and the Colts was the week’s most-watched show, scoring nearly 21 million viewers. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)
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Football helped loft NBC to a ratings win last week, according to the Nielsen company.

Its Thursday night clash between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Indianapolis Colts was the week’s most-watched show, scoring nearly 21 million viewers. The runner-up was NBC’s Sunday sportscast of the Kansas City Chiefs vs. the Denver Broncos, seen by 18.44 million viewers.

But CBS was close behind with “60 Minutes,” ranked third with more than 17 million viewers, and, in fourth place, the seemingly indomitable “NCIS,” logging nearly 15 million viewers.

Overall for the week in prime time among broadcast networks, NBC averaged 9.25 million viewers. CBS averaged 7.93 million viewers. ABC averaged 5.84 million viewers, Fox had 2.90 million, Univision had 1.73 million, Telemundo had 1.50 million, ION Television had 1.38 million and the CW had 1.33 million.

Among cable networks, the Hallmark Channel led with 3.00 million, while ESPN had 2.89 million and Fox News Channel had 1.94 million. Cable news rival CNN averaged 698,000 viewers, while MSNBC averaged 648,000.

“NBC Nightly News” topped the evening newscasts with an average 9.61 million viewers while ABC’s “World News Tonight” had an average of 9.22 million viewers. The “CBS Evening News” had 8.01 million.

Below are primetime viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for Nov. 21-27. Listings include the week’s ranking and viewership.

1. NFL Football: Pittsburgh at Indianapolis, NBC, 20.88 million.

2. NFL Football: Kansas City at Denver, NBC, 18.44 million.

3. “60 Minutes,” CBS, 17.27 million.

4. “NCIS,” CBS, 14.86 million.

5. “Thursday Night NFL Pre-Kick,” NBC, 14.69 million.

6. “Sunday Night NFL Pre-kick,” NBC, 13.14 million.

7. “Dancing with the Stars” (Monday), ABC, 12.08 million.

8. NFL Football: Houston at Oakland, ESPN, 11.79 million.

9. NFL Thursday Pre-game, NBC, 11.73 million.

10. “NCIS: Los Angeles,” CBS, 11.39 million.

11. “Dancing with the Stars” (Tuesday), ABC, 10.98 million.

12. “Bull,” CBS, 10.89 million.

13. “The Walking Dead,” AMC, 10.40 million.

14. “Football Night in America,” NBC, 9.86 million.

15. “The Voice,” NBC, 9.64 million.

16. “The Voice’ (Tuesday), NBC, 9.47 million.

17. “This Is Us,” NBC, 9.00 million.

18. “Madam Secretary,” CBS, 8.97 million.

19. “NCIS: New Orleans,” CBS, 8.50 million.

20. “Survivor” (Special), CBS, 7.74 million.

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