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Dallas Cowboys cornerback Jourdan Lewis (27) defends as Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Alshon Jeffery (17) catches a pass for a touchdown in the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth)
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As Thanksgiving approaches, NBC can be thankful for another weekly ratings win, its second in a row.

As with last week, NBC won largely on the strength of two football games. Sunday night's clash between Philadelphia and Dallas was the week's most-watched program, while Thursday's face-off between Tennessee and Pittsburgh ranked third, Nielsen said. Sunday's game was the fourth "Sunday Night Football" so far in this young season to top 20 million viewers.

Three editions of "The Voice" helped NBC as well, ranking 12th, 15th and 22nd, as well as the network's powerhouse drama "This Is Us," ranking 11th.

CBS' freshman comedy "Young Sheldon" (ranked sixth) and ABC's new medical drama "The Good Doctor" (10th) held their status as the cream of the fall crop.

ABC's "American Music Awards" drew 9.15 million viewers to rank 18th.

The week's only premiere was the season kickoff of CBS' sitcom "Man with a Plan," which placed 41st with 5.38 million viewers.

Overall, NBC averaged 8.79 million viewers in primetime. CBS had 7.83 million, ABC had 5.55 million, Fox had 2.72 million, Univision had 1.68 million, the CW had 1.33 million, Telemundo had 1.21 million and ION Television had 1.19 million.

ESPN was the week's most popular cable network, averaging 2.68 million viewers in prime time (and scoring cable's top show, the NFL duel between the Dolphins and the Panthers, seen by 8.81 million viewers). Fox News Channel had 2.27 million and Hallmark had 2.23 million.

ABC's "World News Tonight" continued its winning streak atop the evening news shows, averaging 9.14 million viewers. NBC's "Nightly News" had 8.48 million and the "CBS Evening News" had 6.71 million.

Below are primetime viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for Nov. 13-19. Listings include the week's ranking and viewership.

1. NFL Football: Philadelphia at Dallas, NBC, 21.06 million.
2. "Sunday Night NFL Pre-Kick," NBC, 15.31 million.
3. NFL Thursday Night Football: Tennessee at Pittsburgh, NBC, 13.52 million.
4. "The Big Bang Theory," CBS, 13.44 million.
5. "NCIS," CBS, 13.09 million.
6. "Young Sheldon," CBS, 11.83 million.
7. "60 Minutes," CBS, 11.47 million.
8. Football Night in America, NBC, 11.40 million.
9. "Bull," CBS, 10.36 million.
10. "The Good Doctor," ABC, 10.15 million.
11. "This Is Us," NBC, 10.05 million.
12. "The Voice" (Tuesday), NBC, 9.98 million.
13. "Dancing With the Stars," ABC, 9.90 million.
14. "NCIS: New Orleans," CBS, 9.70 million.
15. "The Voice" (Monday), NBC, 9.60 million.
16. "Blue Bloods," CBS, 9.25 million.
17. "Hawaii Five-0," CBS, 9.17 million.
18. "American Music Awards," ABC, 9.15 million
19. "Survivor," CBS, 8.85 million.
20. NFL Football: Miami at Carolina, ESPN, 8.81 million.

ABC is owned by The Walt Disney Co.; CBS is a division of CBS Corp.; NBC is owned by NBC Universal.