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NFL Scores Again For NBC In Nielsen Ratings
New York Giants’ Leon Hall (25) runs back an interception as Dallas Cowboys’ Dez Bryant (88) chases him during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
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Another week of football meant another winning week for NBC, according to the Nielsen company. A pair of NFL face-offs handed NBC the week’s most-watched and third-ranked programs, Nielsen said Tuesday.

But NBC had more in its playbook: a solid new hit drama. Although “This Is Us” isn’t the fall’s biggest new hit -CBS’s “Bull” took the No. 7 slot last week - this gentle family drama continued to make NBC proud, landing in the No. 9 position with nearly 11 million viewers.

Also contributing to the cause, though not as much as NBC might have hoped, was its annual live musical. “Hairspray Live!” sung-and-danced its way to an 18th place showing with 9 million viewers.

To no one’s surprise, the half-season finale of “The Walking Dead” was a ratings highlight for AMC, taking 11th place with more than 10 million viewers.

In prime time for the week, NBC averaged 10.61 million viewers. CBS was second with 7.76 million viewers, Fox and ABC were tied with 4.49 million, Univision had 1.78 million, Telemundo had 1.53 million, the CW had 1.47 million and ION Television had 1.22 million.

Fox News Channel remained the most popular cable network last week, averaging 2.51 million viewers in prime time. Hallmark had 2.27 million, while ESPN had 2.22 million.

“NBC Nightly News’” won the week’s evening news race, averaging 9.18 million viewers to 9.11 million for “ABC World News Tonight.” The “CBS Evening News” had 7.62 million.

Below are primetime viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for Dec. 5-11. Listings include the week’s ranking and viewership.

1. NFL Football: Dallas at New York Giants, NBC, 26.50 million.

2. “Sunday Night NFL Pre-Kick,” NBC, 19.00 million.

3. NFL Football: Oakland at Kansas City, NBC, 17.40 million.

4. “NCIS,” CBS, 14.69 million.

5. “Football Night in America,” NBC, 12.91 million.

6. “The OT,” Fox, 11.89 million.

7. “Bull,” CBS, 11.68 million.

8. “60 Minutes,” CBS, 11.13 million.

9. “This is Us,” NBC, 10.95 million.

10. NFL Football Pre-Kick: Oakland at Kansas City, NBC, 10.88 million.

11. “The Walking Dead,” AMC, 10.59 million.

12. “Blue Bloods,” CBS, 10.18 million.

13. “The Voice” (Tuesday), NBC, 10.16 million viewers.

14. “The Voice” (Monday), NBC, 10.08 million.

15. “The Big Bang Theory,” CBS, 9.67 million.

16. “Hawaii Five-O,” CBS, 9.40 million.

17. “NCIS: New Orleans,” CBS, 9.36 million.

18. “Hairspray Live!,” NBC, 9.05 million.

19. “Survivor,” CBS, 8.50 million.

20. NFL Football: Indianapolis at NY Jets, ESPN, 8.093 million.

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