[01/04/06 - 12:00 AM]
CBS Ends 2005 with Its 15th Consecutive Win in Viewers

[via press release from CBS]


CBS Begins 2006 as the Number One Network in Viewers, Adults 18-49 and Adults 25-54

Rebroadcasts and New Year's Weekend Not Enough to Stop CBS's Winning Streak As the Network Posts Four of the Top Five Programs

"The Kennedy Center Honors" Delivers Its Most Watched and Highest Rated Broadcast in Adults 18-49 and Adults 25-54 Since 2003

Freshman Drama "Criminal Minds" Is a Two-Time Winner, Placing First in Viewers and Demos in Both Its Regular Wednesday Time Period and in a Special Thursday Broadcast

Network Scores Strong Ratings From Rebroadcasts of "CSI," "CSI: NY," "Without a Trace" "Numb3rs," "NCIS" and "CSI: Miami"

CBS continued its season-long winning streak, making it 15 consecutive weekly victories in viewers in a rebroadcast-laden week that also included the New Year's holiday weekend, according to national Nielsen ratings for the week ending Jan. 1, week 15 of the 2005-2006 television season.

This is the first time one network has won the first 15 weeks of the television season in viewers since NBC won weeks 1-15 in the 1988-89 season.

For the week in viewers, CBS (10.06m) beat ABC (8.06m), NBC (7.02m) and FOX (5.74m). Season-to-date, CBS (12.93m) leads, followed by ABC (10.38m), NBC (9.07m) and FOX (7.90m).

For the week in households, CBS (6.7/12) enjoyed a +31% advantage over ABC (5.1/09), +43% over NBC (4.7/08) and +81% over FOX (3.7/06). Season-to-date, CBS is first in households (8.4/14), outpacing ABC by +25% (6.7/11), NBC by +40% (6.0/10) and FOX by +68% (5.0/08).

For the week in key demographics, CBS was first in adults 25-54 (3.5/09) for the fourth consecutive week, and second in adults 18-49 (2.6/08, -0.2 behind ABC). CBS has won 12 of the last 13 weeks in adults 25-54 and nine of the last 13 in adults 18-49. Season-to-date, CBS is first in adults 25-54 (4.9/12) and adults 18-49 (3.9/11).

� CSI: MIAMI SPECIAL (S) (R) was second in households (8.5/15), viewers (12.93m), adults 25-54 (5.1/13), adults 18-49 (4.2/12) and adults 18-34 (2.9/10) behind the final ABC "Monday Night Football" broadcast.

� NCIS (R) was first in households (8.0/13), viewers (12.17m), adults 25-54 (4.0/11) and tied for first in adults 18-49 (3.0/09, with a first run "Fear Factor" on NBC).

� THE KENNEDY CENTER HONORS (S) was first in households (7.4/13), viewers (10.85m), second in adults 25-54 (2.6/07) and adults 18-49 (1.9/05). This is the best delivery for THE KENNEDY CENTER HONORS in households since 1999 and best performance in viewers, adults 25-54 and adults 18-49 since 2003.

� CRIMINAL MINDS (R) was first in households (6.7/11), viewers (10.39m), adults 25-54 (4.1/10) and adults 18-49 (3.1/08) for the third consecutive week. Compared to the first run broadcast of this episode (10/5/05), CRIMINAL MINDS retained 95% of its adults 25-54 delivery (from 4.3/10) and 94% of its adults 18-49 performance (from 3.3/08).

� CSI: NY (R) was first in households (7.5/13), viewers (11.51m), adults 25-54 (4.7/12), adults 18-49 (3.7/11) and adults 18-34 (2.8/10) for the third consecutive week.

� CRIMINAL MINDS THURSDAY SPECIAL (R) (S) was first in households (7.6/13), viewers (11.45m), adults 25-54 (4.2/11), adults 18-49 (3.2/09) and adults 18-34 (2.1/07). Compared to the first run broadcast of this episode (10/19/05), CRIMINAL MINDS retained 89% of its households delivery (from 8.5/12), 90% of its viewer performance (from 12.79m), 87% of its adults 25-54 delivery (from 4.8/10) and 82% of its adults 18-49 (from 3.9/09). .

� CSI: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION (R) was first in households (11.3/18), viewers (17.65m), adults 25-54 (6.9/17), adults 18-49 (5.3/15) and adults 18-34 (3.8/12) in the 9PM time period.

� WITHOUT A TRACE (R) was first in households (8.0/14), viewers (11.71m), adults 25-54 (4.3/11) and adults 18-49 (3.2/09).

� NUMB3RS (R) was first for the 14th consecutive airing in viewers (9.83m) and adults 25-54 (3.6/10), first for the 13th time in 14 broadcasts in households (6.6/12) and second for only the second time in 14 broadcasts in adults 18-49 (2.5/08), finishing first every other time.

CBS top programs of the week: #1 CSI: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION (R) (an average of 17.65m viewers), #4 CSI: MIAMI SPECIAL (S) (R) (12.93m), #7 NCIS (R) (12.19m), #8 TWO AND A HALF MEN SPECIAL (S) (R) (12.14m), #9 WITHOUT A TRACE (R) (11.71m), #10 CSI; NY (R) (11.51m), #11 CRIMINAL MINDS THURSDAY SPECIAL (S)(R) (11.45m), #12 COLD CASE SPECIAL (S) (R) (11.04m), #13 THE KENNEDY CENTER HONORS (S) (10.85m), #15 CRIMINAL MINDS (R) (10.39m), #18 60 MINUTES SPECIAL (S) (R) (9.85m), #19 NUMB3RS (R) (9.83m), #20 OUT OF PRACTICE SPECIAL (S) (R) (9.53m), #21 THE KING OF QUEENS SPECIAL (S) (R) (9.35m), #23 CLOSE TO HOME (R) (9.14m), #27 CBS SUNDAY MOVIE SPECIAL "Surrender Dorothy" (S) (8.51m) and #30 HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER SPECIAL (S) (R) (8.05m).

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