NCIS and NCIS: Los Angeles Dominate Nielsen’s Rating

Land of Punt called it the two greatest hours of television in the history of humanity. Today, our hyperbole is vindicated. NCIS and NCIS: Los Angeles were top rated shows for Sept. 21-27. Combined, the dramas attracted over 38 million viewers.


For the season, Sunday Night Football is prime-time’s number one rated program.

More than half the shows in the top twenty aired on CBS. Only one program, the aforementioned Sunday Night Football, belongs to the Peacock network. All three Dancing With The Stars and the all three CSI’s made the Top 14.

The season-to-date rankings are in parentheses. An “X” in parentheses denotes a one-time-only presentation.

List appears courtesy of the Nielsen Co.

1. (2) “NCIS,” CBS, 20.6 million viewers.
2. (3) “NCIS: Los Angeles,” CBS, 18.73 million viewers.
3. (4) “Dancing With the Stars” (Monday), ABC, 17.79 million viewers.
4. (1) Sunday Night Football: Indianapolis at Arizona, NBC, 17.47 million viewers.
5. (5) “House,” Fox, 17.16 million viewers.
6. (6) “Grey’s Anatomy,” ABC, 17.03 million viewers.
7. (8) “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” CBS, 16.01 million viewers.
8. (9) “Criminal Minds,” CBS, 15.84 million viewers.
9. (X) “Dancing With the Stars” (Tuesday), ABC, 15.367 million viewers.
10. (X) “Dancing With the Stars” (Wednesday), ABC, 15.356 million viewers.
11. (11) “The Mentalist,” CBS, 15.07 million viewers.
12. (11) “CSI: New York,” CBS, 15.06 million viewers.
13. (13) “60 Minutes,” CBS, 14.88 million viewers.
14. (14) “CSI: Miami,” CBS, 14.20 million viewers.
15. (15) “The Good Wife,” CBS, 13.71 million viewers.
16. (15) “Desperate Housewives,” ABC, 13.64 million viewers.
17. (15) “Two And a Half Men,” CBS, 13.63 million viewers.
18. (7) “Sunday Night NFL Pre-Kick,” NBC, 13.35 million viewers.
19. (19) “The Big Bang Theory,” CBS, 12.96 million viewers.
20. (20) “Modern Family,” ABC, 12.61 million viewers.

Update10-07-09/21:30 p.m.

America has finally heeded Land of Punt’s word and started watching NCIS. Below are the updated ratings for television’s best show.

Episode #1: 19.33 million
Episode #2: 20.65 million
Episode #3: 20.52 million

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