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CBS Earns Two Ratings Victories for 2012-2013 Season

Hemera/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The 2012-2013 TV season will end this week with CBS again claiming the title of the most-watched broadcast network.

CBS has led the way with a primetime average of 11.85 million viewers -- exactly four million more than second-place ABC, according to The Hollywood Reporter

CBS received a boost from its Super Bowl telecast, which drew 108.7 million viewers in February, though it would've topped the other networks for the season even without the help of the NFL's championship game.

This is the 10th time in 11 seasons that CBS was the most-watched network.  It also claimed its first victory in 21 years in the advertiser-coveted 18- to 49-year-old demographic.

Fox finished third in total viewers, followed by NBC.  In the 18-to 49-year-old demo, Fox was second, NBC was third, and ABC was fourth.  ABC did share a win with CBS in the demo for May sweeps, which concludes Wednesday night.

For the week ending Sunday, the CBS drama NCIS was the highest-rated program, with an audience of 18.8 million people.

The season finale of the Fox singing competition American Idol, won by Candice Glover, finished in third place for the week, with 14.3 million viewers.

CBS was the most-watched network for the week, followed by ABC, Fox, NBC, Univision, Telemundo, the CW and ION Television.

Here are the top 10 primetime programs for the week of May 13-19, according to the Nielsen Company:

1. NCIS, CBS, 18.79 million.
2. The Big Bang Theory, CBS, 15.48 million.
3. American Idol (Thursday), Fox, 14.31 million.
4. NCIS: Los Angeles, CBS, 13.52 million.
5. Dancing with the Stars, ABC, 13.33 million.
6. American Idol (Wednesday), Fox, 12.11 million.
7. Dancing with the Stars Results Show, ABC, 11.87 million.
8. The Big Bang Theory (Thursday, 8:30 p.m.), CBS, 11.84 million.
9. The Voice (Monday), NBC, 11.29 million.
10. Castle, ABC, 11.16 million.

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