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"The Bachelor" Finale Pulls in 10 Million Viewers

ABC/Dave Hagerman(LOS ANGELES) -- ABC's ratings on Monday night were rosy, thanks to the season finale of The Bachelor.

The two-hour episode, in which "The Bachelor" Sean Lowe proposed to Catherine Giudici and turned aside runner-up Lindsay Yenter, was seen by 10 million viewers, according to Variety.

It was followed by the After the Final Rose special, which actually drew a bigger audience: 11 million viewers.  The special featured Lowe, Giudici and Yenter, plus the newly-introduced "Bachelorette," Desiree Hartsock.

The totals are slightly misleading, since the Bachelor season finale didn't technically end until 10:07 p.m. Eastern time.

The most popular primetime program for the week ending Sunday was the CBS hit NCIS, which attracted 20.8 million viewers.

CBS won the network ratings race for last week, followed by Fox, ABC, Univision, NBC, Telemundo, ION Television and the CW.

Here are the top 10 primetime network and cable programs for the week of March 4-10, according to the Nielsen Company:

1. NCIS, CBS, 20.81 million
2. The Big Bang Theory, CBS, 17.63 million
3. NCIS: Los Angeles, CBS, 16.24 million
4. Person of Interest, CBS, 14.57 million
5. Two and a Half Men, CBS, 13.54 million
6. American Idol (Thursday), Fox, 13.12 million
7. American Idol (Wednesday), Fox, 12.84 million
8. American Idol (Tuesday), Fox, 11.72 million
9. 60 Minutes, CBS, 11.58 million
10. The Walking Dead, AMC, 11.46 million

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"American Idol" Ratings Continue to Sink

Michael Becker / FOX(LOS ANGELES) -- American Idol is still a hit, but there's no question that its popularity is on the decline.

Wednesday's episode of the Fox competition, featuring 10 women performing during the sudden-death Las Vegas round, was seen by 13.1 million viewers, according to Entertainment Weekly.  That's the smallest Wednesday audience for the show since it premiered in 2002.

Also cause for concern for Fox: for the first time, Idol drew fewer viewers in the advertiser-coveted 18-to-49-year-old demographic than ABC's Modern Family.

On Thursday nights, Idol is usually defeated in the ratings by the CBS sitcom The Big Bang Theory.

This is the first season of Idol with new judges Keith Urban, Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey.

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CBS Set to Win February Sweeps Ratings Period

Hemera/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) -- CBS will soon be able to claim not one, but two February sweeps victories.

Through Feb. 24, CBS has averaged the most primetime viewers of any major network, according to The Hollywood Reporter.  That's not a surprise, since CBS typically wins the ratings race each week on the strength of scripted hits such as NCIS and The Big Bang Theory.

But more importantly, CBS is also poised to win the advertiser-friendly 18-to-49-year-old demographic for the first time in 15 years.  It helps that CBS aired two high-rated live events this month in the Super Bowl and the Grammy Awards.

Of note: NBC will finish last in the 18-49 demo to the other major networks, plus the Spanish-language channel Univision.

The February sweeps period ends Thursday.  The other three sweeps periods occur in May, July and November.

CBS did not win the ratings race for the week ending Sunday -- that honor belongs to ABC, courtesy of its Oscars coverage.  The awards show was seen by 40.4 million people.

CBS finished second, followed by Fox, Univision, NBC, the CW, Telemundo and ION Television.

Here are the top 10 primetime programs for the week of Feb. 18-24, according to the Nielsen Company:

1. The Oscars, ABC, 40.38 million
2. Oscars Red Carpet Live (Sunday, 8 p.m.), ABC, 25.53 million
3. NCIS, CBS, 21.08 million
4. The Big Bang Theory, CBS, 17.62 million
5. Oscars Red Carpet Live (Sunday, 7:30 p.m.), ABC, 16.5 million
6. NCIS: Los Angeles, CBS, 16.27 million
7. American Idol (Wednesday), Fox, 14.37 million
8. Person of Interest, CBS, 14.23 million
9. American Idol (Thursday), Fox, 13.66 million
10. Two and a Half Men, CBS, 13.41 million

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The Oscars Ratings Up from Last Year

ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Oscars on Sunday night pulled in its biggest audience in three years.

The ABC telecast of the awards show was seen by 40.3 million viewers, an increase of one million from last year's ceremony.

It was the most-watched awards show of the past two months, topping the Golden Globes and Grammys.

Argo won the Oscars' top prize, best picture.  Lincoln's Daniel Day-Lewis and Silver Linings Playbook star Jennifer Lawrence received the prizes for best actor and best actress, respectively.

This year's Oscars ceremony was hosted by Seth MacFarlane, whose off-color jokes earned mixed reviews.

ABC's eighth annual post-Oscars Jimmy Kimmel Live special drew an audience of 5.79 million viewers.  It ranks as Jimmy Kimmel's most-watched post-Oscars telecast to date.

The latest edition featured guests Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx, plus the premiere of the spoof movie trailer Movie: The Movie: 2V.

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"Downton Abbey" Reaches Ratings High with Season Finale

Hemera/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) -- The ratings for the season finale of Downton Abbey weren't shabby.

The third-season finale, which aired Sunday night on PBS, was seen by 8.2 million viewers, according to Variety.  It's the largest U.S. audience to date for the British drama, and a sizable increase from the 5.4 million who watched the second-season finale last February.

The latest season culminated with a shocking ending that we won't spoil for you, in case you're a fan who isn't caught up yet.

A fourth season of Downton Abbey is planned.

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"The Walking Dead" Mid-Season Premiere Scores Largest Audience Ever

Hemera/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- AMC’s mid-season premiere of The Walking Dead scored the show's largest audience ever on Sunday night.

The zombie drama, which resumed its third season, delivered 12.3 million viewers for its 9:00 p.m. ET premiere.

The previous record was 10.9 million viewers for the season-three premiere last October.

Including encore presentations of the show later in the night, the episode drew a total of 16.6 million viewers.

A companion program called The Talking Dead, hosted by Chris Hardwick, scored 4.1 million viewers at 10 p.m.  The show features fans, actors and producers discussing the finer points of the main show.

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Grammys Telecast Pulls in Second-Largest Audience Since 1993

GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- The 55th Annual Grammy Awards delivered the music ceremony's second-largest television audience since its 1993 broadcast.

According to preliminary ratings from Nielsen, the CBS telecast notched 28.37 million viewers on Sunday night.

Last year, just under 40 million tuned in for the 2012 Grammys ceremony, which featured a special tribute to Whitney Houston, who died the day before.

Sunday's telecast also set a new social TV record for an award show, with more than 18.7 million social media comments.  That number was second only to the social media figure for the 2013 Super Bowl.

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Super Bowl Ratings Drop from Last Year's Record Audience

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Sunday's Super Bowl broadcast did not set a ratings record, but CBS should still be pleased with the number of viewers it pulled in for the big game.

Nielsen says an estimated 108.41 million viewers tuned in to the Baltimore Ravens' victory over the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl 47 at New Orleans' Superdome, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The broadcast ranks as the third-most-watched program in U.S. television history, behind the 2012 Super Bowl, which was seen by a record 111.3 million, and the 2011 Super Bowl, which drew 111 million.

The post-Super Bowl episode of the CBS drama Elementary attracted an audience of 20.8 million.  It aired later than CBS would have liked, since the game was delayed 34 minutes in the third quarter by a power outage.

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Obama's Second Inauguration Draws 20.6 Million Viewers

The White House(NEW YORK) -- Monday's presidential inauguration wasn't the ratings draw that President Obama's first swearing-in ceremony, in 2009, was.

The Nielsen Company says an estimated 20.6 million people watched Obama's inauguration, held in Washington, D.C.  It's a steep decline from the audience for the 2009 inauguration: 37.8 million.

Eighteen networks offered live coverage of the inauguration at some point between 10 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Eastern time.

For the week ending Sunday, the NFL playoffs ruled the ratings.  CBS' telecast of the AFC Championship Game between the victorious Baltimore Ravens and the New England Patriots attracted 47.7 million viewers.

Fox's coverage of the NFC Championship Game, in which the San Francisco 49ers defeated the Atlanta Falcons, was seen by 42 million people on Sunday afternoon.

CBS won the primetime network ratings race for the week, followed by Fox, ABC, Univision, NBC, the CW, Telemundo and ION Television.

Here are the top 10 primetime programs for the week of January 14-20, according to the Nielsen Company:

1. AFC Championship: Baltimore vs. New England, CBS, 47.71 million
2. AFC Championship Post-Game, CBS, 25.95 million
3. NCIS, CBS, 22.86 million
4. American Idol (Wednesday), Fox, 17.93 million
5. NCIS: Los Angeles, CBS, 17.64 million
6. American Idol (Thursday), Fox, 16.23 million
7. Hawaii Five-0 (Sunday), CBS, 13.03 million
8. Criminal Minds, CBS, 12.64 million
9. 2 Broke Girls, CBS, 12.45 million
10. The Big Bang Theory (Monday, 8:30 p.m.), CBS, 11.7 million

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"American Idol" Ratings Down 19 Percent

Michael Becker/FOX(LOS ANGELES) -- Despite the headline-grabbing "feud" between new judges Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj, audience totals for the 12th season premiere of American Idol Wednesday night were down 19 percent compared with last year's premiere.

Wednesday's show attracted 17.8 million total viewers compared to the 21.9 million who tuned in to watch the 2011 premiere, according to Variety.  In comparison, the January 2007 premiere of American Idol attracted 37.4 million viewers.

Despite the lower ratings, the Idol premiere still beat its Wednesday night competition on ABC, CBS and NBC.

Even though viewer totals for Idol premieres are not what they once were, Wednesday's debut still topped the most recent premieres of other music competition shows.  Last September's premiere of The Voice attracted 12.2 million while the fall debut of The X Factor drew 8.7 million viewers.

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