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America’s 5 Most-Watched TV Programs

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There are countless TV shows to appeal to virtually any U.S. audience. From comedy, action, drama, suspense— you name it, primetime shows remain an important source for our daily home entertainment.  A recent Nelson report revealed which prime-time programs received the highest viewership. The report indicates program information from late March to the first week of April.


Here are America’s top five shows…you’ll also note how CBS is currently out-performing the other networks with four of the five most-viewed programs in the past week.


1.     The Big Bang Theory

The Big Bang Theory, which premiers Thursday nights on CBS, brought in 17.73 million viewers. The 30-minute sitcom features a group of geeky scientists, their love interests and one interesting (and awkward) situation after another. As the most watched program, CBS just renewed the show for three additional seasons.


2.     NCIS

NCIS, the hit drama about U.S. Marine Corps and Naval investigations, airs Tuesday nights on CBS and brought. It brought in 17.16 million viewers. Late last month, it was renewed for a 12th season.


3.     NCIS: Los Angeles

NCIS: Los Angeles is a NCIS spinoff that began in 2009; five years later and the series is still going strong with 15.31 viewers tuning-in. CBS has had tremendous success with the NCIS franchise and viewers will be pleased that these shows don’t seem to be disappearing anytime soon. Last month, it was renewed for a sixth season.


4.     Dancing With the Stars

Dancing with the Stars airs on Mondays on ABC. It combine’s our love for dance and our steadfast fascination with celebrities. The show, which has aired since 2005, is now on season 18 and recently brought in 14.1 million viewers.


5.     How I Met Your Mother

How I Met Your Mother has been a staple in our TV lineup. Having run for eight seasons on CBS, last week marked the show’s finale with 13.13 viewers watching Ted, Robin, Barney, Marshall and Lily say their goodbyes. It’ll be interesting to see which program fills the void of HIMYM.


Other top primetime shows include “The Voice”, “Blue Bloods”, “Person of Interest”, “The Black List” and others from CBS and ABC. Surprisingly, programs featured on NBC, FOX, TBS, etc. did not make the cut. To catch your favorite primetime shows, use DISH HD channels for the ultimate entertainment experience!


Andrea Fisher is an online marketer and content specialist for Wine Tours DC. She has been published in a variety of publications, including The Chicago Tribune and Business Insider.



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