Friday July 6, 2012

NEW YORK -- A combination of athletic and artistic talent carried NBC to the top of the Nielsen television ratings last week.

Three editions of "America’s Got Talent" on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday were the three most-watched programs of the week, Nielsen said. Much of NBC’s schedule was filled out with U.S. Olympic trials, and they all did well compared to the mix of repeats and reality shows on competing networks.

NBC showed all eight nights of swimming competition in prime-time, its most expansive Olympic trials coverage ever. The event helped whet viewers’ appetites for what NBC hopes is successful coverage of the London games, which begin July 27.

NBC averaged 7.2 million viewers in prime time. CBS was second with a 5.4 million average, ABC had 4.1 million, Fox had 3.7 million.

NBC’s "Nightly News" topped the evening newscasts with an average of 7.8 million viewers. ABC’s "World News" was second with 7 million and the "CBS Evening News" had 5.7 million viewers.

Nielsen’s top programs for June 25-July 1:

1. "America’s Got Talent" (Tuesday) (NBC), 11.6 million.

2. "America’s Got Talent" (Wednesday) (NBC), 10.6.

3. "America’s Got Talent" (Monday) (NBC), 10.4.

4. "U.S. Olympic Trials" (Sunday, 9 p.m.) (NBC), 10.0.

5. "60 Minutes" (CBS), 8.4.

6. "NCIS" CBS, 8.0.

7. "U.S.


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Olympic Trials" (Sunday, 8 p.m.) (NBC), 7.8.

8. "U.S. Olympic Trials" (Friday, 9 p.m.) (NBC), 7.79.

9. "The Big Bang Theory" CBS, 7.7.

10. "U.S. Olympic Trials" (Wednesday, 9 p.m.) (NBC), 7.09.

11. "The Bachelorette" (ABC), 7.03.

12. "U.S. Olympic Trials" (Tuesday, 8 p.m.) (NBC), 6.96.

13. "U.S. Olympic Trials" (Monday, 8 p.m.) (NBC), 6.93.

14. "U.S. Olympic Trials" (Saturday, 9 p.m.) (NBC), 6.54.

15. "Person of Interest" (CBS), 6.53.

16. "Criminal Minds" (CBS), 6.5.

17. "NCIS: Los Angeles" (CBS), 6.4.

18. "The Mentalist" (CBS), 6.27.

19. "U.S. Olympic Trials" (Thursday, 8 p.m.) (NBC), 6.2.

20. "Wipeout" (Thursday) (ABC), 6.1.

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NEW YORK -- Jerry Seinfeld is going back on the road.

The comedian announced Thursday that he’ll debut the Web series "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee" on July 19. The interview show will feature Seinfeld’s comedian friends as guests.

Recent projects by the 58-year-old Seinfeld include producing the NBC panel-style reality TV series "The Marriage Ref" and directing Colin Quinn’s Broadway show "Long Story Short."

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NEW YORK -- Claire Danes has some busy months ahead: Not only is her hit TV series "Homeland" returning for its second season in September, but she’s pregnant as well.

Danes’ rep, Jodi Gottlieb, confirms the actress is expecting her first child with husband Hugh Dancy.

The news was first reported on People.com.

The 33-year-old Danes and 37-year-old Dancy met on the set of the film "Evening" and were married in 2009 in France.

The actress first became famous as a teenager on the television drama "My So Called Life," where she won a Golden Globe Award and was nominated for an Emmy. The show was canceled after its first season but developed a cult following.

Dancy will star in the upcoming NBC series "Hannibal," adapted from the novel "Red Dragon" by Thomas Harris.