Television: Weekly Ratings: Games, viewers vanish

Friday August 24, 2012

NEW YORK -- With the Olympics gone, so are many of broadcast television's prime-time viewers.

No broadcast program exceeded 10 million viewers last week, according to the Nielsen company. NBC's "America's Got Talent" on Tuesday was closest, finishing just under that mark.

Between "Talent" and an exhibition football game last Saturday, NBC kept the crown as the most-watched network for one more week, after taking the previous three weeks because of the Olympics. NBC also debuted a new season of "Grimm" and the military-themed reality show "Stars Earn Stripes" that both finished among Nielsen's top 20, but with less than six million viewers each.

NBC averaged 5.3 million viewers for the week in prime time, CBS had 5.1 million, Fox had 4.3 million, ABC had 3.7 million.

Nielsen's top programs for Aug. 13-19:

1. "America's Got Talent" (Tuesday) (NBC), 9.9 million.

2. NFL Exhibition Football: Indianapolis vs. Pittsburgh (NBC), 9.5.

3. "America's Got Talent" (Wednesday) (NBC), 8.4.

4. "The Big Bang Theory" (CBS), 8.0.

5. "60 Minutes" (CBS), 7.9.

6. "NCIS" (CBS), 7.2.

7. "Two and a Half Men" (Thursday) (CBS), 6.6.

8. "Hell's Kitchen" (Monday) (Fox), 6.58.

9. "Big Brother 14" (Sunday) (CBS), 6.57.

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

11. "Big Brother 14" (Thursday) (CBS), 6.1.

12. "The Mentalist" (Tuesday) (CBS), 5.97.

13. "Big Brother 14" (Wednesday) (CBS), 5.96.

14. "Master Chef" (Tuesday) (Fox), 5.7.

15. "Grimm" (NBC), 5.6.

16. "America's Got Talent" (Wednesday, 8 p.m.) 5.5.

17. "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" (CBS), 5.4.

18. "Criminal Minds" (CBS), 5.3.

19. "Stars Earn Stripes" (NBC), 5.24.

20. "Wipeout" (Thursday, 8 p.m.) (ABC), 5.22.


LOS ANGELES -- Dick Van Dyke will receive the Screen Actors Guild's highest honor: The Life Achievement Award.

Screen Actors Guild & American Federation of Television and Radio Artists co-president Ken Howard made the announcement Tuesday. He called Van Dyke "an enormously talented performer whose work has crossed nearly every major category of entertainment."

The 86-year-old entertainer will receive the honor at the annual Screen Actors Guild Awards ceremony in January. He has already won a Tony, a Grammy and five Emmy awards.

Van Dyke is being honored for his 60-year career, which includes his hit TV show and film credits such as "Bye Bye Birdie" and "Mary Pop pins," and his commitment to philanthropic causes.

The 19th annual SAG Awards will be presented Jan. 27.


NEW YORK -- Alicia Silverstone is coming back to Broadway -- in a romantic comedy set in the porn industry.

Producers of David West Read's comedy "The Performers" said the actress will join Henry Winkler and "30 Rock" star Cheyenne Jackson in the play, which begin previews Oct. 23 at the Longacre Theatre.

It's about two high school friends who reconnect at the Adult Film Awards in Las Vegas. Silverstone will play the girlfriend of one of the friends.

The rest of the cast includes Daniel Breaker, Ari Graynor and Jenni Barber. Evan Cabnet, director of Read's "The Dream of the Burning Boy," will direct.

Silverstone made her Broadway debut in 2002 in "The Graduate" and was last on Broadway in 2010 opposite Laura Linney in "Time Stands Still."


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