TV: Weekly Ratings Walters still has ratings muscle

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NEW YORK (AP) -- Barbara Walters isn’t forgotten, and isn’t gone.

Less than two months after stepping away from a regular role on television, Walters returned last week to conduct an interview with the father of a California man who shot and killed six people and injured 13 before killing himself. It was ABC’s most-watched prime-time program of the week, and in the Nielsen company’s top 10 among all networks.

"NY Med," ABC’s non-fiction series about life in two New York area hospitals, finished in the top 20 with a bigger audience than any of the episodes of the series that aired two years ago.

During a slow week for television, the five most-watched prime-time shows all were reruns, four of them on CBS,. The most popular, "NCIS," had just over half the audience of the Mexico-Netherlands World Cup game that aired in the daytime over the weekend.

CBS won the week in prime time, averaging 5.3 million viewers. NBC had 4.4 million viewers , ABC had 4.3 million, Fox had 3 million.

TNT was the week’s most popular cable network, averaging 2.49 million viewers in prime time.

NBC’s "Nightly News" topped the evening newscasts with an average of 7.9 million viewers.


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