Weekly Ratings: Anchor shows muscle


NEW YORK -- Studly men flexing their muscles in sweaty shirts dominated Nielsen's Top 10 list of popular programming. And there was football, too.

CBS' "60 Minutes" finished as the week's eighth most-watched program, featuring top network anchor Scott Pelley's interview with actor Hugh Jackman. Pelley joined Jackman in a workout, pumping iron and revealing muscles usually hidden underneath a conservative suit when he anchors the "CBS Evening News."

As is typical in the fall, NBC's "Sunday Night Football" matchup, most recently featuring Green Bay's comeback win against the Detroit Lions, was the top show in the ratings.

CBS has had great success with its Grammy Awards telecast in recent years but its attempt to expand the franchise with a performance-driven show announcing the nominees didn't do as well. The nomination show was ranked No. 54 for the week with 5.4 million viewers.

ABC had no programs in Nielsen's top 20.

CBS won the week with a prime-time average of 9.4 million viewers. Resurgent NBC was second with 7.8 million, and won among the 18-to-49-year-old viewership it most actively seeks. Fox had 6.1 million and ABC had 5.7 million.

Nielsen's top programs for Dec. 3-9 (viewership in millions):

1. Sunday Night Football: Detroit at Green Bay (NBC), 21.3.

2. "The Big Bang Theory" (CBS), 16.9.

3. "Sunday Night NFL Pre-Kick" (NBC), 16.4.

4. "Person of Interest" (CBS), 14.1.

5. "Two and a Half Men" (CBS), 13.5.

6. "Football Night in America" (NBC), 12.12.

7. "The Voice" (Monday) (NBC), 12.11.

8. "60 Minutes" (CBS), 11.8.

9. "The Voice" (Tuesday) (NBC), 11.5.

10. "The OT" (Fox), 11.4.

11. "Criminal Minds" (CBS), 11.3.

12. "Blue Bloods" (CBS), 11.1.

13. "NCIS" (Tuesday, 9 p.m.) (CBS), 11.0.

14. "Survivor: Philippines" (CBS), 10.6.

15. "Elementary" (CBS), 10.3.

16. "Mike & Molly" (CBS), 10.2.

17. "2 Broke Girls" (CBS), 10.17.

18. "Rudolph the Red-Nose Reindeer" (CBS), 10.11.

19. "CSI: NY" (CBS), 9.9.

20. "Victoria's Secret Fashion Show" (CBS), 9.4.


LOS ANGELES -- Some of the valuables found hidden in abandoned lockers on A&E's "Storage Wars" have been added by producers to deceive viewers, a former cast member of the show claims in a lawsuit filed this week.

David Hester's suit claims producers have added a BMW Mini and newspapers chronicling Elvis Presley's death to lockers in order to build drama for the show and that his complaints about the practices led to his firing.

Hester is seeking more than $750,000 in his wrongful termination, breach of contract and unfair business practices lawsuit.

"Storage Wars" follows buyers who bid for abandoned storage lockers hoping to find valuables tucked inside.

"A&E regularly plants valuable items or memorabilia," the lawsuit states. Hester's suit claims he was fired from participating in the series' fourth season after expressing concerns that manipulating the storage lockers for the sake of the show was illegal.

The lawsuit claims some of the auction footage on the show is staged.

Nielsen Co. has ranked "Storage Wars" among cable television's top-ranked shows several times since its 2010 debut.


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