CBS retained its Nielsen ratings crown last week

Staff Writer
Columbus CEO

NEW YORK (AP) — Nielsen says football scored half of the Top 10 slots in last week's ratings.

NBC took first place with its Sunday night faceoff between San Francisco and Denver, and its pre-gamer took second place.

CBS' Thursday game ranked fifth as the New York Jets took on the New England Patriots. Fox's Sunday "The OT" post-game show ranked seventh. And Notre Dame met Florida State on ABC's Saturday night telecast, ranking ninth.

Overall, CBS won the weekly Nielsen prime-time clash for a fourth straight week, averaging 10.5 million viewers. NBC was runner-up, followed by ABC and Fox.

Among cable networks, ESPN led in audience, followed by TBS, USA and Fox News Channel.