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Ratings: 'Talent,' Fawcett and Jackson specials dominate week

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Finally! A week when a CBS repeat did not take the top ratings spot. For the week ending June 28, the Tuesday premiere of NBC’s America’s Got Talent finshed No. 1, reeling in 11.5 million viewers. The show’s second airing of the week also fared well on Wednesday, drawing 10.4 million viewers to land at No. 3. (For the record, a CBS repeat — of NCIS — did finish second.)

Last year’s Talent premiere nabbed 12.8 million viewers, so this year’s premiere was down by a startling 1.3 million viewers. So much for that supposed Susan Boyle effect! (Many had speculated that all of the Boyle hubbub would goose the ratings for the American version of Talent.) Still, AGT did help prop up the Wednesday premiere of No. 16 The Philanthropist, which drew 7.1 million viewers.

The biggest entertainment news stories of the week — the deaths of Michael Jackson and Charlie’s Angels star Farrah Fawcett — had a big impact on television ratings, as the networks scrambled to put together specials that celebrated the entertainers. ABC’s 20/20 earned the largest audiencefor their Thursday night special about Fawcett (which landed at No. 8 with 8.2 million viewers). CBS News, serving up a special on Jackson on the same night, clocked in at No. 13 with 7.5 million viewers.

In other new shows for the week, Fox’s two editions of So You Think You Can Dance appeared at No. 11 and 18 with 7.6 and 6.9 million viewers, respectively. The full listing — with viewership totals — is after the jump.

1. America’s Got Talent Tuesday | NBC | 11.5 million
2. NCIS (R) | CBS | 11.1 million
3. America’s Got Talent Wednesday | NBC | 10.4 million
4. The Mentalist (R) | CBS | 9.1 million
5. 60 Minutes (R) | CBS | 8.8 million
6. CSI (R) | CBS | 8.7 million
    Two and a Half Men (R) | CBS | 8.7 million
8. 20/20 Special Edition: Farrah Fawcett | ABC | 8.2 million
9. CSI: Miami (R) | CBS | 8.0 million
    Wipeout | ABC | 8.0 million
11. So You Think You Can Dance Wednesday | Fox | 7.6 million
      Criminal Minds (R) | CBS | 7.6 million
13. CBS News: Michael Jackson | CBS | 7.5 million
14. CSI: NY (R) | CBS | 7.4 million
15. The Big Bang Theory (R) | CBS | 7.2 million
16. The Philanthropist | NBC | 7.1 million
17. 48 Hours Mystery Tuesday (R) | CBS | 7.0 million
18. So You Think You Can Dance Thursday | Fox | 6.9 million
19. The Bachelorette | ABC | 6.8 million
20. Dateline Friday | NBC | 6.7 million

More TV ratings from EW:
Michael Jackson and Farrah Fawcett continue to dominate with viewers
Michael Jackson and Farrah Fawcett specials dominate Thursday night
NBC’s ‘America’s Got Talent’ helps out ‘The Philanthropist’
‘The Bachelorette’ scores, ‘I’m a Celebrity…’ snores on Monday

1. America’s Got Talent Tuesday | NBC | 11.5 million
2. NCIS (R) | CBS | 11.1 million
3. America’s Got Talent Wednesday | NBC | 10.4 million
4. The Mentalist (R) | CBS | 9.1 million
5. 60 Minutes (R) | CBS | 8.8 million
6. CSI (R) | CBS | 8.7 million
    Two and a Half Men (R) | CBS | 8.7 million
8. 20/20 Special Edition: Farrah Fawcett | ABC | 8.2 million
9. CSI: Miami (R) | CBS | 8.0 million
    Wipeout | ABC | 8.0 million
11. So You Think You Can Dance Wednesday | Fox | 7.6 million
      Criminal Minds (R) | CBS | 7.6 million
13. CBS News: Michael Jackson | CBS | 7.5 million
14. CSI: NY (R) | CBS | 7.4 million
15. The Big Bang Theory (R) | CBS | 7.2 million
16. The Philanthropist | NBC | 7.1 million
17. 48 Hours Mystery Tuesday (R) | CBS | 7.0 million
18. So You Think You Can Dance Thursday | Fox | 6.9 million
19. The Bachelorette | ABC | 6.8 million
20. Dateline Friday | NBC | 6.7 million

More TV ratings from EW:
Michael Jackson and Farrah Fawcett continue to dominate with viewers
Michael Jackson and Farrah Fawcett specials dominate Thursday night
NBC’s ‘America’s Got Talent’ helps out ‘The Philanthropist’
‘The Bachelorette’ scores, ‘I’m a Celebrity…’ snores on Monday

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