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CBS finishes 2009-10 season as most-watched network

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ncisImage Credit: Sonja Flemming/CBSFor the seventh time in the last eight years, CBS won the 2009-2010 television season in viewers. It averaged 11.77 million for the season, which ended May 26, and had seven of the 10 most watched shows this year, including NCIS, The Mentalist, NCIS: Los Angeles, Criminal Minds, The Good Wife, and CSI: Miami. Fox was the second-most watched network with 9.98 million, followed by ABC (8.54 million), NBC (8.21 million), and the CW (2.02 million). 

CBS was flat versus last year in viewers, while NBC and Fox were up 4% and 1%, respectively, while the CW and ABC were down 2% and 4%, respectively.

Fox finished the season in the top spot among adults 18-49 (3.7 rating/10 share), and had five of the top 20 programs in the key demographic most desired by advertisers. They include American Idol, Glee, House, and Family Guy. CBS finished second in the demo with a 3.2/9, while NBC and ABC tied for No. 3 with a 2.7/7. CW earned a 0.9/3.

Fox, CBS and the CW were flat in the demo versus last year, while NBC and ABC were down 4% and 7%, respectively.

Fox also was tops for the year among adults 18-34.