NEW YORK (AP) – In what’s shaping up as a sorry summer for the broadcast networks, CBS executives were the only ones smiling last week.

The network had the seven most popular shows, posted a rare win among 18-to-49-year-old viewers and was the only one of the six chief broadcasters with a bigger audience than last year, Nielsen Media Research said Tuesday.

Reruns of the “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” series topped the ratings, “60 Minutes” vaulted into the top 10 with its John Kerry and John Edwards interview and CBS also saw a strong debut for the fifth edition of “The Amazing Race.”

Overall, CBS was up 11 percent over the same week last year. NBC was down 12 percent, ABC 15 percent and Fox 13 percent.

While “Last Comic Standing” and “For Love or Money” are doing moderately well for NBC, last week’s debut of the reality series, “Next Action Star,” did poorly with 4.2 million viewers.

For the week, CBS averaged 8.8 million viewers (5.8 rating, 11 share), NBC had 6.9 million (4.7, 9), ABC 5.1 million (3.4, 6), Fox 4.5 million (2.9, 5), UPN 2.5 million (1.7, 3), the WB 2.1 million (1.4, 3) and Pax TV 690,000 (0.6, 1).

NBC’s “Nightly News” bounced back to win the evening news ratings race, averaging 8.9 million viewers (6.2 rating, 14 share). ABC’s “World News Tonight” had 8.1 million (5.6, 12) and the “CBS Evening News” had 6.5 million (4.6, 10).

A ratings point represents 1,084,000 households, or 1 percent of the nation’s estimated 108.4 million TV homes. The share is the percentage of in-use televisions tuned to a given show.


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