NBC winner with 'Loser' and football


NBC got a year-end present with a weekly win in the adults 18-49 demographic and the week's two top shows.

"Sunday Night Football" and the season finale of "The Biggest Loser" were the top shows during a week that mostly was repeats and would have been even if there were no writers strike.

The period began with a looming battle between reality shows, ABC's "Duel" (6.7 million viewers, 2.1 rating/6 share in adults 18-49) and NBC's "Clash of the Choirs" (7.9 million, 2.4/6). But it was CBS' tried-and-true schedule of comedies and "CSI: Miami" (14 million, 3.9/10) — all but "CSI: Miami" in repeats — that won the night.

Tuesday belonged to NBC, whose "Loser" (11.4 million, 4.6/13) was the top program in adults 18-49, while a repeat "NCIS" (13 million, 2.7/8) was the most-watched show of the night. Wednesday went to CBS, whose holiday and drama repeats took the network over the third episode of "Choirs" (7.8 million, 2.4/7)

CBS made it two nights in a row Thursday thanks to a repeat of "CSI" (10.3 million, 2.9/8). NBC won Friday with two episodes of "The Singing Bee" and then "Dateline" (6.5 million, 1.9/6). Saturday was won by Fox with its reality crime lineup.

Sunday's Washington Redskins-Minnesota Vikings "Sunday Night Football" (14.1 million, 5.0/15) easily took the night even with CBS getting a bump early in the night with NFL runover. But CBS had a rough go of it with a new "Amazing Race" (9 million, 2.8/8) and the two-hour documentary "In God's Name" (4 million, 1.1/3).

For the week, NBC (7.6 million, 2.6/8) won in adults 18-49 over ABC (5.9 million, 1.7/5), followed by CBS (8.4 million, 2.3/7), Fox (5.8 million, 1.9/6), the CW (2 million, 0.7/2) and MyNetworkTV (1.3 million, 0.4/1).