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Despite Renewal, 'Two And A Half Men' Still Out Of Top 10

CBS is still trying to win 35 weeks this season, however

The season is winding down, and networks are deciding what shows they want to return, and which will go down in history.

And in the middle of all that turmoil is some familiarity. CBS is still on top week after week, as it tries to win 35 weeks this season (it's at 33 right now), and the top 10 is pretty much still the top 10, give or take a "Castle" on ABC.

With the news Saturday that "Two and a Half Men" has been renewed, it might be worth pointing out that there is only one comedy in the top 10, and it's not the Ashton Kutcher series. Instead, it's "Big Bang Theory," which has had its audience slip in recent weeks, but not by much. It earned an 8.0 rating/14 share this week, according to Fast National overnight ratings from The Nielsen Co., to hold on to No. 9.

"Men," however, was a bit lower. It earned a 6.9/10, which put it in the No. 16 slot this week. That's not a fluke, either. That matched the rating "Men" received the week before, and is actually a slight improvement over the 6.6/10 it averaged the two weeks prior in April.

"American Idol" is still chugging along for Fox, but there is a good chance it could finish the season below the 10.0 household rating mark. That would not be enough to knock it out of third place, but going into May, the show was just hanging on to a 10.0 overall. The show is Fox's No. 1 program still, but it has now lost more than 21 percent of its audience from last season. The good news is, it's mostly holding steady now as its current season winds down.

"Dancing With the Stars" led ABC with an 11.0/16, while "NCIS" was the winner as usual for CBS with an 11.5/19. "American Idol" led Fox with a 10.4/16, while "The Voice" grew a little bit for NBC to top the network with a 7.2/12. The CW is led by "The Vampire Diaries" with a 1.6/3.

For the season, CBS is still leading with a 7.3/12, ABC is second with a 5.6/9, while Fox, NBC and The CW follow up with a 4.6/7, 3.6/6 and 1.1/2 respectively.

This week, CBS and NBC were up from what they earned this time a year ago, while ABC, Fox and The CW were all down.

Top Networks, Week of May 6 -- [Audience Loyalty Index rating]

1. (1)    CBS    6.6/11    [57.3]
2. (2)    ABC    5.5/9    [50.0]
3. (3)    Fox    4.3/7    [41.7]
4. (4)    NBC    3.9/6    [53.7]
5. (5)    The CW    0.9/1    [55.6]

Top Network Shows, Week of May 6 -- [ALI]

1. (1)    NCIS (CBS)    11.5/19    [92.7]
2. (2)    Dancing With the Stars (ABC)    11.0/16    [92.3]
3. (3)    American Idol (Fox)    10.4/16    [86.6]
4. (4)    Dancing With the Stars (ABC)    9.9/16    [83.6]
5. (7)    American Idol (Fox)    9.2/13    [90.5]
6. (5)    American Idol (Fox)    9.1/15    [83.3]
7. (6)    NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS)    9.1/14    [92.0]
8. (8)    Dancing With the Stars (ABC)    8.8/13    [75.2]
9. (9)    Big Bang Theory (CBS)    8.0/14    [91.2]
10. (12)    Castle (ABC)    8.0/13    [82.3]

Top New Shows, Week of May 6 -- [ALI]

1. (1)   Person of Interest (CBS)    7.9/13    [84.1]
2. (2)   Unforgettable (CBS)    7.0/11    [81.4]
3. (3)    2 Broke Girls (CBS)    5.4/9    [85.5]
3. (-)    2 Broke Girls (CBS)    5.4/9    [82.2]
5. (4)   Once Upon a Time (ABC)    5.2/8    [77.9]
6. (6)   Revenge (ABC)    4.7/8    [75.8]
6. (7)   Scandal (ABC)    4.7/8    [96.1]
8. (5)   NYC 22 (CBS)    4.4/7    [87.7]
9. (8)    Last Man Standing (ABC)    4.2/7    [65.4]
9. (8)    Missing (ABC)    4.2/7    [74.0]
9. (8)    Touch (Fox)    4.2/7    [70.7]

Least-Watched Big Four Network Shows, Week of May 6 -- [ALI]

1.    Cleveland Show (The CW)    1.7/3    [79.1]
1.    Awake (NBC)    1.7/3    [57.0]
3.    30 Rock (NBC)    1.8/3    [86.1]
4.    Bob's Burgers (Fox)    2.0/3    [91.1]
5.    Community (NBC)    2.0/4    [79.1]
5.    Fringe (Fox)    2.0/4    [81.9]
7.    Parks and Recreation (NBC)    2.1/3    [98.8]
8.    The Simpsons (Fox)    2.5/4    [40.5]
9.    The Finder (Fox)    2.7/5    [88.1]
10.    The Office (NBC)    2.8/4    [72.2]
10.    American Dad (Fox)    2.8/4    [73.4]

Fast Nationals usually provide a snapshot of what Americans are watching by pulling numbers from the top urban markets that include both live viewing and same-day timeshifted viewing. A rating point generally represents more than 1.1 million households while the share indicates the percentage of televisions turned on that was tuned to the specific program. These numbers typically shift when final ratings are issued.

Data collected from The Nielsen Co., as distributed by Zap2it. GenreNexus tracks non-news, non-event programming, and figures for this story reflect airing of new episodes only. For more information on the Audience Loyalty Index, click here.

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Michael Hinman is the founder and editor-in-chief for Airlock Alpha and the entire GenreNexus. He owns Nexus Media Group Inc., the parent corporation of the GenreNexus and is a veteran print journalist. He lives in Tampa, Fla.
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