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CBS up, ‘Idol’ down as traditional TV season ends

May 24, 2013 • Entertainment


This undated publicity image released by CBS shows, from left, Simon Helberg, Jim Parsons, and Johnny Galecki in a scene from “The Big Bang Theory.” For the 10th time in 11 years, CBS was the nation’s most-watched network, the Nielsen company said Thursday, May 23, 2013. TV’s top comedy is “The Big Bang Theory” on CBS, averaging 15.6 million viewers per week. (AP Photo/CBS, Michael Yarish, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — CBS strengthened its dominance over the television industry this year at the same time that the unprecedented reign of “American Idol” came to a close.

The traditional television season ended Wednesday. Though that marker is losing its meaning with more fresh programming airing during the summer, it’s still a good time to take stock on where the industry stands.

For the 10th time in 11 years, CBS was the nation’s most-watched network, the Nielsen company said Thursday. CBS’ margin of victory was wider than any other network in 24 years and it won among 18-to-49-year-old viewers, a Login to read more

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