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'NCIS' still tops US ratings while 'The Big Bang Theory' takes off

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For the fourth year in a row, "NCIS" has come out as the big winner of the 2012-2013 TV season. Its LA spinoff, however, has been outstripped by the comedy "The Big Bang Theory," the show that boasts the fastest growth.

From September 2012 to May 2013, each episode of "NCIS" was watched by 21.3 million viewers, on average, whether in real time, recorded or on demand. Counting real-time viewers only, this police procedural drama gained another 100,000 fans in the space of a year.After a fifth record season, "The Big Bang Theory" has likewise seen another boost in its ratings. The sixth season drew 18.7 million viewers, putting the Pasadena geeks in second last season ahead of "NCIS: Los Angeles" (17.3 million).

Another big hit, "Person of Interest," made it to fourth place last season with its 16 million aficionados. This CBS series upped its viewership by 1.1 million in a year.

The season also shone on "Elementary," the only newcomer among the top ten series in the US. The nation remained loyal, albeit with a little less widespread enthusiasm than usual, to its evergreens "Two and a Half Men," "Blue Bloods," "Modern Family," "Castle" and "Criminal Minds."

Top ten ranked series in the U.S. for the 2012-2013 season(Source: Nielsen) Series Channel Average viewership per episode (in millions) 1 NCIS CBS 21.3 2 The Big Bang Theory CBS 18.7 3 NCIS : Los Angeles CBS 17.3 4 Person of Interest CBS 16.0 5 Mon oncle Charlie CBS 13.8 6 Blue Bloods CBS 13.2 7 Elementary CBS 12.6 8 Modern Family ABC 12.3 9 Castle ABC 12.2 10 Esprits criminels CBS 12.1

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