The other networks just can’t compete with football-fueled NBC in the fall. The network will win its fourth straight November sweep, and by its largest margin yet. In fact, NBC will post the biggest November sweep advantage over the No. 2 network for any broadcaster in the past 19 years.
Among the shows taking the top spots in their genres are Oprah, Judge Judy, Wheel of Fortune, ET and Two and a Half Men. Strong newcomers include Swift Justice, How I Met Your Mother and Criminal Minds.
The November sweeps are over, and the winner of the local late-news ratings war is — well, it depends on who’s doing the counting. KSL issued a news release claiming a victory at 10 p.m. On the other hand, KUTV claims a photo finish and is awaiting clarification when more complete numbers are released this week.
For the first time since 2005, CBS will win a November sweeps. And for only the second time ever, so will Fox. With three nights left to tally in the month-long measurement period used by local stations to set ad rates, CBS and Fox projected victory yesterday, with ABC taking third and NBC finishing fourth.