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Published on NewsOK Modified: December 11, 2012 at 2:32 pm •  Published: December 11, 2012
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NEW YORK (AP) — Studly men flexing their muscles in sweaty shirts dominated Nielsen's Top 10 list of popular programming. And there was football, too.

CBS' "60 Minutes" finished as the week's eighth most-watched program, featuring top network anchor Scott Pelley's interview with actor Hugh Jackman. Pelley joined Jackman in a workout, pumping iron and revealing muscles usually hidden underneath a conservative suit when he anchors the "CBS Evening News."

As is typical in the fall, NBC's "Sunday Night Football" matchup, most recently featuring Green Bay's comeback win against the Detroit Lions, was the top show in the ratings.

CBS has had great success with its Grammy Awards telecast in recent years but its attempt to expand the franchise with a performance-driven show announcing the nominees didn't do as well. The nomination show was ranked No. 54 for the week with 5.4 million viewers.

CBS' Tuesday schedule oddly paired the kids' classic "Rudolph the Red-Nose Reindeer" and the adult classic "Victoria's Secret Fashion Show." This year the youngsters won, with "Rudolph" getting 10.1 million viewers and the lingerie-clad women getting 9.5 million.

ABC had no programs in Nielsen's top 20.

CBS won the week with a prime-time average of 9.4 million viewers (5.9 rating, 8 share). Resurgent NBC was second with 7.8 million (4.8, 8), and won among the 18-to-49-year-old viewership it most actively seeks. Fox had 6.1 million and ABC had 5.7 million (both 3.7, 6), the CW had 1.6 million (1.1, 2) and ION Television had 1.1 million (0.8, 1).

Among the Spanish-language networks, Univision led with an average of 3.9 million (2.0, 3), Telemundo had 1.5 million (0.8, 1), TeleFutura had 550,000 (0.3, 1), Estrella had 200,000 and Azteca 100,000 (both 0.1, 0).

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