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Football carried NBC, ESPN to big wins in audience last week

Football drove TV viewership last week, carrying NBC and ESPN to hefty wins, Nielsen said Wednesday.

NBC enjoyed its sixth straight weekly win, which matched its longest in-season winning streak in 21 years. Meanwhile, ESPN beat its closest cable rival by nearly 7 million viewers.

Among broadcast networks in prime time, NBC averaged 6.21 million viewers for the week, with CBS in second place with 5.75 million. (For the season to date, NBC is running within 265,000 viewers of perennial season champ CBS, which NBC says is the narrowest gap between the two networks at this point in the season in 16 years.)

ABC had 4.14 million viewers last week for third place, while Fox...

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