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Football, debate, a few new shows score big

NEW YORK

NFL football topped the ratings last week, while the first presidential debate won lots of viewers across multiple channels.

But “Bull” held the fifth-place spot that its debut airing won the week before. The legal drama, which stars Michael Weatherly as a trial consultant in a story loosely based on Dr. Phil McGraw’s life, logged 13.6 million viewers to remain the most-watched freshman series thus far.

Other high achievers among the freshman class remained CBS’ comedy “Kevin Can Wait,” starring Kevin James, which ranked 16th; CBS’ “MacGyver” reboot, at 25th place; and NBC’s drama “This Is Us,” at 28th place.

Among the networks benefiting from the first presidential faceoff between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, NBC scored a 6th place showing with its post-debate analysis, while Fox News Channel’s coverage of the debate drew more than 11 million viewers to round out the Top 10.

For the week of Sept. 26 through Oct. 2, the top shows, their networks and viewerships: NFL Football: Kansas City at Pittsburgh, NBC, 18.06 million; “NCIS,” CBS, 15.52 million; “Sunday Night NFL Pre-kick,” NBC, 15.36 million; “The Big Bang Theory,” CBS, 14.24 million; “Bull,” CBS, 13.62 million; “Decision ’16” Presidential Debate Analysis, NBC, 12.76 million; “The Voice” (Tuesday), NBC, 12.09 million; “The Voice” (Monday), NBC, 11.75 million; “The OT,” Fox, 11.56 million; Presidential Debate, Fox News Channel, 11.43 million.

Associated Press

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