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Leading ad supported broadcast and cable networks in the United States in 2016, by average number of viewers

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Most watched TV networks in the U.S. 2016 The graph shows leading ad supported broadcast and cable networks in the United States from December 28, 2015 to December 4, 2016, by number of total viewers. Fox ranked fourth, with telecasts reaching an average of 5.05 million viewers in the presented period. At the top of the ranking was CBS, which averaged over 8.81 viewers in 2016. The leading primetime series on the network during the 2016-17 season was The Big Bang Theory, which averaged 22.73 million viewers. Other popular CBS series include Bull, NCIS, and Blue Bloods. During a recent survey, 65 percent of Americans believed that CBS was somewhat credible or very credible as a source of information. In contrast, 10 percent stated that the network was not at all credible.
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The graph shows leading ad supported broadcast and cable networks in the United States from December 28, 2015 to December 4, 2016, by number of total viewers. Fox ranked fourth, with telecasts reaching an average of 5.05 million viewers in the presented period. At the top of the ranking was CBS, which averaged over 8.81 viewers in 2016. The leading primetime series on the network during the 2016-17 season was The Big Bang Theory, which averaged 22.73 million viewers. Other popular CBS series include Bull, NCIS, and Blue Bloods. During a recent survey, 65 percent of Americans believed that CBS was somewhat credible or very credible as a source of information. In contrast, 10 percent stated that the network was not at all credible.
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December 2016
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United States
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December 28, 2015 to December 4, 2016
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The sources states that the ranking excludes "certain digital networks, as well as cable networks that aren't measured by Nielsen."

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