Football reigned in prime time last week while CBS retained its Nielsen ratings crown AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Frazier Moore, The Associated Press Posted Oct 21, 2014 1:49 pm MDT NEW YORK, N.Y. – Football scored half of the Top 10 slots in last week’s Nielsen ratings.NBC took first place with its Sunday night faceoff between San Francisco and Denver, and the pregame took second place.CBS’ Thursday game ranked fifth as the New York Jets took on the New England Patriots. Fox’s Sunday “The OT” post-game show ranked seventh place. And Notre Dame met Florida State on ABC’s Saturday night telecast, ranking ninth.Overall, CBS won the weekly Nielsen prime-time clash for a fourth straight week and claimed the top three freshmen shows: “NCIS: New Orleans” (ranked fourth), “Madam Secretary” (13th) and “Scorpion” (14th), according to Nielsen figures released Tuesday.ABC’s most-watched new series, “How to Get Away With Murder,” ranked 21st, with 9.79 million viewers.For the week, CBS averaged 10.5 million viewers in prime time. NBC was runner-up with 8.9 million, followed by ABC with 7.9 million and Fox with 4.7 million. Univision had 2.9 million, the CW had 1.9 million, Telemundo had 1.1 million, and ION Television had 1.0 million.Among cable networks, ESPN led with an average 2.61 million viewers, followed by TBS with 2.04 million, USA with 1.76 million and Fox News Channel with 1.73 million.NBC’s “Nightly News” held its leadership position among the evening newscasts with an average of 8.78 million viewers. ABC’s “World News” was second with 8.10 million, and the “CBS Evening News” had 6.44 million viewers.For the week of Oct. 13-19, the top 10 shows, their networks and viewerships: NFL Football: San Francisco at Denver, NBC, 23.79 million; “Sunday Night NFL Pre-Kick,” NBC, 17.76 million; “NCIS,” CBS, 17.26 million; “NCIS: New Orleans,” CBS, 16.14 million; NFL Football: NY Jets at New England, CBS, 16.09 million; “The Big Bang Theory,” CBS, 15.32 million; “The OT,” Fox, 13.78 million; “The Voice” (Monday), NBC, 13.28 million; Football: Notre Dame at Florida State, ABC, 13.25 million; “Dancing With the Stars,” ABC, 12.74 million.___ABC is owned by The Walt Disney Co. CBS is owned by CBS Corp. CW is a joint venture of Warner Bros. Entertainment and CBS Corp. Fox and Fox News Channel are owned by 21st Century Fox. NBC, Telemundo and USA are owned by Comcast Corp. ESPN is owned by ESPN Inc. TBS is owned by Time Warner. ION Television is owned by ION Media Networks. read more

The United Nations in South Sudan is assisting hundreds of students to complete their primary education this week by sitting for final exams that were disrupted when fighting broke out between anti- and pro-Government forces. More than 400 people, ranging in age from 14 years up, have begun taking their Primary School Leaving Examinations (PSLE) at the UN compound in the capital Juba. The week-long exams, scheduled for 16 December last year, started yesterday. UN and partner organizations have been working in support of community elders and teachers to prepare the students to take those exams, including locating rooms for the exams. In one of its compounds, UN staff transformed the social centre, a place for staff to relax after work, into a makeshift exam hall with desks closely placed in near rows flanking a faded snooker table. “The exam is not really difficult, but the fighting and displacement have made it very hard for us,” said Balong Miet, 18, who is seeking refuge at UN peacekeeping compound’s (UNMISS) Tomping camp. Speaking to UNMISS after the first day of exams, she called on warring sides to end the violence which has killed thousands of people since 15 December 2013, after President Salva Kiir said soldiers loyal to former vice-president Riek Machar, dismissed from office in July, launched an attempted coup. The fighting has also displaced some 230,000 people, more than a quarter of whom are seeking refuge on UN bases. Among them, Gatluak Tuong Gatluak, who told UNMISS that he was not able to focus on the exams: “It is hard, especially for those of us who lost our relatives to the fighting in Juba.” “We don’t even have a good place to read and sleep,” he added. South Sudan’s adult literacy rate stands at 27 per cent, the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) reported. Seventy per cent of children between six and 17 years old have never set foot inside a classroom and only one in 10 children complete primary school, according to the local UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) office, which is supporting the exams. Hastin Anisio, who is the Minister of Education in the Central Equatorial State, in which Juba is located, said that despite the challenges, he is pleased the youth had an opportunity to write the exams. The hope is that when the displaced people leave the UN camp, they will have a greater opportunity to improve their lives. read more