10/04/2011 04:44 EDT | Updated 12/04/2011 05:12 EST

CBS, long dominant in ratings, makes a strong start in the new television season

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Two weeks into a new television season, CBS is continuing its domination.

The network has won eight of the past nine TV seasons. Last week, CBS beat its closest broadcast rival by an average of 3 1/2 million viewers in prime time. Nielsen said 12 of the 20 most popular shows were on CBS.

The network has done particularly well with comedies, with "Two and a Half Men" and its new star Ashton Kutcher leading the ratings for the second straight week.

NBC's "The Playboy Club" became the season's first cancellation.