It seized nine slots in the week's Top 20, including the first- and second-place entries — a pair of college playoff games, each drawing more than 28 million viewers.
The Nielsen ratings company said CBS had a strong showing, seizing seven of the Top 20 slots thanks to its portfolio of dramas and comedies, plus "The Kennedy Center Honors" special.
That helped CBS to an overall prime-time win for the week, averaging 11.4 million viewers. NBC was runner-up with 9.5 million viewers. Then came ESPN, with 8.3 million viewers, beating the rest of the broadcast pack.
"NBC Nightly News" again beat its evening-news competition.