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Ratings: 'The Mentalist' tops week of CBS domination

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Question: What was the last freshman series to hit No. 1 in terms of viewership? A week ago, if you had guessed ABC’s Desperate Housewives, you’d have been right. The ladies of Wisteria Lane were tops near the end of their first season. But there’s a new star rookie: CBS’ procedural drama The Mentalist, which found itself atop the TV ratings for the first time during the week of Dec. 1-7. With an astounding 18.7 million viewers, the series beat the next two finishers: NCIS (18.5 million) and the perennial TV heavyweight CSI (17.5 million). What happened? Simon Baker’s good looks—that’s what. Needless to say, The Mentalist can unequivocally be considered a hit.

With ABC’s Dancing with the Stars on hiatus until March, CBS dominated the week. But ABC did find itself at Nos. 4 and 5 thanks to the one-two punch of Desperate Housewives (16.1 million) and the waning Grey’s Anatomy (15.3 million). And the network served up a few year-end specials that earned it more Top 20 love: Barbara Walters Presents: The 10 Most Fascinating People of 2008 at No. 9 (13.2 million), longtime holiday favorite How the Grinch Stole Christmas at No. 15 (11.4 million), and a more recent holiday offering, Shrek the Halls, at No. 18 (11.1 million).

The rest of the Top 20 for the week was filled out by procedurals, a new Hallmark Hall of Fame TV movie starring Patricia Heaton and Treat Williams, and 60 Minutes on CBS; football and Law & Order on NBC; and Fox’s House. The full list with viewership totals is after the jump.

1. The Mentalist | CBS | 18.7 million
2. NCIS | CBS | 18.5 million
3. CSI | CBS | 17.5 million
4. Desperate Housewives | ABC | 16.1 million
5. Grey’s Anatomy | ABC | 15.3 million
6. 60 Minutes | CBS | 13.8 million
7. Two and Half Men (R) | CBS | 13.6 million
8. Sunday Night Football | NBC | 13.3 million
9. Barbara Walters Presents: The 10 Most Fascinating People of 2008 | ABC | 13.2 million
10. Survivor: Gabon | CBS | 12.7 million
11. House | Fox | 12.5 million
12. Without a Trace | CBS | 12.3 million
13. Hallmark Hall of Fame Presentation: Front of the Class | CBS | 11.9 million
14. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer | CBS | 11.8 million
15. How the Grinch Stole Christmas | ABC | 11.4 million
16. Law & Order | NBC | 11.3 million
17. CSI: Miami (R) | CBS | 11.2 million
18. Shrek the Halls | ABC | 11.1 million
19. Eleventh Hour | CBS | 10.9 million
20. Brothers & Sisters | ABC | 10.5 million

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1. The Mentalist | CBS | 18.7 million
2. NCIS | CBS | 18.5 million
3. CSI | CBS | 17.5 million
4. Desperate Housewives | ABC | 16.1 million
5. Grey’s Anatomy | ABC | 15.3 million
6. 60 Minutes | CBS | 13.8 million
7. Two and Half Men (R) | CBS | 13.6 million
8. Sunday Night Football | NBC | 13.3 million
9. Barbara Walters Presents: The 10 Most Fascinating People of 2008 | ABC | 13.2 million
10. Survivor: Gabon | CBS | 12.7 million
11. House | Fox | 12.5 million
12. Without a Trace | CBS | 12.3 million
13. Hallmark Hall of Fame Presentation: Front of the Class | CBS | 11.9 million
14. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer | CBS | 11.8 million
15. How the Grinch Stole Christmas | ABC | 11.4 million
16. Law & Order | NBC | 11.3 million
17. CSI: Miami (R) | CBS | 11.2 million
18. Shrek the Halls | ABC | 11.1 million
19. Eleventh Hour | CBS | 10.9 million
20. Brothers & Sisters | ABC | 10.5 million

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