Here's a list of the most popular TV shows in Boston (week of Jan. 12 - 18) Of note: CBS's CSI and The Mentalist are the most watched dramas in Boston for the week. Also of note: For President George Bush's televised farewell address, more people or (255,000 viewers of you) tuned into WBZ-CBS. The most watched ABC drama for the week was Grey's Anatomy which ranked #16 with 289,000 viewers with Desperate Housewives not far behind at #18 with 262,000. The only NBC show to crack Boston's top 30 was The Office with 241,000 total viewers at #23.
1. WBZ-CBS AFC Championship Football, 918,000 total viewers
2. WFXT-FOX, American Idol'Wednesday, 691,0000
3. WFXT-FOX, American Idol, Tuesday, 679,000
4. WBZ-CBS, AFC, postgame coverage, 611,000
5. WBZ-CBS, CSI, 508,000
6. WBZ-CBS, The Mentalist, 428,000
7. WBZ-CBS, Two and A Half Men, 406,000
8. WBZ-CBS, NCIS, 395,000
9. WBZ, CBS, The Mentalist, Sunday rerun, 383,000
10. WBZ, CBS, CSI, 333,000
11. WFXT-FOX, 10 p.m. newscast Wednesday, 314,000
contributed by Johnny Diaz, Globe writer
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