Encouraging ratings start for NBC in new season

Associated Press
This image released by NBC shows CeeLo Green from the singing competition series "The Voice," during a mentoring session in Los Angeles that aired on Oct. 8, 2012. NBC is shelling out big for attention-grabbing scripted series and for premiere sports events and shows like "The Voice" that invite live viewing to overcome ad skipping.  (AP Photo/NBC, Tyler Golden)
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This image released by NBC shows CeeLo Green from the singing competition series "The Voice," during a mentoring session in Los Angeles that aired on Oct. 8, 2012. NBC is shelling out big for attention-grabbing scripted series and for premiere sports events and shows like "The Voice" that invite live viewing to overcome ad skipping. (AP Photo/NBC, Tyler Golden)

NEW YORK (AP) — After years of bad news in the television ratings, NBC finally has something to smile about.

It's early, but the Nielsen company said Tuesday that NBC is the only one of the four major networks with bigger audiences during the first two weeks of the season than last season.

Sunday night football and "The Voice" lead the way. The new thriller "Revolution" has been the network's most-watched scripted show. And while they don't qualify as hits just yet, new comedies like "Go On" and "Guys With Kids" are reaching a broader audience than critically praised niche shows "The Office" and "30 Rock."

CBS "NCIS" was the nation's most popular TV show last week.

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