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The Nielson Ratings Top 25 television programs on broadcast TV (viewers 18-49) for the week ending October 12.

1    Sunday Night Football       NBC  
2    The OT        FOX  
3    Thursday Night Football        CBS  
4    Big Bang Theory        CBS  
5    Football Night in America Part 3       NBC 
6    Voice        NBC  
7    Modern Family      ABC 
8    Simpsons        FOX  
9    How to Get Away with Murder        ABC  
10    Scandal        ABC   
11    Big Bang Theory      CBS  
12    Black-ish        ABC  
13    Once Upon A Time        ABC  
14    NCIS    CBS  
15    Scorpion        CBS 
16    Blacklist        NBC  
17    Survivor        CBS   
18    Voice    NBC  
19    Gotham       FOX  
20    Grey's Anatomy        ABC  
21    NCIS: New Orleans        CBS 
22    Criminal Minds        CBS  
23    Goldbergs        ABC 
24    Broolyn nine-nine        FOX 
25    Chicago Fire     NBC

The top 10 pop songs for the week of October 16. The number to the right is last week's ranking. 

1    1    Shake It Off    -Taylor Swift
2    2    All About That Bass -   Meghan Trainor
3    3    Bang Bang  -  Jessie J, Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj
4    5    Animals -   Maroon 5
5    6    Habits (Stay High)  -  Tove Lo
6    8    Chandelier  -  Sia
7    10    Thinking Out Loud  -  Ed Sheeran
8    --    I'm Not The Only One   - Sam Smith
9    4    Blame -   Calvin Harris Featuring John Newman
10    7    Stolen Dance  -  Milky Chance

Source: Top 10 Songs.com
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