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NBC's "SNF" Secures Primetime Win Among All Shows For Sixth Straight TV Season

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 05 / 26 / 17

NBC's "SNF" officially finished the '16-17 TV season as the No. 1 show in primetime for the sixth straight year. That puts "SNF" in a tie with Fox' "American Idol" for the most consecutive primetime wins for any show on record (dating back to '50). "SNF" also was tops among adults 18-49 for the seve...

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