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NEW YORK (AP) — Queen Latifah is becoming a TV star for CBS at a time broadcast networks can really use one, while Dwayne Johnson and Kenan Thompson made respectable sitcom debuts for NBC.

Latifah’s drama, “The Equalizer,” was the most popular scripted show on television last week, the Nielsen company said, trailing only first-place “60 Minutes” and giving CBS a strong one-two punch on Sunday.

Johnson reached 5.3 million viewers for the premiere of “Young Rock,” the NBC comedy based on his life, enough to finish among Nielsen’s top 20 shows for the week.

A million of those viewers drifted away last Tuesday for the debut of “Kenan.” The sitcom starring the long-running “Saturday Night Live” cast member as an Atlanta TV host and single dad reached 4.2 million viewers, Nielsen said.

A generation ago, numbers like that wouldn’t be enough for a show to make a second week. But given network television’s overall fade, and the chance for viewers to check out those series on a delayed basis, and NBC will no doubt take it.

For a typical week in February — no major sports events and virtually all prime-time shows airing original episodes — live viewership on ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC was down 18% from the same week last year, Nielsen said.

CBS won the week with an average of 4.6 million viewers in prime time. ABC had 3.9 million, NBC had 3.5 million, Fox had 2.6 million, Univision had 1.6 million, Ion Television had 1.1 million and Telemundo had 1 million.

Fox News Channel was the most popular cable network, averaging 2.42 million viewers in prime time. MSNBC had 1.91 million, CNN had 1.6 million, HGTV had 1.12 million and History had 1.01 million.

ABC’s “World News Tonight” won the evening news ratings race, averaging 10.2 million viewers. NBC’s “Nightly News” had 8.3 million and the “CBS Evening News” had 6.4 million.

For the week of Feb. 15-21, the 20 most popular programs, their networks and viewerships:

1. “60 Minutes,” CBS, 9.56 million.

2. “The Equalizer,” CBS, 8.13 million.

3. “Young Sheldon,” CBS, 7.72 million.

4. “Chicago Med,” NBC, 7.59 million.

5. “Chicago Fire,” NBC, 7.3 million.

6. “911,” Fox, 6.85 million.

7. “American Idol,” ABC, 6.67 million.

8. “Celebrity Wheel of Fortune,” ABC, 6.03 million.

9. “Magnum, P.I.,” CBS, 5.97 million.

10. “NCIS: Los Angeles,” CBS, 5.92 million.

11. “Chicago PD,” NBC, 5.88 million.

12. “NCIS,” CBS, 5.771 million.

13. “This is Us,” NBC, 5.766 million.

14. “911: Lone Star,” Fox, 5.73 million.

15. “The Bachelor,” ABC, 5.57 million.

16. “America’s Funniest Home Videos,” ABC, 5.36 million.

17. “Mom,” CBS, 5.35 million.

18. “Young Rock,” NBC, 5.32 million.

19. “B Positive,” CBS, 5.11 million.

20. “MacGyver,” CBS, 4.96 million.

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UFC 259: Aleksandar Rakic bests Thiago Santos in disappointing PPV opener

Aleksandar Rakic got the win in a lackluster affair with Thiago Santos at UFC 259.

In a fight that had a lot of potential but completely underwhelmed, Aleksandar Rakic took the win over Thiago Santos in the opening bout of the pay-per-view portion of UFC 259.

Both guys fought with a limited offense, but Rakic seemed mostly in control, while Santos seemed to not get anything going.

???? @Rakic_UFC outlasts Santos over three rounds. #UFC259

— UFC (@ufc) March 7, 2021

Aleksandar Rakic uses range, clinch work to control fight with Thiago Santos and get win

Both men fought cautiously in the opening frame, but when they did throw, they threw with intention, trading power shots. Rakic used his range in the opening five minutes to control the pace, but Santos seemed to land the more powerful shots.

The limited pace continued into the second round, but about two minutes in, Rakic managed to clinch up Santos and pin him against the cage. Rakic landed body shots there; however, it wasn’t enough to be considered anything major.

Rakic blocked an early Santos takedown attempt in the third and clinched him briefly but there wasn’t much. Rakic attempted his own takedown with Santos against the cage with less than two minutes left in the fight, but Santos fought it off and landed some heavy elbows and a knee to the body. It wasn’t enough, however, and Rakic continued to have Santos pinned against the cage for some time — while Santos didn’t take a chance.

Two judges scored the fight 29-28, while a third scored it 30-27, all for Rakic.

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