"NCIS" was the most-watched program for the week ending Sunday, according to Nielsen, but the real eye-opener was the third-place finish by Fox's "Empire," its most-watched episode ever. Here are the week's 10 most-watched programs, ranked by millions of viewers:

1. NCIS, CBS, 16.22 million.

2. THE BIG BANG THEORY, CBS, 16.13

3. EMPIRE, Fox, 14.92

4. THE VOICE (MONDAY), NBC, 13.95

5. THE WALKING DEAD, AMC, 13.78

6. THE VOICE (TUESDAY), NBC, 13.73

7. NCIS: NEW ORLEANS, CBS, 12.61

8. 60 MINUTES, CBS, 11.49

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9. MADAM SECRETARY, CBS, 11.26

10. BLUE BLOODS, CBS, 11.07.