The 16.1 million people who watched the AMC series Sunday shattered the show’s previous record of 12.4 million, which was set for April’s final episode of the third season. CBS won the week in primetime, averaging 9.2 million viewers. NBC had 8.4 million, Fox had 7.5 million, ABC had 7 million, Univision had 3.2 million, the CW had 1.7 million, Telemundo had 1.14 million and Ion Television had 1.05 million.
The networks have experienced a slight improvement in primetime viewing this fall, but the landscape is still treacherous for new shows, several of which have been pulled after just two episodes.
The show debuted last Monday to an audience of just over 6.5 million viewers, and proceeded to get a smaller crowd watching it each succeeding night last week. It dropped to 5.8 million on Tuesday, 5.2 million on Wednesday, 4.2 million on Thursday, 4 million on Friday and 2.9 million on Saturday. Largely due to its Sunday night football game, NBC won the week with an average of 7 million viewers in primetime. CBS had 6.7 million, ABC had 4.5 million, Fox had 4 million and Univision had 3.1 million.
Last week’s TV ratings illustrate how important the game is to broadcast television. Peyton Manning’s seven-touchdown attack on Thursday brought 25.1 million viewers to the season-opening Baltimore-Denver game, while 25.4 million people watched Sunday’s game between the New York Giants and Dallas Cowboys.
The game between Georgia and Clemson was the most-watched season opener since 2006 for ABC, which usually devotes its Saturday nights in the fall to college football. The 8.1 million viewers put the game within Nielsen’s 10 most-watched programs for the week, and lifted ABC to a second-place finish behind CBS in the weekly ratings. CBS’s summertime hit, Under the Dome, was the most popular program during a quiet week in television, the only program to get more than 10 million viewers.
Two of the three most popular programs on television last week were on cable networks instead of broadcast. The exception was the CBS miniseries Under the Dome, which has led in the ratings for much of the summer.
Overall it averaged 5.37 million viewers, logging its eighth consecutive week in the lead, despite the continuing standoff between the network and Time Warner Cable, which has blacked out CBS stations to 3.2 million customers in New York, Los Angeles and Dallas. ABC, with 4.12 million viewers, took the runner-up position. But the most-watched program of the week was Duck Dynasty, A&E’s hit unscripted series, which summoned 11.77 million viewers for its season premiere.
CBS was easily the nation’s most popular network last week, according to Nielsen. The miniseries Under the Dome continued its dominance, and all three episodes of Big Brother finished among the 12 most-watched programs. CBS estimates the blackout cuts the network’s national viewership by about 1%.
Three of the top 10 most-watched shows on TV last week were repeats. That number is an indication of how the summer television world has changed among the big networks. During the corresponding week five years ago, six of the top 10 shows were reruns, Nielsen said. Go back a decade to 2003, and nine of the top 10 were programs that had aired before in colder-weather months.
For the first time since November 2008 — a stretch of 243 straight week—s ABC’s “World News” beat NBC’s “Nightly News” last week in viewership among the 25-to-54-year-old demographic that forms the basis for many advertising sales
Univision’s average of 1.81 million viewers aged 18-49 so far in July tops Fox, NBC and CBS, who are all clustered just under 1.5 million. Among all viewers in primetime last week, CBS led with an average of 5.5 million viewers. NBC had 4.6 million, Fox had 4.3 million, Univision had 3.71 million, ABC had 3.67 million, Telemundo had 1.43 million, Ion Television had 1.38 million and the CW had 1.1 million.
For the week, CBS logged six of the Top 10 programs and led overall in primetime with an average 5.34 million viewers. NBC was second with 4.69 million, followed by ABC with 3.74 million, while Univision had 3.64 million, Fox had 3.24 million, Telemundo had 1.60 million, Ion Television had 1.24 million and the CW had 600,000.
With strong viewing for CBS’s summer adaption of a Stephen King novel, other networks are likely to take notice. They have wondered for years how to stem erosion during the summer, and this successful drama came along at just about the time the reality franchises they had been relying on were beginning to age.
Three nights of NBA finals with Miami facing San Antonio were the top programs in primetime. Sunday’s game was the week’s most-watched show, seen by 16.3 million viewers; Thursday’s game drew 16.2 million and Tuesday’s clash was seen by 14 million viewers.
NBC’s most popular show, approaching its season finale next week, had 11.3 million viewers for its Monday edition last week and 10.9 million on Tuesday. Both were enough to rank them within Nielsen’s top six shows for the week. Still, the two editions were below their averages for the season, even more among younger viewers. The show peaked at more than 14 million viewers in mid-April.
It’s a remarkable time of viewer experimentation at a time of day when habits are often difficult to break. During a newsy month, May, NBC’s Today is still the A.M. leader by a slight margin. ABC’s Good Morning America averaged 5.7 million viewers, up 10% from 2012. Meanwhile, CBS This Morning averaged a little more than 3 million viewers in May, up 19% over the 2.53 million who were watching the same month last year, Nielsen said Tuesday.
ABC won the week in primetime, averaging 6.5 million viewers, benefitting from Dancing with the Stars and the finales of Modern Family and The Middle. CBS was second with a 6.3 million viewer average, NBC had 5 million, Fox had 4.3 million, Univision had 3.5 million, Telemundo had 1.6 million, Ion Television had 1.2 million and the CW had 760,000.
About 14.3 million people watched Candice Glover’s victory over Kree Harrison in last week’s American Idol final episode of the season on Fox. Both the CBS drama NCIS and comedy The Big Bang Theory had more viewers. ABC couldn’t quite topple CBS last week, but saw some encouraging numbers: The season finale of Scandal had the largest audience ever for that show, while the Billboard Music Awards on Sunday had the highest viewership for that show in 10 years
CBS’s decade-old smash, NCIS, held onto the No. 1 position, drawing more than 17 million viewers. Right behind was the network’s sitcom hit, The Big Bang Theory, seen by 16 million viewers, followed by spinoff NCIS: Los Angeles, with 13 million viewers.
The Following, the gruesome series that debuted on Fox in January, is a hit. With 7.8 million viewers, it was Fox’s most popular program last week after American Idol and will be on the network’s schedule for next season when that is unveiled next week. Meanwhile, struggling NBC had a lot of hopes for Hannibal, its tale of a better-known fictional serial killer, for its spring schedule.
The broadcast networks stretched their normally half-hour newscasts to an hour on April 15 and on Friday, when the second of the two suspects, holed up in a tarp-covered boat outside a suburban Boston home, was captured by police during primetime. CBS won the week in primetime, averaging 8.3 million viewers (5.3 rating, 9 share).
The game was seen by an estimated 23.4 million people, according to Nielsen. That was a bigger audience than the last two men’s championship games, and just slightly less than the 23.9 million who watched Duke beat Butler in 2010.
CBS’s Academy of Country Music Awards on Sunday were seen by an estimated 15.5 million people, Nielsen said. It is believed to be the first time the ACM awards outdrew the more established Country Music Association awards, which took place in November. A much-anticipated musical pairing of George Strait and Garth Brooks, performing in a tribute to the late Dick Clark, was a highlight of Sunday’s show.
A new episode of Dancing With the Stars premiered on ABC last week before 17 million viewers, just behind CBS drama NCIS as the week’s most popular program. It was down to 14.5 million Monday night, facing competition from the return of The Voice on NBC. The Voice, with Usher and Shakira as new cast members, premiered its spring season before 13.6 million on Monday. Those are welcome numbers for NBC, which has been starved for viewers.
The simple act of moving the clock ahead one hour for daylight saving time is costly for the network’s new broadcasts, since the hour that turns from darkness to light happens to be the hour in which they are shown in most of the country.
The network moves past NBC with a 2.6 in 18-49s, well behind first-place CBS at a 3.1. Fox wins six of seven nights thanks largely to American Idol.
The History network’s first installment of its new miniseries was seen by 13.1 million people Sunday. CBS won the week with an average of 9.1 million viewers in prime time (5.9 rating, 10 share). Fox averaged 6.6 million viewers (4.0, 6), ABC had 6.1 million (3.9, 6), NBC had 4.1 million (2.7, 4), the CW had 1.2 million and Ion Television 1.1 million (both 0.8, 1).
The Oscars on ABC had its biggest audience in three years and Jimmy Kimmel’s post-Oscars talk show got its biggest audience in the eight years he’s been doing it. Similarly, the Oscars-focused edition of Good Morning America on Monday reached 6.13 million viewers, above the show’s season average of 5.27 million. NBC’s Today show on Monday had 4.71 million viewers.
Sunday’s last episode of the season left many Downton Abbey fans up in arms because of the surprise demise of a popular character. CBS had 15 of the 20 most-watched shows on broadcast television last week, not an unusual showing for television’s most dominant network. The network had one failure, though: the new reality show The Job was fired after only two episodes. Last week’s episode had 3.3 million viewers.
CBS, led by the Grammy Awards, thoroughly dominated primetime on broadcast TV last week. Its average audience was twice that of second-place Fox. Seventeen of the 20 top broadcast programs last week were on CBS, with the exceptions being two episodes of American Idol on Fox and ABC’s Modern Family.
With cable networks and digital video recorders siphoning viewership for regular programming on the broadcast networks, they have come to depend on big events for bursts of attention — things like awards shows and the Olympics. Football was most helpful last week.
Averaging 13.28 million viewers last week (with an 8.2 rating, 13 share), CBS beat the average weekly primetime audience of any network this season. For the week, Fox could claim the top-rated show: the NFC Playoff game pitting the Green Bay Packers against the San Francisco 49ers. It drew nearly 31 million viewers.
NBC unwrapped a welcome gift in the final week of 2012, a ratings victory powered by Sunday Night Football.More than 30 million viewers watched the Washington Redskins defeat the Dallas Cowboys and claim their first division title in 13 years.
Overall for the week, NBC averaged 8.12 million viewers in primetime (4.9 rating/8 share). CBS ranked second with 7.50 million viewers (4.9/8), while Fox had 5.64 million (3.3/6), ABC had 4.78 million (3.0/5), the CW had 1.43 million (0.9/1) and Ion had 1.12 million (0.8/1).
The network had 17 of the 25 most-watched programs on the air last week. It beat second-place NBC by an average of nearly four million viewers a night last week, and also took the 18-to-49-year-old demographic that advertisers seek. 60 Minutes and NCIS were the most popular shows on CBS last week.
The newsmagazine featured Pelley interviewing actor Hugh Jackman as they both worked out together. But last week’s most popular show, as it is most weeks in the fall, was NBC’s Sunday night football telecast.
CBS was the most popular television network last week with six of its programs reaching season highs in ratings. Meanwhile, the Tru TV network had the biggest audience in its history with the sixth season premiere of Hardcore Pawn.
NBC aired the Jets’ embarrassing loss to the New England Patriots on Thanksgiving night, and followed it on Sunday with the Giants’ easy victory over the Green Bay Packers. Those two big primetime audiences on a holiday week enabled NBC to win its first week in the Nielsen company’s ratings since it televised the Super Bowl last winter.
The hit sitcom set a series record with 17.6 million viewers last week. The Thursday night comedy, now in its sixth year on the network, was second only to NBC’s Sunday night football game in popularity for the week.
Last week, NBC finished a strong second to typical leader CBS in the primetime ratings, and won handily among the 18-to-49-year-old viewers it courts most fervently. Sunday night’s NFL game between Houston and Chicago was the week’s most-watched telecast in primetime. NBC’s election night coverage with Brian Williams also finished among Nielsen’s top 10, beating its ABC and CBS rivals.