Nielsen says a little more than 8 million people watched Tuesday’s All-Star game on Fox, enough to be the second-most popular thing on television after America’s Got Talent last week. The derby where sluggers flex their muscles a day before the game was televised on ESPN and reached 5.4 million viewers.
Fox News reached an average of 4.09 million viewers between 6 and 8 p.m. ET last Thursday for its coverage of President Trump’s much-discussed holiday parade in Washington. The audience was over 4.6 million during the concentrated hour during which Trump gave a rain-soaked speech. Behind the summertime favorite America’s Got Talent, NBC averaged 3.5 million viewers in primetime last week. CBS had 3.4 million, ABC had 2.8 million, Fox had 1.6 million, Univision had 1.5 million, Ion Television had 1.4 million, Telemundo had 1 million and the CW had 560,000.
Nielsen said 299,000 watched Sunday’s 10 p.m. debut of the miniseries starring Russell Crowe, or roughly one-tenth of the audience Sean Hannity pulls in each night. But for a premium cable network, that’s only part of the story. When you add replays and streams, Sunday’s audience swelled to 651,000, Nielsen said. Elsewhere, NBC’s two-night coverage of the first Democratic primary debate of the 2020 political season dominated the television landscape.
Viewers watching last week’s rally in Orlando, Fla., helped cable star Hannity earn a rare top 10 showing among both broadcast and cable programs with 5 million viewers. Tucker Carlson Tonight landed at No. 14 with 4.5 million viewers, according to Nielsen figures released Tuesday. CBS and NBC tied as the most-watched networks overall, with each averaging 3.67 million primetime viewers.
The NBA Finals, plus a few game shows, helped ABC to the week’s ratings championship. ABC averaged 6.1 million viewers in prime time. NBC had 4.1 million, CBS had 3.8 million, Ion Television had 1.4 million, Telemundo had 1.2 million, Univision had 1.1 million and the CW had 630,000. Fox’s average was not immediately available.
Following the end of its Game of Thrones, HBO kept on attracting viewers last week. Its Big Little Lies returned for its second season, adding Meryl Streep to the cast, and reached 2.5 million people across HBO’s various platforms on Sunday. And it had an even bigger success with the miniseries Chernobyl, which averaged 8 million viewers per episode. In broadcast, ABC won the week in primetime, averaging 5.4 million viewers.
Viewership for the first two games of the series between the Golden State Warriors and Toronto Raptors was down sharply from last year’s finals — 28% for the first game and 29% for the second, Nielsen said.
ABC’s re-creation of episodes of All in the Family and The Jeffersons was among last week’s most-watched programs with 10.4 million viewers. A Nightline program on the do-overs of producer Norman Lear’s famed 1970s and ’80 comedies also landed in the top 10, with an ABC documentary on the life and career of Farrah Fawcett coming in at No. 12.
The back-to-back, two-episode finale of the nerdy CBS comedy’s 12-season run drew 18.5 million live viewers Thursday night to easily win the week, Nielsen said Tuesday. That helped give CBS six of the top 10 shows and an easy win of the week in primetime with an average of 6.5 million viewers. NBC averaged 4.5 million, ABC 3.8 million, Fox 1.9 million, Univision with 1.25 million, Ion Television with 1.2 million, Telemundo 1.1 million and the CW 790,000.
CBS rode The Big Bang Theory and six other shows in the top 10 to again win the week in primetime, with an average of 5.9 million viewers. NBC averaged 4 million, ABC had 3.6 million, Fox had 2.5 million, Telemundo had 1.3 million, ION Television had 1.24 million, Univision had 1.22 million and the CW 750,000.