Two of the broadcast evening newscasts, which offer a cogent summary of the day’s developments, had a bigger average audience than any program in primetime last week. They were ABC’s World News Tonight, up 38% in viewers from its season average, and NBC’s Nightly News, up 47%. The CBS Evening News audience was 31% higher than it is typically.
CBS was the week’s most popular network, averaging 6.2 million viewers in primetime. ABC was second with 5.2 million, NBC had 3.7 million, Fox had 3 million, Univision had 1.4 million, Ion Television had 1.3 million, Telemundo had 1.1 million and the CW had 700,000.
CBS won the week in primetime, averaging 5 million viewers. ABC had 4.4 million viewers, NBC had 4.1 million, Fox had 2.8 million, Univision had 1.4 million, Ion Television had 1.3 million, Telemundo had 1.1 million and the CW had 600,000.
CBS News’ coverage of the Democratic presidential debate from South Carolina last week was easily the most-watched event on television, with 15.34 million viewers. The newsmagazine 60 Minutes, which featured Scott Pelley’s interview with Democrat Mike Bloomberg, came in second for the week, Nielsen said.
CBS won the week with an average of 6.1 million viewers in primetime. NBC had 4.4 million viewers, ABC had 4.2 million, Fox had 3 million, Univision had 1.7 million, Ion Television had 1.4 million, Telemundo had 1 million and the CW had 650,000.
With football and awards show seasons ending in a mid-winter week, the TV schedule reverted to some semblance of normal. CBS dominated its rivals with an average of 4.6 million viewers in primetime. ABC was second with an average of 3.2 million, NBC had 3.1 million, Fox had 2 million, Ion Television had 1.04 million, Univision had 1.02 million, Telemundo had 680,000 and the CW had 570,000.
Nielsen said Fox News averaged 4.27 million viewers in primetime last week, better than any network except for ABC, which televised the Academy Awards, and CBS.
A new episode of the game, usually Fox’s most popular primetime program or close to it, airs on Wednesday. A special edition of the show, with Lil’ Wayne as the mystery guest, had its biggest audience ever Sunday when 23.7 million people watched it following the Super Bowl, according to Nielsen.
CBS won the week in primetime, averaging 7.2 million viewers. ABC eked out a second place showing, averaging 4 million viewers, while NBC had 3.9 million. Fox had 2.4 million, Univision had 1.5 million, Ion Television had 1.3 million, Telemundo had 1.1 million and the CW had 690,000.
With the benefit of an NFL game in primetime, Fox led all the broadcast networks in ratings last week, averaging 9.9 million viewers. CBS had 4.9 million viewers in prime time, NBC had 4.2 million, ABC had 3.8 million, Univision had 1.6 million, Ion Television had 1.3 million, Telemundo had 890,000 and the CW had 790,000.
Last week’s three matches between Ken Jennings, James Holzhauer and Brad Rutter were each seen by roughly 15 million viewers, Nielsen said. And interest is building as the tournament goes on: Thursday’s third match reached 15.5 million viewers on the night it aired, the biggest audience yet.
Among the broadcast networks last week, NBC averaged 5.6 million viewers in primetime. CBS had 3.8 million, ABC had 3 million, Fox had 2.6 million, Univision had 1.31 million, Ion Television reached 1.27 million, Telemundo had 760,000 and the CW had 590,000.
Fox News Channel, MSNBC and CNN collectively averaged just under 5.4 million viewers in primetime last week, Nielsen said. It was a week dominated by the news of the House Judiciary Committee’s vote to impeach Trump. That puts the news on par with the NBC, Fox and CBS entertainment networks, which each averaged between 5.4 and 5.9 million viewers last week.
Seven of the week’s top 10 shows were either football games or their pregame shows. CBS’s perennial ratings generator 60 Minutes was the week’s top non-football show, in fifth place with more than 13 million viewers, and the network’s Young Sheldon was the top scripted show in ninth with 8.39 million.
The network ended CBS’s 18-year winning streak in November, a period when ratings are watched closely to set advertising rates. A combination of factors, including football, producer Dick Wolf and the absence of The Big Bang Theory all contributed.
CNN, Fox News Channel and MSNBC showed every minute of the hearings, even the two times it stretched into the evening. And they were rewarded: Fox (2.5 million viewership average over five days), MSNBC (2.48 million) and CNN (1.68 million) each had more people watching the hearing than would tune in on a typical day. In the cases of MSNBC and CNN, the networks more than doubled their daytime average, Nielsen said. NBC returned to the top of the broadcast primetime rankings last week with a strong Sunday night football matchup between Green Bay and San Francisco.
CBS averaged 5.2 million viewers last week. NBC had 4.7 million viewers, ABC had 4.3 million, Fox had 3.5 million, Univision had 1.1 million, Ion Television had 1 million, Telemundo had 850,000 and the CW had 610,000.
Nielsen said 16.6 million people watched the game late Saturday afternoon, as LSU held off the Tide’s late charge. At 7 p.m. ET, just before its conclusion, the audience topped 20 million people.
Fox won the week in primetime, averaging 9.8 million viewers. NBC had 7.1 million viewers, CBS had 6.1 million, ABC had 3.8 million, Ion Television and Telemundo both had 1.21 million, Univision had 1.17 million and the CW had 780,000.
Through the first five games, the World Series has been averaging 11.6 million viewers, Nielsen says. That puts it on pace to be the least-watched Fall Classic ever, although ratings tend to pick up when a series reaches a sixth or deciding seventh game.
NBC averaged 7 million viewers for the week, with runner-up Fox grabbing 6.1 million. CBS had 5.7 million, ABC had 4.3 million, Telemundo had 1.4 million, Univision had 1.3 million, Ion Television had 1.2 million and the CW had 860,000.
A decade or so ago, such a statistic would prompt audible wailing from network executive suites. The nature of television has changed so much that it’s too early to tell if viewers are bored with the offerings or if those numbers reflect that more people are watching on their own time and making their own schedules. CBS won last week in primetime, averaging 6.6 million viewers. NBC was second with 6.4 million, Fox had 6 million, ABC had 4 million, Univision had 1.3 million, Ion Television had 1.12 million, Telemundo had 1.06 million and the CW had 1.03 million.
Fox averaged 6.7 million viewers for the week, followed by NBC’s 6.5 million, CBS at 6.2 million, ABC at 4.7 million, Univision with 1.3 million, Ion Television had 1.2 million, Telemundo had 1.1 million and the CW had 790,000.
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ABC is finishing the season with its largest lead over NBC in 23 years, and 27 years for CBS. It’s the third consecutive year that ABC has won the ratings competition.
Four NFL games finished among the Nielsen company’s top 12 shows last week, led by the Sunday night matchup of Philadelphia against Atlanta. Between football and “America’s Got Talent,” NBC won the network ratings race. The network averaged 5.7 million viewers in prime time. ABC was second with 4.5 million, CBS had 3.9 million, Fox had 3.1 million, Ion Television had 1.3 million, Univision had 1.2 million, Telemundo had 1.1 million and the CW had 570,000.
Nielsen says the change will begin next September, when it begins accounting for people who watch outside of their homes. That news means that people who watch in bars, airports, offices or anywhere on their phones or tablets will be accounted for in the measurements used to set advertising rates. Last week, NBC dominated with an average of 8.8 million viewers. CBS was second with 3.7 million, ABC had 3.5 million, Fox had 3.3 million, Ion Television had 1.3 million, Univision had 1.2 million, Telemundo had 1.1 million and the CW had 610,000.
ABC averaged 3.7 million viewers in primetime for the week. NBC was second with 3.43 million viewers, CBS had 3.35 million, Fox had 1.5 million, Ion Television had 1.3 million, Univision had 1.03 million, Telemundo had 1.01 million and the CW had 580,000.
The show was seen by 4.9 million viewers live on Monday across 12 different Viacom-owned networks. That’s down from last year’s audience of 5.2 million, as the annual event has slid in television viewers each year since reaching 10.3 million in 2014. Led by America’s Got Talent, NBC won last week in primetime network viewership, averaging 4 million viewers.
The dominance continues even though the show is slipping in popularity, which is typical of most TV series these days. AGT averages 11.4 million viewers live and within a week of an episode’s premiere, down 18% from last year.
NBC’s variety showcase brought in 9.7 million viewers last week according to the Nielsen ratings. The show chose the singers, comedians, dancers and beatboxers that will be on its season-ending live episodes.
NBC won the week in primetime with an average of 3.7 million. ABC had 3.6 million, CBS had 2.7 million, Fox had 1.7 million, Ion Television had 1.4 million, Telemundo had 1.06 million, Univision had 1.05 million and the CW had 650,000.
Without scripted series, Nielsen’s Top 20 last week was crowded with game shows and, in the wake of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s testimony before the House, five of Fox News Channel’s prime time programs.
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.