NETWORK RATINGS ROUNDUP, MAY 3-9

Elon Musk Moves Ratings As Host Of ‘SNL’

In primetime last week, CBS was the most-watched network with an average 4.8 million viewers. NBC had 3.2 million, ABC had 3 million, Fox had 2.3 million, Univision had 1.3 million and Telemundo had 960,000. Fox News Channel topped the cable networks, averaging 2.1 million viewers in primetime. MSNBC had 1.5 million, HGTV had 1.2 million and CNN had 907,000.

NETWORK RATINGS ROUNDUP, APRIL 26-MAY 2

Kentucky Derby, NFL Draft Pull In TV Viewers

CBS was the most-watched network in primetime last week, averaging 4.8 million viewers. ABC had 3.2 million, NBC had 2.9 million, Fox had 2.1 million, Univision had 1.2 million, Ion Television had 1 million and Telemundo had 920,000. Fox News Channel led the cable networks, averaging 2.2 million viewers in prime time. ESPN had 2.04 million, MSNBC had 1.59 million, HGTV had 1.3 million and CNN had 1.1 million.

NETWORK RATINGS ROUNDUP, APRIL 19-25

More Complete Count Pushes Oscars To 10.4M Viewers

The Oscars were enough to give ABC a victory in the primetime ratings with an average of 4.1 million viewers last week. CBS had 3.8 million, NBC had 3.5 million, Fox had 2.7 million, Univision had 1.4 million, Telemundo had 1.03 million, Ion Television had 970,000 and the CW had 530,000. Fox News Channel led the cable networks with an average of 2.23 million viewers. MSNBC had 1.45 million, HGTV had 1.29 million, TNT had 1.15 million and ESPN had 1.1 million.

NETWORK RATINGS ROUNDUP, APRIL 12-18

‘ACM Awards’ Joins The Ceremony Slump

CBS averaged 4.45 million viewers last week, followed by ABC with 3.6 million. NBC had 3.1 million, Fox had 2 million, Univision had 1.4 million, Telemundo had 1.07 million, Ion had 1.05 million and The CW had 710,000. Fox News Channel led the cable networks, averaging 2.23 million viewers in primetime. MSNBC had 1.48 million, HGTV had 1.36 million, CNN had 1.05 million and TBS had 947,000.

NETWORK RATINGS ROUNDUP, MARCH 29-APRIL 4

About 17M Watch Baylor’s Win Over Gonzaga

CBS handily won in the primetime ratings last week, averaging 6.1 million viewers. ABC had 3.8 million viewers, NBC had 3.7 million, Fox had 1.8 million, Univision had 1.3 million, Ion Television had 1.1 million and Telemundo had 940,000. Fox News Channel led the cable networks, averaging 2.13 million viewers in primetime. TBS had 1.61 million, MSNBC had 1.59 million, ESPN had 1.42 million and HGTV had 1.16 million.

NETWORK RATINGS ROUNDUP, MARCH 22-28

Newsmax Keeps Most, Not All, Of Post-Election Samplers

In the period between President Biden’s inauguration and mid-March, Newsmax averaged 207,400 viewers — a 24% decrease, according to Nielsen. CBS was the top broadcast entertainment network last week, averaging 4.5 million viewers in primetime. ABC had 3.6 million, NBC had 2.9 million, Fox had 2 million, Univision had 1.4 million, Ion Television had 1.1 million and Telemundo had 930,000. And last week in primetime, Fox News averaged 2.33 million viewers, MSNBC had 1.58 million and CNN had 1.13 million.

NETWORK RATINGS ROUNDUP, MARCH 15-21

‘The Bachelor’ Ends Controversial Season With Ratings High

The taped season finale of ABC’s The Bachelor with Chris Harrison reached 6.1 million viewers last Monday and the “After the Final Rose” special, hosted by Emmanuel Acho, was seen by 5.67 million, Nielsen said. CBS won the week in the ratings, with an average of 4.5 million viewers in primetime. NBC had 3.6 million, ABC had 3.4 million, Fox had 2 million, Univision had 1.4 million, Ion Television had 1.2 million and Telemundo had 1.1 million.

NETWORK RATINGS ROUNDUP, MARCH 8-14

Grammys Drop 51% To Record Low

That’s enough for television executives to worry about whether this is just pandemic-related or if they can no longer depend on these traditional attention-getting events. CBS won the week, averaging 4.9 million viewers in primetime. NBC had 4 million, ABC had 3.4 million, Fox had 2.6 million, Univision had 1.4 million, Ion Television had 1.2 million and Telemundo had 1 million. Fox News led the cable networks, averaging 2.45 million viewers in primetime. MSNBC had 1.84 million, CNN had 1.29 million, HGTV had 1.15 million and ESPN had 1.06 million.

NETWORK RATINGS ROUNDUP, MARCH 1-7

World Viewership Of Royals Nearly 50 Million

Powered by Oprah Winfrey and royals Prince Harry and Meghan, CBS won last week with an average of 6 million viewers in primetime. ABC had 3.5 million, NBC had 3.2 million, Fox had 2.5 million, Univision had 1.3 million, Ion Television had 1.1 million and Telemundo had 1 million. Fox News led the cable networks, averaging 2.37 million viewers in primetime. MSNBC had 1.88 million, TNT had 1.41 million, CNN had 1.25 million and HGTV had 1.11 million.

NETWORK RATINGS ROUNDUP, FEB. 22-28

Pandemic Golden Globes Ratings Plunge 64%

CBS was the most-watched network in primetime last week, averaging 4.5 million viewers. ABC had 3.9 million, NBC had 3.4 million, Fox had 2.3 million, Univision had 1.4 million, Ion Television had 1.2 million and Telemundo had 1 million. Fox News Channel topped the cable networks, averaging 2.46 million viewers in primetime.

NETWORK RATINGS ROUNDUP, FEB. 15-21

’60 Minutes,’ ‘Equalizer’ Strong For CBS

CBS won the week with an average of 4.6 million viewers in primetime. 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.

NETWORK RATINGS ROUNDUP, FEB. 8-14

‘Equalizer’ Stays Strong After Super Bowl Debut

The revenge drama came in third place last week and had a major, and inevitable, drop after drawing 20 million viewers in the most coveted of all time slots after the network’s airing of the Super Bowl. For the week, CBS was the most-watched broadcast network, averaging 5.2 million viewers in primetime. ABC had 3.8 million, NBC had 3.2 million, Fox had 2.9 million, Univision had 1.3 million, Ion Television had 1 million and Telemundo had 990,000.

NETWORK RATINGS ROUNDUP, FEB. 1-7

‘Super Bowl,’ Queen Latifah’s ‘Equalizer’ Top Weekly Ratings

  For the week of Feb. 1 to Feb. 7, the 20 most-watched programs in primetime, their networks and viewership, according to Nielsen figures released Tuesday: 1. Super Bowl LV, CBS, 91.6 million. 2. Super Bowl LV Post-game, CBS, 51.5 million. 3. “The Equalizer,” CBS, 20 million. 4. “Chicago Med,” NBC, 7.5 million. 5. “Chicago […]

NETWORK RATINGS ROUNDUP: JAN. 25-31

Cable News Ratings Tighten With Big Months For CNN, MSNBC

Several programs on MSNBC and CNN had their most-watched months ever in January, the Nielsen company said. CNN as a network did so, too, in a newsy month where the Capitol insurrection and President Joe Biden’s inauguration left a lot to talk about. For last week, CBS was the most-watched broadcast network, averaging 4.7 million viewers in prime time. ABC had 3.6 million, NBC had 3 million, Fox had 2.6 million, Univision had 1.4 million, Telemundo had 1.12 million and Ion Television had 1.11 million.

NETWORK RATINGS ROUNDUP, JAN. 18-24

Biden Oath Second Only To Reagan And Obama With TV Viewers

Nielsen said that 33.8 million people watched Biden’s inauguration over 17 television networks between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. last Wednesday. Among the broadcast networks, CBS easily won last week in the ratings, averaging 10.4 million viewers. ABC had 3.4 million, Fox had 2.7 million, NBC had 2.5 million, Univision had 1.2 million, while Ion Television and Telemundo each averaged 1.1 million.

NETWORK RATINGS ROUNDUP, JAN 11-17

Comfort TV Viewing Gives Ratings Boost To Football, Dramas

NFL and college football and sturdy drama franchises including the Chicago shows on NBC and the NCIS group on CBS were among the week’s ratings winners. ESPN was the most-watched cable network in primetime, averaging 3.2 million for the week. CNN had 3.1 million, MSNBC had 2.7 million and HGTV had 1.1 million.

NETWORK RATINGS ROUNDUP

CNN Has Best Ratings Day Ever For Capitol Attack

CNN averaged 5.2 million viewers last Wednesday, eclipsing its previous high of 5.1 million on Election Day 2016, Nielsen said. NBC, led by a strong NFL playoff game Sunday night between the Cleveland Browns and Pittsburgh Steelers, was the top broadcast network last week, averaging 8.6 million viewers in primetime. CBS had 5.7 million, ABC had 3.8 million, Fox had 2.5 million, Univision had 1.4 million, Ion Television had 1.1 million and Telemundo had 920,000.

NETWORK RATINGS ROUNDUP, DEC. 7-13

Twin Football Games Leads Fox To Ratings Win

Fox averaged 7.3 million viewers in primetime for the week ending Dec. 13. NBC was second with 5.2 million viewers, CBS had 4.6 million, ABC had 3.8 million, Univision had 1.4 million, Telemundo had 1.01 million and Ion Television had 960,000.

NETWORK RATINGS ROUNDUP, NOV. 16-22

Fox News Viewership Slips Post-Election, Prodded By Trump

However, Fox News was still the top-rated cable network in primetime last week, averaging 2.98 million viewers. ESPN averaged 2.58 million, MSNBC had 2.18 million, CNN had 2.05 million and Hallmark had 1.43 million. NBC was the top-rated broadcast network last week with an average of 6.3 million viewers. Fox had 5.8 million, CBS had 4.5 million, ABC had 4.2 million, Univision had 1.3 million, Telemundo had 990,000 and Ion Television 980,000.

NETWORK RATINGS ROUNDUP, NOV. 9-15

After Long Wait, Network Scripted Shows Return

NBC was the most popular network last, averaging 5.9 million viewers in primetime. ABC had 4.94 million viewers and Fox had 4.89 million. CBS averaged 4.1 million, Univision had 1.2 million and both Ion Television and Telemundo averaged just under 1 million viewers.

NETWORK RATINGS ROUNDUP, NOV. 2-8

CNN Tops Cable Ratings For Election Week

CNN edged Fox among total viewers for the week, averaging 5.9 million viewers to Fox’s 5.7 million. The latter was dominant on Tuesday as President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden faced off at the polls. Among the broadcast networks last week, NBC was the week’s most-watched network in primetime (powered by a NFL game), reaching an average of 6.33 million viewers. CBS had 4.95 million, Fox had 4.3 million, ABC had 4.1 million, Univision had 1.34 million, Telemundo had 1.1 million, Ion Television had 1.09 million and The CW had 580,000.

NETWORK RATINGS ROUNDUP: OCT. 19-25

If Trump Wanted People To Avoid ’60 Minutes,’ It Didn’t Work

The 17.4 million people who watched the CBS newsmagazine, featuring interviews with Trump and Democratic opponent Joe Biden, was the show’s biggest audience in more than two years. Behind the World Series, Fox was the most popular broadcast network in primetime last week, averaging 8.2 million viewers. NBC had 5.8 million viewers, ABC had 4.6 million, CBS had 4.4 million, Ion Television had 1.2 million, Univision had 1.1 million, Telemundo had 1 million and the CW had 620,000.

NETWORK RATINGS ROUNDUP: OCT. 12-18

Football Rules Nationally, Dodgers In L.A.

Television’s other big competition last week was Thursday’s dueling town halls with President Donald Trump on NBC and Democratic opponent Joe Biden on ABC. In an upset — since the former reality TV star president has always had drawing power — Biden won, 14.2 million viewers to 13.5 million. Fox was the most popular broadcast network last week, averaging 5.2 million viewers. CBS had 4.9 million, ABC had 4.6 million, NBC had 4.5 million, Ion Television had 1.2 million, Univision had 1.1 million and Telemundo had 920,000. Fox News Channel led the cable networks, averaging 4.25 million viewers in primetime.

NETWORK RATINGS ROUNDUP: OCT. 5-11

Cable News Ratings Up 72% over 2019

You can tell it’s a presidential election year. Collectively, the news networks CNN, Fox News Channel and MSNBC averaged just under 10 million viewers in primetime last week, or 72% more than the same week in 2019. CBS won the week in primetime among the broadcast networks, averaging 5.8 million viewers. ABC had 5.7 million, NBC had 4.9 million, Fox had 4.3 million, Univision had 1.14 million, Telemundo had 1.06 million and Ion Television had 1.04 million.

NETWORK RATINGS ROUNDUP: SEPT. 28-OCT. 4

‘SNL’ Has Best Season Opener Since 2016

Last week, Saturday Night Live scored its biggest season premiere audience in four years and second best in 12 years, emphasizing the importance of presidential election time for the NBC comedy show. During a busy week for news and sports, Saturday Night Live was the most-watched entertainment show, despite starting at 11:35 p.m. on the East Coast.

NETWORK RATINGS ROUNDUP: SEPT. 7-13

NFL’s Return Is Good News For TV Execs

A schedule of opening week games brought viewers back to their sets last week, led by a Hall of Fame caliber matchup between Tom Brady, a new member of the Tampa Bay Bucs, and Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints.

NETWORK RATINGS ROUNDUP: AUG. 31-SEPT. 6

Fox’s Tucker Carlson Strong In Ratings

The controversial Fox News Channel personality had all five of his weeknight programs land in the Nielsen company’s 20 most popular programs last week. Four of them were in the Top 10. For the broadcast networks, NBC, with 2.82 million, narrowly edged ABC’s 2.81 million viewers. CBS had 2.6 million, Univision had 1.3 million, Ion Television had 1.2 million, Fox had 1.17 million and Telemundo had 1.1 million.

NETWORK RATINGS ROUNDUP: AUG 24-30

Events Push ‘Black Panther,’ FNC To Big Ratings

Fox News Channel was easily the most watched network, cable or broadcast, of the week with an average of 5.1 million viewers in primetime. NBC was the most popular broadcast network last week, averaging 2.77 million viewers in primetime. ABC had 2.75 million, CBS had 2.4 million, Ion Television had 1.3 million, Univision had 1.2 million Fox had 1.1 million and Telemundo had 1 million.

NETWORK RATINGS ROUNDUP: AUG. 17-23

ABC’s Muir Emerges As Star Of The Summer

The “World News Tonight” anchor’s nightly summary averaged 8.2 million viewers last week, more than any primetime program on television, according to Nielsen.

NETWORK RATINGS ROUNDUP: AUG. 10-16

’60 Minutes’ Tops Quiet Week In Nielsen Ratings

CBS was the most popular broadcast network in primetime, averaging 3.2 million viewers. NBC had 2.8 million, ABC had 2.4 million, Fox had 1.5 million, Univision had 1.3 million, Ion Television had 1.2 million and Telemundo had 1 million.

NETWORK RATINGS ROUNDUP: AUG. 3-9

‘America’s Got Talent’ Last Week’s No. 1

In primetime last week, CBS topped broadcasters with an average of 3.7 million viewers. NBC had 2.7 million viewers, ABC had 2.3 million, Fox and Univision had 1.3 million, Ion Television had 1.1 million and Telemundo had 930,000.

NETWORK RATINGS ROUNDUP: JULY 27-AUG. 2

Fox News Viewers Tune Out John Lewis Funeral

Fox News, like the broadcast and other cable news networks, aired Lewis’ funeral last Thursday, when former presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama spoke. Once the funeral started, half of Fox’s viewers slipped away while the audience increased for its rivals, Nielsen said. During primetime last week, CBS led broadcasters with an average of 3.2 million viewers. NBC had 2.8 million viewers, ABC had 2.3 million, Fox had 1.6 million, Univision had 1.5 million, Ion Television had 1.2 million and Telemundo had 910,000.

NETWORK RATINGS ROUNDUP: JULY 13-19

Rachel Maddow And Mary Trump Make A Formidable TV Combination

MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow’s one-hour interview with Mary Trump last Thursday reached 5.2 million people, the biggest audience ever for one of Maddow’s shows and largest ever for a regularly-scheduled show on MSNBC. Among broadcast networks, CBS won the week in primetime, averaging 3.2 million viewers. NBC had 3 million, ABC had 2.8 million, Univision had 1.4 million, Fox had 1.3 million, Ion Television reached 1.1 million and Telemundo had 820,000.

NETWORK RATINGS ROUNDUP: JULY 6-12

Evening News Outpaces Primetime Fare

ABC’s David Muir-hosted World News Tonight and NBC’s Nightly News with Holt both averaged more viewers than any single program in primetime television last week, according to Nielsen. And the CBS Evening News with Norah O’Donnell wasn’t that far behind. For the week, CBS averaged 3.4 million viewers in primetime. ABC had 2.71 million viewers, NBC had 2.66 million, Univision had 1.5 million, Fox had 1.3 million, Ion Television had 1.1 million and Telemundo had 810,000.

NETWORK RATINGS ROUNDUP: JUNE 29-JULY 5

How Many People Saw ‘Hamilton’?

Disney knows, but it’s not telling. Data is coming in to Nielsen, too, but won’t be released until Disney gives the go-ahead. Led by the perennial summer favorite, America’s Got Talent, NBC was the most popular network in prime time last week, averaging 3.8 million viewers. CBS had 3.3 million, ABC had 2.3 million, Univision had 1.4 million, Fox had 1.3 million, Ion Television had 1 million and Telemundo had 820,000.

NETWORK RATINGS ROUNDUP: JUNE 22-28

For 3rd Time In June, FNC Leads All Nets

Fox News Channel was the most-watched network in primetime television last week, counting both broadcast and cable, the Nielsen company said. It was the second week in a row that happened, and the third time in June.

NETWORK RATINGS ROUNDUP: JUNE 15-21

Trump’s Tulsa Rally A Hit On TV

Fox News Channel, which aired Trump’s speech live, had the biggest Saturday night audience in the network’s 24-year history, according to Nielsen. During Trump’s address at 9 p.m. on Saturday, Fox had 8.2 million people watching. CNN and MSNBC aired only clips of Trump talking, yet each news network had about twice as many viewers as they normally get on Saturday nights.

NETWORK RATINGS ROUNDUP: JUNE 8-14

Summertime Escapism Rules Network TV

For the week, CBS averaged 3.8 million viewers and NBC was second with 3.3 million. ABC had 2.9 million viewers, Fox had 1.8 million, Univision had 1.4 million, Ion Television had 1.2 million, Telemundo had 890,000 and CW had 610,000.

NETWORK RATINGS ROUNDUP: JUNE 1-7

Aftermath Of Floyd Death Drives News Interest

Since Floyd’s death on Memorial Day in the custody of Minneapolis police, CNN’s primetime audience is up 238% over last year, Nielsen said. Fox News is up 61% and MSNBC is up 40%. Among the broadcast networks, for last week, CBS averaged 4 million viewers. ABC had 3.3 million, NBC had 3.2 million, Fox had 1.49 million, Univision had 1.47 million, Ion Television had 1.1 million and Telemundo had 890,000.

NETWORK RATINGS ROUNDUP: MAY 25-31

Weekend Protest Coverage Boosts Cable News

Nielsen said 4 million people saw coverage of the demonstrations on Fox News Channel at 10 p.m. on Saturday, not usually a big TV-watching time. An hour later, 3.2 million people were watching CNN’s coverage. For the week, CBS averaged 3.7 million viewers in primetime. NBC had 3.3 million, ABC had 3.1 million, Fox had 1.41 million, Univision had 1.4 million, Ion Television had 1.1 million and Telemundo had 780,000.