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.

NETWORK RATINGS ROUNDUP: MAY 18-24

CBS Is Most-Watched Net For 12th Straight Year

CBS averaged 7.58 million viewers in primetime, down 15% from last season, Nielsen said. Second-place NBC averaged 6.5 million viewers, down 10% from last year and fourth-place ABC had 5.4 million, down 4%. Fox was up 17% to 6.3 million, primarily because the network had a package of Thursday night NFL games in the fall that it didn’t have the season before. Fox’s ratings were also juiced by showing the Super Bowl in February. CBS won in primetime again last week, averaging 4.1 million viewers.

NETWORK RATINGS ROUNDUP: MAY 4-10

’60 Minutes’ Wins Ratings, Trump’s Attention

With 9.5 million viewers Sunday, 60 Minutes was easily the week’s most-watched primetime program, Nielsen said. CBS was the most popular network in primetime last week, averaging 4.4 million viewers. NBC was second with 2.9 million, ABC had 2.7 million, Fox had 1.9 million, Univision had 1.03 million, Ion Television had 1.01 million, Telemundo had 570,000 and the CW had 490,000.

NETWORK RATINGS ROUNDUP: APRIL 27-MAY 3

HGTV, Food Network Helped By Stay-At-Homes

The Food Network’s overall ratings in April were up 25% over the same month last year, while HGTV was up 22%, Nielsen said. Both networks have adjusted programming in reaction to coronavirus shutdowns with more in the works. CBS topped the broadcast networks in primetime last week, averaging 5.8 million viewers. ABC was second with 3.7 million, NBC had 3.6 million, Fox had 2.7 million, Univision had 1.6 million, Ion Television had 1.2 million and Telemundo had 910,000.

NETWORK RATINGS ROUNDUP: APRIL 20-26

With Captive Audience, Cable News Has Big April

Each cable news host recorded their most-watched months ever in April, with coronavirus pandemic stay-at-home orders assuring a captive audience of people wanting to stay on top of the news. It’s worth noting, however, that none of the cable stars exceeded the viewership that David Muir, Lester Holt and Norah O’Donnell get every night on the broadcast network evening newscasts.

NETWORK RATINGS ROUNDUP: APRIL 13-19

Concert Special, Jordan Entice TV Viewers

CBS was the most popular network in primetime last week, averaging 6.5 million viewers last week. NBC had 4.9 million, ABC had 4.2 million, Fox had 2.8 million, Univision had 1.5 million, Ion Television had 1.3 million, Telemundo had 1 million and the CW had 490,000.

NETWORK RATINGS ROUNDUP: APRIL 6-12

Trump Adviser Interview Helped ’60 Minutes’

The venerable CBS news show drew 9.68 million viewers to edge out three NBC shows: The Voice, Chicago Med and Chicago Fire, Nielsen said Tuesday. Fox’s “The Masked Singer rounded out the top 5. Numbers for the top shows that surged in the first weeks that viewers stayed home because of the coronavirus outbreak appear to have leveled off to pre-pandemic levels.

NETWORK RATINGS ROUNDUP: MARCH 30-APRIL 5

‘Hawaii Five-0, ‘Good Doctor’ Get Virial Boost

The final episode of CBS’s Hawaii Five-0 and the season finale of ABC’s The Good Doctor were both seen by 40% more viewers last week than watched those shows during the one-month period before the outbreak confined many viewers to their homes, Nielsen said. The landmark nature of the telecasts surely brought in more viewers than usual. But the fact that more people are staying at home also had an impact, since most primetime shows did better last week than before the quarantine period.

NETWORK RATINGS ROUNDUP

Finances Hurting? Watch ‘Let’s Make A Deal’

TV programs across the dial recorded superlatives last week with a captive audience of millions of Americans told to stay home because of the coronavirus. Few were as interesting as the newfound fervor for CBS’s Let’s Make a Deal, which recorded its most-watched week since the show was brought back 11 years ago with Wayne Brady as host.

NETWORK RATINGS ROUNDUP: MARCH 16-22

People Stuck At Home Turn To TV News

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.

NETWORK RATINGS ROUNDUP: MARCH 9-15

TV Ratings Reflect Hunger For Coronavirus News

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.

NETWORK RATINGS ROUNDUP

’60 Minutes’ Tops Ratings With Coronavirus Report

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.

NETWORK RATINGS ROUNDUP: FEB. 24-MARCH 1

Political Programming Dominates Last Week

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.

NETWORK RATINGS ROUNDUP: FEB. 17-23

‘Criminal Minds,’ ‘Fresh Off The Boat’ End High

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.

NETWORK RATINGS ROUNDUP: FEB. 10-16

‘NCIS’ Leads A Quiet Television Week

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.

NETWORK RATINGS ROUNDUP: FEB. 3-9

Fox News: Best Ratings Since Trump Election

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.

NETWORK RATINGS ROUNDUP: JAN. 27-FEB. 2

‘Masked Singer’ Hopes For Big Bounce

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.

NETWORK RATINGS ROUNDUP: JAN. 20-26

CBS, NBC Have Dominant Nights Of Drama

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.

NETWORK RATINGS ROUNDUP

Ratings Dip For NFL Conference Championships

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.

NETWORK RATINGS ROUNDUP: JAN. 6-12

ABC’s ‘Jeopardy’ GOAT Tourney A Big Hit

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.