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.
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.
With eight of the 10 most-watched shows, CBS cruised to an overall weekly ratings victory with an average 5.96 million viewers. ABC had 4.64 million, NBC had 4.55 million viewers, Fox had 2.64 million, Telemundo had 1.36 million, Univision had 1.31 million, Ion Television had 1.24 million and the CW had 740,000.
Sunday’s big-battle episode, the third of the final season, drew 17.8 million viewers either live on HBO at 9 p.m., streamed, on-demand or in a rerun that aired later that night. CBS shows dominated the rest of the week’s top 10, with The Big Bang Theory second, Young Sheldon third and 60 Minutes fourth.
The ABC, CBS and NBC broadcast networks and the cable’s CNN, Fox News Channel and MSNBC collectively averaged just 12.7 million viewers last Thursday when the redacted report on Russia’s involvement in the 2016 election was put out. CBS easily won the week in primetime, averaging 6 million viewers. ABC had 4.4 million viewers, NBC had 3.6 million, Fox had 2.5 million, Ion Television has 1.3 million, Telemundo had 1.25 million, Univision had 1.17 million and the CW had 840,000.
Nielsen said 17.4 million people watched the Sunday opener to the final season of HBO’s Game of Thrones, either live on the network at 9 p.m., streamed, through HBO’s on-demand service or during two reruns that aired later that night. Also on Sunday, Tiger Woods’ stirring comeback in the Masters gave CBS its biggest audience for that marquee golf tournament in six years.
This past week CBS averaged 8.6 million viewers in primetime. NBC was second with 4.6 million, ABC had 4.1 million, Fox had 2.5 million, Univision had 1.4 million, Ion Television had 1.3 million, Telemundo had 1.1 million and the CW had 630,000.
CBS easily won the week in primetime, averaging 6.2 million viewers. ABC had 4.4 million viewers, NBC had 4.3 million, Fox had 2.8 million, Ion Television had 1.4 million, Univision had 1.2 million, Telemundo had 1.1 million and the CW had 920,000.
CBS won the week among all viewers, averaging 6 million people watching in primetime. ABC had 5.1 million, NBC had 4.5 million, Fox had 2.7 million, Univision and Ion Television tied with 1.37 million, Telemundo had 1.1 million and the CW had 900,000.
The unsparing documentary about Michael Jackson and his alleged sexual abuse is already the third most-watched documentary of the past decade at the prime cable network. Among the broadcast networks, CBS averaged 5.8 million viewers in primetime last week. ABC had 5.3 million viewers, NBC had 4.7 million, Fox had 2.5 million, IONN Television had 1.4 million, Univision had 1.3 million, Telemundo had 1.1 million and the CW had 960,000.
Embraced by viewers since its debut, The Masked Singer was the second most-watched show last week, topped only by CBS’s long-running drama NCIS. CBS averaged 5.9 million viewers, followed by NBC with 5.4 million. ABC had 4.8 million, Fox had 3.4 million, Univision had 1.3 million, Ion Television had 1.28 million, Telemundo had 1.1 million and The CW had 740,000.
Both Chicago PD and Chicago Fire scored their highest ratings in nearly two years last week with crossover episodes where they shared casts. Chicago Med actually had the biggest audience of the triumvirate with 9.1 million viewers, although the other two were close behind. All three shows were among the 11 most-watched programs on primetime television last week.
A 60 Minutes interview with fired FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe helped make the CBS newsmagazine one of TV’s top-rated programs. With six of the top 10 shows and 13 of the most-watched 20, CBS had an average of 6.3 million weekly viewers. NBC had 5.2 million, ABC had 3.8 million, Fox had 3.6 million, Univision had 1.4 million, Ion Television had 1.3 million, Telemundo had 1.3 million and The CW had 880,000.
With the comedies and the Grammy Awards, CBS easily won the week in primetime with an average of 7.7 million viewers. NBC had 4.9 million, ABC had 4.1 million, Fox had 2.8 million, Univision had 1.54 million, ION Television had 1.51 million, Telemundo had 1.2 million and the CW had 1 million.
Between them, the newscasts anchored by David Muir, Lester Holt and Jeff Glor were seen by an average of 26.9 million viewers each weeknight last week. If they were seen in primetime, both ABC’s World News Tonight and NBC’s Nightly News would be top 10 shows.
9 p.m. ET is where the big dogs roam. Fox News Channel’s Sean Hannity and MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow are the top two personalities in cable television. They still are, but Chris Cuomo’s Prime Time quickly established itself as CNN’s most-watched program and, with 1.64 million viewers in January, is having its best month, according to Nielsen.
The New England Patriots’ thrilling victory over the Kansas City Chiefs was seen by 53.92 million viewers on Sunday, Nielsen said. That’s up 22% from the Patriots’ victory over Jacksonville last year, and the most watched AFC championship since 2011. Sunday’s afternoon game, where the Los Angeles Rams beat the New Orleans Saints with the help of a referee’s bad call, was seen by 44.2 million people That’s up 4% over last year’s contest between Philadelphia and Minnesota.
Fox won the week in primetime, averaging a hefty 11.35 million viewers. CBS had 6.5 million, NBC had 4.95 million, ABC had 3.84 million, Univision had 1.4 million, Ion Networks had 1.3 million, Telemundo had 1.1 million and the CW averaged 860,000.
Fox won the week in primetime, averaging 7.9 million viewers. NBC had 7.4 million, CBS had 5.7 million, ABC had 4.1 million, Univision had 1.36 million, Ion Networks had 1.35 million, Telemundo had 910,000 and the CW averaged 610,000.
Viewership for ABC’s primetime New Year’s show with Ryan Seacrest averaged 9.1 million people, down 26% from last year’s 12.3 million, Nielsen said. Fox’s primetime show with Steve Harvey was down 47% to 3.1 million people, although last year’s numbers were inflated because Harvey came on directly after an NFL game.
Nearly 10 million viewers watched Chevel Shepherd win the singing contest, making it last week’s most popular entertainment show. Shepherd, of Farmington, New Mexico, was coached by another talent show discovery: inaugural “American Idol” victor Kelly Clarkson.
Four NFL games finished among Nielsen’s 20 most popular primetime programs, with NBC’s Sunday night and Fox’s Thursday contests the top two. Both games featured Los Angeles teams.
ABC’s showing of A Charlie Brown Christmas was the most-watched of a handful of holiday specials that aired in primetime last week, reaching 5.3 million viewers. It’s a tradition in many households that was first on television in December 1965. Two other old favorites, Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer and Frosty the Snowman, were both seen by more than 4 million people on CBS Saturday night. Rudolph dates to 1964, while Frosty made his debut in 1969.
The show has been buffeted by bad publicity, bad reviews and now bad numbers. Shown Sunday on ABC after several years on CBS, its audience of 3.27 million viewers was the smallest since becoming a holiday-season TV event in 2001, Nielsen said. The show has lost more than half its television audience in two years.
The zombies are taking a break at the halfway point of their ninth season, following an episode on Sunday that was seen by 5.1 million people. Nielsen said that at a similar point last year, the midseason finale reached 7.9 million. Football dominated primetime over Thanksgiving week, giving NBC a big edge. NBC averaged 9.1 million viewers, CBS had 6.4 million, ABC had 4.6 million, Fox had 2.9 million, Ion Television had 1.5 million, Univision had 1.2 million, Telemundo had 1.1 million and the CW had 1 million.
Viewership is down for ABC’s competition franchise, which concluded its fall season on Monday with country radio host Bobby Bones beating Disney star Milo Manheim, actress Evanna Lynch and model Alexis Ren. Each episode averaged 8.2 million viewers the night that it aired and during the week afterward, down 22% from last year’s average of 10.4 million, Nielsen said.
For the week, NBC averaged 7.1 million viewers. CBS had 6.8 million, Fox had 5.3 million, ABC had 4.6 million, Univision had 1.4 million, Ion Television had 1.3 million, Telemundo had 1 million and the CW had 900,000.
CBS earned last week’s top spot with a primetime average of 8.02 million viewers. NBC had 7.83 million viewers, ABC had 4.28 million, Fox had 5.52 million, Univision had 1.37 million, Telemundo had 1.23 million, Ion Television had 1.17 million and the CW had 990,000.
The ratings drop likely had more to do with the length of the series than the matchup. World Series games tend to draw in more viewers as the series goes longer, and the broadcasting network usually hits the jackpot if it goes a full seven games — like last year’s series. Between the series and Thursday night football, Fox was the week’s most popular network with a primetime average of 13.1 million viewers. NBC had 6.53 million viewers, CBS had 6.49 million, ABC had 4.2 million, Telemundo had 1.4 million, Univision had 1.3 million, Ion Television had 1.2 million and the CW had 1.1 million.
For the week, CBS averaged 7.6 million viewers in primetime. NBC had 7.2 million viewers, ABC had 4.7 million, Fox had 4.3 million, Telemundo had 1.3 million, Ion Television and Univision were tied with a 1.2 million viewer average and the CW had 1.1 million.