With its two college football telecasts both ranking among the week’s five most-watched prime-time programs, ABC ended NBC’s nine-week winning streak, according to live-plus-same-day figures released by Nielsen Wednesday.
Auburn’s 27-21 victory over Oregon Saturday averaged 6.863 million viewers, third among prime-time programs airing between Aug. 26 and Sunday. Oklahoma’s 49-31 victory over Houston Sunday was fifth for the week, averaging 5.442 million viewers.
The Saturday and Sunday games finished 1-2 among viewers ages 18-49, averaging 2.448 million and 2.003 viewers among the group coveted by advertisers and targeted by ABC, NBC and Fox. They were the week’s only two programs to average more than 2 million viewers among the group.
ABC’s most-watched non-football program was the Monday edition of “Bachelor in Paradise,” eighth for the week, averaging 4.591 million viewers. It was fourth for the week among viewers ages 18-49, averaging 1.536 million viewers among the group.
NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” recorded its third consecutive 1-2 finish. The Tuesday episode averaged 8.989 million viewers and the Wednesday episode 8.005 million viewers.
An “America’s Got Talent” episode has been the most-watched program nine of the past 11 weeks, with Democratic presidential debates interrupting the streak both times.
“America’s Got Talent” has been the most-watched entertainment program each week an original episode has aired at least since the summer of 2017.
A broadcast of the CBS news magazine “60 Minutes” with all-repeat segments was the week’s only other program to average more than 6 million viewers, averaging 6.24 million viewers to finish fourth for the week.
ABC averaged 3.68 million viewers for the week for its first victory since the week of June 10-16 when it aired the concluding two games of the NBA Finals.
NBC averaged 3.43 million viewers to finish second after nine consecutive first-place finishes and a tie for first with CBS the week of June 17-23. CBS was third, averaging 3.35 million.
Fox finished fourth among broadcast networks for the 31st time in 33 weeks, averaging 1.45 million for its 15 hours, 19 minutes of prime-time programming.
The only times Fox has finished above fourth in the past 33 weeks were in the weeks it aired golf’s U.S. Open and Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game.
Fox’s most-watched program was the Wednesday edition of “MasterChef,” 25th for the week, averaging 3.279 million viewers.
NBC, CBS and ABC each aired 22 hours of prime-time programming for ratings purposes.
Fox News Channel had each of the nine most-watched prime-time cable programs to be the most-watched cable network for the fourth consecutive week and 13th time in 14 weeks, averaging 2.287 million viewers. MSNBC was second, averaging 1.527 million viewers, and ESPN third, averaging 1.387 million.
The Wednesday episode of the political talk show “Hannity” was the week’s most-watched cable program, averaging 3.356 million viewers, 24th overall.
The most-watched Spanish-language program was the Aug. 26 episode of the Univision telenovela, “La Reina Soy Yo,” which averaged 1.45 million viewers, 69th among broadcast programs. Its overall ranking was not available.
Univision edged Telemundo, 1.03 million-1.01 million to be the most-watched Spanish-language network for the second time in three weeks. UniMas averaged 370,000 to finish third, followed by Estrella TV, which averaged 220,000 viewers, and Azteca America, which averaged 50,000.
ABC’s “World News Tonight with David Muir” was the most-watched network nightly newscast for the 40th consecutive week and 91st time in the past 92 weeks, averaging 8.163 million viewers.
The “NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt” was second, averaging 7.299 million viewers. The “CBS Evening News” averaged 5.067 million viewers. It has finished third each week since the week of Sept. 25-29, 2006.
The week’s 10 most-watched prime-time programs were the Tuesday and Wednesday episodes of NBC’s “America’s Got Talent”; ABC’s coverage of Saturday’s Auburn-Oregon college football game; CBS’ “60 Minutes”; ABC’s coverage of Sunday’s Houston-Oklahoma college football game; CBS’ “NCIS”; NBC’s “American Ninja Warrior”; the Monday edition of ABC’s “Bachelor in Paradise”; CBS’ “FBI” and its Wednesday edition of “Big Brother.”
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