The CBS alternative series “The Briefcase” drew the largest audience of last week’s six premieres, while the debuts of NBC’s “I Can Do That” and “Aquarius” also won their time slots.
“The Briefcase” averaged 6.87 million viewers, winning its Wednesday 8- 9 p.m. time slot and placing ninth among the prime-time broadcast and cable programs airing between May 25 and Sunday, according to live-plus-same-day figures released today by Nielsen.
The alternative series “I Can Do That” won its Tuesday 10-11 p.m. time slot, averaging 6.4 million viewers, and finished 12th for the week.
The 1.8 rating for “I Can Do That” among viewers ages 18-49 was the highest for the premiere of a summer series since CBS’ “Under the Dome” averaged a 3.3 rating on June 24, 2013.
NBC, ABC and Fox target 18- to 49-year-old viewers, who are also coveted by advertisers, because they watch less television and are harder to reach.
The period police drama “Aquarius” won its 9-11 p.m. Thursday time slot, averaging 5.67 million viewers, and was 18th for the week.
NBC’s other premiere, the alternative series “The Island,” averaged 3.75 million viewers, fifth in the Monday 10-11 p.m. time slot and 55th for the week. However, “The Island” was third in the time slot and 22nd for the week among viewers ages 18-49.
Fox’s two premieres both drew a lackluster response from viewers. The competition series “Bullseye” was sixth in its Wednesday 9-10 p.m. time slot and 65th for the week, averaging 3.32 million viewers.
The first original episode of “Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader?” on Fox since 2009 was fifth in its Tuesday 8-9 p.m. time slot and 67th for the week, averaging 3.3 million viewers.
NBC was the most watched network during the first full week of television’s summer season, averaging 5.49 million. It had the week’s most- watched program, the season premiere of “America’s Got Talent,” which averaged 11.09 million viewers, the only program to average more than 9 million viewers.
CBS averaged 5.37 million viewers to finish second after winning each of the final 12 full weeks of the official season as well as the previous week, which mixed the final three days of the official season with the first four days of the summer season.
CBS had six of the week’s 10 most-watched programs, topped by a rerun of “NCIS” at third overall, averaging 8.57 million viewers.
ABC was third, averaging 3.9 million. Its most-watched program was “The Bachelorette,” 23rd overall with 5.37 million viewers.
Fox was fourth, averaging 2.7 million. Its most-watched program was “MasterChef,” 35th overall, averaging 4.72 million.
The week’s most-watched cable program was ESPN’s coverage of the Golden State Warriors’ Western Conference finals-clinching victory over the Houston Rockets, which averaged 8.89 million viewers, putting it second among the week’s prime-time programs.
Coverage of two NBA playoff games helped make ESPN the week’s most- watched cable network, averaging 2.5 million viewers.
The week’s most-watched Spanish-language prime-time program was the Wednesday episode of the Univision telenovela “Amores Con Trampa,” which averaged 2.78 million viewers, 75th among all broadcast and cable programs.
As usual, Univision was the most-watched Spanish-language network, averaging 2.21 million viewers. Telemundo was second, averaging 1.4 million, followed by UniMas (460,000), Azteca America (230,000), Estrella TV (200,000) and MundoFox (180,000).
The “NBC Nightly News” was the most-watched network nightly newscast ratings for the second consecutive week, averaging 7.68 million viewers to 7.65 million for ABC’s “World News Tonight with David Muir.” The “CBS Evening News With Scott Pelley” wsa third, averaging 6.42 million.
The week’s 10 most-watched prime-time programs were NBC’s “America’s Got Talent”; ESPN’s coverage of Game 5 of the NBA’s Western Conference finals; CBS’ “NCIS”; ESPN’s coverage of Game 4 of the NBA’s Western Conference finals; CBS’ “60 Minutes,” “NCIS: New Orleans” and “The Big Bang Theory”; HBO’s “Game of Thrones”; and CBS’ “The Briefcase” and “Criminal Minds.”
— City News Service