CBS won six of seven nights last week, just like it did a week earlier, to finish first in the prime-time television ratings for the sixth consecutive week and 13th time in the 29-week-old season, according to live-plus-same-day figures released by Nielsen Tuesday.
Even without an original episode of television’s most-watched drama, “NCIS,” CBS had four of last week’s five prime-time programs to average more than 10 million viewers and averaged 7.2 million viewers for its prime-time programming between April 9 and Sunday.
ABC was second, averaging 4.91 million viewers, and NBC third, averaging 4.66 million.
Fox finished fourth among the major broadcast networks for the 12th consecutive week, averaging 2.61 million viewers for its 15 hours, 31 minutes of prime-time programming. Its most-watched program was the hip-hop drama “Empire” which finished 25th overall, averaging 5.912 million viewers.
In a week when CBS, ABC and NBC each broke into their programming Friday for President Donald Trump’s announcement of the allied missile attack on Syria, CBS broadcast 21 hours, 48 minutes of prime-programming for ratings purposes, ABC 21 hours, 43 minutes and NBC 21 hours, 38 minutes.
CBS’ customary dominance among series programming was bolstered by the Academy of Country Music Awards, which averaged its largest audience since 2015, 12.061 million viewers, finishing third for the week and first among Sunday’s programs.
Viewership was up 10.5 percent over last year’s ceremony which averaged 10.911 million viewers.
“The Big Bang Theory” was CBS’ most-watched program, averaging 12.775 million viewers to finish second.
“Roseanne” was the most-watched program for the third time in the three weeks it has aired this season, averaging 13.77 million viewers. Viewership was down 25.4 percent from the season premiere, which averaged 18.453 million viewers, and 10.6 percent from the second episode, which averaged 15.397 million viewers.
George Stephanopoulos’ exclusive interview with former FBI director James Comey averaged the largest audience for an ABC prime-time news program since the April 24, 2015, interview with Olympic gold medalist Caitlyn Jenner, 9.869 million viewers, sixth for the week and second in its Sunday 10-11 p.m. time slot behind the Academy of Country Music Awards.
The week’s most-watched cable program was the eighth season finale of the AMC horror series “The Walking Dead” which averaged 7.916 million viewers, 11th overall.
With the NCAA tournament having ended a week earlier, Fox News Channel returned to the top of the cable ratings after a three-week absence, averaging 2.59 million viewers. MSNBC was second after three consecutive third-place finishes, averaging 2.174 million viewers.
NBA playoff coverage helped TNT finish third, averaging 1.494 million viewers.
The Univision talent show “Pequenos Gigantes USA” was the most-watched Spanish-language prime-time program for the second consecutive week, averaging 2.039 million viewers, 74th among the week’s broadcast programs. Its overall position was not available.
Univision was the most-watched Spanish-language network for the 23rd consecutive week, averaging 1.52 million viewers. Telemundo averaged 1.08 million viewers to finish second for the 23rd consecutive week after four consecutive first-place finishes. UniMas was third, averaging 610,000 viewers, followed by Estrella TV, which averaged 280,000 and Azteca America, which averaged 80,000.
ABC’s “World News Tonight with David Muir” was the most-watched network nightly newscast for the 20th consecutive week and 31st of past 32, averaging 8.194 million viewers.
The “NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt” was second, averaging 7.755 million viewers.
The “CBS Evening News” averaged 5.924 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 ABC’s “Roseanne”; CBS’ “The Big Bang Theory,” the 53rd annual Academy of Country Music Awards, “Young Sheldon” and “60 Minutes”; ABC’s exclusive interview with former FBI director James Comey; the Monday episode of NBC’s “The Voice”; and CBS’ “Mom,” “Blue Bloods” and “Survivor.”