A 2-3-4 finish by an episode of “60 Minutes” with stories that had been previously broadcast, an original episode of the canceled medical drama “Code Black” and a rerun of the comedy “The Big Bang Theory” helped make CBS last week’s most-watched network, according to live-plus-same-day figures released Tuesday by Nielsen.
CBS had five of the week’s nine most-watched programs and averaged 4.38 million viewers for its prime-time programming between June 11 and Sunday.
NBC was second, averaging 4.22 million viewers. ABC averaged 3.26 million viewers to finish third after back-to-back victories when it aired the NBA Finals. Its most-watched program was “Celebrity Family Feud,” seventh for the week averaging 5.89 million viewers.
Fox finished fourth among the major broadcast networks for the 21st consecutive week, averaging 2.32 million viewers for its 15 hours, 55 minutes of prime-time programming. Its most-watched program was “MasterChef,” 30th for the week, averaging 3.919 million viewers.
Fox also trailed cable’s Fox News Channel, which averaged 2.833 million viewers to be the most-watched cable network for the second consecutive week.
Fox News Channel had each of the week’s 12 most-watched prime-time cable programs, topped by the June 11 episode of the opinion talk show “Hannity” which aired live from Singapore, site of the U.S.-North Korea summit and averaged 5.909 million viewers, sixth overall.
In a week when the summit caused interruptions to prime-time programming on June 11, CBS aired 21 hours, 45 minutes of programming for ratings purposes, NBC 21 hours, 22 minutes, ABC 21 hours, 47 minutes and Fox News Channel 22 hours.
NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” was the week’s most-watched program, averaging 11.461 million viewers, the only program to average more than 7 million viewers. “America’s Got Talent” was also first among viewers ages 2-11, 12-17, 18-34, 18-49, 25-54 and 50-and-older.
“America’s Got Talent” has been the most-watched entertainment program every week an original episode has aired this summer and last summer.
The Fox restaurant program “Gordon Ramsay’s 24 Hours to Hell and Back” drew the largest audience of the week’s two series premieres, averaging 3.673 million viewers, third in its Wednesday 9-10 p.m. time slot and 36th for the week.
The program was Fox’s second most-watched of the week. It retained 93.7 percent of the audience of “MasterChef” which preceded it.
The week’s other premiere, the ABC documentary series, “The Last Defense,” averaged 2.662 million viewers, fourth in its Tuesday 10-11 p.m. time slot and 66th for the week. Its audience was 34.6 percent larger than the rerun of “black-ish,” that preceded it and averaged 1.9877million viewers.
The most-watched Spanish-language prime-time program was the Wednesday episode of the Univision drama anthology “La Rosa de Guadalupe” which averaged 2.029 million viewers to finish 70th among broadcast programming. Its overall place was not available.
Univision was the most-watched Spanish-language network for the 32nd consecutive week, averaging 1.35 million viewers. Telemundo averaged 1.19 million viewers to finish second for the 32nd consecutive week after four consecutive first-place finishes. UniMas was third, averaging 610,000 viewers, followed by Estrella TV, which averaged 230,000, and Azteca America, which averaged 70,000.
ABC’s “World News Tonight with David Muir” was the most-watched network nightly newscast for the 29th consecutive week and 40th of past 41 averaging 7.674 million viewers.
The “NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt” was second, averaging 7.329 million viewers.
The “CBS Evening News” averaged 5.544 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 NBC’s “America’s Got Talent”; CBS’ “60 Minutes,” “Code Black” and “The Big Bang Theory”; NBC’s “World of Dance”; the Monday edition of Fox News Channel’s “Hannity”; ABC’s “Celebrity Family Feud”; CBS’ “NCIS” and “Young Sheldon”; and NBC’s “Little Big Shots.”