With NBC airing a rerun of perennial summer ratings leader “America’s Got Talent” because of the customarily lower television viewership on Independence Day eve, “60 Minutes” edged “Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular” to be last week’s most-watched prime-time program, according to figures released by Nielsen Tuesday.
The Sunday broadcast of the CBS news magazine with three previously aired stories averaged 7.45 million viewers, according to live-plus-same-day figures.
“Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular” on NBC was the only other prime-time program to average more than 7 million viewers between July 2 and Sunday, averaging 7.407 million viewers, its largest audience since 2012. Viewership was up 16.4 percent over last year’s broadcast that averaged 6.361 million viewers.
The Thursday and Sunday “Big Brother” broadcasts on CBS were the week’s two most-watched prime-time programs among viewers ages 18-49, averaging 1.746 million and 1.683 million viewers among the group targeted by ABC, NBC and Fox and coveted by advertisers.
ABC’s “The Bachelorette” was third among the group, averaging 1.588 million viewers.
The 2-3 finish by “Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular” and “Little Big Shots” helped NBC to its first weekly victory among total viewers since the week of Feb. 19-25 when its programming for ratings purposes consisted entirely of the Olympics-related programming except for an episode of the comedy “A.P. Bio” following the closing ceremony.
NBC averaged 4.12 million viewers for the week. CBS averaged 4.01 million to finish second after three consecutive first-place finishes.
ABC averaged 3.14 million viewers to finish third for the fourth consecutive week after back-to-back victories when it aired the NBA Finals.
Fox finished fourth among the major broadcast networks for the 24th consecutive week, averaging 1.58 million viewers for its 15 hours, 42 minutes of prime-time programming. Its most-watched program was a rerun of the procedural drama “9-1-1” which was 69th for the week, averaging 2.293 million viewers.
NBC, CBS and NBC all broadcast 22 hours of programming for ratings purposes.
The week’s most-watched cable program was History’s “Evel Live” where Travis Pastrana successfully attempted three of the late Evel Knievel’s most dangerous stunts. The three-hour program broadcast live from Las Vegas averaged 3.476 million viewers, 30th overall.
Fox News Channel was the most-watched cable network for the fifth consecutive week, averaging 1.97 million viewers.
HGTV was second, averaging 1.379 million and USA Network third, averaging 1.331 million.
The most-watched Spanish-language prime-time program was the Monday episode of the Univision drama anthology “La Rosa de Guadalupe” which averaged 1.693 million viewers to finish 89th among broadcast programs. Its overall rank was not available.
Univision was the most-watched Spanish-language network for the 35th consecutive week, averaging 1.23 million viewers. Telemundo averaged 1.03 million viewers to finish second for the 35th consecutive week after four consecutive first-place finishes.
UniMas was third, averaging 380,000 viewers, followed by Estrella TV, which averaged 270,000, and Azteca America, which averaged 100,000.
ABC’s “World News Tonight with David Muir” was the most-watched network nightly newscast for the 32nd consecutive week and 43rd of past 44, averaging 7.667 million viewers.
The “NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt” was second, averaging 7.306 million viewers.
The averages for “World News Tonight with David Muir” and “NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt” were based on their Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday broadcasts.
The “CBS Evening News” averaged 5.633 million viewers for its Monday, Tuesday and Friday broadcasts. It has finished third each week since the week of Sept. 25-29, 2006.
The week’s 10 most-watched prime-time programs were CBS’ “60 Minutes”; NBC’s “Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular”; NBC’s “Little Big Shots”; ABC’s “Celebrity Family Feud”; NBC’s “America’s Got Talent”; CBS’ “The Big Bang Theory,” “NCIS” and “Young Sheldon”; ABC’s “The Bachelorette”; and the Sunday edition of CBS’ “Big Brother.”