Viewership for NBC’s coverage of the first NFL preseason game of 2018 was down 17.9 percent from last year, but was still last week’s third most-watched prime-time television program, according to figures released Tuesday.

The Baltimore Ravens 17-16 victory over the Chicago Bears in the Hall of Fame Game Thursday averaged 6.774 million viewers, according to live-plus-same-day figures released by Nielsen Tuesday.

NBC’s coverage of the Dallas Cowboys 20-18 victory over the Arizona Cardinals in the 2017 Hall of Fame Game averaged 8.247 million viewers, third in its week.

Viewership for that game, the first time it was played on a weeknight, was 24.9 percent smaller than the 2015 game, a 14-3 victory by the Minnesota Vikings over the Pittsburgh Steelers that averaged 10.98 million viewers.

The 2016 game was canceled due to safety concerns with the condition of the playing surface.

The audience for the 2018 Hall of Fame Game was larger than all 2017 non-NBC preseason games.

Viewership for most forms of programming has declined in recent years in part because of increased viewership of streaming programs.

Viewership for the 2017 Hall of Fame Game was boosted by the presence of the Dallas Cowboys, regularly the NFL’s most-watched team.

The week’s only premiere on the four major broadcast networks, the NBC crafting competition series “Making It,” averaged the largest audience among the summer’s 11 series premieres on the four major broadcast networks, 5.192 million viewers.

“Making It” won its 10-11 p.m. July 31 time slot and finished 14th among the prime-time broadcast and cable programs airing between July 30 and Sunday.

“Making It” followed “America’s Got Talent,” which averaged 11.83 million viewers, the most for a prime-time program since its June 19 telecast.

“America’s Got Talent” has been the most-watched prime-time program for seven of the eight weeks since the conclusion of the NBA Finals.

The only interruption to the streak came during the week of July 2-8 when NBC aired a rerun because of the customarily lower television viewership on Independence Day eve and “60 Minutes” finished first.

“America’s Got Talent” has been the most-watched entertainment program every week an original episode has aired this summer and last summer.

The CBS news magazine “60 Minutes” was second for the sixth time in the past eight weeks, averaging 7.539 million viewers, the week’s only other program to average more than 7 million viewers.

The order of finish among the four major broadcast networks was identical for the fifth consecutive week.

NBC was the most-watched network for the fifth consecutive week, averaging 4.7 million viewers, the most for any network since the week of June 4-10 when ABC aired the concluding two games of the NBA Finals and averaged 6.29 million viewers.

CBS averaged 3.81 million viewers to finish second for the fifth consecutive week after three consecutive first-place finishes.

ABC averaged 3.09 million viewers to finish third for the eighth consecutive week after back-to-back victories when it aired the NBA Finals.

ABC’s most-watched program was “Celebrity Family Feud,” fifth for the week, averaging 5.957 million viewers.

Fox finished fourth among the major broadcast networks for the 28th consecutive week, averaging 1.93 million viewers for its 15 hours, 41 minutes of prime-time programming.

Fox’s most-watched program was “MasterChef,” 25th for the week, averaging 3.514 million viewers.

NBC, CBS and ABC all aired 22 hours of prime-time programming for ratings purposes.

The Wednesday episode of the Fox News Channel opinion talk show “Hannity” was the week’s most-watched cable television program, averaging 3.451 million viewers, 26th overall.

The Thursday episode was second for the week, averaging 3.314 million, 31st overall.

Fox News Channel was the most-watched cable network for the ninth consecutive week, averaging 2.336 million viewers.

MSNBC was second, averaging 1.579 million and USA Network third, averaging 1.384 million.

The most-watched Spanish-language prime-time program was the Wednesday episode of the Telemundo telenovela “El Senor de los Cielos,” which averaged 1.997 million viewers to finish 62nd among broadcast programs. Its overall place was not available.

Telemundo was the most-watched Spanish-language network, averaging 1.24 million viewers. Univision was second, averaging 1.13 million viewers, a week after tying Telemundo for first.

UniMas was third, averaging 350,000 viewers, followed by Estrella TV, which averaged 240,000, and Azteca America, which averaged 80,000.

ABC’s “World News Tonight with David Muir” was the most-watched network nightly newscast for the 36th consecutive week and 47th of past 48, averaging 7.879 million viewers.

The “NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt” was second, averaging 7.363 million viewers.

The “CBS Evening News” averaged 5.537 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”; NBC’s coverage of the NFL’s Hall of Fame Game and its 10-minute kickoff show; ABC’s “Celebrity Family Feud”; CBS’ “The Big Bang Theory” the Thursday, Sunday and Wednesday editions of “Big Brother” and “Young Sheldon.”

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