The miniature golf series “Holey Moley” was the most-watched of last week’s five premieres, drawing ABC’s largest audience with regular programming in its 8-9 p.m. Thursday time slot during the summer in four years, according to figures released Tuesday.
“Holey Moley” averaged 4.87 million viewers to be the night’s most-watched program and eighth among prime-time broadcast and cable programs airing between June 17 and Sunday, according to live-plus-same-day figures released by Nielsen.
The audience was ABC’s largest in the time period with regular programming during the summer since June 18, 2015, when the premiere of the drama “Astronauts Wives Club” averaged 5.51 million viewers.
The premiere of “Family Food Fight,” which followed “Holey Moley,” was fourth in its Thursday 9-10 p.m. time slot and 51st for the week, averaging 2.854 million viewers.
The premiere of the game show “Spin the Wheel” was Fox’s most-watched program of the week, averaging 3.447 million viewers, finishing second in its Thursday 9-10 p.m. time slot and 32nd for the week.
Viewership for “Spin the Wheel” was 21.3 percent larger than the 2.841-million average for the episode of “MasterChef” which preceded it. “MasterChef” was 55th for the week, Fox’s third most-watched program, behind “Spin the Wheel” and “Fox Saturday Baseball,” which averaged 2.909 million, 49th for the week.
“Grand Hotel” was the most-watched of ABC’s two drama premieres, finishing second in its 10-11 p.m. time slot June 17 and 26th for the week, averaging 3.688 million viewers. It retained 66.4 percent of the audience of “The Bachelorette,” which preceded it and averaged 5.558 million viewers, fourth for the week.
ABC’s other drama premiere, “Reef Break,” was second in its Thursday 10-11 p.m. time slot and tied for 53rd for the week, averaging 2.845 million viewers, nearly matching the 2.854 million average for “Family Food Fight” which preceded it.
The week’s most-watched program was NBC’s “America’s Got Talent,” averaging 10.005 million viewers, continuing its streak of being the most-watched entertainment program each week an original episode has aired which dates back at least to the summer of 2017.
The regularly scheduled episode of the CBS news magazine “60 Minutes,” was the week’s only other program to average more than 7 million viewers, finishing second, averaging 7.105 million viewers.
A second episode which followed averaged 6.162 million viewers, third for the week.
CBS and NBC tied for first in the network race, both averaging 3.67 million viewers. ABC was third, averaging 3.38 million. Fox was fourth, averaging 2.02 million for its 15 hours, 59 minutes of programming.
CBS, NBC and ABC each aired 22 hours of prime-time programming for ratings purposes.
Fox News Channel’s coverage of President Donald Trump’s speech marking the start of his re-election campaign accounted for cable television’s two most-watched programs. The 9 p.m. episode of “Hannity” was the week’s most-watched prime-time cable program and seventh overall, averaging 5.032 million viewers.
The “Tucker Carlson Tonight” episode that preceded “Hannity” averaged 4.522 million viewers, second among cable programs and 14th overall.
Fox News Channel was the most-watched cable network for the fourth consecutive week, averaging 2.493 million viewers. MSNBC was second, averaging 1.476 million viewers. ESPN was third, averaging 1.238 million.
Fox News Channel had each of the week’s seven most-watched prime-time cable programs for the second consecutive week. The most-watched non-Fox News Channel prime-time cable program was ESPN’s coverage of the NBA draft, which averaged 2.932 million viewers, eighth among cable programs and tied for 46th overall.
The most-watched Spanish-language prime-time program was Univision’s coverage of the Mexico-Canada CONCACAF Gold Cup men’s soccer game which averaged 2.676 million viewers, 60th overall.
Univision was the most-watched Spanish-language network after two consecutive second-place finishes, averaging 1.34 million viewers. Telemundo finished second after two consecutive victories, averaging 1.21 million.
UniMas was third, averaging 510,000, followed by Estrella TV, which averaged 170,000 viewers, and Azteca America, which averaged 60,000.
ABC’s “World News Tonight with David Muir” was the most-watched network nightly newscast for the 30th consecutive week and 81st time in the past 82 weeks, averaging 7.965 million viewers.
The “NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt” was second, averaging 7.05 million viewers. The “CBS Evening News” averaged 5.282 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”; the 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. editions of CBS’ “60 Minutes”; ABC’s “The Bachelorette”; CBS’ “NCIS”; ABC’s “Highwire Live in Times Square with Nik Wallenda”; Fox News Channel’s “Hannity”; ABC’s “Holey Moley”; CBS’ “The Big Bang Theory”; and NBC’s “American Ninja Warrior.”
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