NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” was the most-watched prime-time program for the fourth time in five weeks and last week’s only prime-time program to average more than 7 million viewers, according to live-plus-same-day figures released Tuesday by Nielsen.
“America’s Got Talent” averaged 9.536 million viewers to extend its streak of being the most-watched entertainment program each week an original episode has aired. The streak dates back to at least the summer of 2017.
The CBS news magazine “60 Minutes” was second, averaging 6.575 million viewers.
The ABC dating series “The Bachelorette” was the only other prime-time program between July 15 and Sunday to average more than 6 million viewers, averaging 6.478 million, topping the previous season-high of 6.052 million set the previous week.
“The Bachelorette” was the week’s most-watched program among viewers ages 18-49, averaging 2.171 million viewers among the group targeted by ABC, NBC and Fox and coveted by advertisers. “America’s Got Talent” was second among the group, averaging 1.969 million viewers.
NBC was the outright winner in the network race for the fourth consecutive week, averaging 3.43 million viewers. It tied CBS for first the week of June 17-23. NBC had three of the week’s seven most-watched programs. The comedy talent competition “Bring the Funny” was fifth for the week, averaging 4.716 million viewers, 21 percent less than the 5.968 million average for its premiere a week earlier.
The premiere drew the largest audience for a summer alternative series premiere since NBC’s “Little Big Shots: Forever Young” on June 21, 2017.
“American Ninja Warrior” was seventh, averaging 4.54 million.
ABC was second for the second consecutive week, averaging 3.24 million viewers. CBS averaged 2.89 million viewers to finish third, a week after finishing fourth.
CBS’ potential audiences Saturday and Sunday were reduced after its owned-and-operated stations in more than a dozen markets, including Los Angeles, were removed from DirecTV and other AT&T-owned television packages when the two sides were unable to reach an agreement to allow their continued carriage.
Fox finished fourth for the 25th time in 27 weeks, averaging 1.76 million viewers for its 14 hours of programming. Its most-watched program was the Thursday edition of “MasterChef,” which tied for 31st among the week’s broadcast and cable programs, averaging 3.056 million viewers.
“MasterChef” was the week’s ninth most-watched program on the broadcast networks among viewers ages 18-49, averaging 1.02 million in the group.
The only times Fox has finished above fourth in the past 27 weeks were in the weeks it aired golf’s U.S. Open and Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game.
CBS, NBC and ABC each aired 22 hours of prime-time programming for ratings purposes.
The week’s most-watched cable program was the Wednesday edition of “Tucker Carlson Tonight” on Fox News Channel which averaged 4.028 million viewers for its coverage of President Donald Trump’s rally in North Carolina.
The audience was the week’s 10th largest overall.
Fox News Channel was the most-watched cable network in prime time for the seventh consecutive week, averaging 2.478 million viewers. MSNBC was second, averaging 1.61 million and HGTV third, averaging 1.257 million.
The most-watched Spanish-language program was the July 16 episode of the Telmundo telenovela “La Reina del Sur,” which averaged 2.1 million viewers to finish 76th overall.
Telemundo was the most-watched Spanish-language network for the second week in a row after three consecutive second-place finishes behind Univision, averaging 1.24 million viewers. Univision finished second, averaging 1.11 million, followed by UniMas which averaged 440,000, Estrella TV, which averaged 180,000 viewers, and Azteca America, which averaged 50,000.
ABC’s “World News Tonight with David Muir” was the most-watched network nightly newscast for the 34th consecutive week and 85th time in the past 86 weeks, averaging 7.88 million viewers.
The “NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt” was second, averaging 6.877 million viewers. The “CBS Evening News” averaged 5.239 million viewers in Norah O’Donnell’s first week as anchor. 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”; ABC’s “The Bachelorette” and “Celebrity Family Feud”; NBC’s “Bring The Funny”; ABC’s “$100,000 Pyramid”; NBC’s “American Ninja Warrior”; the Sunday edition of CBS’ “Big Brother”; ABC’s “America’s Funniest Home Videos” and the July 17 edition of “Tucker Carlson Tonight” on Fox News Channel.