Fox’s “BH90210” was last week’s most-watched prime-time program among adults under 50 on broadcast television and its 1.5 rating among the group was the highest for any network premiere this summer, according to live-plus-same-day figures released by Nielsen Tuesday.
The reboot of the 1990-2000 Fox teen drama “Beverly Hills, 90210” averaged 1.953 million viewers between the ages of 18-49, the group targeted by Fox, NBC and ABC and coveted by advertisers. NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” was the second-most watched broadcast prime-time program among the group between Aug. 5 and Sunday, averaging 1.884 million viewers.
Figures for cable programs were not available, but it is unlikely any topped “BH90210.”
“BH90210” was 12th among total viewers and second in its 9-10 p.m. time slot last Wednesday behind CBS’ “Big Brother,” averaging 3.842 million viewers.
“America’s Got Talent” was the week’s most-watched prime-time program, averaging 9.66 million viewers, 21.1% higher than its 7.975 million average a week earlier when it aired opposite a debate among 10 candidates for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination on CNN.
A broadcast of the CBS news magazine “60 Minutes” with all-repeat segments was the only other program to average more than 5 million viewers, averaging 6.763 million viewers to finish second for the week.
NBC was the outright winner in the network race for the seventh consecutive week after tying CBS for first the week of June 17-23, averaging 3.34 million viewers.
CBS averaged 3.01 million viewers to finish second after three consecutive third-place finishes.
Millions of potential CBS viewers were again able to watch the network beginning Thursday when its owned-and-operated stations in more than a dozen markets, including Los Angeles, returned DirecTV and other AT&T-owned television packages when the two sides reached an agreement to allow their resumed carriage which had been halted July 20.
ABC was third after four consecutive third-place finishes, averaging 3.59 million viewers.
ABC’s most-watched program was “Celebrity Family Feud,” third for the week, averaging 4.784 million viewers for a repeat of the episode matching the families of “BH90210” cast member Ian Ziering and comedian Sherri Shepherd.
An original episode of “The $100,000 Pyramid,” which followed on ABC was fourth for the week, averaging 4.667 million viewers.
Fox finished fourth for the 28th time in 30 weeks, averaging 1.69 million viewers for its 15 hours of programming.
The only times Fox has finished above fourth in the past 30 weeks were in the weeks it aired golf’s U.S. Open and Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game.
NBC and CBS aired 22 hours of prime-time programming for ratings purposes and ABC 21 1/2 hours.
The Wednesday edition of the Fox News Channel political talk show “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” was the week’s most-watched cable program, averaging 3.36 million viewers, 21st overall.
Fox News Channel returned to the top of the cable ratings after a one-week absence, averaging 2.353 million viewers. MSNBC was second, averaging 1.52 million viewers, followed by HGTV, which averaged 1.224 million.
The most-watched Spanish-language program was the Aug. 6 episode of the Telmundo telenovela “Betty en NY,” which averaged 1.552 million viewers to finish 69th among broadcast programs. Its overall ranking was not available.
Telemundo averaged 1.01 million viewers to be the most-watched Spanish-language network for the fifth week in a row. Univision averaged 940,000 viewers to finish second for the fifth consecutive week. UniMas was third, averaging 400,000, followed by Estrella TV, which averaged 190,000 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 37th consecutive week and 88th time in the past 89 weeks, averaging 8.029 million viewers.
The “NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt” was second, averaging 7.183 million viewers. The “CBS Evening News” averaged 4.860 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”; ABC’s “Celebrity Family Feud” and “The $100,000 Pyramid”; NBC’s “American Ninja Warrior”; the Sunday edition of CBS’ “Big Brother”; ABC’s “Bachelor in Paradise” and “America’s Funniest Home Videos”; NBC’s “Bring The Funny”; and the Wednesday edition of “Big Brother.’
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