The semifinal performance and results shows of “The Voice” were last week’s two most-watched non-NFL programs while “Sunday Night Football” was the overall most-watched program helping NBC finish first in the network race, according to live-plus-same day figures released today by Nielsen.
The hourlong results show Dec. 10 averaged 8.317 million viewers, seventh overall among broadcast and cable programs airing between Dec. 9 and Sunday. The only programs ahead of the episode were three NFL games, two “Sunday Night Football” pregame shows and Fox’s NFL postgame show, “The OT.”
The two-hour performance show Dec. 9 was eighth for the week, averaging 8.228 million viewers, the most for a Monday episode of “The Voice” since the Oct. 7 episode averaged 8.537 million viewers.
CBS’ “Young Sheldon” was the week’s most-watched scripted program, averaging 8.209 million viewers, ninth overall and third among non-NFL programs. “Young Sheldon” has been the most-watched comedy 11 times in the 12-week-old 2019-20 prime-time television season.
A rerun of CBS’ “NCIS” was the week’s most-watched drama, averaging 7.477 million viewers, 11th overall and fifth among non-NFL programs.
“Bob Hearts Abishola” was the most-watched new series, averaging 5.992 million viewers, 23rd overall and 17th among non-NFL programs. CBS has had the most-watched new series each week of the season.
“Sunday Night Football” was the most-watched program for the eighth time in the television season, with the Buffalo Bills 17-10 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers averaging 18.142 million viewers.
Fox’s “Thursday Night Football” has been the most-watched program for two weeks and ESPN’s “Monday Night Football” and Fox’s coverage of Game 7 of baseball’s World Series once each.
NBC was the most-watched network for the sixth time this season, averaging 5.9 million viewers. Fox was second, averaging 5.52 million viewers for its 16 hours of programming. CBS was third, averaging 5.43 million viewers. ABC was fourth for the 10th time this season, averaging 3.05 million viewers.
CBS and ABC was the only major broadcast networks without prime-time NFL programming last week.
NBC, CBS and ABC each broadcast 22 hours of prime-time programming.
Fox’s weekly average was boosted by a 44-minute runover of its afternoon NFL coverage into prime time in the Eastern and Central time zones which averaged 22.722 million viewers. The runover is not considered a separate program, but is included in the weekly average.
Fox also benefits by only broadcasting one night a week in the 10-11 p.m. time slot, which the other broadcast networks generally use for hourlong dramas and news magazines, which lower their weekly averages.
Playback of programming recorded earlier in the evening peaks from 10-11 p.m. also depressing the viewership for programming airing in that time slot.
NFL programming accounted for Fox’s three most watched programs of the week.
Fox’s 16-minute NFL postgame show “The OT,” was third for the week, averaging 12.142 million viewers. Its “Thursday Night Football” telecast of the Baltimore Ravens’ 42-21 victory over the New York Jets averaged 12.136 million viewers, fourth for the week.
Fox’s most-watched non-NFL program was the Wednesday edition of “The Masked Singer,” 14th for the week and seventh among non-NFL programs, averaging 6.895 million viewers.
ABC’s most-watched program was “The Conners,” which averaged 5.722 million viewers, 27th overall, 20th among non-NFL programs and fifth among comedies.
The most-watched cable program was ESPN’s “Monday Night Football” which averaged 11.799 million viewers for the Philadelphia Eagles 23-17 overtime victory over the New York Giants Dec. 9, fifth overall.
“Monday Night Football” has been the most-watched cable program for each of its first 14 weeks of the 2019 NFL season.
The Dec. 11 edition of the Fox News Channel political talk show “Hannity” was cable’s most-watched non-NFL program, third among all cable programs, 39th overall and 30th among non-NFL programs, averaging 4.154 million viewers.
The top three cable networks were unchanged from a week earlier.
Fox News Channel was the most-watched cable network for the third time in four weeks, averaging 2.956 million viewers. ESPN was second, averaging 2.389 million viewers. Hallmark Channel was third, averaging 1.659 million viewers.
The most-watched Spanish-language program was the Thursday episode of the Univision telenovela “Amor Eterno,” which averaged 1.857 million viewers, 76th among broadcast programming. Its overall position was not available.
Univision was the most-watched Spanish-language network for the third consecutive week and fourth time in five weeks, averaging 1.13 million viewers. Telemundo averaged 860,000 viewers to finish second.
UniMas was third, averaging 470,000, followed by Estrella TV, which averaged 220,000 viewers, and Azteca America, which averaged 80,000.
ABC’s “World News Tonight with David Muir” was the most-watched network nightly newscast for the second consecutive week, 53rd time in 54 weeks and 105th time in 107 weeks, averaging 8.631 million viewers.
“NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt” was second, averaging 7.968 million viewers. The “CBS Evening News” averaged 5.8 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 “Sunday Night Football” and its nine-minute kickoff show; Fox’s 16-minute Sunday NFL postgame show, “The OT” and “Thursday Night Football”; ESPN’s “Monday Night Football”; the 23-minute third segment of NBC’s “Football Night in America”; the Tuesday and Monday episodes of NBC’s “The Voice”; and CBS’ “Young Sheldon” and “60 Minutes.”
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