The second full week of television’s summer season was much like the first, with “America’s Got Talent” and “60 Minutes” the only programs to average more than 7 million viewers.
“America’s Got Talent” averaged 8.789 million viewers, 11.2% less than the 9.899-million average for its season premiere a week earlier, according to live-plus-same-day figures released Tuesday by Nielsen.
An “America’s Got Talent” episode has been the week’s most-watched entertainment program every week an original episode has aired since its 2016 season premiere.
“60 Minutes” was second, averaging 7.763 million viewers, slightly topping the 7.679 million average the previous week.
Like the previous week, all three segments were new: an interview with Sherrilyn Ifill, president of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, and reports on the challenges San Antonio is facing as it eases restrictions imposed to combat the spread of the coronavirus and how an Oklahoma law punishing people deemed guilty of failing to stop child abuse has resulted in more than a dozen women being more severely punished than the men who did the abusing.
A rerun of a double-length segment on Italian composer and pianist Francesco Lotoro’s efforts to recover, perform and in some cases finishing pieces of music composed in captivity by Jewish prisoners in Nazi concentration camps that aired following “60 Minutes” under the “60 Minutes Presents” title was ninth for the week, averaging 5.227 million viewers.
Two programs averaged more than 6 million viewers, one more than the previous week. A rerun of the CBS action drama “NCIS” was third for the week, averaging 6.56 million viewers, while ABC’s “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire,” was fourth with 6.516 million viewers.
CBS had four of the week’s top 10 programs to be the most-watched network for the 17th consecutive week and 22nd time in the 37-week-old 2019-20 prime-time television season, averaging 3.95 million viewers for its programming between June 1 and Sunday.
ABC was second, averaging 3.31 million viewers, and NBC was third, averaging 3.16 million viewers.
Fox was fourth among the broadcast networks for the 17th time in 18 weeks, averaging 1.49 million viewers for its 15 hours of programming. Its most-watched program was a 10-minute post-race show following its afternoon coverage of the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 NASCAR Cup Series auto race, which averaged 2.916 million viewers, 38th among broadcast programs.
Fox’s most-watched entertainment program was a rerun of the procedural drama “9-1-1,” which averaged 2.516 million viewers, putting it 49th among broadcast programs. The overall ranks for both programs were not available.
CBS, NBC and ABC each aired 22 hours of prime-time programming.
Fox News Channel was first among cable networks for the 20th consecutive week, averaging 3.858 million viewers. It had each of the six most-watched prime-time cable programs, topped by the June 1 edition of the political talk show “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” which aired live as protests were occurring in much of the nation following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Tucker’s show averaged 5.955 million viewers, fifth overall.
CNN averaged 2.455 million viewers to finish second for the second consecutive week after finishing third for six of the previous seven weeks. MSNBC averaged 2.212 million viewers to finish third for the second consecutive week after finishing second on 11 of the previous 14 weeks.
An episode of the Univision telenovela “Amor eterno” was the most-watched Spanish-language prime-time program for the 10th consecutive week, with the June 3 episode averaging 2.033 million viewers, 56th among broadcast programs. Its overall rank was not available.
Univision was the most-watched Spanish-language network for the 27th consecutive week and 29th time in 30 weeks, averaging 1.47 million viewers.
Telemundo was second, averaging 890,000 viewers, followed by UniMas (400,000), Estrella TV (150,000) and Azteca America (50,000).
ABC’s “World News Tonight with David Muir” was the most-watched network nightly newscast for the 27th consecutive week, the 78th time in 79 weeks and the 130th time in 132 weeks, averaging 9.446 million viewers.
“NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt” was second, averaging 8.282 million viewers, followed by the “CBS Evening News with Norah O’Donnell” (5.756 million viewers).
The week’s 10 most-watched prime-time programs were NBC’s “America’s Got Talent”; CBS’ “60 Minutes”; a rerun of CBS’ “NCIS”; ABC’s “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire”; the Monday editions of “Tucker Carlson Tonight” and “Hannity” on Fox News Channel; ABC’s “Celebrity Family Feud”; the Monday edition of “The Ingraham Angle” on Fox News Channel; CBS’ “60 Minutes Presents” and a rerun of CBS’ “Young Sheldon.”
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