The combined prime-time viewership for the four major broadcast networks during the third full week of television’s summer season was 33% less than the corresponding week a year ago, primarily because of the absence of major sporting events.
Viewership for both ABC and Fox dropped 53%, while NBC was down 19.7%. Viewership was up 1.3% for CBS, the only major network which did not have a major sporting event during the corresponding week last year.
ABC averaged 2.85 million viewers for its prime-time programming between June 8 and Sunday compared to 6.06 million for June 10-16, 2019.
ABC’s programming a year ago included Games 5 and 6 of the Toronto Raptors’ six-game victory over the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals which averaged 18.601 million viewers and 18.763 million.
Fox averaged 1.84 million viewers for its 16 hours of prime-time programming last week and 3.93 million viewers for its 15 hours, 58 minutes of prime-time programming the corresponding week last year that included the two-hour, 31-minute runover of afternoon coverage of the final round of golf’s U.S. Open into prime-time that averaged 8.89 million viewers.
NBC averaged 3.26 million last week and 4.06 during the corresponding week last year. NBC received a boost last year from its coverage of Game 7 of hockey’s Stanley Cup Final which drew the largest audience for an NHL game in the U.S. since 1973, 8.761 million viewers, fourth for the week.
CBS had six of last week’s eight most-watched programs to finish first in the network race for the 18th consecutive week and 23rd time in the 38-week-old 2019-20 prime-time television season, averaging 3.84 million viewers. CBS averaged 3.79 million during the same week last year.
CBS, NBC and ABC each aired 22 hours of prime-time programming both last week and the corresponding week last year.
The combined four-network viewership was down 24% in the first week of the summer season and 27.8% in the second week.
For the third consecutive week NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” and CBS’ “60 Minutes” were the only programs to average more than 7 million viewers, with “America’s Got Talent” averaging 8.633 million viewers and “60 Minutes” 7.93 million, according to live-plus-same-day figures released Tuesday by Nielsen.
ABC’s most-watched program was “Celebrity Family Feud,” sixth for the week averaging 5.26 million viewers.
Fox’s most-watched program was a rerun of the procedural drama “9-1-1,” which averaged 2.579 million viewers, 65th among the week’s broadcast and cable programs.
The week’s only premiere on the four major broadcast networks, the ABC comedic physical game “Don’t” was second in its 9-10 p.m. Thursday time slot and 14th for the week, averaging 4.178 million viewers.
Fox News Channel was first among cable networks for the 21st consecutive week, averaging 3.242 million viewers. It had each of the 14 most-watched prime-time cable programs, topped by Thursday’s edition of the political talk show “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” which averaged 4.368 million viewers, 11th overall.
MSNBC averaged 1.773 million viewers to finish second after back-to-back third-place finishes. CNN averaged 1.581 million viewers to finish third after two consecutive second-place finishes.
An episode of the Univision telenovela “Amor eterno” was the most-watched Spanish-language prime-time program for the 11th consecutive week, with the June 9 episode averaging 1.937 million viewers, 59th among broadcast programs. Its overall rank was not available.
Univision was the most-watched Spanish-language network for the 28th consecutive week and 30th time in 31 weeks, averaging 1.39 million viewers.
Telemundo was second, averaging 860,000 viewers, followed by UniMas (360,000), Estrella TV (140,000) and Azteca America (60,000).
ABC’s “World News Tonight with David Muir” was the most-watched network nightly newscast for the 28th consecutive week, the 79th time in 80 weeks and the 131st time in 133 weeks, averaging 8.793 million viewers.
“NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt” was second, averaging 7.677 million viewers, followed by the “CBS Evening News with Norah O’Donnell”, which averaged 5.295 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”; CBS’ “60 Minutes Presents”; a rerun of CBS’ “FBI”; ABC’s “Celebrity Family Feud”; a rerun of CBS’ “Young Sheldon”; CBS’ “Man With A Plan”; ABC’s “America’s Funniest Home Videos”; and CBS’ “Mom.”