Weekend news programming accounted for three of last week’s four prime-time programs to average more than 6 million viewers, topped by Fox News Channel’s coverage of President Donald Trump’s rally.
The rally coverage that aired during “Watters’ World” and “Justice with Judge Jeanine” Saturday averaged 7.654 million viewers. “The Greg Gutfeld Show” that followed the rally averaged 4.642 million viewers, eighth among prime-time programs between June 15 and Sunday and second among cable programs, giving Fox News Channel the largest Saturday prime-time viewership in its history, 6.65 million viewers. Fox News Channel has been in operation since 1996.
On Sunday, the CBS news magazine “60 Minutes” averaged 7.1 million viewers and “The Room Where It Happened: ABC News Exclusive Interview with John Bolton,” averaged 6.219 million viewers, fourth for the week and second-highest among ABC prime-time programs in the four weeks of television’s summer season, behind the June 4 season finale of “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire,” which averaged 6.516 million viewers.
NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” was the most-watched prime-time program for the fourth time this summer, averaging 8.572 million viewers, according to live-plus-same-day figures released Tuesday by Nielsen.
Viewership for both of Sunday’s music specials was considerably lower than the programming their networks aired in the time slot the previous Sunday.
“John Legend and Family” averaged 3.257 million viewers, first in its 8-9 p.m. time slot, 41st for the week and sixth among ABC programs. Viewership was down 38.1% from “Celebrity Family Feud” which averaged 5.26 million the previous Sunday, second in the time slot, sixth for the week and first among ABC programs.
“United We Sing: A Grammy Tribute to the Unsung Heroes” averaged 2.765 million viewers, second in its 8-10 p.m. time slot behind ABC’s combination of “John Legend and Family” and the Bolton interview, 56th for the week and 17th among CBS programs.
The special averaged 3.36 million viewers for its first hour and 2.26 million its second.
Viewership was down 39.5% from CBS’ average of 4.574 million from 8-10 p.m. June 14 with “60 Minutes Presents” and a rerun of “NCIS: Los Angeles.”
The rally coverage and the political talk shows “Tucker Carlson Tonight” and “Hannity” made Fox News Channel the week’s most-watched network, averaging 3.675 million viewers.
The Monday through Thursday editions of “Tucker Carlson Live” all ranked among the week’s 15 most-watched programs, topped by the Monday edition which averaged 4.206 million viewers, 11th for the week.
The Wednesday edition of “Hannity” was ninth for the week, averaging 4.54 million, while the Tuesday edition was 16th for the week, averaging 3.98 million, one spot ahead of the Thursday edition which averaged 3.861 million viewers.
CBS was second for week after 18 consecutive victories, averaging 3.37 million viewers, followed by NBC, which averaged 3.13 million, and ABC, which averaged 2.67 million.
Fox averaged 1.35 million viewers for its 15 hours of prime-time programming, topped by a rerun of the procedural drama “9-1-1,” which averaged 2.518 million viewers, 67th among the week’s broadcast and cable programs.
The combined viewership of the four major broadcast networks was down 16.1% from the corresponding week one year ago. Fox was down 33.2%, ABC 21%, NBC 14.7% and CBS 8.2%.
Viewership for most forms of programming is down compared to the past primarily due to increased viewership of streaming programming, including the same programs shown on traditional television.
The combined four-network viewership was down 24% in the first week of the summer season, 27.8% in the second and 33% in the third. Each of the first three weeks of television’s 2019 summer season included NBA Finals games.
CBS, ABC and NBC each broadcast 22 hours of prime-time programming in both weeks. Fox aired 15 hours, 69 minutes in the corresponding week last year.
MSNBC was second among cable networks for the second consecutive week, averaging 1.978 million viewers. CNN was third for the second consecutive week, averaging 1.644 million.
An episode of the Univision telenovela “Amor eterno” was the most-watched Spanish-language prime-time program for the 12th consecutive week, with the June 16 episode averaging 1.983 million viewers, 52nd among broadcast programs. Its overall rank was not available.
Univision was the most-watched Spanish-language network for the 29th consecutive week and 31st time in 32 weeks, averaging 1.38 million viewers.
Telemundo was second, averaging 760,000 viewers, followed by UniMas (440,000), Estrella TV (130,000) and Azteca America (40,000).
ABC’s “World News Tonight with David Muir” was the most-watched network nightly newscast for the 29th consecutive week, the 80th time in 81 weeks and the 132nd time in 134 weeks, averaging 8.744 million viewers.
“NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt” was second, averaging 7.442 million viewers, followed by the “CBS Evening News with Norah O’Donnell”, which averaged 5.154 million viewers.
The week’s 10 most-watched prime-time programs were NBC’s “America’s Got Talent”; Fox News Channel’s coverage of Trump’s rally; CBS’ “60 Minutes”; “The Room Where It Happened: ABC News Exclusive Interview with John Bolton”; reruns of CBS’ “NCIS,” “Young Sheldon” and “FBI”; Fox News Channel’s “The Greg Gutfeld Show” and the June 17 episode of “Hannity” and Paramount Network’s “Yellowstone.”