Fox News Channel was the most-watched network in prime-time television for the second consecutive week, thanks to a town hall by President Donald Trump and the customary strong performances by the political talk shows “Hannity” and “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” according to viewing figures released Tuesday.
Last Thursday’s town hall hosted by Sean Hannity averaged 5.118 million viewers, the most among cable programs between June 22 and Sunday and fifth overall, live-plus-same-day figures released by Nielsen show.
The Monday and Wednesday “Hannity” episodes were eighth and ninth for the week, averaging 4.48 million and 4.382 million viewers, respectively.
The Tuesday, Thursday and Monday “Tucker Carlson Tonight” episodes were 10th through 12th, averaging 4.27 million, 4.253 million and 4.247 million.
NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” was the most-watched prime-time program for the fifth time in the five full weeks of television’s summer season, averaging 8.572 million viewers, its third largest audience of the summer, behind the 9.899 million average for its season premiere May 26 and 8.789 million for the second episode June 2.
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.
The CBS news magazine “60 Minutes” was the week’s only other prime-time program to average more than 6 million viewers, averaging 7.89 million.
“Celebrity Family Feud” was ABC’s most-watched program, averaging 5.559 million viewers to finish fourth for the week behind “America’s Got Talent,” “60 Minutes” and a rerun of the CBS action drama “NCIS,” which averaged 5.677 million.
Fox’s most-watched program was the eight-minute post-race show for NASCAR’s rain-delayed Geico 500 stock car race on June 22, which averaged 3.197 million viewers, 45th among the week’s broadcast and cable programs.
Fox’s most-watched entertainment program was a rerun of the procedural drama “9-1-1,” which followed the post-race show and averaged 2.177 million viewers, putting it 45th among broadcast programs. Its overall rank was not available.
Fox News Channel averaged 3.324 million viewers for the week. CBS averaged 3.26 million to finish second for the second week in a row after 18 consecutive victories, followed by NBC, averaging 3.17 million, and ABC, which averaged 2.86 million.
Fox averaged 1.38 million viewers for its 15 hours of prime-time programming.
MSNBC was second among cable networks for the third consecutive week, averaging 2.068 million viewers. CNN was third for the third consecutive week, averaging 1.617 million.
Fox News Channel, CBS, NBC, ABC, MSNBC and CNN each broadcast 22 hours of prime-time programming.
The combined viewership of the four major broadcast networks was down 21.2% from the corresponding week one year ago when programming included two Democratic presidential debates that aired on NBC, cable’s MSNBC and the Spanish-language network Telemundo.
NBC was down 35.6%, Fox 13.6%, ABC 12.3% and CBS 10.2%.
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 and 16.1% in the fourth. Each of the first three weeks of television’s 2019 summer season included NBA Finals games on ABC.
Despite being aired on a broadcast network for the first time, viewership for Sunday’s BET Awards was down slightly from 2019, averaging 3.7 million on CBS, BET and BET Her. The awards show was 28th for the week and second in its 8-11 p.m. time slot behind ABC’s game show block of “Celebrity Family Feud,” “Press Your Luck” and “Match Game,” which averaged 4.24 million.
The 2019 ceremony averaged 3.79 viewers on eight Viacom cable networks — BET, BET Her, MTV, MTV2, MTV Classic, Logo, TV Land and VH1.
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 first broadcast of the Daytime Emmys on broadcast television since 2011 averaged 3.013 million viewers on CBS, putting it 52nd for the week and second in its 8-10 p.m. Friday time slot behind a rerun of “Shark Tank” on ABC which averaged 3.15 million.
CBS averaged 3.024 million viewers for the reruns of “All Rise” and “MacGyver” that aired in the time slot the previous Friday.
An episode of the Univision telenovela “Amor eterno” was the most-watched Spanish-language prime-time program for the 13th consecutive week, with the June 23 episode averaging 2.071 million viewers, 51st among broadcast programs. Its overall rank was not available.
Univision was the most-watched Spanish-language network for the 30th consecutive week and 32nd time in 33 weeks, averaging 1.52 million viewers.
Telemundo was second, averaging 860,000 viewers, followed by UniMas (410,000), 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 30th consecutive week, the 81st time in 82 weeks and the 133rd time in 135 weeks, averaging 8.896 million viewers.
“NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt” was second, averaging 7.499 million viewers, followed by the “CBS Evening News with Norah O’Donnell” (5.325 million viewers)
The week’s 10 most-watched prime-time programs were NBC’s “America’s Got Talent”; CBS’ “60 Minutes” and a rerun of “NCIS”; ABC’s “Celebrity Family Feud”; coverage of Trump’s town hall on Thursday’s broadcast of “Hannity” on Fox News Channel; reruns of CBS’ “Young Sheldon” and “FBI”; the Tuesday broadcast of “Tucker Carlson Tonight” on Fox News Channel.
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