Fox News Channel had six of last week’s 11 most-watched prime-time programs to finish first in the network ratings race for the third time since June.
Three editions each of the political talk shows “Hannity” and “Tucker Carlson Tonight” made the top 11, led by the Aug. 11 edition of “Hannity,” which averaged 4.585 million viewers, fifth among prime-time cable and broadcast programs airing between Aug. 10 and Sunday, according to live-plus-same-day figures released by Nielsen on Tuesday.
Fox News Channel averaged 3.289 million viewers for its prime-time programming for the week, 39% more than its 2.362 million average the corresponding week one year ago. It was also the 30th consecutive week that Fox News Channel was the most-watched cable network in prime time.
CBS finished second after five consecutive first-place finishes, averaging 3.19 million viewers. NBC was third for the fourth consecutive week, averaging 2.82 million.
ABC was fourth for the fifth consecutive week, averaging 2.36 million viewers. Its most-watched program was a rerun of “America’s Funniest Home Videos,” which averaged 4.454 million viewers, seventh for the week.
Fox News Channel, CBS, NBC and ABC each aired 22 hours of prime-time programming.
Fox was fourth among the broadcast networks and sixth overall, averaging 1.46 million viewers for its 15 hours, 58 minutes of prime-time programming. Its most-watched program was “WWE’s Friday Night Smackdown” professional wrestling card which averaged 1.94 million viewers, 46th among broadcast programs. Its overall rank was not available.
With less first-run programming because of the coronavirus pandemic and more viewing of streaming programming, viewership of each of the four major networks was down from the comparable week one year ago, which included Fox’s coverage of an NFL preseason game between the Minnesota Vikings and Seattle Seahawks that averaged 5.302 million viewers, fourth for the week.
Viewership for Fox was down 39% from its 2.39 million average a year ago; NBC was down 22% from its 3.61 million average; ABC was down 19% from its 2.9 million average; and CBS down 7% from its 3.43 million average. The overall four-network average was down 19%.
The week’s most-watched program was an edition of CBS’ “60 Minutes” with three previously broadcast segments that were updated and averaged 6.998 million viewers.
This was the fourth time “60 Minutes” has been the most-watched program during the 12 weeks of television’s 2020 summer season. NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” finished first the other eight.
The week’s only other prime-time programs to average more than 5 million viewers were the Aug. 11 and Aug. 12 “America’s Got Talent” episodes, which averaged 6.752 million and 6.152 million viewers.
Trailing Fox News Channel, MSNBC was second among cable networks for the 10th consecutive week, averaging 2.035 million viewers. HGTV was third, averaging 1.402 million. CNN averaged 1.336 million to finish fourth after eight consecutive third-place finishes.
The Wednesday episode of the Univision telenovela “Como tu no hay 2” was the most-watched Spanish-language prime-time program, averaging 1.835 million viewers, 53rd among broadcast programs. Its overall rank was not available.
Univision was the most-watched Spanish-language network for the 37th consecutive week and 39th time in 40 weeks, averaging 1.32 million viewers.
Telemundo was second, averaging 990,000 viewers, followed by UniMas, which averaged 350,000, Estrella TV, which averaged 130,000 and Azteca America, which averaged 60,000.
ABC’s “World News Tonight with David Muir” was the most-watched network nightly newscast for the 37th consecutive week, the 88th time in 89 weeks and the 140th time in 142 weeks, averaging 8.549 million viewers.
“NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt” was second, averaging 7.277 million viewers, followed by the “CBS Evening News with Norah O’Donnell,” which averaged 5.304 million viewers.
The week’s 10 most-watched prime-time programs were CBS’ “60 Minutes”; the Tuesday and Wednesday episodes of NBC’s “America’s Got Talent”; a rerun of CBS’ “NCIS”; the Tuesday edition of Fox News Channel’s “Hannity”; the Monday edition of Fox News Channel’s “Tucker Carlson Tonight”; a rerun of ABC’s “America’s Funniest Home Videos”; the Monday edition of “Hannity”; and the Thursday editions of “Tucker Carlson Tonight” and “Hannity.”