The season premiere of “Chicago Med” drew the largest audience for a scripted program since the beginning of May, helping NBC to its second consecutive weekly victory and third of the eight-week-old 2020-21 television series, according to figures released Tuesday by Nielsen.
“Chicago Med” averaged 7.842 million viewers, the most for a scripted program since the May 1 season finale of the CBS crime drama “Blue Bloods” averaged 8.528 million, according to live-plus-same-day figures.
“Chicago Med” was seventh among prime-time programs airing between Nov. 9 and Sunday, trailing three NFL games, two other NFL programs and “60 Minutes.”
NBC also had three of the next four most-watched entertainment programs — the Tuesday episode of the singing competition “The Voice,” ninth for the week with 7.641 million viewers, the Monday episode of “The Voice,” 12th for the week averaging 7.274 million viewers, and the season premiere of “Chicago Fire,” which followed “Chicago Med” and was 13th for the week with 7.236 million viewers.
NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” was the most-watched program for the third consecutive week, with the New England Patriots’ 23-17 victory over the Baltimore Ravens averaging 15.787 million viewers.
“60 Minutes” was the most-watched non-NFL program, averaging 12.384 million viewers, finishing third overall. The long-running CBS News magazine show was the lone non-NFL program to average more than 8 million viewers.
CBS’ “Young Sheldon” was the most-watched comedy for the second time in the two episodes it has aired this season, averaging 7.405 million viewers, putting it 11th overall and third among entertainment programs.
NBC averaged 5.86 million viewers for the week, followed by ABC, which averaged 4.94 million. Fox averaged 4.89 million viewers for its 17 hours of programming. CBS was fourth, averaging 4.05 million.
The weekly averages for Fox and CBS were bolstered by runovers of their afternoon NFL programming into prime time in the Eastern and Central time zones. Fox averaged 18.958 million viewers for its 42-minute runover and CBS 13.039 million for its 35-minute runover.
The runovers are not considered separate programs, but are included in the weekly averages.
NBC, ABC and CBS all aired 22 hours of prime-time programming.
ABC’s most-watched program was the 54th annual CMA Awards, which averaged 7.088 million viewers, putting the country music awards ceremony 14th overall and sixth among entertainment programs.
Fox’s most-watched program was “Thursday Night Football,” second for the week averaging 12.505 million viewers for the Indianapolis Colts’ 34-17 victory over the Tennessee Titans. Its most-watched non-NFL program was “The Masked Singer,” 19th for the week and 11th among entertainment programs, averaging 6.067 million viewers.
The most-watched cable program was ESPN’s “Monday Night Football,” with the Patriots’ 30-27 victory over the winless New York Jets averaging 10.222 million, fifth for the week.
Fox News Channel rebounded from a second-place finish behind CNN on election week to be the most-watched cable network for the 41st time in 43 weeks, averaging 3.358 million viewers. CNN was second, averaging 2.359 million viewers, and MSNBC was third, averaging 2.152 million.
The most-watched Spanish-language prime-time program was the Wednesday episode of the Univision drama anthology “La Rosa de Guadalupe” which averaged 1.954 million viewers to finish 65th among broadcast programs. Its overall rank was not available.
Univision was the most-watched Spanish-language network for the 50th consecutive week and 52nd time in 53 weeks, averaging 1.19 million viewers. Telemundo was second, averaging 980,000, followed by UniMas (420,000), Estrella TV (200,000) and Azteca America (60,000).
ABC’s “World News Tonight with David Muir” was the most-watched network nightly newscast for the 50th consecutive week, the 101st time in 102 weeks and the 153rd time in 155 weeks, averaging 9.857 million viewers, followed by the “NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt” (8.306 million) and the “CBS Evening News with Norah O’Donnell” (5.935 million).
The week’s 10 most-watched prime-time programs were NBC’s “Sunday Night Football”; Fox’s “Thursday Night Football”; CBS’ “60 Minutes”; the nine-minute “Sunday Night Football” pre-kickoff show; ESPN’s “Monday Night Football”; the 18-minute third segment of NBC’s “Football Night in America”; NBC’s “Chicago Med”; Fox’s 18-minute NFL postgame show “The OT”; the Tuesday episode of “The Voice”; and Fox’s 16-minute “Thursday Night Football” pre-kickoff show.