NBC’s annual Rockefeller Center Christmas tree-lighting ceremony, along with its usual ratings powerhouses of “Sunday Night Football” and “The Voice,” helped make it the most-watched network for the fifth consecutive week and sixth time in the 11-week-old 2020-21 television season.
The two-hour ceremony averaged 7.405 million viewers, second among entertainment programs, third among non-NFL programs and eighth overall broadcast and cable programs airing between Nov. 30 and Sunday, according to live-plus-same-day figures released Tuesday by Nielsen.
“Sunday Night Football” was the most-watched prime-time program for the sixth consecutive week, with the Kansas City Chiefs’ 22-16 victory over the Denver Broncos averaging 17.067 million viewers.
CBS’ “60 Minutes” was the most-watched non-NFL program, averaging 11.466 million viewers, fourth overall. The news magazine show followed a 30-minute runover of CBS’ afternoon NFL coverage which averaged 16.15 million viewers. The overrun is not considered a separate program, but is included in the weekly average.
The CBS comedy “Young Sheldon” was the most-watched entertainment program, averaging 7.575 million viewers, finishing seventh overall.
NBC averaged 5.97 million viewers. CBS was second, averaging 5.3 million, followed by ABC, which averaged 3.83 million viewers. Fox averaged 2.07 million viewers for its 16 hours, 36 minutes of prime-time programming, fourth among broadcast networks and seventh overall.
NBC, CBS and ABC aired 22 hours of prime-time programming.
ABC’s most-watched program was “Grey’s Anatomy,” eighth among entertainment programs and 16th overall, averaging 5.873 million viewers.
Outside of its NFL programming, Fox’s most-watched show was “The Masked Singer,” fifth among entertainment programs and 12th overall, averaging 7.13 million viewers.
The Seattle Seahawks’ 23-17 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles on ESPN’s “Monday Night Football” Nov. 30 was the week’s most-watched cable program, averaging 11.879 million viewers, third overall.
A week after finishing third, Fox News Channel was the most-watched cable network, averaging 2.654 million viewers, its 43rd first-place finish in 46 weeks. ESPN was second, averaging 2.45 million, a week after finishing first. MSNBC was third, averaging 2.176 million.
The most-watched Spanish-language prime-time program was Univision’s coverage of Saturday’s final leg of the Liga MX semifinal series between Chivas and Leon, which averaged 1.891 million viewers, putting it 63rd among broadcast programs. Its overall rank was not available.
Univision was the most-watched Spanish-language network for the 53rd consecutive week and 55th time in 56 weeks, averaging 1.4 million viewers. Telemundo was second, averaging 990,000, followed by UniMas (530,000), Estrella TV (170,000) and Azteca America (60,000).
ABC’s “World News Tonight with David Muir” was the most-watched network nightly newscast for the 53rd consecutive week, the 104th time in 105 weeks and the 156th time in 158 weeks, averaging 9.922 million viewers, its most since the week of May 11-15.
“NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt” was second, averaging 8.281 million viewers for its Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday newscasts. The “CBS Evening News with Norah O’Donnell” was third, averaging 6.395 million viewers, its most since the week of April 28-May 1.
The week’s 10 most-watched prime-time programs were NBC’s “Sunday Night Football”; Fox’s six-minute NFL postgame show; ESPN’s “Monday Night Football”; CBS’ “60 Minutes”; the nine-minute “Sunday Night Football” pre-kickoff show; the 18-minute third segment of NBC’s “Football Night in America”; CBS’ “Young Sheldon”; NBC’s “Christmas in Rockefeller Center” and the Monday and Tuesday editions of NBC’s “The Voice.”