For the second time in the two full weeks of prime-time television’s summer season “America’s Got Talent” was the most-watched program and “60 Minutes” finished second, according to live-plus-same-day figures released Tuesday by Nielsen.
The second episode of the 16th season of the NBC talent show averaged 7.22 million viewers, 2.1% less than its 7.372-million average for its season premiere a week earlier.
The CBS News magazine “60 Minutes” was the only other prime-time program between June 7 and Sunday to average more than 5 million viewers, averaging 6.511 million viewers for an edition with repeats of three previously broadcast segments that were updated for Sunday’s broadcast. Viewership was down 7.8% from the 7.064-millon average the previous week.
The most-watched prime-time sporting event and most-watched cable program was TNT’s coverage of the Phoenix Suns’ 125-118 victory over the Denver Nuggets Sunday to complete a four-game sweep of their NBA Western Conference semifinal series, which averaged 4.216 million viewers, fourth overall.
The most-watched scripted program was the third season finale of the NBC medical drama “New Amsterdam,” which averaged 4.096 million viewers, sixth overall.
The combination of “Celebrity Family Feud,” a Los Angeles Clippers playoff game and the season finale of “The Good Doctor” help make ABC the most-watched network, averaging 3.06 million viewers. CBS was second, averaging 2.93 million, followed by NBC, which averaged 2.72 million.
Fox was fourth among English-language broadcast networks, averaging 2 million viewers for its 16 hours, 43 minutes of prime-time programming.
The CW again was fifth among the five major English-language broadcast networks, averaging 510,000 viewers for its 12 hours of programming.
CBS, ABC and NBC each broadcast 22 hours of prime-time programming.
“Celebrity Family Feud” was ABC’s most-watched program for the second consecutive week, averaging 4.836 million viewers, third for the week.
ABC’s coverage of the Clippers’ 132-106 victory over the Utah Jazz in Game 3 of their Western Conference semifinal series averaged 4.112 million viewers, fifth for the week and most among Saturday’s prime-time programs.
“The Good Doctor” was ninth for the week, averaging 3.994 million, first among prime-time programs airing June 7.
Fox’s most-watched program was the cooking competition “Hell’s Kitchen,” 56th for the week, averaging 2.554 million viewers.
The CW’s most-watched program was the crime drama “Walker” which averaged 1.028 million viewers, tying for 108th among broadcast programs. Its overall rank was not available.
TNT’s NBA playoff coverage made it the most-watched cable network for the third consecutive week, averaging 2.132 million viewers. Fox News Channel was second for the third consecutive week following eight consecutive first-place finishes, averaging 2.115 million viewers. ESPN was third, averaging 2.096 million viewers.
The top 20 cable programs consisted of eight Fox News Channel political talk shows — five broadcasts of “Tucker Carlson Tonight” and three of “Hannity” — six NBA playoff games on TNT, four NBA playoff games on ESPN, the NASCAR All-Star Race on FS1 and the Thursday broadcast of the MSNBC news and opinion program “The Rachel Maddow Show.”
The most-watched Spanish-language program was the Tuesday episode of the Univision telenovela “Si nos dejan” which averaged 1.512 million viewers, 64th among broadcast programs. Its overall rank was not available.
Univision was the most-watched Spanish-language network for the 80th consecutive week and 82nd time in 83 weeks, averaging 1.3 million viewers. Telemundo was second, averaging 910,000 viewers, followed by UniMas (690,000), Estrella TV (110,000) and Azteca America (40,000).
ABC’s “World News Tonight with David Muir” was the most-watched network nightly newscast for the 80th consecutive week, the 131st time in 132 weeks and the 183rd time in 185 weeks, averaging 7.587 million viewers.
“NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt” was second, averaging 6.095 million viewers, followed by the “CBS Evening News with Norah O’Donnell,” which averaged 4.774 million viewers.
The week’s 10 most-watched prime-time programs were NBC’s “America’s Got Talent”; CBS’ “60 Minutes”; ABC’s “Celebrity Family Feud”; TNT’s coverage of Game 4 of the NBA Western Conference semifinal playoff series between the Phoenix Suns and Denver Nuggets; ABC’s coverage of Game 3 of the NBA Western Conference semifinal playoff series between the Clippers and Utah Jazz; NBC’s “New Amsterdam”; ESPN’s coverage of Game 2 of the Clippers-Jazz series; a rerun of CBS’ “NCIS”; ABC’s “The Good Doctor”; and CBS’ “The United States of Al.”
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