“60 Minutes” was the most-watched non-NFL prime-time program for the second consecutive week, while “NCIS” finished first among entertainment programs for the third time in the three-week-old 2021-22 prime-time television season, according to live-plus-same-day figures released by Nielsen Tuesday.
The CBS News magazine was ninth among the prime-time broadcast and cable programs airing between Oct. 4 and Sunday, averaging 8.473 million viewers. Viewership was down 17.9% from the 10.321 million average for the previous Sunday’s edition, which followed a 34-minute runover of CBS’ afternoon NFL coverage into prime time in the Eastern and Central time zones, where the bulk of the nation’s population lives.
The CBS action drama “NCIS” was 11th overall, averaging 7.961 million viewers after averaging 8.451 million viewers and 8.055 million viewers for its first two episodes.
CBS also had the most-watched new series, “FBI: International,” 23rd overall, averaging 6.078 million viewers; the most-watched comedy, “Young Sheldon,” 17th, averaging 7.118 million viewers; and the most-watched 10 p.m. scripted series, “Blue Bloods,” 24th, averaging 5.999 million.
The CBS comedy “Ghosts” was the most-watched of the week’s three premieres on the major English-language broadcast networks, averaging 5.522 million viewers, 31st overall. CBS’ premiere of its sequel to “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” “CSI: Vegas,” averaged 4.123 million viewers, 45th overall.
The CW’s reboot of the 1993-95 Nickelodeon action-adventure game show “Legends of the Hidden Temple” averaged 251,000 viewers, 237th among the week’s broadcast programs. Its overall rank was not available.
NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” was the most-watched program for the third time in the television season and fourth in the five-week-old NFL season, averaging 17.523 million viewers for the Buffalo Bills’ lightning-interrupted 38-20 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs.
The 58-minute weather delay at the start of the third quarter is considered a separate program under Nielsen rules and averaged 14.749 million viewers, third for the week.
NBC was first for the third time in the season, averaging 6.08 million viewers. CBS was second, averaging 5.93 million viewers. Fox was third, averaging 5.34 million for its 17 hours of prime-time programming.
ABC was fourth among the major English-language broadcast networks, averaging 3.48 million. The CW averaged 430,000 viewers for its 14 hours of prime-time programming.
NBC, CBS and ABC each aired 22 hours of prime-time programming.
NBC’s most-watched non-NFL programs were the Monday and Tuesday episodes of “The Voice,” which averaged 7.48 million and 7.214 million viewers, 14th and 15th for the week.
Fox’s viewership was boosted by a 38-minute runover of its afternoon NFL coverage into prime-time in the Eastern and Central time zones which averaged 21.921 million viewers. The runover is not considered a separate program but was included in the weekly average.
Fox’s most-watched program was its first “Thursday Night Football” game of the 2021 season, the Rams’ 26-17 victory over the Seattle Seahawks, which averaged 14.764 million viewers, second for the week.
Fox’s most-watched non-NFL program was the procedural drama “9-1-1,” 33rd for the week, averaging 5.253 million viewers.
ABC’s most-watched program was “Dancing with the Stars,” 39th for the week, averaging 4.736 million viewers.
The CW’s most-watched program for the second consecutive week was the magic competition series “Penn & Teller: Fool Us,” which was 156th among broadcast programs, averaging 675,000 viewers. Its overall rank was not available.
The week’s 20-most watched prime-time programs consisted of three NFL games, four NFL pregame shows, two postgame shows and the lightning delay that interrupted “Sunday Night Football”; CBS’ coverage of Texas A&M’s 41-38 upset of previously undefeated and top-ranked Alabama; ESPN’s coverage of the Boston Red Sox’ 6-2 victory over the New York Yankees in the American League wild-card game; four NBC entertainment programs; “60 Minutes” and three CBS scripted programs.
The most-watched cable program was ESPN’s “Monday Night Football” game Oct. 4, with the Chargers’ 28-14 victory over the Las Vegas Raiders averaging 12.322 million viewers, sixth overall.
ESPN was the most-watched cable network for the third consecutive week, averaging 2.918 million viewers. Fox News Channel was second for the third consecutive week after 11 consecutive first-place finishes, averaging 2.246 million viewers.
Three nights of National League postseason baseball featuring the Dodgers lifted TBS to third, averaging 2.21 million viewers, four spots higher than the previous week when it averaged 704,000 viewers.
MSNBC averaged 1.166 million viewers to drop to fourth after three consecutive third-place finishes.
CNN averaged 682,000 viewers to finish eighth, three places higher than the previous week when it averaged 601,000 viewers. HGTV was fifth, averaging 885,000, followed by TLC (808,000) and Hallmark Channel (776,000).
The top 20 cable programs consisted of “Monday Night Football” and its 15- and 32-minute pregame shows, the second necessitated by a lightning delay to the Chargers-Raiders game; “Thursday Night Football” on NFL Network; the American League wild-card game on ESPN; the National League wild-card game and two National League Division Series games between the Dodgers and San Francisco Giants on TBS; two American League Division Series games between the Boston Red Sox and Tampa Bay Rays on Fox Sports 1; and 10 Fox News Channel political talk shows — five broadcasts of “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” four of “Hannity” and one of “The Ingraham Angle.”
The most-watched prime-time Spanish-language program was Univision’s coverage of the Mexico-Canada 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifier, which averaged 1.921 million viewers, 71st among broadcast programs. Its overall rank was not available.
Univision was the most-watched Spanish-language network for the 97th consecutive week and 99th time in 100 weeks, averaging 1.5 million viewers. Telemundo was second, averaging 1.1 million viewers, followed by UniMas (480,000), 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 97th consecutive week, the 148th time in 149 weeks and the 200th time in 202 weeks, averaging 7.823 million viewers.
“NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt” was second, averaging 6.625 million viewers, followed by the “CBS Evening News with Norah O’Donnell,” which averaged 4.83 million viewers.
The week’s 10 most-watched prime-time programs were NBC’s “Sunday Night Football”; Fox’s “Thursday Night Football; the 58-minute “Sunday Night Football” weather delay; the six-minute Fox NFL postgame show; the 10-minute “Sunday Night Football” pre-kickoff show; ESPN’s “Monday Night Football”; Fox’s 16-minute NFL postgame show, “The OT”; the 23-minute third segment of NBC’s “Football Night in America”; CBS’ “60 Minutes”; and CBS’ coverage of the Alabama-Texas A&M game.
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