CBS had each of the four most-watched prime-time programs for the second consecutive week, while NBC’s “Chicago Fire” and “Chicago Med” and two NBA playoff games on cable were last week’s other programs to top 6 million viewers, according to live-plus-same-day figures released by Tuesday by Nielsen.
“60 Minutes” was the most-watched program for the sixth time in 12 weeks, averaging 7.436 million viewers. “FBI” was second among programs airing between May 9 and Sunday, averaging 7.163 million, followed by “Young Sheldon,” which averaged 6.931 million, and “The Equalizer,” which averaged 6.84 million.
“Chicago Fire” was fifth, averaging 6.613 million. “Chicago Med,” which preceded “Chicago Fire,” was sixth, averaging 6.31 million.
The week’s most-watched cable and prime-time sporting event was TNT’s coverage of the Dallas Mavericks’ 123-90 victory over the Phoenix Suns in Game 7 of a Western Conference semifinal series Sunday that averaged 6.286 million viewers, seventh for the week.
The Golden State Warriors’ series-clinching 110-96 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies in Game 6 of their Western Conference semifinal series on ESPN on Friday averaged 6.282 million viewers, second among cable programs and eighth overall.
CBS had five of the week’s top nine programs to finish first for the 12th time in the 12 weeks following the conclusion of NBC’s coverage of the Winter Olympics, and the 18th time in the 34-week-old 2021-22 television season, averaging 4.2 million viewers.
NBA playoff coverage made TNT the second most-watched network, averaging 3.361 million viewers. NBC was third, averaging 3.19 million and ABC fourth, averaging 2.76 million.
CBS, TNT, NBC and ABC all aired 22 hours of prime-time programming.
An “American Idol” episode was ABC’s most-watched program for the 10th time in the 12 weeks it has aired this season with the Sunday episode averaging 5.572 million viewers, 10th for the week.
Fox averaged 1.95 million viewers for its 15 hours of prime-time programming, topped by the procedural drama “9-1-1,” 16th for the week averaging 5.298 million viewers. “9-1-1” has been Fox’s most-watched program all seven times an original episode has aired since March 21.
The CW averaged 340,000 viewers for its 14 hours of programming. Its most-watched program was the martial arts action-adventure series “Kung Fu,” averaging 489,000 viewers, 184th among broadcast programs. Its overall rank was not available.
The 20 most-watched prime-time programs consisted of 10 programs that aired on CBS — eight scripted series episodes, “60 Minutes” and the alternative series “Survivor”; five NBA playoff games — three on TNT and two on ESPN; the three elements of NBC’s “Chicago” franchise — “Chicago Fire,” “Chicago Med” and “Chicago P.D.”; ABC’s “American Idol”; and Fox’s “9-1-1.”
NBA playoff coverage made TNT the most-watched cable network for the third time in four weeks, averaging 3.361 million viewers. Fox News Channel was second for the second consecutive week
Fox News Channel finished second for the third time in four weeks after finishing first three consecutive weeks and 12 of the previous 13, averaging 2.195 million. ESPN was third for the fifth consecutive week, averaging 2.056 million, the other cable network to average more than 1 million viewers for its prime-time programming.
The cable top 20 consisted of 11 NBA playoff games — seven on TNT and four on ESPN — the Sunday “Inside the NBA Playoffs” postgame show on TNT; and eight Fox News Channel political talk shows — five broadcasts of “Tucker Carlson Tonight” and three of “Hannity”.
An episode of the Univision telenovela “Madre” was the most-watched Spanish-language program for the eighth time in 11 weeks, with the Thursday episode averaging 1.893 million viewers, finishing in a four-way tie for 57th among broadcast programs. Its overall rank was not available.
Univision was the most-watched Spanish-language network for the 128th consecutive week and 130th time in 131 weeks, averaging 1.43 million viewers. Telemundo was second, averaging 830,000 viewers, followed by UniMas (490,000), Estrella TV (140,000) and Azteca America (30,000).
ABC’s “World News Tonight with David Muir” was the most-watched nightly newscast for the 127th time in 128 weeks and 179th time in 181 weeks, averaging 7.518 million viewers. “NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt” was second, averaging 6.194 million.
The “CBS Evening News with Norah O’Donnell” was third, averaging 4.492 million.
The week’s 10 most-watched prime-time programs were CBS’ “60 Minutes,” “FBI,” “Young Sheldon”; and “The Equalizer”; NBC’s “Chicago Fire” and “Chicago Med”; TNT’s coverage of Game 7 of the Dallas Mavericks-Phoenix Suns Western Conference semifinal series Sunday; ESPN’s coverage of Game 6 of the Golden State Warriors-Memphis Grizzlies Western Conference semifinal series ESPN; CBS’ “FBI: International”; and the Sunday edition of ABC’s “American Idol.”