CBS was the most-watched network each night last week, the first time it had accomplished that feat since the week ending Jan. 22, 2017, to finish first in the weekly ratings for the 13th consecutive week, according to live-plus-same-day figures released Tuesday by Nielsen.
The CBS News magazine “60 Minutes” was the only prime-time program between May 4 and Sunday to average more than 8 million viewers, averaging 9.531 million viewers.
A two-hour edition of the CBS alternative series “Survivor” was second for the week, averaging 7.59 million viewers.
CBS also had the most-watched scripted program, an “NCIS” rerun that averaged 7.201 million viewers, fifth for the week, the most-watched 10 p.m. program, “Bull,” eighth for the week, averaging 6.875 million, and the most-watched comedy, the 8 p.m. May 4 edition of “The Neighborhood,” 10th for the week, averaging 6.746 million.
Each of CBS’ three Friday programs won their time slots, topped by the first of two “Magnum P.I.” episodes which averaged 6.871 million viewers to finish ninth for the week, giving the network its 31st Friday victory in the season’s 33 weeks.
CBS averaged 5.88 million viewers for the week, its 18th victory of the season.
NBC was second, averaging 3.78 million viewers. It had two of the week’s six most-watched programs, the Monday episode of “The Voice,” which averaged 7.378 million viewers, third for the week, and a rerun of “The Voice” Tuesday, which averaged 7.18 million, sixth for the week.
ABC was third, averaging 3.54 million viewers. Its most-watched program was “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire,” 15th for the week, averaging 6.198 million viewers.
Fox was fourth among the broadcast networks for the 14th time in the 14 weeks following its Super Bowl LIV telecast, averaging 2.53 million viewers for its 15 hours of prime-time programming.
Fox had two of the week’s seven most-watched programs, “The Masked Singer,” fourth for the week, averaging 7.285 million viewers, and the procedural drama “9-1-1,” seventh for the week, averaging 6.995 million viewers.
CBS, ABC and NBC each aired 22 hours of prime-time programming.
The most-watched cable program was the seventh episode of the 10-part documentary on Michael Jordan’s final season with the Chicago Bulls, “The Last Dance,” which averaged 5.344 million viewers on ESPN and ESPN2, 25th overall.
The eighth episode that followed averaged 4.918 million viewers, second among cable programs and 28th overall.
Fox News Channel was first among cable networks for the 16th consecutive week, averaging 3.424 million viewers. Its most-watched prime-time program was the Thursday edition of the political talk show “Hannity,” which averaged 4.763 million viewers, third among cable programs and 30th overall.
MSNBC was second among cable networks for the ninth time in 12 weeks, averaging 1.798 million viewers. CNN was third, averaging 1.478 million.
An episode of the Univision telenovela “Amor eterno” was the most-watched Spanish-language prime-time program for the sixth consecutive week, with the Tuesday episode averaging 2.117 million viewers, 65th among broadcast programs. Its overall rank was not available.
Univision was the most-watched Spanish-language network for the 23rd consecutive week and 25th time in 26 weeks, averaging 1.51 million viewers.
Telemundo was second, averaging 850,000 viewers, followed by UniMas (450,000), Estrella TV (200,000) and Azteca America (50,000).
ABC’s “World News Tonight with David Muir” was the most-watched network nightly newscast for the 23rd consecutive week, the 74th time in 75 weeks and the 126th time in 128 weeks, averaging 10.046 million viewers.
“NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt” was second (8.960 million viewers), followed by the “CBS Evening News” (6.384 million).
The week’s 10 most-watched prime-time programs were CBS’ “60 Minutes” and “Survivor”; the Monday episode of NBC’s “The Voice”; Fox’s “The Masked Singer”; a rerun of CBS’ “NCIS”; the Tuesday rerun of NBC’s “The Voice”; Fox’s “9-1-1”; and CBS’ “Bull,” “Magnum P.I.” and “The Neighborhood.”
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