“Young Sheldon” was the most-watched prime-time program for the second time in three weeks, averaging 7.504 million viewers, helping CBS finish first in the network race for the fifth time in six weeks, according to live-plus-same-day figures released by Nielsen Tuesday.
CBS also had the only other prime-time program between Feb. 27 and Sunday to average more than 7 million viewers — the action drama “NCIS,” which averaged 7.011 million viewers — and eight of the 10 to top 6 million.
CBS averaged 4.94 million viewers for the week. ABC was second, averaging 3.2 million, and NBC third, averaging 3.14 million viewers, all for 22 hours of prime-time programming.
The only network other than CBS to finish first over the past six weeks was Fox, when it finished first the week of Feb. 6-12, when it aired Super Bowl LVII.
CBS also had the week’s most-watched 10 p.m. program, the long-running police drama “Blue Bloods,” which was ninth for the week, averaging 6.219 million viewers, and the most-watched first-season series, “Fire Country,” 11th for the week averaging 5.998 million.
NBC’s “Chicago Fire” was the most-watched non-CBS program, finishing fifth, averaging 6.715 million viewers, a week after finishing first when CBS aired a rerun of “Young Sheldon,” averaging 6.993 million viewers.
“American Idol” was ABC’s most-watched program for the third time in the three weeks it has aired this season, averaging a season-high 5.616 million viewers, 12th for the week. The season’s previous episodes averaged 5.269 million and 5.247 million viewers.
Fox averaged 1.79 million viewers for its 15 hours of programming. “The Masked Singer” was its most-watched program for the second consecutive week, finishing 28th, averaging 3.679 million viewers.
The CW averaged 430,000 viewers for its 14 hours of programming. The crime drama “Walker” was its most-watched program for the second time in three weeks, averaging 619,000 viewers, 172nd among broadcast programs. Its overall ranking was not available.
The week’s only premiere on the five major English-language networks, the CBS spy action comedy “True Lies,” was second in its 10 p.m. Wednesday time slot, seventh among the week’s 10 p.m. shows and 37th for the week, averaging 3.223 million viewers. It retained 67.7% of the audience of the two-hour season premiere of “Survivor” that preceded it and averaged 4.762 million viewers, 20th for the week.
The 20 most-watched prime-time programs consisted of 12 CBS scripted programs, its news magazine “60 Minutes” and the season premiere of the alternative program “Survivor”; three NBC scripted programs and the alternative program “America’s Got Talent: All-Stars”; and the ABC alternative programs “American Idol” and “America’s Funniest How Videos.”
Each of the four most-watched prime-time cable programs were editions of the Fox News Channel political talk show “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” topped by the Thursday broadcast, which averaged 3.346 million viewers, 33rd overall.
Fox News Channel was the most-watched cable network in prime time for the sixth consecutive week, averaging 2.059 million viewers. ESPN was second for the second consecutive week, averaging 1.267 million. MSNBC finished third for the third consecutive week following a second-place finish, averaging 1.096 million.
The cable top 20 consisted of 14 Fox News Channel weeknight talk shows (five broadcasts each of “Tucker Carlson Tonight” and “Hannity” and four of “The Ingraham Angle”); History’s long-running chronicle of a search for treasure on a Canadian island, “The Curse of Oak Island”; the MSNBC news and opinion program, “The Rachel Maddow Show”; ESPN’s coverage of the New York Knicks’ 131-129 double-overtime victory over the Boston Celtics Sunday; and all three hourlong segments of the USA Network professional wrestling program “WWE Raw.”
The third season of “Outer Banks” was Netflix’s most-watched program for the second consecutive week, with viewers watching the 10 episodes of the adventure drama for 99 million hours during the first full week they were available, 36.1% less than the 154.97 million hours watched the previous week when they were available for four days.
“We Have a Ghost” was Netflix’s most-watched movie for the second consecutive week, with viewers watching the horror comedy for 42.62 million hours in its first full week of release, 5.3% more than then 40.47 million hours the previous week when it was available for three days.
Each of the five most-watched Spanish-language programs were episodes of the Univision telenovela, “Mi Camino es Amarteo,” topped by the Monday episode, which averaged 1.681 million viewers, 107th among the week’s prime-time broadcast and cable programs.
Univision was the most-watched Spanish-language network for the 30th consecutive week and 168th time in 170 weeks, averaging 1.29 million viewers. Telemundo was second, averaging 1.02 million viewers, followed by UniMas (450,000) and Estrella TV (90,000).
ABC’s “World News Tonight with David Muir” was the most-watched nightly newscast for 169th time in 170 weeks and 221st time in 223 weeks, averaging 8.364 million viewers. “NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt” was second, averaging 7.068 million viewers, and the “CBS Evening News with Norah O’Donnell” third, averaging 5.155 million viewers.
The week’s 10 most-watched prime-time programs were CBS’ “Young Sheldon,” “NCIS,” “60 Minutes” and “FBI”; NBC’s “Chicago Fire” and “Chicago Med”; CBS’ “Ghosts,” “The Equalizer,” “Blue Bloods” and “The Neighborhood.”