Official viewership for the NFL’s weather-delayed Hall of Fame Game was down 25% from last year but still was among last week’s three prime-time programs to average more than 5 million viewers.
NBC’s coverage of the Las Vegas Raiders’ 27-11 preseason victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars on Thursday in a game the Raiders led 20-0 at halftime averaged 5.483 million viewers, according to live-plus-same-day figures released by Nielsen Tuesday.
The total viewership — which also includes viewing on the Peacock streaming service, NBCSports.com and NBC Sports app — was 5.7 million, a 5% increase over the Denver Broncos’ 14-10 victory over the Atlanta Falcons in the 2019 game, the most recent previous time NBC carried the game, according to the network.
The 41-minute weather delay was fifth among prime-time broadcast and cable programs airing between Aug. 1 and Sunday, averaging 4.156 million viewers.
Fox averaged 7.311 million viewers for its coverage of the 2021 Hall of Fame Game, a 16-3 victory by the Pittsburgh Steelers over the Dallas Cowboys in a game the Cowboys led 3-0 at halftime in a matchup of two of the NFL’s most popular teams. That game ran opposite Tokyo Olympics coverage on NBC.
The NFL canceled all preseason games in 2020 in an attempt to reduce the spread of the coronavirus.
NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” was the most-watched prime-time program for the second consecutive week and fourth time in six weeks, averaging 6.24 million viewers. An edition of “60 Minutes” with three previously broadcast segments that were updated, was second, averaging 5.933 million viewers.
“America’s Got Talent” and “60 Minutes” have finished 1-2 in the ratings for two consecutive weeks and three of the past four.
The combination of “America’s Got Talent” and the Hall of Fame Game made NBC the most-watched network for the first time since the week of Feb. 14-20, the final week of its coverage of the Beijing Olympics, averaging 2.86 million viewers.
NBC’s most-watched program outside of “America’s Got Talent” and the Hall of Fame Game was a rerun of “Chicago Fire,” 28th for the week, averaging 2.94 million.
CBS averaged 2.8 million viewers to finish second after four first-place finishes in five weeks. ABC was third, averaging 2.78 million.
“Celebrity Family Feud” was ABC’s most-watched program for the sixth time in the six weeks since the conclusion of the Stanley Cup Final. Sunday’s games matching teams led by comedians Rhys Darby and Jay Pharoah and talent from “The Bachelor” franchise averaged 4.73 million viewers, fourth for the week.
Fox averaged 1.46 million viewers for its 15 hours, 33 minutes of programming, topped for the second consecutive week by the cooking competition “MasterChef,” 49th for the week, averaging 2.23 million viewers.
The CW averaged 310,000 viewers for its 14 hours of programming. Its most-watched program was the science fiction drama “Rosewell, New Mexico,” which averaged 441,000 viewers, 185th among broadcast programs. Its overall rank was not available.
The 20 most-watched prime-time programs consisted of “America’s Got Talent”; “60 Minutes”; the Hall of Fame Game and its 41-minute weather delay; four ABC game shows; three episodes of the CBS alternative series “Big Brother”; the CMA Fest country music concert on ABC; the ABC alternative series “America’s Funniest Home Videos” and “The Bachelorette”; reruns of five CBS scripted series; and the Aug. 1 edition of the Fox News Channel political talk show “Tucker Carlson Tonight.”
Each of the four most-watched prime-time cable programs were editions of “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” topped by the Aug. 1 edition, which averaged 3.198 million viewers, 18th overall. It was the seventh time in eight weeks that at least three broadcasts of “Tucker Carlson Tonight” were the most-watched prime-time cable programs.
Fox News Channel had each of the eight most-watched prime-time cable programs and 10 of the top 11 to be the most-watched cable network in prime time for the ninth consecutive week, averaging 2.078 million viewers. MSNBC was second, averaging 950,000 and HGTV third, averaging 927,000.
The cable top 20 consisted of 13 Fox News Channel weeknight political talk shows — five broadcasts of “Tucker Carlson Tonight” and four each of “Hannity” and “The Ingraham Angle”; the three hour-long segments of the USA Network professional wrestling program “WWE Raw” Aug. 1; the Aug. 1 edition of the MSNBC news and opinion program “The Rachel Maddow Show”; ESPN’s “Sunday Night Baseball” game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres; the TLC dating series “90 Day Fiance”; and the Hallmark Channel movie “Love in the Limelight.”
The most-watched Spanish-language program was the Aug. 1 episode of the Telemundo’s adaptation of “Celebrity Big Brother,” “La Casa de Los Famosos,” which averaged 1.631 million viewers, 96th overall.
Telemundo was the most-watched Spanish-language network for the second consecutive week after finishing second behind Univision for 138 consecutive weeks, averaging 1.04 million viewers. Univision was second, averaging 850,000, followed by UniMas (350,000), Estrella TV (100,000) and Azteca America (50,000).
ABC’s “World News Tonight with David Muir” was the most-watched nightly newscast for the 139th time in 140 weeks and 191st time in 193 weeks, averaging 7.435 million viewers. “NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt” was second, averaging 5.928 million.
The “CBS Evening News with Norah O’Donnell” was third, averaging 4.417 million.
“Purple Hearts” was Netflix’s most-watched program, with viewers spending 102.59 million hours watching the film romance in its first full week of release, 112.7% more than the 48.23 million hours watched the previous week when it was available for three days, according to figures released by the streaming service.
“The Sandman” was Netflix’s most-watched television program, with viewers spending 69.48 million hours watching the 10 episodes of the fantasy drama in their first 10 days of release.
The week’s 10 most-watched prime-time programs were NBC’s “America’s Got Talent”; CBS’ “60 Minutes”; NBC’s coverage of the Hall of Fame Game; ABC’s “Celebrity Family Feud”; the 41-minute weather delay for the Hall of Fame Game; ABC’s “The $100,000 Pyramid”; the Sunday edition of CBS’ “Big Brother”; the CMA Fest; the Wednesday edition of “Big Brother”; and a rerun of CBS’ “FBI.”