“America’s Got Talent” and “Password,” which follows it on NBC, accounted for four of last week’s nine most-watched prime-time programs, according to live-plus-same-day figures released by Nielsen Tuesday.
The 121-minute “America’s Got Talent” episode last Tuesday averaged 6.437 million viewers to finish first for the fourth consecutive week and sixth time in eight weeks.
The episode of “Password” that followed it averaged 3.971 million viewers, ninth among prime-time broadcast and cable programs airing between Aug. 15 and Sunday and first among programs beginning at 10 p.m. or later.
The 61-minute”America’s Got Talent” Wednesday results episode was second, averaging 5.642 million viewers. The Wednesday “Password” episode was fifth, averaging 4.361 million.
The only other prime-time broadcast or cable program to average more than 5 million viewers was the CBS news magazine “60 Minutes,” which averaged 5.441 million viewers for an edition with three previously aired segments that were updated for Sunday’s broadcast.
CBS was the most-watched network after back-to-back second-place finishes behind NBC, averaging 2.83 million viewers, with “60 Minutes,” three episodes of “Big Brother” and a rerun of “FBI” all finishing among the week’s 14 most-watched programs.
NBC averaged 2.68 million viewers and ABC 2.42 million viewers.
CBS, NBC and ABC each aired 22 hours of prime-time programming.
“Celebrity Family Feud” was ABC’s most-watched program for the eighth time in the eight weeks since the conclusion of the network’s coverage of the Stanley Cup Final, averaging 4.541 million viewers, fourth for the week.
Sunday’s first game matched teams led by Olympic gold medal-winning figure skater Nathan Chen and actor Simu Liu, while Grammy-winning R&B singer Monica and rapper-producer-record executive Jermaine Dupri led the teams for the second game.
Fox averaged 1.89 million viewers for its 16 hours, 51 minutes of prime-time programming. Its most-watched program was Sunday’s Arizona-Baltimore NFL preseason game, 21st overall and first among prime-time sporting events, averaging 3.217 million viewers.
The CW averaged 340,000 viewers for its 14 hours of programming. Its most-watched program was last Tuesday’s premiere of the historical drama about Leonardo da Vinci, “Leonardo,” which averaged 543,000 viewers, 172nd among broadcast programs. Its overall ranking was not available.
ABC was third among the broadcast networks, averaging 2.45 million viewers.
The 20 most-watched prime-time programs consisted of two episodes each of “America’s Got Talent” and “Password”; “60 Minutes”; four ABC game shows — an original episode of “Celebrity Family Feud” and a rerun and original episodes of “The $100,000 Pyramid” and “Press Your Luck”; the ABC alternative series “America’s Funniest Home Videos” and “The Bachelorette”; three episodes of the CBS alternative series “Big Brother”; reruns of CBS’ “FBI,” “FBI: International” and “Young Sheldon”; and three editions of the Fox News Channel political talk show, “Tucker Carlson Tonight.”
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 11th consecutive week, averaging 2.31 million viewers.
MSNBC was second, averaging 1.319 million viewers, and ESPN third, averaging 896,000.
The Aug. 15 edition of “Tucker Carlson Tonight” was the most-watched prime-time cable program, averaging 3.432 million viewers, 12th overall.
The cable top 20 consisted of 14 Fox News Channel weeknight political talk shows — five broadcasts each of “Tucker Carlson Tonight” and “Hannity” and four of “The Ingraham Angle” — and its Sunday political talk show, “Life, Liberty & Levin”; the Aug. 15 edition of the MSNBC news and opinion program, “The Rachel Maddow Show”; ESPN’s coverage of the Chicago Bears-Seattle Seahawks NFL preseason game; HBO’s “House of the Dragon”; and the 8-9 p.m. and 9-10 p.m. segments of USA Network’s professional wrestling program, “WWE Raw.”
The most-watched Spanish-language program was the Thursday episode of the Univision telenovela, “La Herencia, Un Legado de Amor,” which averaged 1.375 million viewers, 67th among broadcast programs. Its overall ranking was not available.
Univision was the most-watched Spanish-language network for the second consecutive week and 140th time in 142 weeks, averaging 1.01 million viewers. Telemundo was second, averaging 810,000, followed by UniMas (420,000), Estrella TV (90,000) and Azteca America (40,000).
ABC’s “World News Tonight with David Muir” was the most-watched nightly newscast for the 141st time in 142 weeks and 193rd time in 195 weeks, averaging 7.165 million viewers. “NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt” was second, averaging 6.087 million.
The “CBS Evening News with Norah O’Donnell” was third, averaging 4.158 million.
“The Sandman” was Netflix’s most-watched program for the second time in its two full weeks of release, with viewers spending 77.24 million hours watching the 10 episodes of the fantasy drama between Aug. 15 and Sunday, according to figures released by the streaming service. Viewership was down 39.4% from the 127.5 million hours watched the previous week.
“Day Shift” was Netflix’s most-watched film for the second time in its two weeks of release, with viewers watching the vampire action comedy for 63.39 million hours, 12.2% more than the 56.15 million hours the previous week when it was available for three days.
The week’s 10 most-watched prime-time programs were the Tuesday and Wednesday editions of NBC’s “America’s Got Talent”; CBS’ “60 Minutes”; the Sunday episode of ABC’s “Celebrity Family Feud”; the Wednesday episodes of NBC’s “Password”; ABC’s “The $100,000 Pyramid”; the Wednesday edition of CBS’ “Big Brother”; ABC’s “America’s Funniest Home Videos”; the Tuesday “Password” episode; and the Sunday edition of “Big Brother.”