HOLLYWOOD (CNS) – NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” and CBS’s “60 Minutes” were last week’s only prime-time television programs to average more than 6 million viewers, while ABC’s “Celebrity Family Feud” was the only other one top 4 million, according to live-plus-same-day figures released by Nielsen Tuesday.
“America’s Got Talent” averaged 6.431 million viewers to be the most- watched prime-time program for the second time in three weeks. “60 Minutes” averaged 6.012 viewers to finish second, one week after finishing first.
“Celebrity Family Feud” averaged 4.183 million viewers for games matching the Grammy-winning hip-hop group Salt-N-Pepa and the cast of the Disney+ animated series, “The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder,” and the Peacock series “Bel Air” and “Saved by the Bell.”
The lone premiere on the five major broadcast networks between July 11 and Sunday, the ABC celebrity relative competition series “Claim To Fame,” was third in its 10 p.m. Monday time slot and 62nd for the week, including trailing 18 cable programs, averaging 1.954 million viewers.
“Claim To Fame” retained 65.6% of the audience of the 121-minute season premiere of “The Bachelorette,” which preceded it. “The Bachelorette” averaged 2.977 million viewers, 22nd for the week, including trailing four episodes of the Fox News Channel political talk show “Tucker Carlson Tonight.”
Fox’s “Baseball Night in America” was the most-watched prime-time sporting event for the third consecutive week, averaging 2.382 million viewers, 43rd for the week, first among Saturday programs and Fox’s most-watched program. Most of the nation received a game between the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees while other parts received a game between the Milwaukee Brewers and San Francisco Giants.
CBS was the most-watched network for the third consecutive week, averaging 2.69 million viewers. NBC was second for the third consecutive week, averaging 2.55 million. ABC averaged 2.4 million to finish third for the third consecutive week after finishing first each of the first four full weeks of television’s summer season, thanks to its coverage of the NBA Finals and Stanley Cup Final.
Fox averaged 1.46 million viewers for its 15 hours, 37 minutes of prime-time programming.
The CW averaged 370,000 viewers for its 14 hours of programming. A rerun of the magic competition series “Penn & Teller: Fool Us” was its most- watched program for the second consecutive week, averaging 546,000 viewers, 178th among broadcast programs. Its overall rank was not available.
The 20 most-watched prime-time programs consisted of the CBS news magazine “60 Minutes”; NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” and a rerun of the drama “Chicago Fire”; four ABC game shows; reruns of six CBS scripted series; the Wednesday, Sunday and Thursday editions of the CBS alternative series “Big Brother”; and four editions of the Fox News Channel political talk show “Tucker Carlson Tonight.”
Each of the five most-watched prime-time cable programs were editions of “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” topped by the Monday edition, which averaged 3.312 million viewers, 11th overall. It was the fifth consecutive week that at least three broadcasts of “Tucker Carlson Tonight” have been the most-watched prime-time cable programs.
Fox News Channel had nine of the 11 most-watched prime-time cable programs to be the most-watched cable network in prime time for the sixth consecutive week, averaging 2.149 million viewers. MSNBC was second, averaging 1.269 million and Hallmark Channel third, averaging 939,000.
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”; two 60-minute segments of MSNBC’s coverage of the House Select Committee hearings on the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol; the July 11 edition of the MSNBC news and opinion program “The Rachel Maddow Show”; the July 12 edition of the MSNBC news and political commentary program, “The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell,” which followed that night’s hearings coverage; History’s UFO investigation series, “The Secret of Skinwalker Ranch”; and the TLC dating series “90 Day Fiance.”
The Univision telenovela “La Herencia,” which premiered July 11, accounted for each of the five most-watched Spanish-language programs, topped by the Wednesday episode, which averaged 1.547 million viewers, 59th among broadcast programs. Its overall rank was not available.
Univision was the most-watched Spanish-language network for the 137th consecutive week and 139th time in 140 weeks, averaging 1.05 million viewers. Telemundo was second, averaging 1 million viewers, followed by UniMas (320,000), Estrella TV (110,000) and Azteca America (50,000).
ABC’s “World News Tonight with David Muir” was the most-watched nightly newscast for the 136th time in 137 weeks and 188th time in 190 weeks, averaging 7.166 million viewers. “NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt” was second, averaging 6.148 million.
The “CBS Evening News with Norah O’Donnell” was third, averaging 4.411 million.
The fourth season of “Stranger Things” was the most watched program on Netflix for the third consecutive week and seventh time in the eight weeks it has been available while the new action horror series “Resident Evil” was second.
Viewers spent 102.3 million hours watching the nine-episode fourth season of “Stranger Things,” according to figures released by the streaming service Tuesday. Viewership was down 45.6% from the 188.19 million hours watched the previous week, the first full week the final two episodes were available.
The eight episodes of “Resident Evil” were watched for 72.67 million hours the first four days they were available.
“The Sea Beast” was Netflix’s most-watched movie for the second consecutive week, with viewers spending 68.11 million hours watching the computer-animated film about a young girl who stows away on the ship of a legendary sea monster hunter in its first full week of release. Viewership was up 103.2% from the 33.52 million hours the previous week when it was available for three days.
The week’s 10 most-watched prime-time programs were NBC’s “America’s Got Talent”; CBS’ “60 Minutes”; ABC’s “Celebrity Family Feud,” and “Press Your Luck”; a rerun of CBS’ “Young Sheldon”; the Wednesday edition of CBS’ “Big Brother”; a rerun of CBS’ “The Neighborhood”; ABC’s “Generation Gap”; a rerun of CBS’ “FBI”; and the Sunday edition of “Big Brother.”