What We’re Watching: ‘America’s Got Talent,’ `60 Minutes’ Top TV Ratings

By STEVEN HERBERT, City News Service
Published on Aug 3, 2022

NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” was the most-watched prime-time program for the third time in five weeks, averaging 6.467 million viewers, according to live-plus-same-day figures released by Nielsen Tuesday.

The CBS news magazine “60 Minutes” was the only other program between July 25 and Sunday to top 5 million viewers, averaging 6.042 million viewers.

The most-watched sporting event was ESPN’s coverage of the July 27 game between the New York Mets and New York Yankees which averaged 2.12 million viewers, the most for a regular-season MLB weeknight broadcast on ESPN since the Sept. 14, 2007, game between the Yankees and Boston Red Sox, excluding opening night and tiebreaker games. The Mets’ 3-2 victory was 14th among prime- time cable programs and 54th overall.

CBS was the most-watched network for the fourth time in five weeks, averaging 2.84 million viewers, while ABC and NBC tied for second, averaging 2.45 million each.

“Celebrity Family Feud” was ABC’s most-watched program for the fifth time in the five weeks since the conclusion of the Stanley Cup Final. Sunday’s games matching the Grammy-winning R&B a cappella group Boyz II Men and comedian Amber Ruffin and her family and the families of comic actors Joe Lo Truglio and Thomas Lennon averaged 4.527 million viewers, third for the week.

Fox averaged 1.38 million viewers for its 16 hours of programming, topped by the cooking competition “MasterChef,” 43rd for the week, averaging 2.35 million viewers.

The CW averaged 350,000 viewers for its 14 hours of programming. Its most-watched program was the investigative documentary series “Mysteries Decoded,” which averaged 583,000 viewers, 161st among broadcast programs. Its overall rank was not available.

The 20 most-watched prime-time programs consisted of “America’s Got Talent”; “60 Minutes”; seven ABC alternative series; three episodes of the CBS alternative series “Big Brother”; reruns of five CBS scripted series; and three editions 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 July 25 edition, which averaged 3.286 million viewers, 12th overall. It was the sixth time in seven weeks that at least three broadcasts of “Tucker Carlson Tonight” were the most-watched prime-time cable programs.

Fox News Channel was the most-watched cable network in prime time for the eighth consecutive week, averaging 2.114 million viewers. MSNBC was second, averaging 1.099 million and Hallmark Channel third, averaging 970,000.

The cable top 20 consisted of 15 Fox News Channel weeknight political talk shows — five broadcasts each of “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” “Hannity” and “The Ingraham Angle”; the July 25 edition of the MSNBC news and opinion program “The Rachel Maddow Show”; ESPN’s coverage of the July 27 Mets-Yankees game; the first two hour-long segments of the USA Network professional wrestling program “WWE Raw” July 25; and the TLC dating series “90 Day Fiance.”

The most-watched Spanish-language program was the July 25 episode of the Univision telenovela, “La Herencia,” which averaged 1.388 million viewers, 64th among broadcast programs. Its overall rank was not available.

Telemundo ended Univision’s 138-week streak of being the most-watched Spanish-language network, averaging 960,000 viewers to Univision’s 910,000. UniMas was third, averaging 370,000, followed by Estrella TV (110,000) and Azteca America (60,000).

ABC’s “World News Tonight with David Muir” was the most-watched nightly newscast for the 138th time in 139 weeks and 190th time in 192 weeks, averaging 7.564 million viewers. “NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt” was second, averaging 6.207 million.

The “CBS Evening News with Norah O’Donnell” was third, averaging 4.539 million.

“The Gray Man” was Netflix’s most-watched program, with viewers spending 96.47 million hours watching the action thriller film in its first full week of release, according to figures released by the streaming service. Viewership was up 8.9% from the 88.55 million hours watched the previous week when it was available for three days and was the streaming service’s second most-watched program and first among movies Tuesday.

The fourth season of “Virgin River” was the most watched television program on Netflix for the second time in the two weeks it has been available, with 87.94 million hours watched of the 12 episodes of the small town drama, 16.6% less than the 105.44 million hours in its first five days of release the previous week, the most among any Netflix program.

The week’s 10 most-watched prime-time programs were NBC’s “America’s Got Talent”; CBS’ “60 Minutes”; ABC’s “Celebrity Family Feud”; the Sunday edition of CBS’ “Big Brother”; a rerun of ABC’s “America’s Funniest Home Videos”; ABC’s “The $100,000 Pyramid”; the Wednesday edition of “Big Brother”; and ABC’s “Press Your Luck.”

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