What We’re Watching: ‘America’s Got Talent,’ CBS Top TV Ratings

By STEVEN HERBERT, City News Service
Published on Jul 7, 2022

Viewership for the four major broadcast networks was 19.7% lower than the previous week, thanks to the conclusion of the Stanley Cup final and Independence Day weekend, according to live-plus-same-day figures released by Nielsen Wednesday.

Only one prime-time program between June 27 and Sunday averaged more than 5 million viewers — the NBC talent competition “America’s Got Talent,” which averaged 5.982 million viewers — and only one other program topped 4 million, the 7 p.m. edition of the CBS news magazine “60 Minutes,” which averaged 4.354 million viewers.

Both of those shows topped 6 million viewers the previous week, while ABC’s coverage of Games 6 and 5 of the Stanley Cup Final both topped 5 million and the 8 p.m. edition of “60 Minutes” and Games 4 and 3 of the hockey finals both topped 4 million.

The most-watched prime-time sporting event between June 27 and Sunday was Fox’s “Baseball Night in America” which averaged 1.905 million viewers for regional coverage of the games between the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres and Boston Red Sox and Chicago Cubs, 70th for the week, including trailing 20 cable programs.

CBS was the most-watched network, averaging 2.68 million viewers, 9.2% less than its 2.95 million average the previous week when it finished second. NBC was second, averaging 2.38 million, 4% less than its 2.48 million average when it finished third the previous week.

ABC averaged 2.14 million viewers to finish third. Its viewership was down 39.7% from its 3.55 million average the previous week when it finished first for the fourth time in the first four full weeks of television’s summer season. The 9 p.m. Sunday rerun of “Celebrity Family Feud” was its most-watched program, averaging 3.329 million viewers to finish seventh.

CBS, NBC and ABC all aired 22 hours of prime-time programming.

Fox averaged 1.59 million viewers for its 16 hours, 35 minutes of prime-time programming, 1.2% less than its 1.61 million-average the previous week for 15 hours, 40 minutes of programming. “MasterChef” was its most- watched program for the fifth consecutive week, averaging 2.226 million viewers to finish 53rd, including trailing 16 cable programs.

The CW averaged 390,000 viewers for its 14 hours of programming, 11.36% less than its 440,000-average the previous week. The superhero drama “Superman & Lois” was its most-watched program, averaging 818,000 viewers, 135th among broadcast programs. Its overall rank was not available.

The 20 most-watched prime-time programs consisted of two editions of the CBS news magazine “60 Minutes”; NBC’s “America’s Got Talent”; reruns of seven CBS scripted programs; two reruns of CBS’ “The Price is Right at Night”; reruns of three ABC alternative programs — two of “Celebrity Family Feud” and one of “America’s Funniest Home Videos” — a rerun of the NBC drama “Chicago Fire” and four broadcasts of Fox News Channel political talk shows — three of “Tucker Carlson Tonight” and one of “Hannity.”

The Wednesday edition of “Tucker Carlson Tonight” was the most- watched prime-time cable program, averaging 3.184 million viewers, 12th overall. The Monday edition was second, averaging 3.162 million, 13th overall, and the Tuesday edition third, averaging 3.133 million, 15th overall.

It was the third consecutive week that at least three broadcasts of “Tucker Carlson Tonight” have been the most-watched prime-time cable programs. Each of the five most-watched prime-time cable programs between June 13-19 were editions of “Tucker Carlson Tonight” and each of the top three the week of June 20-26.

Fox News Channel was the most-watched cable network in prime-time for the fourth consecutive week, averaging 2.053 million viewers. MSNBC was second for the third consecutive week, averaging 1.313 million. HGTV was third, averaging 858,000.

The cable top 20 consisted of 13 Fox News Channel political talk shows — five broadcasts of “Tucker Carlson Tonight” and four each of “Hannity” and “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 June 28 and a 30-minute segment that night; the June 27 edition of the MSNBC news and opinion program “The Rachel Maddow Show”; the June 28 edition of the MSNBC news and political commentary program, “The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell,” which followed that night’s hearings coverage; and the first two hour-long segments of the USA Network professional wrestling program “WWE Raw” June 27.

Friday’s release of the final two episodes of “Stranger Things” put the science fiction horror series back atop Netflix’s list of most-watched programs after a one-week absence, with viewers spending 301.28 million hours watching its nine episodes, according to figures released by the streaming service Tuesday.

“The Man from Toronto” was Netflix’s most-watched movie for the second time in its two weeks of release, with viewers spending 62.64 million hours watching the Kevin Hart-Woody Harrelson-starring action comedy in its first full week of release, 16.2% more than the 53.89 million hours the previous week when it was available for three days.

An episode of the Univision telenovela “Mi fortuna es amarte” was the most-watched Spanish-language program for the fourth consecutive week, with the Thursday episode averaging 1.855 million viewers, 51st among broadcast programs. Its overall rank was not available.

Univision was the most-watched Spanish-language network for the 135th consecutive week and 137th time in 138 weeks, averaging 1.17 million viewers. Telemundo was second, averaging 900,000 viewers, followed by UniMas (350,000), Estrella TV (110,000) and Azteca America (40,000).

ABC’s “World News Tonight with David Muir” was the most-watched nightly newscast for the 134th time in 135 weeks and 186th time in 188 weeks, averaging 7.165 million viewers. “NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt” was second, averaging 6.088 million.

The “CBS Evening News with Norah O’Donnell” was third, averaging 4.293 million.

The week’s 10 most-watched prime-time programs were NBC’s “America’s Got Talent”; the 7 p.m. edition of CBS’ “60 Minutes”; a rerun of “FBI”; the 8 p.m. edition of “60 Minutes”; the 9 p.m. and 8 p.m. reruns of “The Price Is Right at Night”; the 9 p.m. rerun of ABC’s “Celebrity Family Feud”; a rerun of CBS’ “NCIS”; the 8 p.m. rerun of “Celebrity Family Feud”; and a rerun of CBS’ “Young Sheldon.”

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