Posted: Wednesday, May 17, 2017 – 10:04 AM
CBS swept the top five spots in the weekly prime-time television ratings and was the most-watched network for the 10th consecutive week and 21st time in the 34-week-old season, according to live-plus-same day figures released Tuesday by Nielsen.
CBS averaged 7.03 million viewers for its prime-time programming between May 8 and Sunday. NBC was second for the ninth time in 10 weeks, averaging 5.1 million viewers. ABC was third for the 10th time in the 11 weeks after it aired the Oscars, averaging 4.04 million viewers. Fox averaged 2.37 million viewers to finish fourth among the broadcast networks for the 14th consecutive week after it aired Super Bowl LI. Its most- watched program was the hip-hop drama “Empire,” 20th for the week, averaging 6.311 million.
The three most-watched programs were the same as the previous week — “NCIS” (13.392 million), “The Big Bang Theory” (12.991 million) and “‘Bull” (11.05 million).
A rerun of “The Big Bang Theory” was fourth, averaging 10.163 million, followed by 60 Minutes, which averaged 9.961 million. ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” was the most-watched non-CBS program for the sixth consecutive week, averaging 9.955 million viewers to finish sixth for the week. NBC’s most-watched program was the Monday edition of the singing competition “The Voice,” eighth for the week, averaging 9.338 million viewers opposite “Dancing with the Stars.”
NBC finished 50,000 viewers ahead of CBS to be the most-watched network among viewers ages 18-49 for the third time in four weeks. NBC averaged 1.37 million viewers among the group targeted by NBC, ABC and Fox and coveted by advertisers and CBS 1.32 million. ABC was third, averaging 1.18 million, followed by cable’s TNT, which averaged 949,000, and Fox, which averaged 930,000.
“The Big Bang Theory” was the most-watched program among the group, averaging 3.521 million viewers, followed by “Empire” (2.848 million) and the Monday episode of “The Voice” (2.467 million).
Fox News Channel returned to the top of the cable ratings after a one-week absence, averaging 2.284 million viewers. Fox News Channel has been the most- watched cable network five of the past seven weeks and 14 of the past 17.
TNT averaged 1.989 million to finish second, a week after finishing first.
NBA playoff games accounted for each of the week’s five most-watched cable programs, three on TNT and two on ESPN, topped by Game 5 of the Houston Rockets- San Antonio Spurs Western Conference semifinal, which averaged 4.73 million viewers, 39th overall.
Fox News Channel had five of cable’s six most-watched non-sports programs, topped by the Tuesday edition of Tucker Carlson Tonight,” which averaged 3.445 million viewers, sixth among cable programs and 57th overall.
The most-watched Spanish-language prime-time program was the Monday episode of the Univision telenovela “Vino El Amor,” which averaged 2.572 million viewers, 91st overall.
Longtime leader Univision averaged 1.57 million viewers to be the most- watched Spanish-language network for the 27th consecutive week and 29th time in 30 weeks.
UniMas was second, averaging 880,000, followed by Telemundo, which averaged 810,000 viewers, Estrella TV, which averaged 260,000, and Azteca America, which averaged 190,000.
ABC’s “World News Tonight with David Muir,” ended the three-week winning streak of the “NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt,” averaging 7.481 million viewers to be the most-watched nightly network newscast.
The “NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt” was second, averaging 7.41 million. The “CBS Evening News” was third, as it has been throughout Scott Pelley’s nearly years as anchor, averaging 5.862 million viewers.
The week’s 10 most-watched prime-time programs were CBS’ “NCIS,” “The Big Bang Theory,” “Bull,” the 8:30 p.m. Thursday rerun of “The Big Bang Theory” and “60 Minutes”; ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars”; the Monday episode of NBC’s “The Voice”; CBS’ “NCIS: New Orleans” and the Tuesday episode of “The Voice.”