Run by ’60 Minutes’, CBS Wins Top Four Weekly TV Ratings Air Spots
CBS swept the top four spots in the latest weekly prime-time TV ratings, even without showing original episodes of the season’s three top-rated entertainment series, “The Equalizer,” “NCIS” and “FBI.”
“60 Minutes” averaged 8.481 million viewers to finish first for the fifth time in the 30-week-old 2020-2021 television season, according to live plus same-day figures released Tuesday by Nielsen.
“Young Sheldon” finished second, averaging 7.463 million viewers and “Blue Bloods” third, averaging 6.826 million viewers.
The 56th annual Academy of Country Music Awards was the only other program between April 12 and Sunday to average more than 6 million viewers, with an average of 6.276 million viewers to finish fourth.
With no new original episodes from its “Chicago” franchise, NBC’s “The Voice” singing contest was the highest-rated non-CBS program, averaging 5.829 million viewers to finish fifth for the week.
The Sunday edition of “American Idol” was ABC’s biggest draw for the fourth week in a row, averaging 5.439 million viewers, ninth for the week.
Fox’s top-rated show for the fifth week in a row was “The Masked Singer,” 12th for the week, with an average of 5.169 million viewers.
Martial arts action-adventure series “Kung Fu” had The CW’s biggest audiences for the second time in two weeks, it aired, with an average of 1.372 million viewers, 94th among programs broadcast . His overall ranking was not available.
CBS has finished first in the network race for the 13th consecutive week and 15th time this season, averaging 4.45 million viewers. ABC finished second for the third time in four weeks, averaging 3.6 million viewers. NBC was third, averaging 3.09 million.
Fox finished fourth for the 12th consecutive week, averaging 1.97 million viewers. The CW was again fifth among the top five English-language broadcast networks, with an average of 710,000 viewers.
An episode of Fox News Channel’s political show “Tucker Carlson Tonight” topped cable ratings for the second week in a row, with Thursday’s episode averaging 3.221 million viewers, 41st overall.
“Tucker Carlson Tonight” represented each of the week’s four top-rated prime-time cable shows, helping Fox News Channel to its third consecutive top spot and 11th place in the past 12 weeks.
“Grey’s Anatomy” was the most-aired program in the latest weekly figures, covering March 15-21. Viewership for the long-running ABC medical drama was the lowest for a weekly leader since Nielsen began posting numbers last September.