Wednesday, April 8, 2020

TV Ratings: Many Shows Enjoy Increased Viewers

The final episode of CBS’ “Hawaii Five-0” and the season finale of ABC’s “The Good Doctor were both seen by 40% more viewers last week than watched those shows during the one-month period before the outbreak confined many viewers to their homes, according to The Associated Press citing the Nielsen data.

The landmark nature of the telecasts surely brought in more viewers than usual. But the fact that more people are staying at home also had an impact, since most prime-time shows did better last week than before the quarantine period.

Both CBS’ “FBI: Most Wanted” and Fox’s “The Masked Singer” were up 30% last week over the quarantine period, according to a study conducted by NBC.

CBS was the most popular network in prime time last week, averaging 6.7 million viewers. ABC had 4.9 million, NBC had 4 million, Fox had 3.2 million, Univision had 1.7 million, ION Television had 1.3 million, Telemundo had 1.1 million and the CW had 520,000.

Broadcast Top 20 Show (Total Viewers):

1. “NCIS,” CBS, 13.66 million.
2. “FBI,” CBS, 10.86 million.
3. “Young Sheldon,” CBS, 10.14 million.
4. “60 Minutes,” CBS, 10 million.
5. “The Voice,” NBC, 9.78 million.
6. “Hawaii Five-0,” CBS, 9.59 million.
7. “The Masked Singer,” Fox, 8.9 million.
8. “Blue Bloods,” CBS, 8.77 million.
9. “Survivor,” CBS, 8.25 million.
10. “FBI: Most Wanted,” CBS, 8.11 million.

11. “The Good Doctor,” ABC, 7.71 million.
12. “Academy of Country Music Presents: Our Country,” CBS, 7.69 million.
13. “Mom,” CBS, 7.62 million.
14. “911,” Fox, 7.22 million.
15. “Grey’s Anatomy,” ABC, 7.19 million.
16. “Station 19,” ABC, 7.18 million.
17. “Broke,” CBS, 7.073 million.
18. “MacGyver,” CBS, 7.073 million.
19. “Man With a Plan,” CBS, 7.06 million.
20. “American Idol,” ABC, 6.92 million.

ABC’s “World News Tonight” led the evening newscasts with an average of 13.7 million viewers. NBC’s “Nightly News” had 10.6 million, and the “CBS Evening News” had 7.3 million. The ABC and NBC newscasts ran extra editions last week because of the coronavirus news, adding 2 million viewers to the ABC average and 800,000 to NBC’s, Nielsen said.

Fox News Channel was the most-watched cable network, averaging 4.07 million viewers in prime time. CNN had 2.25 million, MSNBC had 2.07 million, TLC had 1.21 million and HGTV had 1.17 million.

Top 10 Cable Networks (Total Prime Time Viewers):
  1. Fox News (4,019,000)
  2. CNN (2,219,000)
  3. MSNBC (2,104,000)
  4. TLC (1,167,000)
  5. HGTV (1,156,000)
  6. History (1,085,000)
  7. Hallmark Channel (1,043,000)
  8. TBS (990,000)
  9. TNT (917,000)
  10. Food Network (891,000)

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