Wednesday, September 1, 2021

TV Ratings: FOX News, Breaking Afghan News Dominate Week

Fox News Channel had the lion’s share of the most-watched cable shows last week, 19 of the top 20, according to The Associated Press citing Nielsen figures out Tuesday. MSNBC got a less dramatic ratings bump from the prior week.

Last week’s coverage of the removal of U.S. citizens and Afghans at risk included a devastating airport suicide bombing that killed 13 U.S. service members and more than 160 Afghans. The evacuation ended Monday.

The Weather Channel’s audience grew as Ida barreled toward the Gulf Coast. The channel’s ratings among young adult viewers increased by 38% last week over the same period in 2020.  As Ida made landfall in Louisiana last Sunday, Weather Channel was the most-watched on cable among viewers 25 to 54.

Fox News improved its performance from the previous week when it topped all broadcast and cable outlets. But NBC, on the strength of its top-rated “America’s Got Talent” and football broadcasts, was the most-watched network.

NBC averaged 3.41 million viewers last week. CBS had 2.71 million, ABC had 2.64 million, Fox had 1.41 million, Ion Television had 1.13 million, Univision had 1.38 million and Telemundo had 980,000.

➤The 20 Most-Watched Shows Last Week:

1. “America’s Got Talent” (Tuesday), NBC, 6.81 million.

2. “60 Minutes Presents,” CBS, 6.75 million.

3. “America’s Got Talent” (Wednesday), NBC, 5.79 million.

4. “The Five” (Thursday), Fox News Channel, 5.85 million.

5. “Hannity” (Thursday), Fox News Channel, 5.45 million.

6. NFL Pre-season: Cleveland at Atlanta, NBC, 5.1 million.

7. “Tucker Carlson Tonight” (Thursday), Fox News Channel, 4.99 million.

8. “America’s Funniest Home Videos,” ABC, 4.76 million.

9. “Celebrity Family Feud,” ABC. 4.56 million.

10. “Special Report with Bret Baier” (Tuesday), Fox News Channel, 4.24 million.

11. “The Five” (Tuesday), Fox News Channel, 4.17 million.

12. “Big Brother” (Sunday), CBS, 4.11 million.

13. “The Chase,” ABC, 3.98 million.

14. “Big Brother” (Thursday), 3.97 million.

15. “NASCAR Cup Series Race,” NBC, 3.93 million.

16. “Big Brother” (Wednesday), CBS, 3.8 million.

17. “The Ingraham Angle” (Thursday), Fox News Channel, 3.75 million.

18. “Tucker Carlson Tonight” (Wednesday), Fox News Channel, 3.71 million.

19. “Tucker Carlson Tonight” (Monday), Fox News Channel, 3.7 million.

20. “The Five” (Friday), Fox News Channel, 3.69 million.

ABC’s “World News Tonight” led the evening news ratings race, with an average of 8.1 million viewers last week. NBC’s “Nightly News” was second with 6.9 million and the “CBS Evening News” had 4.7 million.

Fox News Channel lead among cable outlets with an average 3.1 million viewers. MSNBC had 1.38 million, ESPN had 1.25 million, HGTV had 1.15 million and CNN had 985,000.

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