Thursday, September 29, 2022

TV Ratings: '60 Minutes' Top Rated Non-Sports Show

“60 Minutes” was the top-rated non-NFL program in the first week of the 2022-23 prime-time television season and “FBI” was the most popular entertainment program, while the week’s lone scripted premiere, NBC’s “Quantum Leap” reboot, was fourth in its time slot.

The L-A Times reports the CBS newsmagazine averaged 7.144 million viewers, sixth among prime-time broadcast and cable prime-time programs airing between Sept. 19 and Sunday behind two NFL games, two NFL pregame shows and an NFL postgame show, according to live-plus-same-day figures released Tuesday by Nielsen.

“FBI” was ranked seventh, averaging 6.806 million viewers. Four other entertainment programs averaged more than 6 million viewers. “Chicago Fire” averaged 6.746 million viewers, eighth for the week. “Chicago Med,” which preceded “Chicago Fire” on NBC, was ninth for the week, averaging 6.585 million.

The two-hour episode of “The Voice” Sept. 20 was 11th for the week, averaging 6.191 million. The season premiere of the NBC singing competition one night earlier was 13th, averaging 6.117 million viewers, one spot behind the 13-minute pregame show immediately preceding ABC’s “Monday Night Football,” which averaged 6.164 million viewers.

Viewership for the second episode of Fox’s country music drama “Monarch” dropped 57.5% from its 4.034 million average for its premiere Sept. 11 immediately following its NFL coverage to 1.716 million viewers, 68th among broadcast programs. Its overall rank was not available.

For the third time in the three-week-old NFL season, NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” was the top ranked prime-time program, with the Denver Broncos’ 11-10 victory over the San Francisco 49ers averaging 17.802 million viewers, 8.9% less than the 19.545 million average for the Green Bay Packers’ 27-10 victory over the Chicago Bears one week earlier.

The total audience for Sunday’s game, which includes streaming viewership on Peacock, NBC Sports and NFL digital platforms, was 18.9 million viewers, 9.1% less than the total audience for the Packers-Bears game, according to Nielsen and Adobe Analytics figures.

NBC finished first on premiere week for the fourth consecutive season, averaging 5.99 million viewers. It also led among entertainment programming.

ABC was second, averaging 4.52 million. Its ratings leader was the Philadelphia Eagles’ 24-7 victory over the Minnesota Vikings on “Monday Night Football,” which averaged 12.859 million viewers, second for the week. ABC’s top non-sports program was “Celebrity Wheel of Fortune,” 30th for the week averaging 4.302 million viewers.

CBS was third, averaging 3.85 million viewers. It did not air any prime-time NFL programming. 

Fox averaged 3.95 million viewers.  Fox’s ratings were led by the 28-minute NFL postgame show, “The OT,” which averaged 12.133 million viewers, fourth for the week. Its highest ranked non-sports program was the sixth season premiere of procedural drama “9-1-1,” 25th for the week and 15th among non-sports programs, averaging 4.817 million.

Netflix’s most popular program was “Dahmer — Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story,” with viewers spending 196.2 million hours watching the 10-episode limited series the first three days it was available, according to figures released by the streaming service.

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