Friday, November 25, 2022

TV Ratings: Yellowstone’ Stays Strong In 2nd Week


“Yellowstone” was the top-rated entertainment program for the second time in the two weeks its fifth season has aired and one of only two to average more than 7 million viewers. The Kevin Costner-starring neo-Western averaged a combined 8.832 million viewers on Paramount Network and CMT, sixth among prime-time broadcast and cable programs between Nov. 14 and Sunday, according to The L-A Times story citing  live-plus-same-day figures released by Nielsen.

The CBS crime drama “FBI” was second among entertainment programs and seventh overall, averaging 7.313 million viewers.

NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” was the most-watched program for the 10th time in its 11 games, with the Kansas City Chiefs’ 30-27 victory over the Chargers averaging 17.886 million viewers, sixth among the season’s “Sunday Night Football” games.

Spanish-language coverage of Sunday morning’s World Cup opener between Ecuador and Qatar averaged 4 million viewers on Telemundo, the Peacock streaming service and Telemundo Deportes’ digital platforms. English-language coverage on cable’s FS1 and Fox Sports streaming services averaged 3.228 million.

The CBS newsmagazine “60 Minutes” was the highest-ranked non-sports program for the eighth time in the 9-week-old 2022-23 prime-time television season, averaging 9.95 million viewers, fourth for the week behind “Sunday Night Football,” ESPN’s “Monday Night Football” and the ”Sunday Night Football” pre-kickoff show.

The only time this season “60 Minutes” was not top of the ratings for non-sports programs was the week of Nov. 7-13, when the season premiere of “Yellowstone” averaged 12.493 million viewers on seven Paramount Global cable networks.

The combination of “Sunday Night Football” and its three “Chicago” series made NBC the top-ranked network for the seventh time in the season, averaging 5.53 million viewers. The only weeks NBC did not win this season came when Fox aired the World Series.

CBS was second, averaging 5.32 million viewers. ABC was third among broadcast networks and fourth overall behind ESPN, averaging 2.82 million.

ABC’s ratings leader was “America’s Funniest Home Videos,” 34th among the week’s broadcast and cable programs and 28th among non-sports programs, averaging 4.467 million viewers.

Fox averaged 2.49 million viewers. The procedural drama “9-1-1” was Fox’s top-ranked non-sports program for the seventh time in its eight episodes of the season, averaging 4.939 million viewers, 25th for the week and 20th among non-sports programs.

The top 20 prime-time programs consisted of two NFL games; three NFL pregame shows; “60 Minutes”; “Yellowstone”; seven CBS scripted programs; NBC’s three “Chicago” series and both episodes of its singing competition “The Voice”; and last Tuesday’s edition of the Fox News Channel political talk show “Hannity,” which included coverage of former President Donald Trump’s announcement that he would seek a second term.


ABC's David Muir, CBS' Norah O'Donnell, NBC's Lester Holt

ABC, NBC and CBS’ evening newscasts gained viewers during the week of November 14, 2022.

ABC World News Tonight with David Muir had an especially strong week, reports TV Newser. It held onto its No. 1 ranking — meaning it has now defeated its evening news competition from NBC and CBS 207 of the past 208 weeks in average total viewers—and 136 of the last 138 weeks among adults 25-54.

Not only that, but according to Nielsen live-plus-same-day data for this past week, World News Tonight’s 8.91 million total linear viewers represents the newscast’s largest audience since February and the second-largest audience of any U.S. TV show, excluding sports programming.


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“Monday Night Football” and Saturday night college football made ESPN the top-ranked cable network for the third time in four weeks, sixth time in eight weeks and ninth time in 12 weeks, averaging 3.4 million viewers. Fox News Channel was second, averaging 2.358 million viewers, and Hallmark Channel third, averaging 1.391 million viewers.

MSNBC was the only other cable network to average more than 1 million viewers for its prime-time programming, averaging 1.272 million.

Fox News Channel has now achieved 46 consecutive weeks as the most-watched basic cable network in the 24-hour daypart (according to TV Newser citing Nielsen live-plus-same-day data), and 92 consecutive weeks as the most-watched network on cable news. The three major cable news networks—Fox News, MSNBC and CNN—saw double digit week-to-week audience losses, which was expected given the previous week featured wall-to-wall coverage of the 2022 Midterm Elections.

Fox News averaged 1.57 million viewers and 216,000 adults 25-54 in total day this past week. Fox’s 216,000 A25-54 viewer count places it at No. 2 on basic cable behind ESPN (,000). Additionally, Fox News averaged 2.4 million total viewers in primetime this past week, which is -% from the prior week. FNC also averaged 319,000 adults 25-54 in primetime, which is -% from the previous week and No. 2 on basic cable behind ESPN (,000).

The week’s most popular cable program was the Nov. 14 broadcast of ESPN’s “Monday Night Football,” which averaged 12.771 million viewers. The Washington Commanders’ 32-21 victory, which ended the Philadelphia Eagles’ bid for an undefeated season, was second overall.

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In terms of individual programming, The Five is the most-watched cable news show for the 13th consecutive week. The news talk panel program averaged 3.585 million total viewers during the week of Nov. 14, predictably down from the prior week. Tucker Carlson Tonight is second place in total viewers (more than 3.46 million at 8 p.m.), with Hannity (3.42 million at 9 p.m.), Jesse Watters Primetime (3.07 million at 7 p.m.), and Special Report with Bret Baier (2.75 million viewers at 6 p.m.) rounding out the top five.

Hannity shot up to No. 1 in A25-54 viewers (499,000), driven by Trump’s 2024 presidential campaign announcement in the 9 p.m. hour. Tucker Carlson Tonight dropped to No. 2 on cable news among adults 25-54, averaging 486,000 viewers from the measurement at 8 p.m. The Five ranks No. 3 (461,000), followed by Jesse Watters Primetime (393,000) and The Ingraham Angle (389,000).


A pair of near-upsets topped Week 12 of the college football season as Ohio State’s narrow win over Maryland topped the charts with Michigan’s escape versus Illinois ranking second.


The fifth season of “The Crown” was Netflix’s most-streamed program for the second consecutive week, with viewers watching its 10 episodes for 84.31 million hours the first full week they were available, 21.5% less than the 107.39 million hours the previous week, when they were available for five days, according to figures released by the streaming service.

The romantic comedy “Falling for Christmas” was Netflix’s most popular movie, with 37.85 million hours watched in its first full week of release, 21.7% less than its 48.36 million hours watched the previous week, when it was available for four days.

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