CBS’ ‘60 Minutes’ returns with a bang but football gives NBC the weekly ratings win

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Last week’s 55th season premiere of “60 Minutes” was the week’s top-rated non-sports prime-time event, while the season finale episode of “America’s Got Talent” was the first in entertainment shows.

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“60 Minutes” features President Joe Biden’s first interview since taking office and Leslie Stahl’s interview with Iranian President Ibrahim Raisi. According to live-plus-same-day figures released Tuesday by Nielsen, the episode averaged 10.197 million viewers, the fifth among prime-time shows aired between September 12 and Sunday, two NFL games and two NFL pregame shows. After.

“60 Minutes” followed a 61-minute runover of CBS’ afternoon NFL coverage in the Eastern and Central time zones, where most of the nation’s population lives. Runovers in prime time, primarily from the Dallas Cowboys’ 20–17 win over the Cincinnati Bengals, as well as Brett Maher’s time-out on a 50-yard field goal, averaged 29.11 million spectators. Viewers for “60 Minutes” were 21.3% higher than the 54th season premiere’s average of 9.984 million.


The 121-minute “America’s Got Talent” episode averaged 7.025 million viewers on September 13, ranking seventh for the week. The next night’s two-hour season finale averaged 6.817 million, the eighth for the week.

The only other prime-time entertainment event to average over 5 million viewers was the 74th Primetime Emmy Awards, ninth for the week, averaging 5.924 million viewers, its seventh record low in eight years. The previous low was 6.36 million in 2020 when it aired on ABC. The Emmy Awards rotate between the four major broadcast networks.

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The total audience for the Emmys, including digital viewing, was 6 million.

The increase in programming on streaming, online, digital and cable platforms has led to a decrease in viewership for almost all forms of programming.

For the second time in the 2-week-old NFL season, NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” was at the top of prime-time ratings, averaging 19.545 million viewers with the Green Bay Packers’ 27–10 win over the Chicago Bears. 16.1% less than the 23.296 million average for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ 19-3 win over Dallas on the “Sunday Night Football” opener a week earlier.

Total viewership for Sunday’s game, which includes streaming viewers on Peacock, NBC Sports and NFL digital platforms, was 20.8 million viewers, compared to a total of 25 million viewers for the “Sunday Night Football” season opener. 16.8% less, which is as per the data provided. NBC.

ABC-ESPN “Monday Night Football” simulcast of the Seattle Seahawks’ 17–16 victory over the Denver Broncos on September 12, averaging 18.294 million viewers, finished second. This includes an average of 7.998 million viewers on ESPN, the highest of the week’s cable shows.

The combination of “Sunday Night Football” and “America’s Got Talent” four hours and one minute made NBC the top-ranked network for the second week in a row, averaging 6 million viewers. CBS was in second place with an average of 4.24 million, followed by ABC, which averaged 3.56 million.

Fox averaged 1.79 million viewers for its prime-time programming, topped by Saturday’s broadcast of Ohio State’s 77-21 win over Toledo, which averaged 3.048 million viewers, the 31st for the week. was.

The CW averaged 320,000 viewers. Its biggest attraction was the superhero series “DC’s Stargirl”, which ranked 171st among broadcast shows, averaging 505,000 viewers.

The top 20 prime-time events included two NFL games; three NFL pregame shows; “60 minutes”; two episodes of “America’s Got Talent”; Primetime Emmy Awards; Sunday and Wednesday episodes of the CBS alternate series “Big Brother”; two episodes of “Password” on NBC; Reruns of the CBS screenplay series “FBI” and “Young Sheldon”; ABC reruns of the alternative programs “Celebrity Family Feud,” “The Bachelorette,” “Press Your Luck” and “America’s Funniest Home Videos”; and Wednesday’s edition of “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” Fox News Channel’s political talk show.

The combination of “Monday Night Football” and two nights of college football gave ESPN the top spot in the cable network race for the third week in a row, averaging 2.245 million viewers. Fox News Channel averaged 2.176 million viewers for the third week in a row after 12 consecutive first-place finishes.

MSNBC garnered an average of 1.218 million viewers after seven consecutive second-place finishes to finish third in a row.

The Cable Top 20 included ESPN’s “Monday Night Football” and its 14-minute kickoff show; 13 Fox News Channel weeknight political talk shows – five broadcasts of “Tucker Carlson Tonight” and “Hannity” and three of “The Ingraham Angle”; three college football games on ESPN; The September 12 edition of the MSNBC news and opinion program “The Rachel Meadow Show”; and the HBO fantasy drama “House of the Dragon.”

The fifth season of “Cobra Kai” was Netflix’s most-streamed show for the second week in a row, with viewers spending 95.55 million hours watching 10 episodes of the martial arts comedy-drama, according to figures released Tuesday. by streaming service

Viewership was down 10.4% from the 106.7 million hours watched last week, when episodes of the fifth season were available for three days.

“End of the Road” was Netflix’s most popular film for the second week in a row, with viewers watching the Queen Latifah-starrer Road Trip film for 27.19 million hours in its first full week of release, down 10% from 30.21 million hours. Last week when it was available for three days.


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