'America's Got Talent' is TV viewers' summertime pick
By LYNN ELBER
Jul. 31, 2018
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — "America's Got Talent" is proving to be TV audiences' summertime show of choice, with its dominant performance boosting NBC to its fourth consecutive weekly ratings win.
The talent contest has ranked as the most-watched program for the past five weeks, with last week's show topping the No. 2 series, CBS' "60 Minutes," by 65 percent.
With its dizzying array of competitors, including performers, magicians and acrobats, "America's Got Talent" can claim something for nearly everyone. Guest judges scheduled this season include Ken Jeong, Olivia Munn and Martina McBride.
Reality and competition series made up six of the top 10 shows, according to Nielsen Co. figures released Tuesday. "The Bachelorette," ''World of Dance" and "Big Brother" were among the most-watched shows last week.
NBC was the week's winning network in U.S. prime-time viewing, averaging 4.3 million viewers. CBS had 3.8 million, ABC had 3.1 million, Fox had 2.1 million, ION Television had 1.4 million, Telemundo and Univision each had 1.2 million, and the CW had 860,000.
ABC's "World News Tonight" led the evening newscasts with an average of 7.9 million viewers. NBC's "Nightly News" had 7.3 million, and the "CBS Evening News" had 5.6 million.
Fox News Channel was the week's most popular cable network, averaging 2.3 million viewers. MSNBC had 1.7 million, USA had 1.3 million, Hallmark had 1.31 million and HGTV had 1.3 million.
For the week of July 23-29, the top 10 prime-time shows, their networks and viewerships:
1. "America's Got Talent" (Tuesday), NBC, 11.7 million.
2. "60 Minutes," CBS, 7.1 million.
3. "The Bachelorette," ABC, 5.9 million.
4. "Big Brother" (Wednesday), CBS, 5.7 million.
5. "The Big Bang Theory," CBS, 5.65 million.
6. "World of Dance," NBC, 5.64 million.
7. "Big Brother" (Thursday), CBS, 5.5 million.
8. "Big Brother" (Sunday), CBS, 5.4 million.
9. "NCIS," CBS, 5.3 million.
10. "Young Sheldon," CBS, 5.27 million.
ABC is owned by The Walt Disney Co. CBS is owned by CBS Corp. CW is a joint venture of Warner Bros. Entertainment and CBS Corp. Fox is owned by 21st Century Fox. NBC and Telemundo are owned by Comcast Corp. ION Television is owned by ION Media Networks.