'America's Got Talent' and 'GOT' rule Nielsen ratings again
By FRAZIER MOORE
Aug. 22, 2017
NEW YORK (AP) — Viewers continued to play peek-a-boo with "Big Brother" last week. CBS' voyeuristic reality show landed four editions among the top 16 slots, according to Nielsen. But NBC had the week's most-watched shows: two nights of "America's Got Talent," with 13.4 million and 10.9 million viewers.
Right behind, with 10.2 million viewers, was HBO's red-hot "Game of Thrones."
"Marlon," a new NBC sitcom starring Marlon Wayans, premiered in 13th place with 5.2 million viewers. But its second episode airing immediately afterward shed more than a million viewers to rank just 26th.
Overall in prime time during this sleepy summer week, NBC averaged 5.1 million viewers. Runner-up CBS had 4.2 million, while ABC had 3.7 million, Fox had 1.7 million, Telemundo had 1.5 million, Univision had 1.4 million, ION Television had 1.3 million and the CW had 910,000.
Fox News Channel remained the week's most popular cable network, averaging 2.06 million viewers in prime time. MSNBC had 1.64 million, HGTV had 1.12 million and USA had 1.11 million.
ABC's "World News Tonight" topped the evening newscasts for the 12th week in a row with an average of 7.89 million viewers, but "NBC Nightly News" was right behind with 7.48 million. The "CBS Evening News" had 5.88 million viewers.
For the week of Aug. 14-20, the top 10 shows, their networks and viewerships: "America's Got Talent" (Tuesday), NBC, 13.44 million; "America's Got Talent" (Wednesday), NBC, 10.89 million; "Game of Thrones," HBO, 10.24 million; "60 Minutes," CBS, 7.80 million; "Big Brother" (Thursday), CBS, 6.48 million; "Big Brother" (Sunday), CBS, 6.33 million; "Big Brother" (Wednesday), CBS, 6.28 million; "American Ninja Warrior," NBC, 5.90 million; "The Big Bang Theory," CBS, 5.88 million; "CMA Fest," ABC, 5.74 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.