ABC Scores With College Football; Nielsen Week In Review
Auburn quarterback Bo Nix (10) celebrates with teammates after Auburn came from behind to defeat Oregon following an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Aug. 31, 2019, in Arlington, Texas. Auburn won 27-21. (AP Photo/Ron Jenkins)
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The opening of college football’s season was welcome news for ABC in an otherwise quiet week for television.

The network won the weekly ratings competition on the strength of games that took over the network’s schedule on Saturday night (Oregon vs. Auburn) and Sunday (Oklahoma vs. Houston), the Nielsen company said.

As it approaches its end for the season, NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” otherwise dominated the primetime landscape, with the week’s two most popular programs.

ABC averaged 3.7 million viewers in primetime for the week. NBC was second with 3.43 million viewers, CBS had 3.35 million, Fox had 1.5 million, ION Television had 1.3 million, Univision had 1.03 million, Telemundo had 1.01 million and the CW had 580,000.

Fox News Channel was the week’s most popular cable network, averaging 2.29 million viewers in prime time. MSNBC had 1.53 million, ESPN had 1.39 million, HGTV had 1.21 million and USA had 1.12 million.

ABC’s “World News Tonight” topped the evening newscasts with an average of 8.2 million viewers. NBC’s “Nightly News” was second with 7.3 million and the “CBS Evening News” had 5.1 million.

Below are primetime viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for Aug. 26-Sept. 1. Listings include the week’s ranking and viewership.

1. “America’s Got Talent” (Tuesday), NBC, 8.99 million.
2. “America’s Got Talent” (Wednesday), NBC, 8 million.
3. College Football: Oregon vs. Auburn, ABC, 6.86 million.
4. “60 Minutes,” CBS, 6.24 million.
5. College Football: Oklahoma vs. Houston, ABC, 5.44 million.
6. “NCIS,” CBS, 5.11 million.
7. “American Ninja Warrior,” NBC, 4.87 million
8. “Bachelor in Paradise” (Monday), ABC, 4.59 million.
9. “FBI,” CBS, 4.47 million.
10. “Big Brother” (Wednesday), CBS, 4.29 million.
11. “NCIS: New Orleans,” CBS, 4.15 million.
12. “Big Brother” (Sunday), CBS, 4.01 million.
13. “Bachelor in Paradise” (Tuesday), ABC, 3.97 million.
14. “Blue Bloods,” CBS, 3.89 million.
15. “The Big Bang Theory” (Monday, 9 p.m.), CBS, 3.64 million.
16. “Big Brother” (Thursday), CBS, 3.49 million.
17. “Bring the Funny,” NBC, 3.47 million.
18. “Hawaii Five-0,” CBS, 3.43 million.
19. “The Neighborhood,” CBS, 3.41 million.
20. “The Big Bang Theory” (Monday, 8:30 p.m.), CBS, 3.4 million.

ABC is owned by The Walt Disney Co.; CBS is a division of CBS Corp.; Fox is owned by Fox Corp.; NBC is owned by NBC Universal.


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