"Bachelorette" Finale Boosts ABC; Nielsen Week In Review
This image released by ABC shows Hannah Brown from the season finale of “The Bachelorette.” (Mark Bourdillon/ABC via AP)
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Summer’s most popular entertainment series, NBC’s “America’s Got Talent,” had a little competition last week.

ABC’s “The Bachelorette” delivered its best ratings for the franchise in two years along with a surprise finale last week, when Hannah Brown revealed she had called off the engagement to her selection.

The show drew 7.5 million, only a half million less than “America’s Got Talent.”

The twin entertainment shows last Tuesday may have caused a dent in CNN’s ratings for the first of two nights of its presidential debate that night. The next night, CNN’s debate audience was 2 million more. Democratic front-runner Joe Biden debated on Wednesday.

NBC won the week in primetime with an average of 3.7 million. ABC had 3.6 million, CBS had 2.7 million, Fox had 1.7 million, ION Television had 1.4 million, Telemundo had 1.06 million, Univision had 1.05 million and the CW had 650,000.

CNN was the week’s most popular cable network, averaging 3.17 million viewers. Fox News Channel had 2.51 million, MSNBC had 1.26 million, Discovery had 1.23 million and HGTV had 1.21 million.

ABC’s “World News Tonight” topped the evening newscasts with an average of 8.1 million viewers. The “NBC Nightly News” had 6.8 million and the “CBS Evening News” had 4.9 million.

Below are primetime viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for July 29-Aug. 4. Listings include the week’s ranking and viewership.

1. “Presidential Debate” (Wednesday), CNN, 10.77 million.
2. “Presidential Debate Analysis” (Wednesday), CNN, 9.21 million.
3. “Presidential Debate” (Tuesday), CNN, 8.69 million.
4. “Presidential Debate Intro,” (Wednesday), CNN, 8.21 million.
5. “Presidential Debate Analysis” (Tuesday), CNN, 8.11 million.
6. “America’s Got Talent,” NBC, 7.98 million.
7. “The Bachelorette” (Tuesday), ABC, 7.52 million.
8. “The Bachelorette” (Monday), ABC, 7.25 million.
9. “60 Minutes,” CBS, 6.49 million.
10. “Presidential Debate Intro” (Tuesday), CNN, 6.31 million.
11. NFL Exhibition Football: Denver at Atlanta, NBC, 5.35 million.
12. “NFL Exhibition Intro,” NBC, 5.05 million.
13. “CMA Fest,” ABC, 4.68 million.
14. “American Ninja Warrior,” NBC, 4.66 million.
15. Movie: “Descendants 3,” Disney, 4.59 million.
16. “America’s Funniest Home Videos,” ABC, 4.38 million.
17. “Big Brother” (Sunday), CBS, 4.13 million.
18. “Hannity” (Thursday), Fox News, 4.07 million.
19. “Tucker Carlson Tonight” (Thursday), Fox News, 3.95 million.
20. “Big Brother” (Wednesday), CBS, 3.84 million.

ABC and Disney are owned by The Walt Disney Co.; CBS is a division of CBS Corp.; Fox is owned by 21st Century Fox; NBC is owned by NBC Universal. CNN is owned by AT&T.

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