CBS Tops Nielsens Behind "60 Minutes"; ESPN Scores With Monday NFL Game
Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) greets San Francisco 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman after an NFL football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Monday, Nov. 11, 2019. The Seahawks won 27-24 in overtime. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
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CBS won the television ratings crown last week despite being without the most valuable ratings commodity in this era, a primetime football game.

Two relatively lackluster games on NBC and Fox last week enabled CBS’ strong entertainment schedule to rule the week, the Nielsen company said. The long-running “60 Minutes” newsmagazine was CBS’ top-rated program.

The week’s best primetime football game was the “Monday Night Football” matchup between Seattle and San Francisco on ESPN, making it the rare week where a program on cable was the most-watched television show.

CBS averaged 5.2 million viewers last week. NBC had 4.7 million viewers, ABC had 4.3 million, Fox had 3.5 million, Univision had 1.1 million, ION Television had 1 million, Telemundo had 850,000 and the CW had 610,000.

ESPN was the week’s most popular cable network, averaging 3.17 million viewers in primetime. In a strong news week, Fox News Channel averaged 2.75 million viewers and MSNBC had 1.96 million. Hallmark had 1.65 million viewers and HGTV had 1.04 million.

ABC’s “World News Tonight” topped the evening newscasts with an average of 9.1 million viewers. NBC’s “Nightly News” was second with 8.4 million and the “CBS Evening News” had 6 million viewers.

Below are primetime viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for Nov. 11-17. Listings include the week’s ranking and viewership.

1. NFL Football: Seattle at San Francisco, ESPN, 16.95 million.
2. NFL Football: Chicago at L.A. Rams, NBC, 16.85 million.
3. NFL Football: Pittsburgh at Cleveland, Fox, 15.66 million.
4. “60 Minutes,” CBS, 13.2 million.
5. “Sunday Night NFL Pre-Kick,” NBC, 12.2 million.
6. “NCIS,” CBS, 11.66 million.
7. “CMA Awards,” ABC, 11.28 million.
8. “NFL Pregame Show,” Fox, 9.64 million.
9. “Football Night in America, Part 3,” NBC, 9.47 million.
10. “Young Sheldon, CBS, 9.06 million.
11. “FBI,” CBS, 8.88 million.
12. “The Voice” (Tuesday), NBC, 8.51 million.
13. “NFL Pregame Show,” ESPN, 8.06 million.
14. “The Voice” (Monday), NBC, 7.6 million.
15. “Blue Bloods,” CBS, 7.51 million.
16. “Chicago Med,” NBC, 7.44 million.
17. “Hawaii Five-O,’ CBS, 7.36 million.
18. “Chicago Fire,” NBC, 7.18 million.
19. “God Friended Me,” CBS, 7.15 million.
20. “This is Us,” NBC, 7.12 million.

ABC and ESPN are 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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