"Masked Singer" Boosts Fox Ratings; Nielsen Week In Review
This combination of photos released by Fox shows NFL wide receiver Antonio Brown in a hippo costume as he stands with host Nick Cannon, left, and Brown after he revealed his identity in the series premiere of “The Masked Singer,” which aired on Jan. 2. (Michael Becker/FOX via AP)
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A Bee, Peacock and Monster’s vocal stylings and fashion sense gave Fox’s “The Masked Singer” a strong finish to its debut season.

The reality show, based on a South Korean format, stuffs celebrities into outlandish, uncomfortable looking costumes and then requires them to sing their hearts out.

Embraced by viewers since its debut, “The Mask” was the second most-watched show last week, topped only by CBS’ long-running drama “NCIS,” according to Nielsen figures released Tuesday.

The audience’s reward: to watch the fuzzy Monster win and be revealed as T-Pain, with runners-up Gladys Knight (Bee) and Donny Osmond (Peacock) also unmasked.

“The Mask” which had a brisk, 10-episode run and posted its highest ratings with the finale, was renewed for a second season, Fox said.

Other new shows continuing to attract attention were CBS’ “The Neighborhood” and “God Friended Me,” both of which landed in the top 20 and helped the network claim the week’s ratings crown.

CBS averaged 5.9 million viewers, followed by NBC with 5.4 million. ABC had 4.8 million, Fox had 3.4 million, Univision had 1.3 million, ION Television had 1.28 million, Telemundo had 1.1 million and the CW had 740,000.

Fox News Channel was the week’s most popular cable network, averaging 2.4 million viewers. MSNBC had 2 million, USA had 1.3 million, HGTV had 1.26 million and CNN had 1.15 million.

ABC’s “World News Tonight” led the evening newscasts with an average of 9.4 million viewers. NBC’s “Nightly News” had 9.4 million and the “CBS Evening News” had 6.3 million.

Below are primetime viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for Feb. 25-March 3. Listings include the week’s ranking and viewership.

1. “NCIS,” CBS, 11.8 million.
2. “The Masked Singer” (9 p.m. ET), Fox, 11.5 million.
3. “The Voice” (Monday), NBC, 10.8 million.
4. “The Voice” (Tuesday), NBC, 10.6 million.
5. “60 Minutes,” CBS, 10.2 million.
6. “FBI,” CBS, 9.5 million.
7. “American Idol,” ABC, 8.7 million.
8. “The Masked Singer” (8 p.m. ET), Fox, 8.6 million.
9. “Chicago Med,” NBC, 8.5 million.
10. “Big Bang Theory,” CBS, 8.29 million.
11. “Chicago Fire,” NBC, 8.27 million.
12. “NCIS: New Orleans,” CBS, 7.19 million.
13. “Chicago PD,” NBC, 7.1 million.
14. “Survivor,” CBS, 7 million.
15. “The Neighborhood,” CBS, 7.07 million.
16. “Grey’s Anatomy,” ABC, 6.99 million.
17. “NCIS: Los Angeles,” CBS, 6.97 million.
18. “God Friended Me,” CBS, 6.8 million.
19. “The Bachelor,” ABC, 6.7 million.
20. “Bull,” CBS, 6.7 million.

ABC is 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.


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