’60 Minutes’ tops ratings among non-NFL primetime programs

“60 Minutes” was the most-watched non-NFL program in the first week of the 2022-23 primetime television season and “FBI” the most-watched entertainment program, while the only scripted premiere , the reboot of NBC’s “Quantum Leap,” finished fourth in its timeslot.

The CBS news magazine averaged 7.144 million viewers, sixth among prime-time shows and prime-time cable programs between Sept. 19 and Sunday behind two NFL games, two NFL pre-game broadcasts and one NFL post-game broadcast, according to live-plus-same daily numbers released Tuesday by Nielsen.

“FBI” was seventh, with the CBS crime drama amassing an average of 6.806 million viewers.

Four other entertainment programs averaged more than 6 million viewers. “Chicago Fire” averaged 6.746 million viewers, eighth for the week. “Chicago Med,” which preceded “Chicago Fire” on NBC, finished ninth for the week, averaging 6.585 million.

The two-hour episode of “The Voice” on September 20 was 11th for the week, averaging 6.191 million. The two-hour season premiere of the NBC Singing Contest a night earlier was 13th, averaging 6.117 million viewers, one spot behind the 13-minute pregame show immediately preceding “Monday Night Football.” from ABC, which averaged 6.164 million viewers.

“Quantum Leap” averaged 3.348 million viewers, ranking 44th among programs broadcast and cabled during prime time of the week and fifth among programs starting at 10 p.m. It retained 54.7% viewership from the season premiere of “The Voice” that preceded it.

Viewership grew to 5.1 million viewers in the three days following its first broadcast. The 53% increase was the highest for an NBC premiere since “Manifest” in 2018, according to the network.

The other premiere of the week, ABC’s “Celebrity Jeopardy!” averaged 4.03 million viewers, 33rd for the week, 22nd among non-sports programming, and second among ABC’s non-sports programming. Viewership was 227.1% higher than “Global Citizen Festival: Take Action NOW”, which averaged 1.232 million viewers before it.

Viewership for the second episode of Fox’s country music drama “Monarch” fell 57.5% from its average of 4.034 million for its Sept. 11 premiere immediately following its NFL coverage to 1.716 million viewers, 68th among broadcast programs. His general classification was not available.

For the third time in the three weeks of the NFL season, NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” was the most-watched prime-time show, with the Denver Broncos winning 11-10 over the San Francisco 49ers with an average of 17.802 million viewers, 8.9% below the 19.545 million average for the Green Bay Packers’ 27-10 victory over the Chicago Bears a week earlier.

Total viewership for Sunday’s game, which includes streaming viewership on Peacock, NBC Sports and NFL digital platforms, was 18.9 million viewers, 9.1% lower than the total viewership for the game. Packers-Bears, according to figures from Nielsen and Adobe Analytics.

NBC finished first in week one for the fourth straight season, averaging 5.99 million viewers. It was also in the lead among entertainment programs.

ABC, which aired the second-largest prime-time NFL programming behind NBC, was second, with an average of 4.52. His most-watched program was the Philadelphia Eagles’ 24-7 win over the Minnesota Vikings on “Monday Night Football,” which averaged 12.859 million viewers, second for the week.

ABC’s most-watched non-sports program was “Celebrity Wheel of Fortune,” No. 30 for the week with an average of 4.302 million viewers.

CBS was third, averaging 3.85 million viewers. It did not air any prime-time NFL shows.

Fox averaged 3.95 million viewers for its 17 hours of primetime programming, including a 32-minute broadcast of its afternoon primetime NFL coverage in the time zones. Eastern and Central schedules where most of the country’s population lives, which averaged 28.72 million viewers.

Overflow is not considered a separate program but is included in the weekly average.

Fox’s most-watched program was its 28-minute NFL postgame show, “The OT,” which averaged 12.133 million viewers, fourth for the week. Its most-watched non-sports program was the sixth-season premiere of the procedural drama “9-1-1,” 25th for the week and 15th among non-sports programs, averaging 4.817 million.

The CW averaged 330,000 viewers for its 14 hours of programming. Sunday’s 8:30 p.m. rebroadcast of “The World’s Funniest Animals” was its most-watched program for the third time in four weeks, averaging 561,000 viewers, 169th among programs broadcast. His general classification was not available.

The CW will begin airing its new lineup for the 2022-23 season on October 2.

The 20 most-watched primetime programs consisted of three NFL games; three NFL pregame shows; Fox’s NFL post-game show, “The OT”; “60 minutes”; five programs scripted by CBS – “FBI,” “NCIS,” “FBI: International,” “NCIS: Hawaii,” and “FBI: Most Wanted”; the alternative CBS series “Survivor”; four NBC scripted programs – “Chicago Fire”, “Chicago Med”, “Chicago PD” and “Law and Order: Special Victims Unit” and two episodes of NBC’s “The Voice”.

ESPN’s “Monday Night Football” game between the Buffalo Bills and Tennessee Titans on Sept. 19 was the most-watched cable show, averaging 6.574 million viewers, 10th overall.

Fox News Channel returned to the top of cable ratings after a three-week absence, averaging 2.117 million viewers. ESPN finished second after three consecutive first-place finishes, averaging 2.022 million viewers. MSNBC averaged 1.209 million viewers for its fourth consecutive third-place finish after seven consecutive second-place finishes.

Cable’s top 20 consisted of ESPN’s “Monday Night Football”; ESPN’s coverage of the Arkansas-Texas A&M college football game; 13 weekday political talk shows on Fox News Channel – five shows from “Tucker Carlson Tonight” and “Hannity” and three from “The Ingraham Angle”; an edition of each of MSNBC’s news and opinion programs, “The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell”; “All In with Chris Hayes” and “Alex Wagner Tonight”; ESPN’s “Sunday Night Baseball” game between the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox; and HBO’s fantasy drama “House of the Dragon.”

Netflix’s most-watched show was “Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story,” with 196.2 million hours spent watching the 10-episode limited series in its first three days of availability, according to figures released by the streaming service.

“Do Revenge” was Netflix’s most-watched film, with viewers spending 42.55 million hours watching the dark teen comedy in its first full week of release. Viewership was 59.3% from 26.67 million hours the previous week when available for three days and finished second.

The most-watched Spanish-language program was Univision’s coverage of Mexico’s 1-0 victory over Peru in a men’s soccer match at the Rose Bowl which averaged 1.673 million viewers, 69th among broadcast programs . His general classification was not available.

Univision was the most-watched Spanish-language network for the seventh consecutive week and the 145th time in 147 weeks, averaging 1.22 million viewers. Telemundo was second, with an average of 850,000, followed by UniMas (400,000), Estrella TV (90,000) and Azteca America (60,000).

ABC’s “World News Tonight with David Muir” was the most watched nightly newscast for the 146th time in 147 weeks and the 198th time in 200 weeks, averaging 7.564 million viewers. “NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt” finished second, averaging 6.456 million.

The “CBS Evening News with Norah O’Donnell” was third, with an average of 4.574 million.

The 10 most-watched primetime programs of the week were NBC’s “Sunday Night Football”; ABC’s Monday Night Football game between Philadelphia and Minnesota; the 10-minute “Sunday Night Football” kickoff show; Fox’s 28-minute NFL postgame show, “The OT”; the third 23-minute segment of NBC’s “Football Night in America”; CBS’s “60 Minutes” and “FBI”; NBC’s “Chicago Fire” and “Chicago Med”; and ESPN’s “Monday Night Football” game between the Buffalo Bills and the Tennessee Titans.