‘Ta­lent’ drives NBC to the top

The show has its big­gest au­di­ence this sea­son. ‘Game of Thrones’ is sec­ond.

Los Angeles Times - - POP & HISS - By City News Ser­vice

The un­scripted com­pe­ti­tion “Amer­ica’s Got Ta­lent” on NBC drew its largest au­di­ence of the sea­son, av­er­ag­ing more viewers than any of its episodes since 2011, other than sea­son fi­nales and fi­nal per­for­mance episodes.

The July 25 “Amer­ica’s Got Ta­lent” episode av­er­aged 13.08 mil­lion viewers, more than the com­bined viewership of the pro­gram­ming on ABC, CBS, Fox and the CW run­ning op­po­site it.

“Amer­ica’s Got Ta­lent” was the only prime-time pro­gram air­ing between July 24 and Sun­day to av­er­age more than 10 mil­lion viewers and the only broad­cast pro­gram to av­er­age more than 7 mil­lion viewers, ac­cord­ing to live-plus-same-day fig­ures re­leased Tues­day by Nielsen.

Each of the last five firstrun episodes has been the most-watched pro­gram of its week. An orig­i­nal “Amer­ica’s Got Ta­lent” episode has been the most-watched en­ter­tain­ment pro­gram in each of the eight weeks of tele­vi­sion’s 2017 sum­mer sea­son that one has aired.

The third episode of the sev­enth sea­son of the HBO fan­tasy drama “Game of Thrones” was sec­ond for the week, and was the most­watched ca­ble pro­gram, av­er­ag­ing 9.25 mil­lion viewers.

The au­di­ence was the third largest in the se­ries’ his­tory, be­hind the sea­son pre­miere, which av­er­aged 10.11 mil­lion, and the sea­son’s sec­ond episode, which av­er­aged 9.27 mil­lion.

“Game of Thrones” was the week’s most-watched pro­gram among viewers ages 18-49, av­er­ag­ing 5.52 mil­lion viewers among the group tar­geted by ABC, Fox, NBC and many ca­ble net­works and cov­eted by ad­ver­tis­ers.

“Amer­ica’s Got Ta­lent” was sec­ond among the group, av­er­ag­ing 3.39 mil­lion, fol­lowed by the Thursday, Sun­day and Wed­nes­day episodes of CBS’ “Big Brother,” which av­er­aged 2.46 mil­lion, 2.42 mil­lion and 2.32 mil­lion.

NBC’s su­per­nat­u­ral thriller “Mid­night, Texas,” was the most-watched of the week’s two se­ries pre­mieres, av­er­ag­ing 3.57 mil­lion viewers, fin­ish­ing first in its 10-11 p.m. time slot July 24, and 32nd for the week.

The pre­miere of ABC’s sus­pense thriller “Some­where Between,” which ran op­po­site “Mid­night, Texas,” was fourth in the time slot and 52nd for the week, av­er­ag­ing 2.91 mil­lion viewers.

NBC was the most­watched net­work for the fifth time in six weeks, av­er­ag­ing 4.71 mil­lion viewers. The only in­ter­rup­tion to its streak came in the week of July 3-9 when it pre­empted orig­i­nal episodes of “Amer­ica’s Got Ta­lent” and “World of Dance” to air “Macy’s 4th of July Fire­works Spec­tac­u­lar.”

CBS av­er­aged 4.27 mil­lion viewers to fin­ish sec­ond for the fifth time in six weeks. ABC was third for the sixth con­sec­u­tive week, av­er­ag­ing 3.1 mil­lion viewers.

Fox was fourth among the broad­cast net­works for the 25th con­sec­u­tive week since air­ing Su­per Bowl LI, av­er­ag­ing 1.65 mil­lion viewers for its 15 hours of prime­time pro­gram­ming.

NBC, CBS and ABC each aired 22 hours of prime-time pro­gram­ming for the week.

Fox News Chan­nel was the most-watched ca­ble net­work in prime time for the 10th con­sec­u­tive week, 15th time in 18 weeks, av­er­ag­ing 2.06 mil­lion viewers. MSNBC was sec­ond for the sixth time in eight weeks, av­er­ag­ing 1.82 mil­lion viewers. USA Net­work fin­ished third, av­er­ag­ing 1.48 mil­lion.

CNN was ninth, two spots higher than a week ear­lier, av­er­ag­ing 964,000 viewers.

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