NBC wins, ‘Thrones’ breaks its own record

Los Angeles Times - - PRIME-TIME TV RATINGS | WEEKEND PICKS - By City News Ser­vice

Here are the com­bined rank­ings for na­tional prime-time net­work and ca­ble tele­vi­sion last week (July 31-Aug. 6), as com­piled by Nielsen. They are based on the av­er­age num­ber of peo­ple who watched a pro­gram from start to fin­ish dur­ing its sched­uled tele­cast or on a play­back de­vice the same day. Nielsen es­ti­mates there are 289 mil­lion po­ten­tial view­ers in the U.S. ages 2 and older. View­er­ship is listed in mil­lions.

“Game of Thrones” drew the largest au­di­ence in its seven-sea­son his­tory while NBC’s “Amer­ica’s Got Tal­ent” drew a sea­son-high au­di­ence for the sec­ond con­sec­u­tive episode last week.

The HBO fan­tasy drama av­er­aged 10.17 mil­lion view­ers, eras­ing the pre­vi­ous record of 10.11 mil­lion set by the sea­son pre­miere July 16, ac­cord­ing to live-plus-same­day fig­ures re­leased Tues­day by Nielsen.

Each of the sea­son’s four episodes is among the four most-watched dur­ing the se­ries run. They have also fin­ished sec­ond each week be­hind “Amer­ica’s Got Tal­ent” and been the most­watched ca­ble pro­gram.

“Amer­ica’s Got Tal­ent” av­er­aged 13.33 mil­lion view­ers to be the most-watched prime-time pro­gram be­tween July 31 and Sun­day.

Each of the last six firstrun episodes of “Amer­ica’s Got Tal­ent” 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 nine weeks of tele­vi­sion’s 2017 summer sea­son that one has aired.

View­er­ship for NBC’s cov­er­age of the NFL/Hall of Fame Game was 24.9% smaller than the last time the game was played, but still was the week’s third most-watched pro­gram, av­er­ag­ing 8.25 mil­lion.

The Dal­las Cow­boys 20-18 vic­tory over the Arizona Car­di­nals on Thurs­day was the first time the game was played on a week­night.

Fig­ures for ca­ble tele­casts were not im­me­di­ately avail­able.

“Game of Thrones” was the week’s most-watched pro­gram among view­ers ages 18-49, av­er­ag­ing 5.91 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 3.54 mil­lion, fol­lowed by the NFL/ Hall of Fame Game, which av­er­aged 3.23 mil­lion, and the Sun­day, Thurs­day and Wed­nes­day episodes of CBS’ “Big Brother,” which av­er­aged 2.55 mil­lion, 2.5 mil­lion and 2.47 mil­lion.

NBC has been the most­watched net­work for six of the past seven weeks. The only in­ter­rup­tion to the streak came in the week of July 3-9 when it pre-empted orig­i­nal episodes of “Amer­ica’s Got Tal­ent” and “World of Dance” to air “Macy’s 4th of July Fire­works Spec­tac­u­lar.” CBS fin­ished sec­ond for the sixth time in seven weeks.

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