The Super Bowl and the Olympics give NBC Television the most-watched week since 2020
The combination of Super Bowl LVI and seven nights of Winter Olympics programming gave NBC the largest prime-time audience of any network since Fox aired Super Bowl LIV in 2020, figures show. live and same day published by Nielsen on Tuesday.
NBC averaged 23.33 million viewers for its 22 hours of primetime programming between Feb. 7 and Sunday. Fox averaged 25.09 million viewers for its 16 hours of programming the week of January 27 to February 27. 2, 2020.
An average of 99.178 million viewers watched the Los Angeles Rams’ 23-20 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals on NBC, the largest viewership for a program on any US network since Super Bowl LIV averaging 101.324 million of viewers.
The total average viewership for Sunday’s game was 112.3 million viewers, the most for any program since 2017 and a 16.5% increase from last year’s game. The average also included 11.2 million views on the Peacock streaming service and other digital platforms, and 1.907 million views on Telemundo for the first Spanish-language Super Bowl broadcast in the United States.
The streaming viewership was the largest for an NFL game.
After the 15-minute Super Bowl postgame show that averaged 54.065 million viewers, 97 minutes of Olympics coverage that ran until 12:01 a.m. Eastern Standard Time, averaged 21.277 million viewers, the most for a prime-time Olympics TV broadcast since Feb. 11, 2018, when the first Sunday of NBC’s Pyeongchang Games coverage averaged 22.676 million. viewers.
The most-watched non-sports primetime show of the week was Fox’s procedural drama “9-1-1: Lone Star,” No. 10 of the week, averaging 5.177 million viewers.
The four episodes of “Jeopardy! National College Championship” were ABC’s four most-watched programs, topped by Friday’s episode, which averaged 4.6 million viewers, 11th for the week.
CBS’ most-watched show was “Super Bowl Greatest Commercials: All-Time Classics,” No. 12 for the week, averaging 4.595 million viewers. CBS also aired the most-watched comedy of the week, a rerun of “Young Sheldon” which was 15th for the week, averaging 4.289 million viewers, with the most-watched program starting at 10 p.m., a rerun of ” FBI: Most Wanted” which averaged 3.423 million viewers, 23rd in the week, and the most watched first season program, a rerun of the comedy “Ghosts”, 27th in the week with an average of 3.347.
“Peril! National College Championship” saw ABC finish second for the week, averaging 2.75 million viewers, followed by CBS, averaging 2.64 million. NBC, ABC and CBS each aired 22 hours of prime time programming.
Fox averaged 1.81 million viewers for its 15 hours of programming. The CW averaged 340,000 for its 14 hours of programming. Its most-watched show was the World’s Funniest Animals: Valentine’s Day special, which averaged 599,000 viewers, 160th among broadcast programs. His general classification was not available.
The 20 most-watched primetime programs included NBC’s coverage of Super Bowl LVI and its 15-minute postgame show; seven Olympic programs on NBC; Fox’s “9-1-1: Lone Star”; the four episodes of the show “Jeopardy!” Collegiate National Championship”; four CBS entertainment programs; the Thursday edition of Fox News Channel’s political talk show, “Tucker Carlson Tonight”; and ABC’s coverage of the Los Angeles Lakers’ 117-115 loss to the Golden State Warriors on Saturday.
For the third week in a row, all five editions of “Tucker Carlson Tonight” were the most-watched cable programs. The Monday edition was the most watched, with an average of 3.673 million viewers, 19th for the week.
Fox News Channel was the most-watched cable network for the fourth straight week after four straight second-place finishes behind ESPN, averaging 2.304 million viewers. Coverage of the Winter Olympics helped USA Network finish second for the second week in a row, averaging 1.478 million viewers. MSNBC finished third for the sixth consecutive week, averaging 988,000.
CNN was 18th, one spot lower than the previous week, with an average of 476,000 viewers, 12.8% lower than the 546,000 average viewers the previous week.
CNN also tracked Hallmark Channel (889,000), HGTV (873,000), ESPN (714,000), History (736,000), Discovery (642,000), TNT (619,000), TBS (610,000), Food Network ( 596,000), TLC (574,000), Investigation Discovery (555,000), Lifetime (533,000), Travel Channel (501,000), A&E (489,000) and SYFY (480,000).
The list of top 20 prime time cable programs was not available. The top 18 consisted of 15 Fox News Channel political talk shows – five shows each from “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” “Hannity” and “The Ingraham Angle”; the Hallmark Channel movie “The Wedding Veil Unveiled”; The long chronicle of the history of a search for treasure on a Canadian island, “The Curse of Oak Island”; and USA Network’s Monday Olympics coverage.
The most-watched prime-time Spanish-language program for the third time in four weeks was an episode of the Univision telenovela “Vencer El Pasado.” Monday’s episode averaged 1.91 million viewers, 64th overall and one spot ahead of Telemundo’s Super Bowl LVI broadcast.
Univision was the most-watched Spanish-language network for the 115th consecutive week and the 117th time in 118 weeks, averaging 1.41 million viewers. Telemundo was second, with an average of 1.27 million viewers, followed by UniMas (540,000), Estrella TV (110,000) and Azteca America (40,000).
ABC’s “World News Tonight with David Muir” was the most watched nightly newscast for the 114th time in 115 weeks and the 166th time in 168 weeks, averaging 8.473 million viewers.
“NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt” was second, averaging 6.743 million viewers, followed by “CBS Evening News with Norah O’Donnell”, which averaged 5.149 million viewers.
The 10 most-watched primetime programs of the week were NBC’s coverage of Super Bowl LVI and its 15-minute postgame show; NBC’s Winter Olympics coverage Sunday, Thursday, Wednesday, Friday, Monday, Tuesday and Saturday; and Fox’s “9-1-1: Lone Star”.