NBC's 'America's Got Talent' Dominates Summer As Top Broadcast Show

Through 11 weeks of summer broadcast network programming, NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” still remains the top series -- even as it and virtually all other shows continue to show double-digit viewing declines.

“Talent” is now averaging a Nielsen 9.6 million total viewers, according to its live program-plus-same day metric, down 16% from a year ago.

In a distant second place is ABC’s “The Bachelorette” at 5.8 million viewers — slipping just 2% from a year ago. ABC’s “Celebrity Family Feud” is at 5.4 million, giving up 10%. ABC’s “The $100,000 Pyramid” is at 4.7 million, off 2% from a year ago. NBC’s “American Ninja Warrior” lost 8.6% to 4.6 million.

The next five include NBC’s “Bring The Funny,” a new show, at 4.55 million; CBS’ “The Amazing Race,” down 18% to 4.5 million; NBC’s “Songland,” another new summer show, which is at 4.4 million. ABC’s “Bachelor in Paradise” has inched down 1.8% to 4.36 million, while CBS’ “Big Brother” (Sunday) lost 21% to 4.3 million.



Only three shows out of 53 summer broadcast series have seen rising viewership versus their results a year ago.

CBS’ “Whistleblower” grew 37% to 3.6 million, while Fox’s “Beat Shazam” gained 10% to 2.5 million and ABC’s “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” was up 3.6% to 2.15 million.

Season-to-date ratings for the network — starting in the third week of September 2018 through mid-August 2019 — has CBS leading with an average 7.8 million viewers, from Nielsen live program-plus-seven days of time-shifted viewing and live-plus-same day for most current weeks.

NBC is at 6.6 million followed by ABC at 5.3 million, Fox with 4.6 million, Univision at 1.34 million, The CW at 1.22 million and Telemundo with 1.2 million.

NBC still leads in the race for 18-49 viewers over CBS and Fox. NBC has a 1.4 rating/7 share, while CBS and Fox each have a 1.3/6.

ABC is at 1.2/6, while The CW, Univision and Telemundo, each have a 0.4/2.

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