Latest Television ratings News

November sweeps victory makes NBC the king of network TV

Dec. 4, 2019 4:39 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — NBC's victory during the November ratings sweeps period means there's a new king of broadcast television — at least for now. The network ended CBS' 18-year winning streak in November, a period when ratings are watched closely to set advertising rates. A combination of factors,...

Hearings great for cable news, less so for broadcast

Nov. 26, 2019 6:21 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Five days of impeachment hearings were a boon to programmers and accountants at the cable news networks. For the big broadcasters, not so much. The daytime hearing audience ranged from a high of 13.8 million on opening day to a low of 11 million on the third day, the Nielsen company said....

For some rural US TV viewers, local news is anything but

Nov. 24, 2019 10:18 AM EST

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — When Dianne Johnson channel-surfs for news in her rural western Nebraska home, all she sees are stories about Colorado crime and car crashes from a Denver television station more than 200 miles away. It’s frustrating for the 61-year-old rancher, who wants to know the latest...

Nielsen's top programs for Nov. 11-17

Nov. 19, 2019 4:32 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Prime-time viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for Nov. 11-17. Listings include the week's ranking and viewership. 1. NFL Football: Seattle at San Francisco, ESPN, 16.95 million. 2. NFL Football: Chicago at L.A. Rams, NBC, 16.85 million. 3. NFL Football: Pittsburgh at Cleveland, Fox,...

CBS takes weekly Nielsen crown behind ’60 Minutes’

Nov. 19, 2019 4:25 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — CBS won the television ratings crown last week despite being without the most valuable ratings commodity in this era, a prime-time football game. Two relatively lackluster games on NBC and Fox last week enabled CBS' strong entertainment schedule to rule the week, the Nielsen company said....

Nielsen says 13.8 million watched impeachment hearing

Nov. 14, 2019 5:49 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — An estimated 13.8 million people watched live coverage of diplomats William Taylor and George Kent on the first day of the House’s public impeachment hearings on President Donald Trump. The Nielsen company said 10 different networks aired live or taped coverage of the hearing, which...

Nielsen's top programs for Nov. 4-10

Nov. 12, 2019 6:05 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Prime-time viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for Nov. 4-10. Listings include the week's ranking and viewership. 1. NFL Football: Minnesota at Dallas, NBC, 22.99 million. 2. "NFL Sunday Night Pre-Kick," NBC, 16.72 million. 3. "NFL Sunday Post-Game," Fox, 15.71 million. 4. NFL Football:...

LSU-Alabama game a big winner for CBS over the weekend

Nov. 12, 2019 6:02 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Television viewers flocked to the showdown between LSU and Alabama over the weekend, making it the top-rated regular season college football game in eight years. The Nielsen company said 16.6 million people watched the game late Saturday afternoon, as LSU held off the Tide's late charge. At...

LSU-Alabama scores most-watched game of season for CBS

Nov. 10, 2019 2:53 PM EST

The LSU-Alabama game drew 16.636 million viewers for CBS, making it the most-watched college football game of the season. CBS said LSU's 46-41 victory against Alabama, a matchup of the AP Top 25's No. 1 and No. 2 teams, scored a 9.7 rating, the highest for any regular-season college football game on any network...

Column: NFL riding wave of sports betting

Nov. 7, 2019 2:54 PM EST

Luckily, the black cat making its primetime debut at MetLife Stadium didn't seem to be an omen. The cat not only found the end zone but found a way to escape Monday night, which is more than most members of the Giants can do before their season is mercifully over. That's life midway through the NFL's 100th...