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Thursday, Dec. 27, 2018|3:50 p.m.
LOS ANGELES– The 16-year-old charmer who conquered “The Voice” with her old-school country touch helped improve NBC to a weekly rankings win.
Almost 10 million audiences watched Chevel Shepherd win the singing contest, making it last week’s most popular home entertainment program. Shepherd, of Farmington, New Mexico, was coached by another skill program discovery: inaugural “American Idol” victor Kelly Clarkson.
Football when again showed its ratings dominance, with broadcast and cable video games and pre- or post-game shows declaring six of the week’s top 10 areas, according to Nielsen figures launched Thursday.
The top-ranked video game– and program overall– was NBC’s Sunday night NFL display, in which the Seattle Seahawks clinched an area in the NFC playoffs with a 38-31 win over the Kansas City Chiefs.
NBC won the week in prime-time television, averaging 6.7 million. CBS, assisted by “60 Minutes” and leading 20 reruns of stalwart series including “NCIS” and “The Big Bang Theory,” followed with 6.4 million.
ABC had 3 million, Fox had 1.7 million, ION Television had 1.28 million, Univision had 1.2 million, Telemundo had 1 million and the CW had 790,000.
Prime-time TELEVISION viewing normally drops throughout the holidays for broadcast networks, however Fox was particularly hard hit as it marked its very first week this fall without Thursday Night Football. For the week of Dec. 10, when the network’s L.A. Chargers-Kansas City telecast ranked 2nd amongst all programs, the network balanced 5.1 million total viewers.
ESPN was the week’s most popular cable network, averaging 2.8 million individuals in prime-time television. Holiday-spirited Trademark had 2 million, MSNBC had 1.9 million, Fox News Channel had 1.87 million and CNN had 1.1 million.
ABC’s “World News Tonight” topped the night broadcasts with approximately 8.7 million viewers. NBC’s “Nightly News” was second with 8.4 million and the “CBS Evening News” had 6.2 million.
For the week of Dec. 17-23, the top 10 shows, their networks and viewerships: NFL Sunday Night Football: Kansas City at Seattle, NBC, 19.6 million; NFL Routine Season: New Orleans at Charlotte, ESPN, 13.3 million; “Sunday Night NFL Pre-kick,” NBC, 12.6 million; “60 Minutes,” CBS, 12 million; “NFL Sunday Postgame,” Fox 10.3 million; “The Voice (Tuesday),” NBC, 9.9 million; “The Voice (Monday),” NBC 9.5 million; Thursday Night Football: Baltimore at Los Angeles Chargers, NFL Network, 8.2 million; “Football Night in America,” NBC. 8.1 million; “Survivor,” CBS, 7.7 million.
ABC is owned by The Walt Disney Co. CBS is owned by CBS Corp. CW is a joint endeavor of Warner Bros. Home Entertainment and CBS Corp. Fox is owned by 21st Century Fox. NBC and Telemundo are owned by Comcast Corp. ION Television is owned by ION Media Networks.