ABC’s “Monday Night Football” and CBS’ airings of “Big Brother” dominated this week’s broadcast TV ratings as the highest-rated programs.
As football fans tuned in to watch the Jets face the Bills, the game earned a 2.42 rating in the key broadcast demographic among adults 18-49, and drew in 11.66 million total viewers, according to Nielsen live-plus-same-day figures. The ABC-broadcasted game scored the highest rating and highest total viewership among all other weekday primetime programming from last Friday to this Thursday, per TheWrap’s weekly broadcast TV ratings breakdown of the top 10 highest-rated and most-watched programs of the week.
The pre-game kickoff show, which kicked off Monday’s primetime at 8 p.m., scored the second highest rating — with a 1.34 score — as well as the second highest viewership — with 7.96 million viewers — of the week.
After the “Monday Night Football” frenzy came CBS’ “Big Brother,” whose Wednesday and Thursday episodes scored the next highest ratings of the week behind the game. Wednesday’s two-hour episode of “Big Brother” came in as the No. 3 highest-rated program of the week with a 0.75 rating, while Thursday’s live eviction hour came in fourth place with a 0.64 rating.
Likewise, both weekday airings of NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” made the Top 10 list, with the Tuesday episode scoring No. 5 on the list with a 0.59 rating while the Wednesday airing of “AGT” took seventh place with a 0.41 rating. WWE’s “Friday Night Smackdown” on Fox wedged itself in fifth place with a 0.53 rating.
Reality TV took the last few slots on the top-rated programs list, with Wednesday’s “Masterchef” on Fox coming in at eighth place with a 0.38 score, while Tuesday’s “Celebrity Family Feud” on ABC took the No. 9 spot with a 0.36 rating, before the Monday night finale of “American Ninja Warrior” on NBC came in tenth place with a 0.33 score.
As usual this time of year, no scripted programming made the top-rated list.
In terms of total viewership, after “Monday Night Football” and its respective kickoff show locked down the top two spots on the most-viewed programs list, both airings of “America’s Got Talent” claimed the third and fourth spots on the list with the Tuesday airing scoring 5.7 million total viewers, while the Wednesday episode drew in 5.08 million total viewers.
The Wednesday airing of “Big Brother” took the fifth spot on the list with 3.51 million total viewers, while the Thursday episode scored the No. 7 spot with 3.21 million total viewers.
Unscripted shows continued to appear down the list, with the finale of “American Ninja Warrior” taking the No. 8 spot with 2.93 million total viewers, while “Generation Gap” came in ninth place with a total viewership of 2.87 million.
The “FBI” franchise received two nods on this week’s list with a Tuesday rerun of “FBI” coming in sixth place on the list with 3.29 million viewers while a Tuesday rerun of spinoff “FBI: International” took the last spot on the list with 2.77 million viewers.
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