ABC’s “Celebrity Wheel of Fortune” was the most watched entertainment program for the second time in the two weeks it aired, including the three elements of NBC’s “Chicago” franchise, which first aired since November. 18, according to data from Nielsen released this week.
With comedian Drew Carey and actresses Teri Hatcher and Chrissy Metz playing for charity, “Celebrity Wheel of Fortune” reached an average of 7.842 million viewers.
Viewership was down 3.8% from the 8.149 million average for the “Celebrity Wheel of Fortune” premiere a week earlier. Almost all programs lose viewership from the first to the second episode.
Just like week one, “Celebrity Wheel of Fortune” didn’t have to compete with the original episodes of the two most-watched entertainment programs of the season – CBS’s “NCIS” and “FBI” – to be the most watched entertainment program of the week.
Chicago Med was the most-watched script program of the week, with an average of 7.622 million viewers, the ninth of the week, the second in entertainment and third in non-sports programs.
“Chicago Fire” that followed was 10th of the week, averaging 7.27 million viewers. “Chicago PD” averaged 6.588 million viewers after “Chicago Fire” on the 11th of the week and the first program at 10pm
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ 30:20 win over the New Orleans Saints in an NFL divisional round playoff game on Sunday drew the largest audience for prime-time programming during the 17-week-old 2020-21 season, averaging 35.643 million viewers Fox will be the first of the week and will have an average of 9.05 million viewers for its 16 hours of programming time.
Fox’s most watched non-soccer program was the second episode of the animated comedy “The Great North,” which averaged 6.101 million viewers, the 12th in the week, the sixth among non-sports programs and the fifth among Entertainment programs.
“The Great North” followed Fox’s 13-minute NFL post-game show on Sunday, the fifth of the week, averaging 18.01 million viewers. The premiere of “The Great North” on January 3rd reached an average of 2.339 million viewers, followed by the premiere of the comedy “Call Me Kat” with an average of 5.625 million viewers.
NBC was second of the week with an average of 6.35 million viewers. It aired the second most popular prime time programming of the season and week, the Buffalo Bills’ 17-3 win over the Baltimore Ravens, which averaged 26.237 million viewers.
CBS was the third one that week, averaging 4.05 million viewers. It was the most watched non-sports program, the news magazine “60 Minutes”, which reached an average of 10.565 million viewers and was seventh of the week.
ABC was fourth with an average of 3.47 million viewers.
NBC, CBS and ABC each broadcast 22 hours of prime time programming.
ESPN’s coverage of Alabama’s 52:24 win over Ohio State in the national championship game of the College Football Playoffs on Jan. 11 was the most watched cable program of the week, the third this week, averaging 18.528 million viewers.
ESPN was the most-watched cable network of the week, with an average of 3.212 million viewers. CNN ranked second with an average of 3.053 million viewers a week after taking first place and averaging 4.108 million viewers. This is thanks in part to the largest one-day audience in its 40-year history, which covered the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol averaging 5.221 million viewers.
MSNBC ranked third with an average of 2.743 million viewers, followed by Fox News Channel with an average of 2.411 million viewers.
For the fourth time in five weeks, an episode of the Univision telenovela “Vencer el desamor” was the most watched Spanish-language prime-time program. Tuesday’s episode reached an average of 2.053 million viewers, 70th among the programs. His overall rank was not available.
Univision was the most watched Spanish-speaking network for the 59th time in a row and the 61st time in 62 weeks, with an average of 1.26 million viewers. Telemundo took second place with an average of 1 million viewers, followed by UniMas (340,000), Estrella TV (180,000) and Azteca America (60,000).
ABC’s “World News Tonight with David Muir” was the most watched nightly newscast for the 59th straight, 110th in 111 weeks and 162nd in 164 weeks, averaging 10.336 million viewers.
“NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt” came in second with an average of 8.469 million viewers, followed by “CBS Evening News with Norah O’Donnell” with an average of 6.194 million viewers.
The top 10 prime-time programs of the week were Fox’s coverage of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers-New Orleans Saints division playoff game on Sunday. NBC’s coverage of the Buffalo Bills-Baltimore Ravens divisional playoff game on Saturday; ESPN’s coverage of the College Football Playoffs national championship game and the 16-minute studio show before that; NBC’s 10-minute pre-kickoff show before the Buffalo-Baltimore game; Fox ’13-minute post-game show after the Tampa Bay-New Orleans game; CBS ‘”60 Minutes”; ABC’s “Celebrity Wheel of Fortune”; and NBC’s “Chicago Med” and “Chicago Fire”.