For the season as a whole, CBS is averaging 9.1 million viewers in prime time compared to NBC's 8.9 million, which is the closest NBC has been in 17 years, Nielsen said. NBC's ability to stick close with its rival will be tested after the football season. The Sunday night game between division rivals Dallas and Philadelphia this weekend reached 20 million viewers, far more than the next most-watched event, also a pro football game.
Fox News Channel outpaced all of the networks covering the midterm elections last week, with its peak hour coming between 9 and 10 p.m. ET. For the week, NBC averaged 7.1 million viewers. CBS had 6.8 million, Fox had 5.3 million, ABC had 4.6 million, Univision had 1.4 million, ION Television had 1.3 million, Telemundo had 1 million and the CW had 900,000.
Fox News was the week's most popular cable network, averaging 3.25 million viewers in prime-time. ESPN had 2.98, MSNBC had 2.3 million, Hallmark had 2.07 million and CNN had 1.68 million. ABC's "World News Tonight" topped the evening newscasts with an average of 8.3 million viewers. NBC's "Nightly News" had 8 million and the "CBS Evening News" had 5.9 million.
For the week of Nov. 5-11, the top 10 shows, their networks and viewerships: NFL Football: Dallas at Philadelphia, NBC, 20.1 million; NFL Football: Carolina at Pittsburgh, Fox, 14.8 million; "NFL Pregame," NBC, 13.63 million; "The Big Bang Theory," CBS, 12.85 million; "60 Minutes," CBS, 12.71 million; NFL Football: Tennessee at Dallas, ESPN, 12.04 million; "Young Sheldon," CBS, 11 million; "Football Night in America," NBC, 10.14 million; "NFL Pregame," Fox, 9.72 million; "NFL Post-Game," Fox, 9.32 million.
ABC is owned by The Walt Disney Co. CBS is owned by CBS Corp. CW is a joint venture of Warner Bros. 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.