NEW YORK: Queen Latifah is becoming a TV star for CBS at a time when broadcast networks can really use one, while Dwayne Johnson and Kenan Thompson have made respectable sitcom debuts for NBC.
Latifah’s drama The Equalizer was the most popular scripted show on television last week, the Nielsen company said, trailing only the top 60 Minutes and giving CBS a strong dub on Sunday. Young Rock, the NBC comedy based on his life, is enough to finish among Nielsen’s 20 best shows of the week.
One million of those viewers walked away last Tuesday for Kenan’s debut. The sitcom starring the longtime Saturday Night Live actor as an Atlanta TV host and single dad has reached 4.2 million viewers, Nielsen said.
A generation ago, numbers like these wouldn’t be enough to make a show a second week. But given the general discoloration of network television and the ability for viewers to watch these shows off-line, and NBC will no doubt take it.
For a typical week in February, no major sporting events and virtually all prime time shows airing original episodes live on ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC are down 18% from the same week last year. , Nielsen said.
CBS won the week with an average of 4.6 million prime-time viewers. ABC had 3.9 million, NBC 3.5 million, Fox 2.6 million, Univision 1.6 million, Ion Television 1.1 million, and Telemundo 1 million.
Fox News Channel was the most popular cable network, averaging 2.42 million prime-time viewers. MSNBC had 1.91 million, CNN 1.6 million, HGTV 1.12 million, and History 1.01 million.
ABC’s World News Tonight won the evening news audience race, averaging 10.2 million viewers. NBC’s Nightly News had 8.3 million and CBS Evening News 6.4 million.
For the week of February 15 to 21, the 20 most popular programs, their networks and their audience:
1. 60 minutes, CBS, 9.56 million.
2. The Equalizer, CBS, 8.13 million.
3. Young Sheldon, CBS, 7.72 million.
4. Chicago Med, NBC, 7.59 million.
5. Chicago Fire, NBC, 7.3 million.
6. 911, Fox, 6.85 million.
7. American Idol, ABC, 6.67 million.
8. Celebrity Wheel of Fortune, ABC, 6.03 million.
9. Magnum, PI, CBS, 5.97 million.
10. NCIS: Los Angeles, CBS, 5.92 million.
11. Chicago PD, NBC, 5.88 million.
12. NCIS, CBS, 5.771 million.
13. This is us, NBC, 5.766 million.
14. 911: Lone Star, Fox, 5.73 million.
15. The Bachelor, ABC, 5.57 million.
16. America’s Funniest Home Videos, ABC, 5.36 million.
17. Mom, CBS, 5.35 million.
18. Young Rock, NBC, 5.32 million.
19. B Positive, CBS, 5.11 million.
20. MacGyver, CBS, 4.96 million.
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