“America’s Got Talent” continued its dominance in both the total viewers and adults 18-49 races for the week of August 20, but had some close competition with the growing NFL Preseason coverage.

The NBC reality competition series captured the top spot of the week in the 18-49 demo yet again with its Tuesday night broadcast (2.1), while its Wednesday night edition landed fairly lower in the top 25 with a 1.6 rating. Meanwhile, FOX’s Thursday Night Football coverage landed second-highest in the week with a 1.8, tying NBC’s own Sunday Night Football broadcast in the demo, but just barely beating it in 18-49 viewers (2.34 million vs. 2.33 million).

It was less of a close race between “America’s Got Talent” and football in the total viewers measure, however, with “Got Talent” easily grabbing both of the week’s top spots in the measure with 11.21 and 9.70 million viewers. The NBC and FOX football broadcasts landed the fourth and fifth spots (7.17 million, 6.50 million) in the chart.

With both “Got Talent” and its NFL preseason coverage, NBC maintained its place at the top spot among the Big 4 networks for the week with a 1.0, while FOX (0.8) came second and ABC (0.7) and CBS (0.7) tied for third.

Here are the network standings for last week and the season so far.

Current week ratings are live + same-day. Season-to-date ratings are “most current,” a combination of Live +7 and same-day ratings.

Here are the program rankings:

Top 25 broadcast shows (including ties) in adults 18-49 for August 20-26, 2018

August 20-26 ABC CBS CW FOX NBC TEL UNI
Adults 18-49 rating/share (rank) 0.7/3 (3t) 0.7/4 (3t) 0.2/1 (7) 0.8/4 (2) 1.0/5 (1) 0.5/2 (5) 0.4/2 (6)
Viewers in millions (rank) 3.56 (3) 4.02 (2) 0.77 (7) 2.63 (4) 4.94 (1) 1.21 (5t) 1.21 (5t)

 

Season to date ABC CBS CW FOX NBC TEL UNI
Adults 18-49 rating/share (rank) 1.4/6 (2) 1.3/6 (3) 0.5/2 (5t) 1.2/5 (4) 1.8/8 (1) 0.5/2 (5t) 0.5/2 (5t)
Viewers in millions (rank) 5.61 (3) 7.83 (1) 1.55 (5) 4.23 (4) 7.81 (2) 1.23 (7) 1.49 (6)

Top 25 broadcast shows in total viewers for August 20-26, 2018

Rank Show Net Day Time 18-49 rating
18-49 viewers (000s)
1 AMERICA’S GOT TALENT NBC Tues. 8:00 PM 2.1 2,721
2 NFL ON FOX PRESEASON – S FOX Thurs. 8:23 PM 1.8 2,337
NBC NFL PRE-SEASON – S NBC Sun. 8:08 PM 1.8 2,332
4 BIG BROTHER – WED CBS Weds. 8:00 PM 1.7 2,133
5 BIG BROTHER – THU CBS Thurs. 9:00 PM 1.6 2,110
BIG BROTHER – SUN CBS Sun. 8:00 PM 1.6 2,049
AMERICA’S GOT TALENT – WED NBC Weds. 8:00 PM 1.6 2,039
8 BACHELOR IN PARADISE ABC Mon. 8:00 PM 1.3 1,640
9 WORLD OF DANCE NBC Weds. 9:00 PM 1.2 1,537
10 CELEBRITY FAMILY FEUD ABC Sun. 8:00 PM 1.1 1,455
BACHELOR IN PARADISE – TUE ABC Tues. 8:00 PM 1.1 1,412
12 MASTERCHEF FOX Weds. 9:00 PM 1.0 1,343
AMERICAN NINJA WARRIOR NBC Mon. 8:00 PM 1.0 1,304
THE BIG BANG THEORY – R CBS Thurs. 8:00 PM 1.0 1,296
15 MOM – R CBS Thurs. 8:31 PM 0.9 1,214
MASTERCHEF FOX Weds. 8:00 PM 0.9 1,177
MAKING IT NBC Tues. 10:01 PM 0.9 1,176
THE $100,000 PYRAMID ABC Sun. 9:00 PM 0.9 1,122
19 AMERICA’S FUNNIEST HOME VIDEOS – R ABC Sun. 7:00 PM 0.8 1,043
NFL PRE-SEASON – S CBS Fri. 8:56 PM 0.8 1,033
DATELINE – R NBC Sun. 7:00 PM 0.8 1,019
TO TELL THE TRUTH ABC Sun. 10:00 PM 0.8 1,013
NFL PRE-SEASON FOOTBALL – S CBS Sat. 8:00 PM 0.8 984
24 BOB’S BURGERS – R FOX Sun. 7:22 PM 0.7 929
ELLENS GAME OF GAMES – R NBC Thurs. 8:00 PM 0.7 861
THE SIMPSONS – R FOX Sun. 8:00 PM 0.7 860
BEAT SHAZAM – R FOX Tues. 8:00 PM 0.7 842

 

Rank Show Net Day Time
Viewers (000s)
1 AMERICA’S GOT TALENT NBC Tues. 8:00 PM 11,209
2 AMERICA’S GOT TALENT – WED NBC Weds. 8:00 PM 9,697
3 60 MINUTES – R CBS Sun. 7:00 PM 7,378
4 NBC NFL PRE-SEASON – S NBC Sun. 8:08 PM 7,172
5 NFL ON FOX PRESEASON -S FOX Thurs. 8:23 PM 6,495
6 CELEBRITY FAMILY FEUD ABC Sun. 8:00 PM 6,311
7 THE BIG BANG THEORY – R CBS Thurs. 8:00 PM 5,831
8 BIG BROTHER – WED CBS Weds. 8:00 PM 5,717
9 BIG BROTHER – SUN CBS Sun. 8:00 PM 5,673
10 BIG BROTHER – THU CBS Thurs. 9:00 PM 5,628
11 NCIS – R CBS Tues. 8:00 PM 5,244
12 THE $100,000 PYRAMID ABC Sun. 9:00 PM 5,164
13 DATELINE – R NBC Sun. 7:00 PM 5,129
14 WORLD OF DANCE NBC Weds. 9:00 PM 5,055
15 AMERICAN NINJA WARRIOR NBC Mon. 8:00 PM 5,006
16 MOM – R CBS Thurs. 8:31 PM 4,894
17 AMERICA’S FUNNIEST HOME VIDEOS – R ABC Sun. 7:00 PM 4,720
18 BACHELOR IN PARADISE ABC Mon. 8:00 PM 4,623
19 NCIS: NEW ORLEANS – R CBS Tues. 10:00 PM 4,384
20 CARPOOL KARAOKE W/ PAUL MCCARTNEY – S CBS Mon. 8:00 PM 4,283
21 BULL – R CBS Tues. 9:00 PM 4,276
22 STORY OF THE ROYALS – PT 2 – S ABC Thurs. 9:00 PM 4,253
23 STORY OF THE ROYALS – PT 1 – S ABC Weds. 9:00 PM 4,006
24 BACHELOR IN PARADISE – TUE ABC Tues. 8:00 PM 3,977
25 TO TELL THE TRUTH ABC Sun. 10:00 PM 3,838

All program ratings are live + same-day. Source: The Nielsen Company.

Posted by:Alex Welch

Alex Welch has been writing for TV by the Numbers since January 2016. In his off time he enjoys, rewatching old episodes of Game of Thrones and unironically singing along to ABBA. Every now and then, he even does them at the same time. He lives in Los Angeles.

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