NFL football tops ratings; Astros-Phillies World Series low-scoring

“Sunday Night Football” was the highest-ranked primetime program for the ninth time in the nine weeks of the 2022 NFL season. The Kansas City Chiefs’ 20-17 overtime win over the Tennessee Titans averaged 17.687 million viewers, seventh among the season’s “Sunday Night Football” television broadcasts between Oct. 31 and Sunday.

According to live and same-day figures released by Nielsen on Tuesday, World Series viewership was the third-lowest on record, essentially unchanged from a year ago, but 19.7% higher than the highest 2020 record low.

Fox’s coverage of the Houston Astros’ six-game win over the Philadelphia Phillies averaged 11.759 million viewers.

The Atlanta Braves’ six-game win over Houston in 2020 averaged 11.75 million viewers, and the Dodgers’ six-game win over the Tampa Bay Rays in 2020 averaged 9.771 million.

All of the 2022 World Series games have drawn the biggest crowds to their parties. The only primetime programming with larger audiences since the World Series began on Oct. 28 were two NBC “Sunday Night Football” games and their pre-game shows.

Due to scheduling, rain, and Houston’s decisive Game 6 victory on Saturday, none of the World Series games were aired opposite an NFL game on a national broadcast or by cable. The “Thursday Night Football” game between the Philadelphia Eagles and Houston Texans, which averaged 7.86 million viewers, was shown on the Prime Video streaming service (outside of the team markets).

Thursday’s Game 5 had the highest viewership of the World Series to rank third among prime-time programs, averaging 12.769 million viewers. The World Series has aired on Fox since 2000.

CBS’ “60 Minutes” led all non-sports programming for the seventh time in the 7-week 2022-23 primetime television season, averaging a season-high 10.676 million viewers, eighth for the week behind “Sunday Night Football,” its pre-kickoff show, four World Series games and the third segment of NBC’s “Football Night in America.”

CBS Newsmagazine followed a 34-minute broadcast of the network’s afternoon NFL coverage in prime time in the Eastern and Central time zones, where most of the population of the country. The overflow averaged 24.12 million viewers. It is not considered a separate program but is included in the network’s weekly average.

CBS comedy “Young Sheldon” was the highest-rated entertainment program for the second week in a row, averaging 6.887 million viewers, 12th for the week and second among non-sports programming.

CBS’ “Fire Country” was the most popular new series for the third time in five weeks of broadcast, averaging 5.53 million viewers, 20th for the week and 10th among non-sports programming.

The only premiere on the five major English-language broadcast networks, the NBC comedy “Lopez vs. Lopez,” averaged 2.663 million viewers, third in its 8-8:30 p.m. timeslot on Friday, 64th for the week and 42nd among non-sports programs.

The World Series helped keep Fox atop the network charts for the second week in a row, averaging 8.31 million viewers.

NBC finished second for the second week in a row after seven consecutive first-place finishes, averaging 5.84 million viewers. CBS was third, with an average of 4.88 million, and ABC fourth among broadcast networks, with an average of 2.63 million.

Fox’s highest-ranked non-sports program was an edition of “The Masked Singer” singing competition that aired on Sunday and averaged 2.777 million viewers, 59th for the week and 37th among non-sports programs.

NBC’s non-sports ratings leader was “Chicago Med,” 14th for the week and fourth among non-sports programs, with an average of 6.58 million viewers.

ABC’s ratings were topped by “America’s Funniest Home Videos,” 27th for the week and 16th among non-sports programs, with an average of 4.497 million viewers.

The CW averaged 480,000 viewers. Its biggest draw was the “Penn & Teller: Fool Us” magic competition series, which averaged 809,000 viewers, 126th among broadcast programs. His general classification was not available.

The top 20 prime time programs consisted of two NFL games; three NFL pregame shows; four World Series games; “60 minutes”; five CBS scripted programs; the two episodes of the NBC singing competition “The Voice”; NBC’s “Chicago Med” and “Chicago Fire”; and ESPN’s coverage of the Alabama-LSU college football game.

Fox’s coverage of Saturday afternoon’s MLS Cup drew the biggest audience for the event since 2018, with LAFC’s penalty shootout victory over the Philadelphia Union averaging 1.487 million viewers, its highest since 2018 when Atlanta United’s 2-0 victory over the Portland Timbers, also on Fox, averaged 1.571 million.

ESPN’s “Monday Night Football” topped cable ratings, with the Cleveland Browns’ 32-13 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals on October 31 averaging 10.011 million viewers, ninth overall.

ESPN finished first among cable networks for the second week in a row, fifth in six weeks and eighth in 10 weeks, with an average of 3.019 million viewers. Fox News Channel was second, with an average of 2.427 million viewers, and Hallmark Channel was third for the second week in a row, with an average of 1.194 million.

Cable’s top 20 consisted of ESPN’s “Monday Night Football” and its 13-minute kickoff show; ESPN coverage of Saturday’s Alabama-LSU college football game; 15 weekday political talk shows on Fox News Channel (five shows each of “Tucker Carlson Tonight”, “Hannity” and “The Ingraham Angle”); MSNBC’s news and opinion program “The Rachel Maddow Show”; and the Hallmark Channel movie “A Magical Christmas Village.”

“Enola Holmes 2” was the most-streamed film on Netflix, with viewers spending 64.08 million hours watching the mystery in its first three days of release, according to figures released by the streaming service.

“Manifest” was Netflix’s most popular series, with viewers watching the first 10 episodes of the supernatural drama’s fourth season for 57.06 million hours in the first three days they were available.

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