AGT tops TV’s Nielsen ratings

NEW YORK (AP) – Competition at athletic venues dominated the agenda for television viewers last week, but none was as popular as a competition on stage.

America’s Got Talent (AGT), which is well-established as TV’s favourite live show of the summer, reached seven million viewers last week with auditions for its 16th season on NBC, the Nielsen company said.

ABC found some viewers for its premiere of When Nature Calls, where Helen Mirren narrates comedic film clips from the wild, a reboot of a BBC series.

Otherwise, the NBA conference finals and Olympic trials drew many TV viewers.

NBC won the week with an average of 3.5 million viewers in prime time. CBS had three million, ABC had 2.7 million, Fox had 1.7 million, Univision had 1.2 million, Ion Television had 1.02 million and Telemundo had 990,000.

ESPN won a tight race for cable supremacy, averaging 2.19 million viewers in prime time.

TNT had 2.18 million, Fox News Channel had 2.15 million, MSNBC had 1.32 million and HGTV had 1.13 million.

ABC’s World News Tonight was the most popular evening news show, averaging 7.8 million viewers. NBC’s Nightly News had 6.3 million and the CBS Evening News’ had 4.7 million.

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