MediaPost, CBS News

Only Three of Broadcast TV’s 53 Summer Series Are Up in Viewership — Here They Are

Aug 16, 2019  •  Post A Comment

Even the show that’s broadcast television’s top show of the summer is down double-digits in viewership from a year ago in what has been a tough summer for TV viewing. MediaPost reports that through 11 weeks of summer, NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” — the top show by a lot — is off 16% from last year.

“Talent” is reportedly averaging 9.6 million total viewers, according to Nielsen data, well ahead of ABC’s “The Bachelorette,” which is in second place with 5.8 million viewers — down 2% from a year ago. Other top shows are ABC’s “Celebrity Family Feud,” coming in with 5.4 million viewers, down 10% from a year ago; ABC’s “The $100,000 Pyramid” with 4.7 million viewers, down 2%; and NBC’s “American Ninja Warrior” with 4.6 million viewers, down 8.6%.

The only three shows among broadcast’s 53 summer series that have bucked the downtrend from a year ago, according to MediaPost, are CBS’s “Whistleblower,” up 37% to 3.6 million; Fox’s “Beat Shazam,” up 10% to 2.5 million; and ABC’s “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” up 3.6% to 2.15 million.

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