NFL, NCIS, FBI Among 2020’s Most-Watched Shows

NFL, NCIS, FBI Among 2020’s Most-Watched Shows

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The year’s most-watched show, Super Bowl 54, averaged 102.01 million viewers on Fox, followed by the postgame show (58.12 million).
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By Jason Lynch

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The pandemic upended much of the television industry this year, but there was one constant: Football once again dominated the year’s most-watched telecasts and regular series in total viewers, according to new data from Nielsen.

Eight of 2020’s 10 most-watched single telecasts were football games or postgames, while a ninth aired immediately following the Super Bowl. NFL games also took two of the top 10 regularly scheduled prime-time programs of the year, including the No. 1 slot. (All of Nielsen’s year-end stats are in total viewers, live-plus-7.)

Super Bowl 54 was the most-watched single telecast of the year, averaging 102.01 million viewers on Fox, followed by the postgame show, which averaged 58.12 million. Fox’s NFC Championship Game between San Francisco and Green Bay drew 43.63 million, and the network’s NFC playoff game between Green Bay and Seattle averaged 38.02 million.

No. 5 on the list was CBS’ AFC Wildcard playoff game between Tennessee and New England (31.83 million), followed by that network’s AFC Divisional playoff game between Tennesse and Baltimore (29.83 million). The Masked Singer’s post-Super Bowl episode on Fox averaged 27.41 million and ESPN’s College Football Championship drew 25.84 million.

Fox’s NFC Championship postgame (24.34 million) and ABC’s Oscars telecast (24.32 million) rounded out the top 10.

Among regularly scheduled prime-time shows, Sunday Night Football was once again No. 1 (NBC, 16.29 million), ahead of NCIS (CBS, 15.42 million). The rest of the top 10: FBI (CBS, 12.89 million), Thursday Night Football (FOX/NFL Network, 12.86 million), Blue Bloods (CBS, 12.16 million), Chicago Fire (NBC, 11.99 million), Chicago PD (NBC, 11.52 million), Young Sheldon (CBS, 11.41 million), Chicago Med (NBC, 11.36 million) and This Is Us (NBC, 11.25 million).

Several of the year’s most-watched series also ended up among 2019’s top time-shifted shows, by difference in audience between live and live-plus-7. This Is Us was on top with 6.50 million added in time-shifting, followed by NCIS (6.26 million), The Good Doctor (ABC, 6.16 million), 9-1-1 (Fox, 5.80 million), New Amsterdam (NBC, 5.77 million), Blue Bloods (5.72 million), Chicago PD (5.57 million), Bull (CBS, 5.45 million), Chicago Fire (5.33 million) and FBI (5.21 million).

Paramount Network’s Yellowstone once again dominated the list of most time-shifted shows by percentage change in viewers between live and live-plus-7, with a 214.8% increase from live to live-plus-7. That show was followed by ABC’s Emergence (191.7%), ABC’s Stumptown (170.7%), NBC’s Manifest (157.6%), Fox’s The Resident (152.6%), New Amsterdam (152.3%), AMC’s The Walking Dead (148.4%), NBC’s Will & Grace (144.0%), ABC’s A Million Little Things (143.9%) and NBC’s Good Girls (142.7%).

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