NFL, NCIS, FBI Among the many Most Watched Reveals of 2020
The pandemic has upset much of the television industry this year, but there was one constant: According to new data from Nielsen, football once again dominated the most-watched TV and regular series of the year among total viewers.
Eight of the ten most-watched individual programs of 2020 were football games or aftermaths, while a ninth was broadcast immediately after the Super Bowl. NFL games also featured two of the top 10 regularly scheduled prime-time programs of the year, including the No. 1 slot. (All year-end Nielsen statistics relate to total viewers, Live Plus 7.)
Super Bowl 54 was the most-watched single show of the year with an average of 102.01 million viewers on Fox, followed by the post-game show with an average of 58.12 million viewers. 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.
Number 5 on the list was CBS's AFC wildcard playoff game between Tennessee and New England (31.83 million), followed by that network's AFC Divisional playoff game between Tennessee and Baltimore (29.83 million). The Masked Singer's post-Super Bowl episode on Fox averaged 27.41 million and the ESPN College Football Championship averaged 25.84 million.
Fox & # 39; NFC Championship Postgame (24.34 million) and ABC's Oscars Telecast (24.32 million) rounded out the top 10.
Among the regularly scheduled prime-time shows, Sunday Night Football was again number 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).
Some of the most-watched series of the year ended up among the most time-shifted shows of 2019 due to the different audience between Live and Live-Plus-7. This Is Us was at the top with 6.50 million in time shift, followed by NCIS (6.26 Million), The Good Doctor (ABC, 6.16 million), 9-1-1 (Fox, 5.80 million) and 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 again dominated the list of the most time-shifted shows by percentage change in viewers between Live and Live-Plus-7, with an increase of 214.8% from Live to Live-Plus-7. This show was followed by ABC's Emergence (191.7%), ABC's Stumptown (170.7%), NBC's Manifesto (157.6%), Fox & # 39; s The Resident (152.6%), New Amsterdam (152.3%) %), AMC's The Walking Dead (148.4%), Will & Grace from NBC (144.0%), A Million Little Things from ABC (143.9%) and Good Girls from NBC (142.7%).