CNN scores at convention; NBC takes week overall in viewers

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. – It was CNN’s week to shine as the political action shifted from the GOP to coverage of the Democratic National Convention.

While Fox News Channel dominated the week before in covering the Republicans, CNN predictably was preferred by viewers of the Democratic confab. In prime-time for the week, CNN led all cable networks with an average of 3.21 million viewers, followed by Fox News Channel with 2.50 million and MSNBC with 2.38 million.

Hourly segments of CNN’s convention coverage claimed the top nine rungs among cable network ratings in prime time, and among all networks, CNN claimed seven slots in the Nielsen Top 20.

Among broadcast networks for the week, NBC led with an average of 4.7 million viewers (as it warms up for more weekly gold courtesy of its Olympics coverage, starting Friday). The week’s top two shows, as usual, were NBC’s two editions of “America’s Got Talent.”

CBS was the week’s runner-up with 4.3 million, while ABC had 4.0 million and Fox drew a feeble 1.9 million. Univision was right behind with 1.7 million, followed by Telemundo with 1.5 million. After that, ION Television had 1.3 million, and the CW had 900,000 viewers.

In the evening news derby, NBC’s “Nightly News” held the top spot with 7.18 million viewers, followed by ABC’s “World News Tonight” with 7.15 million. The “CBS Evening News” had 6.03 million.

For the week of July 25-31, the top 10 shows, their networks and viewerships: “America’s Got Talent” (Tuesday), NBC, 10.47 million; “America’s Got Talent” (Wednesday), NBC, 9.52 million; “60 Minutes,” CBS, 8.21 million; Democratic Convention Coverage (Thursday, 10 p.m.), CNN, 7.78 million; “Celebrity Family Feud,” ABC, 7.30 million; “The Big Bang Theory,” CBS, 6.72 million; Democratic Convention Coverage (Thursday, 11 p.m.), CNN, 6.54 million; “The $100,000 Pyramid,” ABC, 6.52 million; “The Bachelorette,” ABC, 6.35 million; Democratic Convention Coverage (Monday, 10 p.m.), CNN, 6.29 million.


ABC is owned by The Walt Disney Co. CBS is owned by CBS Corp. CW is a joint venture of Warner Bros. Entertainment and CBS Corp. Fox is owned by 21st Century Fox. NBC, MSNBC and Telemundo are owned by Comcast Corp. ION Television is owned by ION Media Networks. CNN is owned by Time Warner.