Nielsen: 'America's Got Talent' and America loves 'GOT'

This image released by HBO shows a scene from an episode of "Game of Thrones," which aired Sunday, Aug. 6, 2017. The series continued its ratings reign with a best-yet audience of 10.2 million. (HBO via AP)

NEW YORK — Sports, talent derbies, news and voyeurism kept unscripted fare high on the Nielsen roster last week.

A big exception: premium cable HBO's scripted sensation "Game of Thrones," which continued its reign with a best-yet audience of 10.2 million in its 9 p.m. Sunday berth. For the week, "GOT" ranked behind only NBC's "America's Got Talent." The only other scripted show in the week's Top 10: a repeat of CBS' sitcom "The Big Bang Theory," in 10th place. Otherwise, "World of Dance" and NFL football on NBC, and CBS' "Big Brother" and "60 Minutes" filled the slots.

Meanwhile, it was not a good week for Fox, which was totally shut out of the Top 20.

Overall in prime time for the week, NBC averaged 5.4 million viewers. CBS was second with 4.1 million, ABC had 3.2 million, Fox had 1.6 million, just ahead of Univision with 1.5 million, while Telemundo had 1.34 million, ION Television had 1.28 million, and the CW had 950,000.

Fox News Channel was again the week's most popular cable network in prime time, averaging 2.14 million viewers. MSNBC had 1.70 million, USA had 1.53 million and HGTV had 1.48 million.

ABC's "World News Tonight" topped the evening newscasts with an average of 7.7 million viewers. NBC's "Nightly News" had 7.4 million and the "CBS Evening News had 5.7 million viewers.

For the week of July 31-Aug. 6, the top 10 shows, their networks and viewerships: "America's Got Talent" (Tuesday), NBC, 13.33 million; "Game of Thrones," HBO, 10.17 million; NFL Pre-Season Hall of Fame game: Arizona Vs. Dallas, NBC, 8.25 million; NFL Pre-Season Pre-Kick, NBC, 7.06 million; "World of Dance," NBC, 7.00 million; "Big Brother" (Wednesday), CBS, 6.58 million; "60 Minutes," CBS, 6.55 million; "Big Brother" (Sunday), CBS, 6.46 million; "Big Brother" (Thursday), CBS, 6.42 million; "The Big Bang Theory," CBS, 6.19 million.

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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 and Telemundo are owned by Comcast Corp. ION Television is owned by ION Media Networks.

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