Reality (and ‘Game of Thrones’) reigned in ratings last week

LOS ANGELES (AP) — “Big Brother” was a big winner for CBS last week. The peek-a-boo reality series claimed Top 10 slots for its trio of editions last week, according to Nielsen, ranking fifth, seventh and eighth.

NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” continued to demonstrate a talent for drawing viewers as the week’s most-watched show.

But among the week’s dozen highest-rated shows, eight were in the reality/competition genre, also including “World Of Dance” (No. 3), “The Bachelorette” (4), “Little Big Shots” (11) and “American Ninja Warrior” (12).

Invading the broadcast-TV roster from the world of premium cable again last week: HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” seizing the runner-up spot with an impressive 9.25 million.

Overall in prime time for the week, NBC averaged 4.7 million viewers in prime time. CBS was second with 4.3 million, ABC had 3.1 million, Fox had 1.7 million, Univision had 1.44 million, Telemundo had 1.39 million, ION Television had 1.2 million, and the CW had 910,000.

Fox News Channel was again the week’s most popular cable network, averaging 2.06 million viewers in prime time. MSNBC had 1.82 million, USA had 1.48 million and HGTV had 1.46 million.

ABC’s “World News Tonight” topped the evening newscasts with an average of 7.6 million viewers. NBC’s “Nightly News” had 7.2 million and the “CBS Evening News had 5.6 million viewers.

For the week of July 24-30, the top 10 shows, their networks and viewerships: “America’s Got Talent” (Tuesday), NBC, 13.08 million; “Game of Thrones,” HBO, 9.25 million; “World of Dance,” NBC, 6.88 million; “The Bachelorette,” ABC, 6.44 million; “Big Brother” (Wednesday), CBS, 6.36 million; “NCIS,” CBS, 6.332 million; “Big Brother” (Thursday), 6.330 million; “Big Brother” (Sunday), 6.328 million; “The Big Bang Theory,” CBS, 6.31 million; “60 Minutes,” CBS, 6.17 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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