CBS claimed the excellence of most-watched tv community for the fifteenth straight yr, whilst these bragging rights don’t imply what they used to.

The community averaged just below 6 million viewers on a typical second in prime time for the season that simply concluded, the Nielsen firm stated on Friday. NBC was the second hottest, adopted by Fox and ABC — the identical pecking order as final yr.

All the networks misplaced viewers from the yr earlier than, with NBC’s 13% decline the steepest and Fox’s 1% drop the smallest, Nielsen stated.

CBS’ profitable streak started in a unique period, again when the point out of streaming or cord-cutting would earn a quizzical look. Its viewership common throughout that 2008-09 season was 11.75 million, almost double what it was this yr.

Compared, ABC and Fox each misplaced greater than half of their stay viewers from the 2008-09 season, whereas NBC was down 33% from that point, when it was at an ebb, Nielsen stated.

Fairly merely, viewers have much more selections in the present day and are accustomed to creating their very own leisure schedules. The printed networks additionally profit from that; CBS stated that inside 35 days, a typical episode of “CSI: Vegas” greater than doubles its viewership from the evening it first airs.

However, more and more, stay occasions like sports activities are what brings viewers to community tv. NBC’s “Sunday Evening Soccer” was the preferred program this previous season, averaging 18.5 million stay viewers, Nielsen stated.

“Sunday Evening Soccer” first aired on NBC in 2006. Longevity was a key element in different widespread exhibits. Essentially the most-watched drama on the evening it first airs, CBS’ “NCIS,” has been on the community’s schedule since 2003. The preferred comedy, CBS’ “Younger Sheldon,” first aired in 2017, however it was a by-product from “The Huge Bang Principle,” which started a decade earlier.

Essentially the most-watched information program in prime time, CBS’ “60 Minutes,” has been on the air since 1968. Essentially the most-watched actuality present, NBC’s “The Voice,” started in 2011.

All however two of the ten most-watched scripted exhibits have been dramas. “Younger Sheldon” and CBS’ “Ghosts” have been the 2 exceptions.

CBS had seven of the ten hottest scripted exhibits. The others have been producer Dick Wolf’s “Chicago Hearth,” “Chicago Med” and “Chicago P.D.” trilogy on NBC.