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August 6, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

The debut of preseason football on NBC with the telecast of the NFL Hall of Fame game between the New York Giants and the Buffalo Bills may have produced relatively weak ratings, as pro-football telecasts go, but along with two nights of solid ratings for America’s Got Talent and a season high for American Ninja Warrior, it was enough to keep NBC in first place among adults 18-49. The network has finished on top among the 18-49 demo in eight of the past eleven weeks, losing to ABC only during the two weeks of the NBA Finals and to Fox during the week of Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game. Somewhat surprisingly, Univision finished in second place for the week in the 18-49 category (and was No. 1 among viewers 18-34), repeating last week’s accomplishment. Once again, the two episodes of America’s Got Talent led the Nielsen ratings list, with Wednesday’s edition drawing 10.8 million viewers and Tuesday’s 10.6 million. The continued warfare between Israel and Hamas in Gaza failed to boost ratings for the nightly newscasts. NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams remained the leader with 7.9 million viewers, trailed by ABC World News with Diane Sawyer with 7.3 million. The CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley trailed with 5.8 million. For the week overall, CBS led in total households with a 3.5 rating and a 6 share, followed closely by NBC with a 3.3/6. ABC placed third with a 3.0/5, while Fox trailed with a 1.4/3.