NBA Playoffs, NFL Draft Help ABC Stay Atop TV Network Ranking

ABC captured a 7.92% viewership share across April 22-28, 2024.

NBA Playoffs, NFL Draft Help ABC Stay Atop TV Network Ranking
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Each week, we highlight the most-watched shows and networks using insights from Inscape, the currency-grade smart TV ACR data provider and data technology division of Vizio. Data is linear, live TV only and includes all episode types (new and reruns). Rankings are by percent share duration (i.e., time spent watching). Here's a look at the top 25 networks by viewership share for April 22-28 — head over to TVREV to see the program ranking and get insights about the top shows by watch-time.

For the second week in a row, ABC is in first place on the ranking. It increased its viewership share from 7.58% previously to 7.92%, thanks largely to NBA playoff games. Other top programming by watch-time on the network included the 2024 NFL draft, Good Morning America and American Idol

A few more highlights about the most-watched TV networks: 

  • CBS stays steady in second place, but grew its watch-time from 7.43% to 7.65% week-over-week.
  • NBC, Fox News and Fox retain their previous ranking positions, but saw slight decreases in minutes watched, while ESPN remains at No. 6 but saw its share increase from 3.74% to 4.00%, thanks in part to the 2024 NFL draft and NBA playoff games. 
  • Week-over-week ranking newcomers include truTV (No. 7) and ESPN2 (No. 22). Playoff action from the NBA and NHL fueled the former’s ascent, while the latter benefited primarily from the NFL draft. 

The NBA playoffs continue to dominate the TV program ranking — check out the chart here.