NFL Propels CBS to Top of TV Network Ranking

With a 9.01% viewership share, CBS was the most-watched TV network last week, per Inscape.

NFL Propels CBS to Top of 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 September 11-17 — head over to TVREV to see the program ranking and get insights about the top shows by watch-time.

NFL games fueled nearly a third of CBS watch-time for the week, driving the network into first place with a 9.01% total viewership share. ABC, which benefited from both NFL and college football, rises to second place from fourth previously with 7.39% of minutes watched.

Additional insights around the most-watched networks from September 11-17:

  • Bravo moves up from No. 22 to No. 17, with its 1.09% viewership share fueled in part by Southern Charm, Below Deck and The Real Housewives of Orange County.
  • Although they retain their ranking positions, MSNBC, HGTV, Hallmark Channel, CNN, and Investigation Discovery each saw increases in watch-time compared to the previous week.
  • History was the sole week-over-week newcomer to the chart, landing at No. 23 with 0.88% of watch-time.

On the program side of things, there was a surprise newcomer to the ranking — check it out on TVREV.