CBS snaps NBC’s 21-night win streak


NBC, which is increasingly owning the summer months, reached an historic 21 nights in a row as the nation’s most popular television network before having its win streak snapped.

It was the longest string of consecutive victories among television viewers since the Nielsen company began keeping more precise records in 1987. The dominance of the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro was the chief reason, but NBC kept it going until last Friday when CBS won with an NFL exhibition game between Cleveland and Tampa Bay.

NBC has won among all viewers for the past nine weeks, its longest period of dominance since 1997, Nielsen said.

For the week of Aug. 22-28, the top 5 shows, their networks and viewerships: “America’s Got Talent” (Tuesday), NBC, 11.26 million; “America’s Got Talent” (Wednesday), NBC, 10.56 million; “60 Minutes,” CBS, 7.99 million; “NCIS,” CBS, 7.4 million; “The Big Bang Theory,” CBS, 7.35 million.

Associated Press