Hallmark takes on a familiar vacation role; NFL tops prime time


NEW YORK (AP) – It has the makings of a blue Christmas for Leah. She turns 30 on Christmas Eve, the same day she will be a bridesmaid at her brother’s wedding.

But wait, her childhood crush is back in town. It sounds like a guaranteed to pull the chords on a movie premise, and no one knows how to do it this time of year like the Hallmark Channel.

This film starring Emily Osment in the lead role, “A Very Merry Bridesmaid,” and another premiere this past weekend, “Sister Swap: Hometown Holidays,” are part of a vacation fare assembly line at Hallmark. Both have reached nearly 3 million viewers, the Nielsen company said.

Hallmark was the most-watched entertainment cable channel last week, as it often does with the holidays approaching. The network ranks particularly well with its target audience of women aged 25 to 54.

Broadcast networks are rolling out their own holiday fare, with NBC’s special about lighting the Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center being the most popular last week.

NBC reached 5.3 million people for its live production of “Annie!” Live TV musicals have been losing their appeal since becoming a semi-regular feature when a production of ‘The Sound of Music’ surprised people by drawing over 18 million viewers in 2013. “Annie” ! Live “beat ABC’s interview with Alec Baldwin on the set of the movie” Rust, “which was a direct contender.

Meanwhile, Fox has won football in the Weekly Leaderboards, averaging 6.4 million prime-time viewers last week. NBC had 6.1 million, CBS 5.3 million, ABC 2.9 million, Univision 1.4 million, Ion Television 930,000, and Telemundo 900,000.

Fox News Channel leads the cable network with an average of 2.42 million prime-time viewers. ESPN had 2.05 million, Hallmark had 1.53 million, MSNBC had 1.16 million, and Freeform had 1.02 million.

ABC’s “World News Tonight” topped the race for evening news ratings with an average of 8 million viewers. NBC’s “Nightly News” had 7.4 million and the “CBS Evening News” 5.2 million.

For the week of Nov. 29 to Dec. 5, the 20 most watched prime time programs, their network and their audiences.

1. NFL Football: Denver to Kansas City, NBC, 17.51 ​​million.

2. NFL Football: Dallas to New Orleans, Fox, 16.7 million.

3. “NFL Pregame,” NBC, 12.12 million.

4. College football: Michigan vs. Iowa, Fox, 11.66 million.

5. NFL Football: Seattle at Washington, ESPN, 10.9 million.

6. “NFL Postgame”, Fox, 10.46 million.

7. “60 minutes”, CBS, 10.3 million.

8. “College Football Pre-Game,” Fox, $ 9.74 million.

9. “NFL Pregame,” Fox, 9.73 million.

10. “Football Night in America, Part 3”, NBC, 9.34 million.

11. “NCIS”, CBS, 7.34 million.

12. “Yellowstone,” Paramount, 7.28 million.

13. “College Football Postgame,” CBS, $ 7.23 million.

14. “The Voice” (Tuesday), NBC, 6.76 million.

15. “Young Sheldon,” CBS, 6.59 million.

16. “The Voice” (Monday), NBC, 6.48 million.

17. “Christmas at Rockefeller Center,” NBC, 6.18 million.

18. “Blue Bloods”, CBS, 5.81 million.

19. “Survivor,” CBS, 5.63 million.

20. “Ghosts,” CBS, 5.46 million.

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