NEW YORK — The second week of the television season had its second winner among the broadcast networks.
The Nielsen company says Fox was the most-watched network last week, beating previous winner NBC in a tight battle.
The increasing tendency of viewers to watch scripted shows on a time-delayed basis inflates the importance of live football in the ratings, and both Fox and NBC had prime-time games last week. Fox also had strong showings from “The Masked Singer” and its drama, “911,” with a tsunami story line.
Nielsen says CBS had the two most-popular scripted programs in “NCIS” and “FBI.” CBS doesn’t have an NFL prime-time game.
ABC’s “World News Tonight” topped the evening newscasts with an average of 8.2 million viewers.
This story has been corrected to show that “FBI” was one of the most popular scripted programs.
David Bauder, The Associated Press