Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) greets San Francisco 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman after an NFL football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Monday, Nov. 11, 2019. The Seahawks won 27-24 in overtime. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

CBS takes weekly Nielsen crown behind ’60 Minutes’

November 19, 2019 - 4:23 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — CBS won the weekly television ratings crown despite being without the most valuable ratings commodity in this era, a prime-time football game.

Relatively lackluster games on rivals NBC and Fox helped CBS win. The most popular game was the “Monday Night Football” matchup between Seattle and San Francisco on ESPN. It was a rare week where a cable program topped the Nielsen company’s ratings.

CBS averaged 5.2 million viewers last week. The network’s most popular show was the venerable newsmagazine “60 Minutes.”

NBC had 4.7 million viewers and ABC had 4.3 million. ESPN was the week's most popular cable network.

ABC's "World News Tonight" topped the evening newscasts with an average of 9.1 million viewers.

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