Tiger Woods’ return to the Masters is a winner for TV networks

NEW YORK (AP) — Tiger Woods may not have won the Masters golf tournament, but his stirring return from injury was certainly a win for the TV networks that followed him.

CBS coverage of Sunday’s final round of the venerable tournament averaged 10.17 million viewers, the highest for any golf show since that day in 2019 — the last time Woods won the coveted green jacket, company Nielsen said .

ESPN’s coverage of the first two rounds of the Masters averaged 3.3 million viewers, the most for coverage of the Masters since 2018, the network said.

ESPN viewership peaked at 4.6 million as Woods wrapped up his second round on Saturday, Nielsen said.

CBS topped the networks last week in prime time with an average of 4.2 million viewers. ABC had 3.6 million, NBC had 3 million, Fox had 1.7 million, Univision had 1.4 million, Ion Television had 1 million, and Telemundo had 860,000.

Among the cable networks, Fox News Channel led with an average of 2.32 million viewers. TBS had 1.52 million, TNT had 1.2 million, HGTV had 1.17 million, and ESPN had 1.13 million.

ABC’s World News Tonight won the evening news ratings race, averaging 7.9 million for the week. NBC’s Nightly News had 6.7 million and CBS Evening News had 4.8 million.

For the week of April 4-10, the 20 most-watched prime-time shows, their networks and viewership:

1st NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship: North Carolina vs. Kansas, TBS, 9.54 million.

2. “60 Minutes,” CBS, 9.27 million.

3. “Chicago Fire,” NBC, 7.4 million.

4. “The Equalizer,” CBS, 6.68 million.

5. Chicago Med, NBC, 6.61 million.

6. “Blue Bloods,” CBS, 5.93 million.

7. “Chicago PD,” NBC, 5.71 million.

8. “American Idol” (Monday), ABC, 5.6 million.

9. “Survivor,” CBS, 5.583 million.

10th NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship: North Carolina vs. Kansas, Turner, 5.578 million.

11. “American Idol” (Sunday), ABC, 5.47 million.

12. “Magnum PI”, CBS, 5.31 million.

13. “NCIS: Los Angeles,” CBS, 5.26 million.

14. “FBI”, CBS, 4.81 million.

15. “America’s Funniest Home Videos,” ABC, 4.76 million.

16. “This Is Us,” NBC, 4.74 million.

17. “Station 19”, ABC, 4.52 million.

18. “Law & Order: SVU,” NBC, 4.33 million.

19. “Grey’s Anatomy,” ABC, 4.21 million.

20. “Young Sheldon,” CBS, 4.07 million.

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