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‘The Voice’ returns to ratings victory

It earned three of the top four slots in the Nielsen company’s list of the most-watched programmes last week

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Singing, dancing and Chicago was the formula NBC used for a weekly victory in the ratings.

The Voice returned from a hiatus and earned three of the top four slots in the Nielsen company’s list of the most-watched programmes last week. The exception was Little Big Shots, the debut of another variety show, this one featuring talented youngsters with Steve Harvey as host.

NBC, rebooting for the midseason, also landed in the top 20 with all four of producer Dick Wolf’s Chicago-based dramas that aired last week, including the latest, Chicago Justice.

NBC averaged 7.3 million viewers in prime-time for the week. CBS was second with 6.1 million, ABC had 3.2 million, Fox had 2.4 million, Univision had 2 million, Telemundo had 1.4 million, the CW had 1.39 million and ION Television had 1.3 million.

Fox News Channel was the most popular cable network, benefiting from its coverage of President Trump’s address to Congress. It averaged 3.38 million viewers in prime-time. ESPN had 1.75 million, HGTV had 1.63 million, USA had 1.56 million and MSNBC had 1.53 million.

ABC’s World News Tonight topped the evening newscasts with an average of 8.5 million viewers. NBC’s Nightly News was second with 8.3 million and the CBS Evening News had 6.7 million viewers.

For the week of February 27-March 5, the top 10 shows, their networks and viewerships: The Voice (Monday), NBC, 13.03 million; Little Big Shots, NBC, 11.72 million; The Voice (Tuesday), NBC, 11.35 million; The Voice (Thursday), NBC, 10.69 million; 60 Minutes, CBS, 10.68 million; President Trump Address to Congress, Fox News, 10.68 million; The Walking Dead, AMC, 10.16 million; Presidential Address Analysis, Fox News, 10.15 million; Chicago PD, NBC, 9.59 million; NCIS: Los Angeles, CBS, 9.46 million.

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