But there are signs that viewers aren’t immediately returning to old habits. A CBS double-header of “S.W.A.T.” episodes on Wednesday fell flat, with neither episode reaching 3 million viewers.
Similarly, NBC’s long-playing “Law & Order: SVU” reached only 3 million people for its season debut.
Former President Barack Obama had drawing power. “60 Minutes” landed as the week’s most-watched non-football program as it featured an Obama interview hawking his new book.
NBC was the most popular network, averaging 5.9 million viewers in prime time. ABC had 4.94 million viewers and Fox had 4.89 million. CBS averaged 4.1 million, Univision had 1.2 million and both Ion Television and Telemundo averaged just under 1 million viewers.
Fox News Channel was the most-watched cable channel, averaging 3.36 million viewers for the week. CNN had 2.36 million, MSNBC had 2.15 million, ESPN had 2.04 million and Hallmark had 1.67 million.
ABC’s “World News Tonight” led the evening newscasts, averaging 9.9 million viewers. NBC’s “Nightly News” had 8.3 million and “CBS Evening News” had 5.9 million.
For the week of Nov. 9-15, the 20 most popular programs, their networks and viewership:
1. NFL Football: Baltimore at New England, NBC, 15.79 million.