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Fun And Games Top Week's Nielsen Ratings
American League's Salvador Perez, of the Kansas City Royals, congratulates teammate Eric Hosmer, of the Kansas City Royals, for Hosmer's MVP award in the MLB baseball All-Star Game, Tuesday, July 12, 2016, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)
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The news was awful again last week, but viewers found some refuge in TV’s fun-and-games.

In the Nielsen Top 20, no fewer than 11 programs were reality-competition and game shows (including the week’s most-watched series, two editions of “America’s Got Talent”). Add to that baseball’s All-Star Game, the Home Run Derby and “The ESPY Awards,” and clearly viewers were eager for some relief.

Boosted by “America’s Got Talent,” NBC led the networks overall with a prime-time average of 4.9 million viewers. Runner-up ABC had 4.7 million, while CBS had 4.4 million. Fox, with 3.3 million, got a much-needed shot in the arm with its All-Star Game telecast (which drew 8.71 million viewers).

Univision had 1.8 million viewers, Telemundo had 1.4 million, ION Television had 1.2 million, and the CW had 980,000 for the week.

Fox News Channel once again was the week’s most popular cable network, averaging 2.75 million viewers during another busy news week. HGTV had 1.49 million, USA had 1.41 million and ESPN had 1.33 million.

In the evening news derby, NBC’s “Night News” regained the top spot with an average 7.9 million viewers, top-ranked every night including Friday, when it was the only newscast of the three to be anchored (by Lester Holt) from Nice following the terrorist attack. In second place was ABC’s “World News Tonight” with 7.6 million while the “CBS Evening News” had 6.5 million.

Below are primetime viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for July 11-17. Listings include the week’s ranking and viewership.

1. “America’s Got Talent” (Wednesday), NBC, 11.85 million.

2. “America’s Got Talent” (Tuesday), NBC, 11.54 million.

3. MLB All-Star Game, Fox, 8.71 million.

4. “60 Minutes,” CBS, 8.17 million.

5. “Celebrity Family Feud,” ABC, 7.77 million.

6. “The Big Bang Theory,” CBS, 7.22 million.

7. “The $100,000 Pyramid,” ABC, 7.16 million.

8. “The Bachelorette,” ABC, 6.87 million.

9. “American Ninja Warrior,” NBC, 6.34 million.

10. “Night Shift,” NBC, 6.28 million.

11. “Big Brother” (Thursday), CBS, 6.18 million.

12. “Big Brother” (Wednesday), CBS, 6.05 million.

13. “NCIS,” CBS, 5.91 million.

14. “Big Brother” (Sunday), CBS, 5.85 million.

15. “Match Game,” ABC, 5.66 million.

16. “ESPY Awards,” ABC, 5.60 million.

17. “Home Run Derby,” ESPN, 5.52 million.

18. “Blue Bloods,” CBS, 5.39 million.

19. “NCIS: New Orleans,” CBS, 5.26 million.

20. “To Tell the Truth,” ABC, 5.15 million.