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"Weekend Update" Gives NBC Boost In Week's Nielsens
This August 10, 2017, photo provided by NBC shows Alex Moffat as Eric Trump, left, Mikey Day as Donald Trump Jr., center, and Colin Jost on set during the debut episode of “Weekend Update: Summer Edition,” in New York. (Rosalind O’Connor/NBC via AP, File)
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NBC’s summer run of “Weekend Update” segments from “Saturday Night Live” and ABC’s two-part special on Princess Diana were modest successes for their television networks last week.

The first of four weeks where “SNL’s” Michael Che and Colin Jost deliver topical jokes on NBC’s primetime lineup was seen by nearly 4.9 million viewers last week. It was the 17th most popular program on last week but did better in the 18-to-49-year-old demographic NBC pays most attention to. Aside from “Game of Thrones,” only competition shows like “America’s Got Talent” or “Big Brother” beat the program among the younger viewers.

Although its audience skewed older, the two-part ABC News special recalling Diana also landed in the Nielsen company’s top 20 last week. Only “The Bachelorette” did better last week for ABC.

With its powerful one-two punch of “America’s Got Talent” and the summer finale of “World of Dance,” NBC again dominated in the ratings last week.

NBC averaged 4.9 million viewers in primetime, Nielsen said. CBS had 3.99 million, ABC had 3.95 million, Fox had 1.7 million, Univision had 1.49 million, Telemundo had 1.45 million, ION Television had 1.3 million and the CW had 940,000.

Fox News Channel was the week’s most popular cable network, averaging 2.09 million viewers in prime time. MSNBC had 1.72 million, USA had 1.46 million, HGTV had 1.41 million and TBS had 1.24 million.

ABC’s “World News Tonight” topped the evening newscasts with an average of 7.8 million viewers. ABC’s “World News” was second with 7.5 million and the “CBS Evening News” had 6.4 million viewers.

Below are primetime viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for Aug. 7-13. Listings include the week’s ranking and viewership.

1. “America’s Got Talent” (Tuesday), NBC, 13.32 million.
2. “Game of Thrones,” HBO, 10.72 million.
3. “World of Dance,” NBC, 8 million.
4. “The Bachelorette,” ABC, 7.58 million.
5. “America’s Got Talent” (Wednesday), NBC, 7.02 million.
6. “60 Minutes,” CBS, 7.01 million.
7. “Big Brother” (Wednesday), CBS, 6.4 million.
8. “Big Brother” (Sunday), CBS, 6.22 million.
9. “American Ninja Warrior,” NBC, 6.2 million.
10. “Big Brother” (Thursday), CBS, 5.979 million.
11. “NCIS,” CBS, 5.976 million.
12. “Story of Diana, Part One,” ABC, 5.45 million.
13. “The Big Bang Theory,” CBS, 5.42 million.
14. “NCIS: New Orleans,” CBS, 5.34 million.
15. “Bull,” CBS, 5 million.
16. “Story of Diana, Part Two,” ABC, 4.88 million.
17. “Saturday Night Live Weekend Update in Primetime,” NBC, 4.71 million.
18. “Celebrity Family Feud,” ABC, 4.52 million.
19. “The Wall,” NBC, 4.22 million.
20. “America’s Funniest Home Videos,” ABC, 4.217 million.