What Shows Led CBS to Claim a 13th Straight Full-Season Viewership Victory?

Tony Maglio
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Shows, not specials — so Super Bowl LV and that big Oprah interview don’t count CBS was in a real hurry to lay claim to the still-ongoing September-to-May TV season in terms of primetime total viewers, its 13th such victory in a row, but what shows got them to that milestone? Well, primarily it was one telecast, of course, Super Bowl LV. The Tom Brady-led big game didn’t score particularly big numbers for a Super Bowl, but 96 million-plus viewers is 96 million-plus viewers. And immediately afterward, Queen Latifah’s reboot of “The Equalizer” reboot bowed to more than 20 million total viewers. CBS had one other giant worth singling out here: Oprah Winfrey’s bombshell (yes, we’re tired of writing that descriptor too) interview of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, which earned 17.8 million total viewers in March. Now, forget all of that. (Or at least most of that minus “The Equalizer.”) Below are CBS’ Top 10 series of the Nielsen season. No. 1, which ought to look familiar, comes with an asterisk. We’ll explain that in a moment. *OK, the asterisk. That nearly 14 million viewer tally for “The Equalizer” includes the inflated debut number from its post-Super Bowl series...

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