'Fox & Friends' the morning show of choice for Donald Trump

NEW YORK (AP) -- "Fox & Friends" has emerged as the morning television show of choice for President Donald Trump and his fans, although that may have backfired for Fox News Channel this week. Like many cable news shows in the Trump era, "Fox & Friends" has seen ratings jump, and not just in the White House. Its average February audience of 1.72 million viewers was 49 percent over last year's, the Nielsen company said.

'This is Us' finale gets highest viewership of season

NEW YORK (AP) -- Those who believe it's impossible for a broadcast network to make new hits anymore probably isn't a fan of "This is Us." The heartwarming NBC series was second only to CBS' "NCIS" for the most popular show of the week for its debut season finale last week. The show's viewership reached its highest this season with 12.8 million viewers on the night it first aired, with the audience swelling to 16.

Nielsen's top programs for March 13-19

NEW YORK (AP) -- Prime-time viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for March 13-19. Listings include the week's ranking and viewership. 1. "NCIS," CBS, 14.16 million. 2. "This is Us," NBC, 12.84 million. 3. "The Voice" (Monday), NBC, 12.18 million. 4. "The Voice" (Tuesday), NBC, 11.71 million. 5. "60 Minutes," CBS, 10.85 million. 6. "NCIS: New Orleans," CBS, 10.43 million. 7. "The Walking Dead," AMC, 10.32 million. 8. "Little Big Shots," NBC, 9.58 million. 9.

Sunday spike: NCAA TV audiences increase for CBS, Turner

CBS Sports and Turner Sports say viewership for the first Sunday of the NCAA Tournament, which was packed with close games and marquee teams, was up 34 percent over last year's Sunday second-round coverage. The networks announced Monday that the eight games aired Sunday on CBS, TBS, TNT and truTV averaged 11.9 million viewers. Last year's Sunday second-round games drew 8.9 million viewers.

Nielsen's top programs for March 6-12

Prime-time viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for March 6-12. Listings include the week's ranking and viewership. 1. "NCIS," CBS, 14.18 million. 2. "The Big Bang Theory," CBS, 13.08 million. 3. "The Voice" (Monday), NBC, 12 million. 4. "The Voice" (Tuesday), NBC, 11.62 million. 5. "This is Us," NBC, 11.15 million. 6. "The Walking Dead," AMC, 10.68 million. 7. "Bull," CBS, 10.39 million. 8. "Little Big Shots," NBC, 10.12 million. 9. "60 Minutes," CBS, 9.97 million.

Despite criticism, Maddow gets biggest audience

NEW YORK (AP) -- Despite some criticism of how the show played out, MSNBC's Rachel Maddow scored her biggest audience ever on Tuesday after tweeting that she had gotten her hands on some of President Donald Trump's tax records for 2005. Her show reached 4.13 million people, the Nielsen company said. It was second only to a "Countdown" episode with Keith Olbermann just before the 2008 election as MSNBC's most-watched series episode ever, Nielsen said.

TV drama 'Greenleaf' helps get Oprah Winfrey's TV mojo back

ATLANTA (AP) -- Oprah Winfrey had long been looking for something that would keep OWN viewers from switching to other channels. The answer to her prayers turned out to be a juicy drama series set in a house of worship. "Greenleaf," which co-stars Winfrey in a recurring role, premiered last year as the most-watched debut in the six-year history of her network and has given the media mogul a boost of confidence.

Fueled by Trump opponents, Maddow's popularity rises

NEW YORK (AP) -- Rachel Maddow can trace the mood of her audience by looking at the ratings. Her MSNBC show's viewership sank like a stone in the weeks following Donald Trump's election, as depressed liberals avoided politics, and bottomed out over the holidays. Slowly, they re-emerged, becoming active and interested again. Maddow's audience has grown to the point where February was her show's most-watched month since its 2008 launch.

Return of 'Voice' leads NBC to ratings victory

NEW YORK (AP) -- 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 programs last week. The exception was "Little Big Shots," the debut of another variety show, this one featuring talented youngsters with Steve Harvey as host.

Nielsen's top programs for Feb. 27-March 5

NEW YORK (AP) -- Prime-time viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for Feb. 27-March 5. Listings include the week's ranking and viewership. 1. "The Voice" (Monday), NBC, 13.03 million. 2. "Little Big Shots," NBC, 11.72 million. 3. "The Voice" (Tuesday), NBC, 11.35 million. 4. "The Voice" (Thursday), NBC, 10.69 million. 5. "60 Minutes," CBS, 10.68 million. 5. President Trump Address to Congress, Fox News, 10.68 million. 7. "The Walking Dead," AMC, 10.16 million. 8.

Schwarzenegger on 'Celebrity Apprentice': I quit

NEW YORK (AP) -- Arnold Schwarzenegger said Friday that he's through with "The New Celebrity Apprentice," and he's blaming President Donald Trump for the television reality show's recent poor performance. The former California governor said he wouldn't mind working with NBC and producer Mark Burnett again "on a show that doesn't have this baggage." Schwarzenegger replaced the president as host of the show, but Trump remained as an executive producer.

Nielsen: Nearly 48 million watch Trump's address to nation

NEW YORK (AP) -- President Donald Trump's first major address to the Congress and the nation was seen by an estimated 47.4 million people. The Nielsen company said Wednesday that Trump's audience couldn't quite match the first such speech by predecessor Barack Obama, who drew an audience of 52.4 million in 2009. Fox News Channel had the biggest audience for Trump's speech Tuesday night, with 10.8 million viewers. NBC's 9.

Nielsen's top programs for Feb. 20-26

NEW YORK (AP) -- Prime-time viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for Feb. 20-26. Listings include the week's ranking and viewership. 1. Academy Awards, ABC, 32.94 million. 2. "Live From the Red Carpet" (8 to 8:30 p.m.), ABC, 20.89 million. 3. "Live From the Red Carpet" (7:30 to 8 p.m.), ABC, 15.28 million. 4. "NCIS," CBS, 14.87 million. 5. "The Big Bang Theory," CBS, 13.38 million. 6. "Live From the Red Carpet" (7 to 7:30 p.m.

Fox Business surges in ratings competition with CNBC

NEW YORK (AP) -- Fox Business Network topped CNBC in viewership during the business day for the fifth consecutive month, an illustration of dramatic growth at an upstart network that began operation a decade ago. FBN averaged 218,000 viewers during the hours between 9:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. in February, an increase of 59 percent over February 2016. CNBC, meanwhile, dropped from 212,000 to 182,000 in the same measurement, Nielsen Media Research said.

Oscars draw 32.9 million viewers, lowest rating since 2008

NEW YORK (AP) -- The 32.9 million viewers tuning into Sunday's Academy Awards represented a drop-off of more than a million from last year and Oscar's smallest audience since 2008. The Nielsen company said Monday that viewership dipped notably from the 34.3 million who watched the ABC telecast in 2016. In 2008, just 32 million viewers tuned in.

CBS rules in prime time, claiming 16 of week's Top 20 shows

NEW YORK (AP) -- CBS had a gleam in its eye again last week as the network held on to its Nielsen crown. In prime-time viewership, CBS could claim the most-watched show, "NCIS," and another 15 of the Top 20 programs. (Remarkably, six of those CBS shows are freshman series.) AMC's "The Walking Dead" placed third. NBC's "This Is Us" was ninth.