Miss America ratings fall by MILLIONS of spectators in the first year without a swimsuit

The Nielsen company said 4.34 million people watched the annual ceremony on ABC Sunday, 19 percent less than the 5.35 million viewers last year.

Miss America lost almost a million spectators during the first contest without swimwear competition.

The Nielsen company said 4.34 million people watched the annual ceremony on ABC Sunday, 19 percent less than the 5.35 million viewers last year.

The decrease in the audience has been a constant trend for the contest in recent years.

With Miss America now under the leadership of former Fox News personality, Gretchen Carlson, swimsuits were left behind. Instead, they were replaced by interviews on the stage where the contestants talked about President Trump, the protests of the NFL players and other issues.

The Nielsen company said 4.34 million people watched the annual ceremony on ABC Sunday, 19 percent less than the 5.35 million viewers last year.

The Nielsen company said 4.34 million people watched the annual ceremony on ABC Sunday, 19 percent less than the 5.35 million viewers last year.

However, the decision has been criticized. Minutes before the nationally televised broadcast began, a comedian who warms the crowd mentioned that there would be no competition in swimwear, causing boos from the audience.

It was the lowest audience of the contest since 2009, when it was shown on the cable's TLC channel and reached only 3.54 million people. He returned to broadcast television on ABC in 2011, and his audience reached 8.6 million in 2013.

New Yorker Nia Franklin was crowned Miss America on Sunday

New Yorker Nia Franklin was crowned Miss America on Sunday

New Yorker Nia Franklin was crowned Miss America on Sunday

The New Yorker Nia Franklin was crowned Miss America on Sunday.

The audience has steadily declined in recent years, from 7.1 million in 2015, to 6.29 million in 2016 and last year to 5.35 million.

Encouraged by two NFL games, NBC won the week in primetime, with an average of 9.3 million viewers. CBS had 3.8 million, Fox had 3.52 million, ABC had 3.45 million, Univision had 1.32 million, ION had 1.3 million, Telemundo had 1.25 million and CW had 740,000.

ESPN was the most popular cable network of the week, with an average of 2.57 million viewers. Fox News Channel had 2.26 million, MSNBC had 1.99 million, the United States had 1.38 million and HGTV had 1.35 million.

ABC's "World News Tonight" topped the evening news with an average of 8.3 million viewers. & # 39; Nightly News & # 39; of NBC had 7.5 million and CBS Evening News & # 39; I had 5.9 million.

For the week of September 3 to 9, the 10 best shows, their networks and audience: NFL Football: Chicago in Green Bay, NBC, 22.12 million; NFL Football: Atlanta in Philadelphia, NBC, 19.03 million; & # 39; NFL Pre-Kick Show & # 39; (Thursday), NBC, 15.61 million; & # 39; NFL Pre-Kick Show & # 39; (Sunday), NBC, 15.41 million; "NFL Weather Delay", NBC, 12.76 million; & # 39; The OT & # 39 ;, Fox, 12.33 million; & # 39; America & # 39; s Got Talent & # 39; (Tuesday), NBC, 10.7 million; & # 39; Football night in the United States & # 39 ;, NBC, 10.46 million; & # 39; America & # 39; s Got Talent & # 39; (Wednesday), NBC, 9.89 million; & # 39; NFL Opening Kick-off Show, NBC, 8.73 million.

The portion of the swimsuit was replaced by on-stage interviews where the contestants talked about President Trump, the protests of the NFL players and other issues

The portion of the swimsuit was replaced by on-stage interviews where the contestants talked about President Trump, the protests of the NFL players and other issues

The portion of the swimsuit was replaced by on-stage interviews where the contestants talked about President Trump, the protests of the NFL players and other issues

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