Updated TV Ratings Sunday: 'Academy Awards' Ratings Fall 12%; 'Amazing Race,' 'CSI:Miami' Hit Series Lows

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February 28th, 2011

Scoreboard ABC FOX CBS NBC Uni
Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 9.1/23 1.9/5 1.7/4 0.9/2 0.8/2
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 8.1/24 1.9/6 0.9/3 0.6/2 0.8/2
Total Viewers (million) 30.115 4.147 7.467 3.332 3.032

Due to the nature of live programming the ratings for ABC (7-8pm Oscars Red Carpet) are approximate and subject to significant revisions in the final numbers. The ratings below for the 83rd Academy Awards and the 8-8:30pm Oscars Red Carpet are time zone adjusted and are likely *not* to be significantly adjusted in the final ratings.

The Academy Awards show fell to an 11.7 adults 18-49 rating, down 12% vs. last year's 13.3 adults 18-49 rating. The average viewership fell to 37.6 million viewers, down 9% vs. last year.

Surprisingly my viewership guess was right on target, but our polled readers were overly optimistic.

Last year's Academy Awards drew a 13.3 adults 18-49  rating and averaged 41.3 million viewers. For more historical perspective, you can check out our table of historical Academy Awards ratings here.

In less star studded television, CBS's 60 Minutes 1.2 adults 18-49 rating was down 14% vs. last Sunday. The Amazing Race's 2.1 adults 18-49 rating fell 16% from its premiere to a series low for a regular episode. CSI: Miami was down 9% to a series original low 2.0 adults 18-49 rating.

I typically don't mention repeats, but it is interesting to note that Fox's all repeat animation line up beat CBS's mostly new line up.

Broadcast primetime ratings for Sunday, February 27, 2011:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
7:00 ABC Oscar's Red Carpet 1 4.4 14 18.379
FOX Simpsons -R 1.7 5 4.023
CBS 60 Minutes 1.2 4 8.433
NBC Dateline -R 0.8 2 4.701
7:30 ABC Oscar's Red Carpet 2 5.9 17 22.790
FOX American Dad -R 1.6 5 3.477
8:00 ABC Oscar's Red Carpet 3 26.4
FOX Simpsons -R 2.2 6 4.908
CBS Amazing Race 2.1 5 7.616
NBC Minute To Win It -R 0.7 2 2.584
8:30 ABC 83rd Academy Awards 11.7 37.6
FOX Bob's Burgers -R 1.8 4 3.833
9:00 FOX Family Guy -R 2.0 5 4.320
CBS Undercover Boss -R 1.5 4 5.639
NBC Minute To Win It -R 1.1 3 3.609
10:00 CBS CSI: Miami 2.0 5 8.181
NBC Minute To Win It -R 0.8 2 2.436


Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2011 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.


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