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Updated TV Ratings Sunday: 'Emmy Awards' Inch Up and Down, but 'Sunday Night Football' Easily Wins the Night

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September 19th, 2011

Scoreboard NBC FOX CBS ABC Uni
Adults 18-49: Rating/Share ** ** ** 1.3/3 1.2/3
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share ** ** ** 0.8/2 1.2/3
Total Viewers (million) ** ** ** 8.740 2.933

Update: last night's 63rd Annual Emmy Awards scored a 4.2 rating with adults 18-49 in the time-zone adjusted numbers, up a tenth versus last year's 4.1 adults 18-49 rating. Last night's telecast garnered 12.4 million viewers, down 8% versus last year's 13.5 million. Last night's telecast scored a 3.7 rating with adults 18-34, the highest Emmy ratings in that demo in four years (since Fox's last telecast on 9/16/07).

Due to the nature of live sports programming the ratings for NBC (NFL Football), CBS (NFL Overrun) and Fox (Emmy Awards) are approximate and subject to more than the typical adjustments in the final numbers. See below for more information on these Fast Affiliate Ratings.

Of course Sunday Night Football led the night with a preliminary non-timezone adjusted 9.2 rating with adults 18-49 from 8:30-11p to go along with 21.5 million viewers. It was the fourth straight time SNF bested the Emmys in head-to-head competition.  The 63rd Annual Emmy Awards scored a 3.7 adults 18-49 rating (which was actually up a tenth from last year's fast national numbers) and 10.83 million viewers (which was down versus last year's telecast). Last year's Emmy Awards ran on August 29 on NBC (and not against Sunday Night Football) and scored a 4.1 adults 18-49 rating and 13.5 million viewers, but note the equivalent preliminary fast national ratings were a  3.6 rating with adults 18-49 and 11.6 million. Expect tonight's numbers to be adjusted up in the time zone adjusted numbers more than a little bit.

Time Zone adjusted numbers for the Emmy Awards should be available shortly and I'll update the post as soon as I see them, but Fox is projecting they will come in at a 4.1 adults 18-49 rating, tying last year.

Those interested in historical ratings for the Emmy Awards can find them here.

Broadcast primetime ratings for Sunday, September 18, 2011:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
7:00 CBS Football Overrun/60 Minutes 6.5/19 18.87
FOX The OT 3.8/11 10.17
NBC Football Night in America 2.2/6 6.47
ABC America's Funniest Home Videos (R) 1.0/3 5.04
7:30 NBC Football Night in America 4.5/13 11.39
CBS 60 Minutes 3.1/9 13.23
FOX Countdown to the Emmys 2.7/8 7.93
ABC America's Funniest Home Videos (R) 1.4/4 5.77
8:00 NBC Football Night in America 6.8/18 16.92
FOX 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards 3.9/10 11.61
CBS 60 Minutes/The Good Wife (R) 2.1/5 9.46
ABC Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (R) 1.2/3 4.49
8:30 NBC Sunday Night Football: Eagles at Falcons 9.3/23 22.84
FOX 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards 4.0/10 12.08
ABC Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (R) 1.4/3 5.00
CBS The Good Wife (R) 1.1/3 5.41
9:00 NBC Sunday Night Football: Eagles at Falcons 9.1/21 21.80
FOX 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards 4.2/10 11.88
ABC Sunday 20/20: The Sixth Sense 1.2/3 4.57
CBS The Good Wife (R) 1.1/3 5.76
9:30 NBC Sunday Night Football: Eagles at Falcons 9.7/22 22.74
FOX 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards 3.8/9 10.93
ABC Sunday 20/20: The Sixth Sense 1.3/3 4.74
CBS The Good Wife (R) 1.0/2 5.72
10:00 NBC Sunday Night Football: Eagles at Falcons 8.5/21 19.40
FOX 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards 3.3/8 10.04
ABC Sunday 20/20: The Sixth Sense 1.5/4 5.49
CBS Good Wife (R)/CSI: Miami (R) 1.0/2 6.07
10:30 NBC Sunday Night Football: Eagles at Falcons 9.2/24 20.82
FOX 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards 2.8/7 8.42
ABC Sunday 20/20: The Sixth Sense 1.6/4 5.74
CBS CSI: Miami (R) 0.9/2 5.40

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

Definitions:

Fast Affiliate Ratings: These first national ratings, including demographics, are available at approximately 11 AM (ET) the day after telecast, and are released to subscribing customers daily. These data, from the National People Meter sample, are strictly time-period information, based on the normal broadcast network feed, and include all programming on the affiliated stations, sometimes including network programming, sometimes not. The figures may include stations that did not air the entire network feed, as well as local news breaks or cutaways for local coverage or other programming. Fast Affiliate ratings are not as useful for live programs and are likely to differ significantly from the final results, because the data reflect normal broadcast feed patterns. For example, with a World Series game, Fast Affiliate Ratings would include whatever aired from 8-11PM on affiliates in the Pacific Time Zone, following the live baseball game, but not game coverage that begins at 5PM PT. The same would be true of Presidential debates as well as live award shows and breaking news reports.

Rating: Estimated percentage of the universe of TV households (or other specified group) tuned to a program in the average minute. Ratings are expressed as a percent.

Share (of Audience): The percent of households (or persons) using television who are tuned to a specific program, station or network in a specific area at a specific time. (See also, Rating, which represents tuning or viewing as a percent of the entire population being measured.)

Time Shifted Viewing – Program ratings for national sources are produced in three streams of data – Live, Live+Same Day (Live+SD) and Live+7 Day. Time shifted figures account for incremental viewing that takes place with DVRs. Live+Same Day (Live+SD) include viewing during the same broadcast day as the original telecast, with a cut-off of 3:00AM local time when meters transmit daily viewing to Nielsen for processing. Live+7 Day ratings include incremental viewing that takes place during the 7 days following a telecast.

For more information see Numbers 101 and Numbers 102.

 
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