TV Ratings Sunday: Tony Awards Hits Low,'Secret Millionaire' and 'Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition' Stable, 'Dateline' Rises

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June 11th, 2012


Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 1.4/4 1.3/4 1.2/4 1.1/3 1.0/3
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 0.9/3 0.8/3 1.3/5 1.1/4 0.7/2
Total Viewers (million) 4.864 5.340 2.748 3.033 6.475


Due to the nature of live  programming the ratings for CBS (The Tony 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.

ABC won the night in adults 18-49, while CBS was on top in total viewers.

On ABC, Secret Millionaire earned a 1.5  adults 18-49 rating, matching last week's premiere.  Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition scored a 1.5 among adults 18-49, also matching last week's performance.

On CBS, The 66th Annual Tony Awards garnered a 1.0 adults 18-49 rating,  down 17% from a 1.2 from last year and ranking as the lowest rated Tonys ever. 60 Minutes got a 1.1 down from last week's 1.4.

On NBC, a two hour Dateline earned a 1.2 adults 18-49 rating up 20% from a 1.0 last week's one hour episode.

On FOX, a repeat of Family Guy was the night's highest rated program among adults 18-49.

Broadcast primetime ratings for Sunday, June 10, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Share Viewers (Millions)
7:00 NBC Dateline (7-9PM) 1.2/4 5.50
CBS 60 Minutes 1.1/4 7.88
ABC America's Funniest Home Videos - R 1.1/4 4.88
FOX American Dad - R 0.9/3 2.05
7:30 FOX The Cleveland Show - R 1.0/4 2.24
8:00 ABC Secret Millionaire 1.5/5 5.35
FOX The Simpsons - R 1.3/4 2.98
CBS The 66th Annual Tony Awards (Live) (8-11PM) 1.0/3 6.01
8:30 FOX Bob's Burgers - R 1.2/4 2.67
9:00 FOX Family Guy - R 1.6/4 3.55
ABC Extreme Makeover; Weight Loss Edition (9-11PM) 1.5/4 4.61
NBC America's Got Talent - R 1.3/4 4.99
9:30 FOX American Dad - R 1.3/3 3.01
10:00 NBC America's Got Talent - R 1.5/4 5.38

Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2012 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.


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.

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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.

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  • Atlanta

    Wow, those ratings reflect my viewing patterns this summer. I am watching cable only, the nets programming sucks.

  • Nick

    Sad… A Family Guy repeat wins the night.

    Yay for Secret Millionaire.

  • Jay

    Who watches the Tony’s? I mean, with the Emmys, at least most people own a television but how many people actually see enough shows in a year to be interested in this?

  • phil

    The Tony Awards should be on cable and it is interesting how a repeat of Family Guy beats EM

  • K

    @Atlanta. Ratings will show a nice increase when the NBA finals start.

  • a p garcia

    Wow, surprised that CBS and the Tony Wwards came in last, even beaten by Univision & NBC

  • NJeagle

    Am fairly new here. Could someone briefly explain how shows can have identical rating but different share?

  • anotherguynamedrobert

    Even Bob’s Burgers had better ratings than the Tony’s.
    I think if they just had a bunch of guys named Tony, the ratings would have been better.

  • disney rocks

    Saving hope should be on Sundays at 10. AGT rerun from 8-10. Dateline and hour.

  • Survivor Fan

    Since there was suppossed to be an original ANW on NBC tonight, do you know if it will air (perhaps as a rerun) on G4?

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Robert Seidman

    Am fairly new here. Could someone briefly explain how shows can have identical rating but different share?

    mostly because the rating is rounded to the nearest tenth of a rating point and share is rounded to the nearest whole number.

  • larry donny

    I really enjoyed watching Extreme make-over weight loss edition. The woman that lost weight was definetly what i call a makeover. She was already beautiful when she weighed 355, but after the whole year, she really rocked. This was the episiode EVER. I hope she achieves what she want…to have chioldren. It also helped that she had a husband who was 100 percent commited to helping her. They deserve the best.

  • NewEnglandMike

    My wife watched all of the Tonys. I watched The Killing and Mad Men. I bet even more people watched True Blood.
    Cable/HBO dominates Sundays. End of story.

  • NJeagle

    @Robert Seidman:

    Thank you.

  • Ben

    The Tonys featured comedy bits by Neil Patrick Harris and musical numbers performed Live by people with real talent. Acting and singing for three plus hours. They were very entertaining. I rarely go to plays, as there are very performed near where I live, but, the Tonys were very fun to watch. Much more so than the Academy Awards, the People’s (ballot stuffing, vote over and over again) Choice Awards, the Emmys, or any award show on MTV. Last night’s Tony Awards got bad ratings, but, I am happy I viewed them. I have not read, or heard about, one bad review of last night’s program. Just because a show gets low ratings does not mean it’s bad, and just because a program gets high ratings does not mean it’s good. To all those people who did not watch The Tonys last night, you missed a very good, fun, entertainning program. Don’t a thing CBS, it was a great program, even with dismal ratings. It was a class act.

  • Joseph

    I am stunned that the Tony Awards scored such a low number.

    With no competition from an NBA playoff game (unlike the past decade and a half), I thought the Tony’s would have drawn the most viewers in ten years.

    I suspect it may have topped the ratings in New York, but it seems that tjhe rest of the country ignored it.

  • Hillbilly

    The Tony Awards better hope for a more than the typical adjustment upwards. Being beat by cartoon repeats is not good. Yes Bill i know these numbers aren’t the final ones. Don’t yell at me again. :)

  • sebacon

    so cbs goes down……

  • Grey

    I think at one point a few years back *they* (whomever “they” are) were saying that if the Tony Awards continued to get poor ratings CBS would stop airing them. The ratings picked up for a couple years but now seem to be back down again. So I wouldn’t be surprised if the Tony’s get moved to cable or aren’t aired at all but streamed across the Web in the near future.

    I think it’s like the other poster said, most of the country doesn’t get to see a lot of Broadway plays during the year if at all. *And* if they do it’s not usually the same cast that was on Broadway but the “traveling company” of players so they still aren’t seeing the performances of the people nominated. So, unlike your favorite TV shows and TV actors (or even musicians and singers) the audience doesn’t really feel invested in who wins or loses and therefore don’t watch.

  • TimsDale4ever

    hahahahahahahahaha….nobody wants to watch that Tony Awads s*h*i*t.

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