TV Ratings Sunday: Emmys Slide From 2011, Sunday Night Football Still Dominates Night (Updated)

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September 24th, 2012


Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 6.4/17 3.0/8 2.9/8 1.5/4 1.0/3
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 5.9/18 2.4/7 2.3/7 1.7/4 0.8/2
Total Viewers (million)  15.921 11.397 10.522 3.376 2.673


Update: in time zone adjusted fast nationals (basically, finals) The 64th Primetime Emmy Awards was adjusted up to a 3.8 adults 18-49 rating. We won't see any adjustments for the other networks until the finals are posted tomorrow.

Due to the nature of live  programming the ratings for NBC (NFL Football) FOX/CBS (NFL Overruns)  and ABC (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.

Note: CBS and FOX had sports overruns which resulted in programming time adjustments. On CBS, all program start times were pushed back thirty-seven minutes, with primetime programming commencing at 8:07

NBC was number one among adults 18-49  and with total viewers.

On ABC The 64th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards earned a 3.3 3.8 adults 18-49 rating, down from last year's 4.2 (final) rating. The Emmys Red Carpet Live Special preceding the awards show earned a 1.6 adults 18-49 rating at 8PM.

On NBC , Sunday Night Football (Patriots/Ravens)  at 8:30-11:00PM earned a 8.1 adults 18-49  rating,down from last week's 8.9 18-49 rating, but the best "week 3" game ratings in four years and the second best week 3 primetime game since 1997.

Broadcast primetime ratings for Sunday, September 23, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
7:00 PM CBS NFL Overrun 7.0 20 21.30
NBC Football Night in America 2.2 6 6.46
ABC Emmy's Red Carpet Live 1.6 5 7.28
FOX NFL Overrun/ American Dad -R 1.2 4 3.19
7:30 PM NBC Football Night in America 2.9 8 7.59
FOX The Cleveland Show -R 1.1 3 2.45
8:00 PM NBC Football Night in America 5.9 16 14.29
ABC 64th Primetime Emmys 3.8 9 13.20
CBS NFL Overrun/60 Minutes 3.1 8 12.90
FOX The Simpsons -R 1.5 4 3.36
8:30 PM NBC Sunday Night Football (8:30-11) 8.1 20 19.82
FOX Bob's Burgers -R 1.4 4 3.07
9:00PM FOX Family Guy -R 1.8 4 4.01
CBS 60 Minutes/Person of Interest -R 1.0 2 5.98
9:30 PM FOX Family Guy -R 1.8 4 4.18
10:00PM CBS Person of Interest-R/ The Mentalist -R 1.0 3 5.29

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.

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.

  • NewEnglandMike

    Not shocked by the Emmy number. Between a big NFL game and the fact that it was a pretty bad show, that’s about what I expected. And Jimmy Kimmel certainly didn’t help the ratings.

  • Eugenius

    aren’t there enough sport channel to air football?

    it’s screwing with broadcast television.

  • Real Stuff

    NFL was great yesterday with thrilling finishes all day. Why would I watch the Emmys when it sucks as usual hasn’t been good since the 90s.

    This is that real stuff right here from Sunday Night Football:

  • capicua

    Congrats Homeland!!the best show of the year

  • rob60990

    Since the Emmys are live and will likely adjust up several tenths, why compare it to last years final rating?

  • Laureen O’ (@ViBarkley)

    OMG, most boring Emmys ever. :/ Bring Jimmy Fallon back!!!!

  • Max

    WOW! Terrible Emmy number’s! Kimmel wasn’t that great, but it actually felt much quicker than previous years.

  • Teddy

    LOL! Will NBC get a fine from the FCC for that chant?

  • Dan S

    Finally with the Emmys over we can now commence with the new TV season. Let the Revolution begin.

  • Eugenius

    foe how much longer is NFL is going to screw with broadcast tv ?


    If numbers hold, interesting the NFL overrun on CBS had a larger ttl viewers than SNF on NBC, though the ever-loving 18-49 8.1 is all that matters

    Emmys down, but still a decent 3.3 & hopefully ABC can maintain(?!) that number next Sunday (OUAT should, hopefully)

    The real fun starts tonight, so batten down

  • Max

    Seems like there are plenty of non broadcast channels for sports.

  • CharlieSheen

    As usual football dominated the Emmys again, and that telecast seems to have rated lower than usual. The Emmys used to be fun to watch back in the day when there were only broadcast networks getting them because you knew most of the stars and shows. Football was so fun and thrilling from start to finish yesterday that’s pretty much all I watched the whole day. I actually forgot the Emmys were on.

    Anyways good to see the season start back today, I’m very interested to see how CBS does without Two and a Half Men for the first time in 9 years. They’ve been promoting that block on non-CBS stations so we’ll see if it paid off. Also to see how NBC holds against the return of DWtS and that beast 10pm hour with Revolution against Castle & 5-0 going to be interesting.

  • s0303

    was the 9pm family guy really new? i wouldn’t waste the time to watch the emmys when you can just read the list of the winners in about a minute the next day :) yeah aaron paul!!!

  • Billy

    Unless you are a big fan of cable TV shows and Modern Family most people had no interest in the Emmys.

  • Ron

    The football game went well past 11 eastern, finishing up around midnight so I’d imagine numbers will grow. Also it had a great finish.

  • tv_viewer

    The Damon Wayans Jr. joke about people wanting to know the Ravens Patriots score (at the the time of the joke Patriots were leading the Ravens 3 to 0) was reflecting reality.

  • s0303

    @eugenius…until tv can produce shows that draw a bigger audience than football…which will be never :)

  • Amanda

    The Emmys are boring; the same people and shows win every year.

    I just watch the red carpet coverage on E!


    @ Eugenius

    (LOL) You really don’t like the NFL overrun! Hate to tell you dude, it’s been going on for decades & will continue (I’m sure) for decades more!

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