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.

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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.

  • KarenM

    Just call it the Cable Emmys.

  • dilligas

    Until the cunning linguists on network tv actually say something f-u-n-n-y, the Em’s will continue to have low ratings compared to anything…”Exterminator Billy” included.

  • JT-VA

    What choice do I make: A. Watch entertainers giving themselves or their buddies predetermined awards or B. Watch a NFL game where either team could win.

  • Katie

    I didn’t think the Emmys were THAT bad. I don’t know what peoples problem with Jimmy Kimmel is. I thought he was funny and the audience was laughing. He didn’t get overboard either like Ricky Gervais does at the Golden Globes. Actually not all the same people won this year…Yeah Modern Family did but in the drama category there were some different winners this time.

  • silvit


    True Blood, The Walking Dead, Sons of Anarchy, the History miniseries ARE already watched by the same amount of people who watched broadcast shows. The Walking Dead was most watched than the Emmys themselves.

    In the years when The Sopranos and Sex and The City (premium cable) used to win all the important emmys, the ratings for the show were good and network shows still got huge ratings.

    But why in the social media era one have to watch a show full of commercials when they can easily check the winner on the internet in real time and watch clips soon after?

  • AnneP

    And this should be a surprise to anyone? Hello Hollywood, you’re not nearly as cool or interesting as you think you are. Oh, and we’d really appreciate it if you’d keep your mouths shut.

  • European honesty

    80% of Americans are lazy people who only sit on their a$$ and watch stupid brawls. Because it is simple-minded. You don’t have to think about anything.

    I had a ton of respect for the people who visited this site and thouhgt they knew how hard it is for all the writers, directors and actors so that we people can watch, love and hate our favourite series.

  • Tony ^_^

    What’s with all these political comments?!? O.o

  • Kummin

    I’m over 50, have never watched the “Emmies”, never will, see 99% of television a great wasteland for the lower unwashed masses.

  • weeone

    so do you watch a staged production by overpaid narcissist in funny costumes with commentary and action, or a poorly staged boring production where overpaid unknown narcissist in funny costumes clap for and thank people you never heard for giving them a cheep trophy. Gee it’s so hard to decide.

  • lockednloaded

    Why would anyone want to watch a group of narcisstic (spelling), drug using, alcohol indulging liberals fawn over themselves when one could watch football.

  • nperry

    Bwhahaha! NFL rules even when the refs stink! Great games all day long and in the evening too. Emmys should know better than to schedule on a Sunday during the football season.

  • Big Daddy

    This thing on Univision – The PREVIEW of Obama’s CONCESSION Speech got HUGE ratings in Mexico. Or, at least, it should have!

  • SJ

    It’s hard to take the Emmys seriously when Jon Cryer wins Outstanding Lead Actor over the likes of Alec Baldwin, Louis CK or even Jim Parsons.

    I love Julia Louis-Dreyfus and I’m glad she won, but can Amy Poehler please get her due next year?

    So-so ratings for the Emmys. If the academy starts nominating programs people actually watch next year, maybe it will go up again (hint, hint).

    P.S. Can’t you guys keep Drudge from linking to your site? This is getting annoying.

  • JAG

    Jimmy Kimmel is a liberal douchebag. Who the hell would want to watch that self-hating Jew fker?

  • Nick57

    You mean the Emmy’s were on last night? Shame that ABC had 3 hours of dead air.

  • PacRim Jim

    When football players begin promoting their uniformed views on politics, football, too, will lose favor with Americans.

  • KarenM

    If Revolution beats H50 tonight CBS Mondays are in trouble!

  • KarenM

    @SJ, why does Amy Poehler deserve an Emmy? JLD’s another overrated comedian!

  • Lin

    I’m not surprised. I changed the station to football after the two political jokes. So sick of politics in everything that has to do with Hollywood.

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