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.

  • Barry bin Inhalin

    Two America’s? At least two – but in this case between the effiminate dreamers and the real life crowd. The Emmy’s – a celebration of fake awards, to fake people, regarding fake topics. ow could that not trump AMERICAN football?

  • John

    NFL games beating the Emmys in the ratings–why would anyone would be surprised by that? Who wants to watch a bunch of self-impressed Hollyweird stuffed shirts pat themselves on the back for putting out a vomitous stream of liberal propaganda? Hollyweird is completely out of touch with the majority of Americans.

  • Scott

    Emmys? Don’t care. Oscars? Don’t care. Close NFL game goes into overtime? That’s just good TV! Award shows are incredibly boring and fake. Self indulgent waste of life for viewers.

  • Big Daddy

    Where politics and sports collide. Here is the American People reacting to Democrat Claims that we are in fact BETTER off than we were 4 years ago –

  • John

    SJ (9/24 at 11:33 AM): “P.S. Can’t you guys keep Drudge from linking to your site? This is getting annoying.”

    We are everywhere, SJ!

  • Katherine

    These sports fans are cracking me up. I didn’t watch the Emmys b/c they’re boring but so is watching a sports game, imo.

    I’d rather be playing a game than watch other people play it on TV.

  • Mary

    You guys realize that the awards shows have been around since before most of us were born? Did yoru parents hate it too?

  • John


    You comment like a girl! JUST KIDDING!

  • Mary

    I watched the Emmy’s for the first hour. I also don’t like the pay channel shows competing with the network shows. Pay channels should compete with each other and have their own awards show. It’s pretty unfair where the networks have to respond to their advertisers so they’ll have limits to their shows.

    Plus not everyone is willing to pay for those channels so you have a case where an award show on network TV is giving out awards to shows that a lot of people watching the Emmys have never seen. Of course you lose interest really quickly. I’m not surprised if ratings go down even though the article above have adjusted the ratings up several tenths of a point so it wasn’t that bad.

    Also the people coming here to make political points, what a supreme waste of your time. No one cares. You just seem like off topic trolls.

  • John

    Come come now, Mary. You cared enough to comment on it. :-)

  • Katherine

    @Mary You can watch cable shows online if you want.

  • JMacinSJ

    Let’s see, we can watch a bunch of big knuckleheads (affectionately stated)beat the living hell out of each other in a true contest, or we can watch a bunch of narcissists perform group, self-love… Let go with football!

  • RWAgenda

    Hmmm…Football or the Emmy’s Hollywood self-absorbed talking about how greatly self-absorbed they are? Easy decision for me! Anyways, the keystone cops playing referees added a litle excitement and drama to MNF!

  • John Smith

    Two Americas: quiche and/or steak

  • John

    Uhhh…RWAgenda? It was SUNDAY night football.

  • John

    John Smith,

    Real men don’t eat quiche!

  • SJM

    Hollywierd just hasn’t quite figured it out. By and large, America doesn’t care about you. Those of you complaining about football preemting your shows, all I have to say is huhhh? the NFL games are scheduled, year after year, they are the regular shows. The Emmy presentation was the preemption. The annual hollywood flogging of the privates in mutual adoration was once again second runner up to the NFL

  • Ellen in NYC

    I was happy for the Homeland and Game Change wins, but geez, from the opening clip on, it was just not funny. I’m no Kimmel fan, and he didn’t say a thing to win me over.

    I would have preferred Jimmy Fallon, Jon Stewart, or Stephen Colbert as host. Even Jay Leno. LL Cool J, who did a decent job with the Grammys, would have been an improvement over Jimmy Kimmel.

  • Mary

    @Katherine–Not everyone can. I can’t get high speed internet so I can only watch videos on-line in the middle of the night (which I’m not going to do). I do wonder how many people actually watch TV on their computers. I think the number is much lower than people here think.

  • WilliamPenn

    Nobody wants to watch the Hollywood Communist Party pat themselves on their backs.

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