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.

  • stephen cerny

    You know you are getting older when the tribute to the dead is the highlight to the emmys. TV has become so dark and coarse. Was glad to see Modern Family do well but many of the shows nominated have little mass appeal. Times change and the emmys reflect that but tv has been an iffy proposition for some time—-Jersey Shore anybody?

  • Jimbo

    Why are there no minorities? Tea party or something? Nope… Hollywood.

  • WilliamPenn

    What’s not being reported here is that after Kimmel denigrated Romney, he asked, “Is anybody here voting for Romney?”, and a loud cheer went up. Kimmel, shocked as hell, not knowing what to do, just continued with his snarky remarks. CPUSA has to stop letting the general public into these events.

  • Fed

    Well it is clear that the new television season has began when people start arguing for nothing logical. If you like sports than why bash the Emmys and vise versa? What’s the point. Not everyone loves football and they are free to watch whatever they want.

  • Susan

    Just about every individual I know pays no attention to network tv and limit their cable viewing to a half a dozen shows. Most entertainment media is no longer about entertainment but engaged in subtle and not so suble social engineering. My do over in life would be NO TELEVISION for my kids.

  • Notch

    What kind of idiots watch the Emmy’s when there’s a good football game on?

  • AD

    Not surprised, because NFL always wins. Yesterday would be no different, plus it was a crazy day with a big game in primetime. Tonight should be good because every station has something new on.

  • Zee Chen

    Well when the opening act insults half of America right off the bat, and a crappy make for TV hit job about Sarah Palin wins Emmys, go figure.

  • Willy Will Boo

    That’s cuz award shows are boring and NFL is actual made for TV viewing every week.

    Who wants to watch Hollywood blow itself over athletic achievement … well the people in Hollywood blowing.

  • hallen


    We don’t watch broadcast TV because it is doesn’t line up with our family values. We love football and besides, why would we want to watch the emmys put our family down for the values we hold? I don’t want to hear actors and actress’s foul language and opinions that put us down. They live in a privelaged unrealistic world

  • Johnny G

    It turned into a political site when conservatives began throwing politics on every message board they could find back in 2010. Expect this on Amazon product reviews and Yelp as well. You’d better watch out for that liberal hotdog stand on the corner of Washington and 23rd!

  • Joe

    Maybe the Emmys would be better if the same people didn’t win every year…

  • Steve-A


  • Vacogito

    Maybe Americans don’t want to spend their time watching self-satisfied actors espouse political views different from their own.

  • One

    Bulls__t indeed. The NFL is a f___ing nightmare right now. Fire the d_mn scabs already.

  • Hollywood Hick

    Somebody please inform Hollywood that nobody gives a rats arse about them, their stupid shows, their politics, or their wardrobe…

  • Mary Crohann

    What? People don’t what to watch all these phony Hollywood stars patting themselves on the back and telling us how great they are?? I wouldn’t watch an award show if you paid me.

  • manderson367

    Gee. NFL Football beats another lame award show with a bunch of out of touch celebrities congratulating themselves for playing make believe. I’m shocked!

  • Paula

    Time to bring back the Ace Awards and leave the Emmys for network shows. I was a huge fan of Awards shows until they started giving the awards to nothing but the “edgy” cable shows. I was flipping the channel during a game break and saw the nominees for best supporting actor in a drama – not one network was represented, all cable shows.

  • The Truth

    And yet you people watch those phoney actors and their phony shows every day. And pray they don’t get cancelled. And argue with fans of other shows and simpathy with the characters. What an irony. It is no secret that people are jealous of other people who have achieved something in this world. Am sure that 90% of the people who bashed the Emmys for no reason would kill to be in their place. Just people aren’t mature enough to be happy about each other.

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