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.

  • rj

    The only people who watch the Emmys are women and guys who think like women.

  • FL Guy

    Why would I ever want to watch a bunch of industry types slap each other on their backs when I can watch a live event.

  • Mike

    Hopefully, these bad “awards” numbers signal that America is finally getting tired of watching a non-stop parade of third rate, talentless “celebrities” and know-thing pundits (mostly here today – gone tomorrow). Of course, many people are no longer watching tv. I have almost stopped watching and use the internet for catching up with the news. That means I don’t have to listen to some anchor expressing his or her (mostly her these days) opinions. Also, let us not forget the wonderfull “record it now and watch it later.” I LOVE spinning through the ads, cutting out the no-talent celebrities, via my fast forward button. Sadly, we are now going to be subjected to endless (boring) hours of political b.s (from both parties) which means my “fast forward” button is really going to get a workout.

  • Joseph A

    I was very much put off by how the Emmys were produced this year.
    1st – The Jimmy Kimmel in Memoriam was done in very poor taste.
    2nd – Tracey Morgan and Jimmy Kimmel and their stunt , was in short a desperate means to try and boost ratings.
    I have no idea who wrote the script for this show, but can they please not come back in future years.

  • BillB

    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.

    That’s what they do at the Emmy’s. Seems off topic to me there to! This sight probably had so many hits until they were linked thru Drudge.

  • denise

    Who give a crap about emmys. Actors there all hams

  • rob60990

    Nothing about these numbers are bad. What a bunch of idiots.

  • Truth Monger

    Sounds like a lot more people are finally following that old adage……if you don’t like what is on TV, change the channel.

  • Marie Browning

    I stopped watching the Emmys years ago. Just a bunch of overpaid, over-indulged egos patting each other on the back. When they aren’t trashing the government they are dropping the f bombs. Most of the shows they are on are not worth watching so why watch their “aren’t I great convention”? Football isn’t much better; another bunch of overpaid, over-indulged egos. But, football is entertaining where the emmys are not.

  • Texas Freedom

    Hey, @Eugenius . . . it’s impossible to ‘screw up broadcast tv’. It’s all crap, anyway. Most of us would rather watch millionaires play a game that requires skill than a bunch of millionaires who read a script written by some idiot, anyway . . . . NFL will ALWAYS dominate over that garbage.

  • DR Krunk

    @Max That’s an ignorant comment – there are “lots of non-broadcast channels for sports” except those nickel-dime cable networks are not in a position to pay the National Football League $Billions in broadcast rights. They can’t sell the advertising to offset the cost of the programming. THat and the fact that only relatively small % of the population gets upper-tier cable channels, would make it a pretty poor place for the NFL to hang their hat.

  • SusieV

    I am so SICK of the hollywood libterds that I would not have watched the Emmys or anything else related to the hollywood entertainment industry. They do not represent me nor my family. I wish California would just go make itself its own country and leave the rest of us normal American alone. I turned off hollywood in 2000. Sports are real…and at least mose of the NFL and MBA are redblooded normal American males. Tom Brady and Tim Tebow are much cuter and more real than those hollywood wimps.

  • Pathfinder

    As soon as Kimmel started talking politics I turned the channel to something else.

  • Great Friends

    WOW! I hate Modern Family more and more now.

    Glad the Emmys fell to football, they had Tom Brady and Rey Lewis on I was never going to turn to that piece of crap award show. I hope it ends like the daytime show down the road and has a hard time finding a home.

  • Satch

    The E-Me’s,yep it’s all about them and the terrible over all programing we have to choose from more and more.
    Here comes Honey Boo-Boo,——–barf.

  • BuddyDallas

    yeah, why would I want to watch something where rich liberals will either priase the empty suit we have in office, or demonize conversavtives. I heard a famouse artist once say, whatever hollywood is promoting to elect, elect the other person. I stand by that rule.

    For the little wanna be princess hollywood types, you know who are. Please don’t tell me what to do or how I should vote or anything, and I’ll stop telling people how a horrible actress you are, and not to see your movies…remember the dixie chicks?

  • One

    It seems like I came in to insult the NFL and got lost in a sea of people chopping their nads off about the friggin’ Emmys. Shame on all of you.

  • One

    [evil smile]

  • Mary

    I do have to add, it’s not like no one watched the Emmys. They got a total of 13 million viewers while the football game got 14 million. For me it’s not a question of football vs Emmys either. I watched the game I wanted to watch earlier (The Bears Game).

    And those complaining about the egos of actors & actresses need to take a long look at the entitlement in the football world. Both fields are filled with people well financially compensated. Maybe you all need a reminder on who gets arrested for killing dogs and beating up wives and girlfriends? Who went chasing after some poor replacement ref?

    In other words, no one gets to claim the moral high ground in what they prefer, tv stars vs sports. Many of us also like watching both.

  • flashfast

    The Emmies were on? I watch a lot of TV and I never knew. Apparently no one else knew either.

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