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.

  • Tony ^_^

    Lol at some of the ignorant comments on here.

    Regardless of what networks put up against Sunday Night Football, football will always win. It had nothing to do with “Oh! The Emmy’s were too liberal, blah, blah, blah…”

    And a 3.8 is still good rating.

  • Joe


    Does anyone actually like Tina Fey? Why’s her show always nominated?

    I do and she is hilarious 30 ROCK is one of the best comedies but sure is it matter they doesnt have a gay couple …

  • Kaylie

    The Emmys really didnt hurt any show this year. It was terrible anyway.

  • Leondre

    Since Modern Family won best comedy could it possibly see a new high in 18-49

  • joss


    Probably but even so it will drop like last year

  • MoHasanie


    I don’t think it will beat the 6.1 from last year, since that was one hour.

  • OMG

    It is almost ridiculous the amount of hate Modern Family is getting. I might not be deserving of the praise (in some people’s opinions), but it sure as hell do not deserve the wrath as if it is “Whitney”. Even in this website’s poll which has a disproportionate number of Modern Family naysayers, Modern Family still came up on top of the poll of both who should win and who will win.

    I have to say it is surprising how there is a cyclic pattern of all the anti-Emmy comments. Almost every single page I went to has a “Who wants to watch a bunch of _____” or “narcissistic, arrogant people” and “patting themselves on the back”. Someone should do a check to see if it is just the same people re-posting. If they are not re-posting, I guess that is even worse because people are copying the same phrases!

  • Suzy

    Modern Family was definitely NOT as good last year, and at 1:47 into the Emmys I realized I was hoping it would be over soon. Bring back the OTHER Jimmy!

  • Luke

    Suc*s The Emmys!!

  • Justin121

    So Mod Fam won Best Comedy, Actor, Actress, and Director, but not Best Writing?

    Me thinks it won’t see a new high in 18-49. MF has peaked in the ratings.

    It will premiere with a 5.9 this year, will win again next year (but not as many), and premiere lower next year, like a 5.4, and it’s the end of the Mod_Fam regin, both in ratings and awards.

    Well, it could be either a 30 Rock or a Friends. Who knows.

  • barbara bradshaw

    the emmy’s were great like some of the stunts with the comedians. have a great day

  • steven m. burton

    Jimmy Kimmel is so funny on his late-night show, but he blew as the host of the Emmys. Too many stupid routines and wastes of time shortened the time for the reason everybody watches-to see and hear from the winners. They cut off the winners for best comedy at the end of the show. Couldn’t they have left out dumb stuff with Tracey whats-his-face and the “ejection” of Kimmel’s parents from the audience? Then the putz asks if people wanted the show to go on for another hour when the audience showed its displeasure at the interruption of Modern Family’s acceptance speech. They should have shouted that there would have been no need for such rudeness had he kept his lame comedy bits to himself. Why do so many of these hosts try to turn the awards shows into being about them. Pretty sure it was a scant few who tuned in only to see Kimmel.

    Someone above said bring back Jimmy Fallon. That would be worse than Kimmel. Fallon is unwatchable in my book. He must have been ignored as a child, because is the most attention-hungry and needy comic I have ever seen. He can’t do anything without injecting himself into the proceedings. Yes, we know, you can carry a tune and mimic some other celebrities. That you seem to like dressing in women’s clothing. That you are a liberal. Fancy that in a Bostonian. Please, for the love of God, don’t bring that irritating dude back to host.

    Why don’t they just go back to having a host who makes a few jokes and keeps the show running smoothly? Someone who will let the stars shine and get out of the way, so that the viewers at home can watch what they tuned into see.

  • Mosi

    FOOTBALL HAS ALWAYS BEEN A BORING AND REASON TOO GET DRUNK AND ACT LIKE CAVEMAN. No thanks my IQ is far superior to this sad thing they call a sport and it does nothing for us, but make alot of people lazy and shows there true IQ.


    @ Mosi

    It’s “their,” not “there,” speaking of true IQ(‘s). Also first line should read

    Maybe your next post will illustrate your high IQ more accurately.

  • Beckstle

    I’m sure it’s been said, but until they split the awards between cable and broadcast shows those numbers are just gonna keep going down. The fact is they really are two different genres of television – made and delivered differently. After all, you don’t don’t report the broadcast & cable ratings in the same category. Why? The delivery systems are different and it WOULDN’T BE FAIR. It would make cable seem…less than by comparison, and besides that, they don’t need to please advertisers with their numbers to stay on the air. Hmmm…could that be a factor in what they create? Bottom line: it doesn’t matter how good or bad the host is if most of the viewing audience doesn’t care who wins.

  • Jason Edward Prather

    No wonder they are trying to ban football, if they scceed more liberals will be on the air!

  • Lynda

    Never heard of most of the shows. These are not shows I choose to watch! So, boring!

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