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.

  • Real Stuff

  • jo

    Who the hell would watch the Emmy’s. A bunch of condescending aholes patting each other on the back.

  • Tony

    Emmys? They still have those?

  • TTownTony

    The average IQ of Emmy viewers is probably around 70, the borderline for mental retardation.

  • jon

    No one cares to hear a bunch of blow hard liberals.

  • jdjsmit

    There is a reason, mostly people do not want to see the Hollywood morons continue to put down America and placing Lord Obama on Mount Olympus>

  • Thundercleese

    GO figure. who the hell wants to watch a bunch of liberal douch bags praise themselves all night for bashing conservatives all year. And to have Tracey Morgan, who went on a racist rant, back on stage as though nothing happened is so hollywood pc isn;t it. Hollywood is sinking lower and lower, and they are in the minority.
    Rich jack asses that support a socialist non president as if they are middle class.

  • Eugenius

    @Real Stuff, cut it out!

  • Steve-A

    When did this site turn into a political rant site?

  • CineMata

    What a terrible method for scoring! So then we’re to believe that “households” of over 49 years old didn’t watch either the Emmy’s or the game? Dang, then what show was I watching with all those funny folks dressed up with the statues and stupid
    Pro-Democratic speeches?

  • bk

    Turned the Emmys off as soon as Kimmel started bashing Romney. Right out of the box. I don’t have to watch these self-serving liberals. It should have been non political.

  • McKayla Maroney not happy about her San Diego Chargers

    Emmys are way too political these days for my taste.

    Emmys might be by far the worst of the major award shows and they deserve these manure ratings. Football rules anyways!

  • CaptainObvious

    Nothing new, off to the next story…

  • Justin121

    I’m glad the Emmys are down.

    Serves them right for shuting out broadcast’s fines dramas (Revenge and The Good Wife) and their bad taste in comedy.

    Hopefully they continue going down until they hit a 0.0 rating if this cable-only nonesense continues. No-One-Cares.

    Jon Creyer? WTF!!!

  • seenbetterdaze

    We have not watched network programs since their News reporting and much of the Lib/Prog Programming jumped in the tank for this Potus. The nasty and smirky celebs make us nauseaus with their pretense that they KNOW Anything about politics,ECONOMICS,and/or the American people. When they alienate over HALF their audience with their INSULTS and silly political diatribes based on who’s cool..I refuse to watch the ignorant losers. THEY are a whole lot of WHAT is WRONG with this once Great Nation and a bad influence on our kids. At least sports is non Political. If they were so smart they would have figured it out for themselves…just look at what happened to Oprah.

  • silvit


    Again? I mean, AGAIN? Don’t they have something better to do? ;-) The show was a snoozefest, no matter the political stance.

    The only good moments were the Amy Poehler/Julia-Louis Dreyfus and Ricky Gervais.

    I don’t know how someone can find Jimmy Kimmel funny.

  • Oliver

    Hey, Drudge crazies, what about 70% of the audience that watched neither men homoerotically jumping on each other nor liberal millionaire actors patting each other on the back? Which of the two Americas do they represent?

  • Dickn52

    You are suprised that anyone with a mind would rather watch any sporting event than see a bunch of pompous idiots walk across a stage giggling into their hands? “I am the best at being someone else…” I could be an actress or a high priced call girl…about the same right?

  • MattM

    A lot of hate for the Emmys which is kind of hypocritical on a Web site that reports television ratings. It’s a celebration of the art form, an art form you all clearly care about more than most or you wouldn’t be on this site. Could there have been more variety in the winners? Of course, but it was still an entertaining and somewhat funny show for the most part and it didn’t overstay its welcome.

  • Cutlers bad Thumb

    All the network programing and sitcoms have sucked for well over ten years now. No good acting anymore from these overpaid so-called actors & actresses, who are way over paid for playing pretend. Never watch network t.v anymore, and the network news is 100% as horrible.
    The only show on a network I watch is football,which is real & not a bunch of mindless crap.
    Nothing like a night starting out with Faith Hill and 3 hours of edge of your seat action. Are you ready for some football, Yes I Am !!!!!

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