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.

  • Tim

    Most people do not care about Oscars and Emmy’s anymore. Back when there were fewer channel choices you had to watch them. As far as I am concerned the actors get their reward when they are paid. And how come it is ok for actors and musicians to use drugs and not athletes?

  • Douglas Maher

    I didn’t even know the Emmy’s were on. Between the launch of the new Glenn Beck channel The Blaze on Dish Network, Hannity’s America last night, and Sunday Night Football…I had no reason to even look at other channels. The Emmys like the Grammys and the Tony’s are pretty much irrelevant in today’s world. When you have like 500 channels and they want to recognize the same 6 or 7 networks…nah..no thanks. A bunch of Hollywood commies patting each other on the backs for mediocre work playing make believe?


  • JD


  • Susan

    Why would ANYONE watch a bunch of celebrities patting themselves on the back when you can watch a great football game?

  • Maya Ayala

    The only thing that was missing from this boring self-congratulating LEFT WING festival was appearances from Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi and Hugo Chavez.

    I won’t be watching next year.

  • U-Turn

    It’s as simple as this


    One of the reasons why I hate Modern Family is because its too overrated and too favored by critics. CBS is bringing those comedies that they hate back tonight and I’ll be watching them too.

  • Oliver

    They’re Drudge readers, not normal TVBTN readers who care about ratings. They think Hollywood is a leftist conspiracy. Don’t read anything into it.

  • Ralph Gizzip

    So a prime time NFL game between two great teams handily beat the ratings of the Academy of TV Arts and Sciences annual celebratory self-abuse love fest. It’s nice to see a plurality of the American TV viewing public still has a modicum of self respect.

  • DW

    laughing at all the political comments.

  • JDub

    We’re really living in the golden age of television dramas. I personally love a good ball game, but equally rewarding is sitting down for a long marathon of Mad Men, Breaking Bad, Boardwalk Empire or the Borgias. Also, when did AMC become about the premier cable channel?!?

  • K

    People probably did not watch the Emmys because of Kimmel. He is just not that funny.

  • HansJurgen

    Who cares to watch these arrogant, lack-of-talent, FOLLYWOOD idiots “stroke” themselves. There used to be a HOLLYWOOD, but not today. I haven’t gone to a movie in years nor do I watch some of these “sick” culture shows. There used to be “Family Hour”, but that no is “Adult Hour” since I wouldn’t let my kids watch or be brainwashed by FOLLYWOOD’s sick culture. And there used to be “new” shows, but that doesn’t exist anymore. It’s repeat after repeat fill with tons of loud, obnoxious commercials. We saw a “premier”, “new” show and the following week it was a repeat. So, talk about “evil” corporations, how about “evil” FOLLYWOOD taking advantage of viewers and destroying our culture. Even some of those FOLLYWOOD people are starting to wake up and pull away and denounce the FOLLYWOOD sick culture.

  • Dennis Jackson

    Nice to know that the majority of America is still real men.

  • Mike

    My wife wanted to watch the Emmy’s. 2 jokes, 2 slams against Romney, and he was gone. I don’t get why they want to piss off half of their audience.

  • Mary

    God, what is the problem with you people? You supposedly like to watch TV (otherwise why be here) and yet you whine about the Emmys. They don’t deserve any awards? Don’t watch TV if you don’t like actors.

  • Obama Hates America

    The people who watch the Emmys show are the problem with America. You have to be a complete moron to watch a bunch of phony liberal actors patting each other on the back! Hollywood is not part of my America.

  • masquerade

    Maybe, just maybe Americans are caring less and less for celebrities. I know I am. Caring less that is.

  • KarenM

    The Emmys are a joke! The wrong shows get nominated and the wrong shows win!

  • Babygate

    Award shows are not a celebration of an artform. It’s just a way to commercialize entertainment even more to maximize earnings. The fans/viewers have nothing to do with it. These are just a bunch of vapid narcissists looking for validation. AND, because this is site about television ratings, people have the confidence to opine about what they consider to be garbage, ie, the Emmys. Just because you like a show doesn’t mean that you like EVERY show.

  • grumpiestoldman

    Most of us don’t get HBO and Showtime. We’ve never seen the shows being awarded. So we don’t watch.

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