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.

  • Jason

    Why does anyone watch award shows? A bunch of rich people patting themselves on the backs and showing how great they think they all are. Big deal. I’d rather watch a bunch of rich people fighting on the football day in a real contest any day.

  • silvit


    Because it’s a mediocre show? Any writer can tell you that.

  • Evan

    This is all about Free Speech. After all the gov’t (and their corporate cronies) censor the media and ban books like “America Deceived II”.
    Last link of “America Deceived II” before it is completely censored:

  • galveston

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  • agatematt

    Lets see: A first-rate, exciting NFL football game versus a boring, self-glorifying and self-congratulatory television industrial awards show in which most of the nominations are for shows most people have never heard of let alone watched — and anyone is surprised that Patriots-Ravens beat out The Emmys?

  • KarenM

    @silvit, because it’s not cable?

  • bill1942

    No surprise here. Television programming is crap.

  • Lars

    I bought America Deceived II but black copters swooped down & took it w a tractor beam (but it was a crappy story anyway)

  • Chris

    Increasingly, the Emmys are like the Oscars–a privileged little club that hands out most of the big awards to shows hardly anyone wants to watch.

    It shouldn’t be The People’s Choice Awards, but it shouldn’t be the “Why aren’t you watching this?” awards either. Mad Men, Breaking Bad, Homeland, 30 Rock–they simply don’t appeal to most people, never have, never will. And that’s not because people aren’t smart enough. It’s because the shows in question aren’t entertaining enough. They aren’t high art either. And in a generation from now, they’ll all be forgotten, along with their statues.

  • silvit


    Ah, not because it’s crap… I see. The majority of cable shows didn’t win either and many weren’t nominated. Instead, middle-of-the-road network crap like Modern Family won 4 awards.

    The Walking Dead got huge ratings, IS on cable, YET it didn’t win anything. And rightfully so, since while entertaining is not a great quality product.

  • RedInDenver

    Why would anyone watch a bunch of Hollywood elites congratulating themselves when they could watch an NFL game?

  • kevin

    Wow America the dumb! I can bet 90 percent of this dopes have no clue on what’s going on in this country.HOPE & CHANGE DUMMIES.

  • Appalachian70

    The Emmy’s were on? *shrug*

  • john

    Who wants to watch a bunch of phony, pompous, vain idiots swoon over one another? If nothing else was on TV, I still wouldn’t watch the Emmys.

  • rob60990

    “Wow America the dumb! I can bet 90 percent of this dopes have no clue on what’s going on in this country.HOPE & CHANGE DUMMIES.”

    Maybe not, but at least we know how to spell and form sentences.

  • KarenM

    The Drudge Report has a link to this site!

  • dennisM

    what is the significance of this article? Is it just something to keep the Y-generation busy?

  • marc

    um. what is happening in the comments section today?

  • mrmercator

    Just proof positive that Hollywood and the networks continue to produce crap on network / cable tv that no one cares about. I’m sure if it was the Tampa Bay Bucs vs Jacksonville Jags, the Emmy’s might have a a fighting chance..Though MJD would have put the DWTS to shame.

  • jm

    Millionaires congratulating each other for being so swell.

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