TV Ratings Sunday: 'American Music Awards' Returns for Lowest-Rated Telecast Ever, FOX Animation Block Goes Low

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November 19th, 2012


Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 4.9/12 3.0/8 2.9/7 2.0/5 1.2/3
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 3.9/11 2.0/6 2.6/7 2.2/6 0.9/3
Total Viewers (million) 13.267 12.592 8.970 4.181 3.048


Due to the nature of live  programming the ratings for NBC (NFL Football), & CBS/FOX (Football Overruns)  are approximate and subject to more than the typical adjustments in the final numbers. See below for more information on these Fast Affiliate Ratings.

NBC was number one among adults 18-49 and with total viewers.

On NBC, Sunday Night Football (Baltimore/Pittsburgh) earned a preliminary 6.0 adults 18-49 rating from 8:30-11:00PM, down from last week's 7.9 rating.

On FOX, The Simpsons earned a 2.5 down seven tenths from last week's 3.2. Bob's Burgers earned a 1.8, down six tenths from last week's 2.4 adults 18-49 rating. Family Guy earned a 2.5, down two tenths from last week's 2.7 adults 18-48 rating. American Dad is the only animation program that didn't go down this week, earning a 2.0, up from its last original's 1.8 adults 18-49 rating two weeks ago.

On ABC, America's Funniest Home Videos earned a 1.7, up three tenths from last week's 1.4 adults 18-49 rating. The American Music Awards garnered a  3.4, down almost a full ratings point from last year's 4.3 and the lowest-rated telecast for the AMAs ever. Your predictions were about right.

On CBS, football overruns delayed the start of primetime until 7:53. These numbers are basically worthless until we see the finals tomorrow.


Broadcast primetime ratings for Sunday, November 18, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
7:00 PM CBS NFL Overrun 5.5 15 18.42
NBC Football Night in America 1.9 5 6.32
ABC America's Funniest home Videos 1.7 5 5.11
FOX NFL Overrun/Bob's Burgers -R 1.3 4 3.42
7:30 PM NBC Football Night in America 2.7 7 8.02
FOX The Cleveland Show 1.6 4 3.28
8:00 PM NBC Football Night in America 4.5 11 12.75
ABC American Music Awards 3.4 8 9.47
CBS 60 Minutes 3.2 8 14.15
FOX The Simpsons 2.5 6 5.19
8:30 PM NBC Sunday Night Football (8:30-11)                    6.0 15 15.80
FOX Bob's Burgers 1.8 4 3.98
9:00PM FOX Family Guy 2.5 6 5.07
CBS The Amazing Race 2.2 5 9.64
9:30PM FOX American Dad 2.0 5 4.16
10:00PM CBS The Good Wife/The Mentalist (10:53) 1.6 4 9.51

Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2012 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.



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  • Mary

    I’m curious. Since the Mentalist was basically not on prime time last night so do the network and advitizers still look at the ratings?

  • Jennaa

    Damn lol that’s really low for the AMAs… It didn’t do much better than OUAT typically does.

  • rob60990

    Terrible drop for AMAs. The show was a hot mess.

  • DW

    those are some scatological ratings.

  • rob60990

    “On ABC, America’s Funniest Home Videos earned a 1.7, down three tenths from last week’s 1.4 adults 18-49 rating.”


  • CrimTV

    Is there some errors in the text, cause AFHV was actually up 3 tenths and it says that the AMA’s were down almost a whole ratings point from 3.4 to 3.4.

  • ReallyTired

    How the hell is ‘The Good Wife’ still on the air?????

    Even CW would have cancelled such an underperforming show by now.

  • MDM

    I think Bob’s Burgers is actually up from last week.

  • Fed

    Awful for Amazing Race and it was such a good episode. I’m so pissed at those overruns. Why don’t they appoint the games to start a hour earlier.

  • ReallyTired

    Good Wife has nearly the same ratings demos as The Cleveland Show.


  • Petar Ivanov

    60 minutes looks like best in sunday CBS programing. That is sad. Sundays is now worst CBS day. Even CBS fridays are better.

    Lows for TM and TGW in november……..and TAR is so low.

    Time for one cycle per year for TAR and survivor i guess. May be both in sundays at 8 and new reality is wednesday at 8pm.

  • carigis

    “The American Music Awards garnered a 3.4, down almost a full ratings point from last year’s 3.4″


  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “I’m curious. Since the Mentalist was basically not on prime time last night so do the network and advitizers still look at the ratings?”

    Not clear what you mean by “look at”?

    Do the commercial ratings for the show effect what the advertisers paid for/get? Yes.

    Do the ratings get averaged into the show’s season averages (which are largely PR constructs)? Yes.

    Do the ratings get averaged into the network’s season averages? I believe only the primetime portion does, but am not certain.

  • a p garcia

    Wish CBS would premiere their new program “30 Minutes”

  • CrimTV


    Shows on The CW that get a 1.6 (TVD) will only get cancelled if there was an apocalypse!

  • DW

    @ really tired TGW is performing fine with what its up against. you can put ncis zombie football player tv show in there and it would still do a 1.7.


    FOX is really in dire straits as entire block of toons off dramatically

    Another excellent ep of TGW last night

    Hats off to FB overrun 53 minutes–TGW started just as “The Dust Bowl” ended & with no OUAT & PA, it couldn’t have worked out better

  • Enri

    I hate these overruns for The Mentalist. It’s such a good show. I just wish The Good Wife wasn’t the lead in.

  • danny94

    meh… sundays ratings are boring without ONCE upon a time and REVEN8E.

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