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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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.

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  • Petar Ivanov

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

    TV by the numbers predict one more season for this show.

    @ I’m so pissed at those overruns. Why don’t they appoint the games to start a hour earlier.

    This overruns beat everything in CBS sundays and make even 60 min look loke hit drama or sitcom. 60 minutes after ovveruns is usually at least 1 point better than without that lead in.

  • s0303

    just curious why the networks show 4 hours of primetime on sundays anyway…it’s not like sundays gets outstanding ratings or anything…if cbs would go to 3 hours, they could show their shows on time, it might help…

  • Michael

    Pink gave one hell of a performance last night at the American Music Awards!

  • MVProductions44

    The American Music Awards was by far one of the easiest award shows to watch this year! Good performances, great music, it flowed easily and no one really dragged on an acceptance speech!

  • danny94

    Not bad ratings for the simpsons the fact that a 24 year old cartoon can beat a simon cowell reality show is pretty funny. Love the simpsons.

  • Paulo PT

    If The Mentalist was on tuesdays at 10pm it probably had the best ratings for 10pm for CBS. Instead they choose a show like Vegas to air in that night.

    Moving for sundays in the fall is killing the show. i don’t know if it could recovery in midseason…

  • Mary


    I was just wondering if The Mentalist’s non-primetime rating yesterday factored in its average when it comes to a network renewing a program.

  • Petar Ivanov

    @ Paulo PT

    Its last season of TM anyways so……..and CBS do the same thing with CSI NY and Miami.

  • Fed

    @Petar, only that you are a fellow bulgarian is stoping me from strangling you for sugesting that Survivor and Amazing Race should be just 1 cycle. Don’t even think about it :)

  • American

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

  • Mary


    We don’t know it’s the last season of TM. Don’t go spreading rumors.

  • Percysowner

    I like TAR, TGW and Mentalist, but really CBS needs to do something about the overruns. Starting the shows a half hour late when there are late game helps, but where I am they all started a half hour after THAT. It’s ridiculous. I know that CBS needs the NFL games. I know that 60 Minutes has to run for 60 Minutes. Maybe CBS could run an hour of comedies on Sundays and could ditch one or both depending on when the football games end? I’m really tired of having to check my DVR, add time if there is a late game, then come back when the program is supposed to start to see if the game is running later than I planned for and adjust recording time.

  • Tommy

    The AMAs were a mess last night. It really makes you think about the state of American music when Justine Beiber and Nicki Minaji are walking away with several awards each….

  • alexis

    Of course. With Bieber being the big winner, what do you expect from him to say?


    @ Michael

    What song did PINK do? How was Pitbull?

    @ Petar Ivanov

    It’s not the last season of TM Yet! (Officially, anyway)

  • Sel

    I’m glad that CMA beat AMA!

  • Philip2

    It’s understandable for viewers of 60M, TAR, TGW and TM to hate the football overruns. They still make sense for CBS, though, because the aforementioned shows would never be able to average a 3.0 or better on their own.

    CBS probably does hurt these shows due to the ever-changing start times, has created a death slot at 10 PM, and cannot premiere any new shows on Sunday. That’s why CBS’s Sunday lineup looks the way it looks–a bunch of oldies, critically-acclaimed and WB-owned shows.

  • s0303

    @percysowner…i watch the good wife, but i never watch it on sundays anymore…i just watch it online the next day…too big of a headache checking when it’s going to be on…

  • Michael

    Tommy, AMAs have always been about commercial music. Nothing has changed!

  • Petar Ivanov

    @ Petar, We don’t know it’s the last season of TM. Don’t go spreading rumors.

    I know. I mean CBS policy is very simple. Like the fact that they air every season new drama in tuesdays at 10 pm. EVERY SEASON. And new sitcom in mondays at 8:30 monday.

    When CBS dramas became old and expensive and with no so good ratings like NCIS CBS move tham in sunday or friday. Only road from here is to be cancel. Althou i agree that some of tham get bonus one season like CSI NY with low ratings, but this are only CBS shows.

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