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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  • Just

    funny, where is Max?

  • DW

    i have no problems with the overruns since i live on the west coast. :)

  • Jesse

    I said 3.5 for American music awards. So close. Maybe it’ll adjust up a tenth to make me feel like a genius.

  • battye

    So The Mentalist ran from 10:53 – 11:53?

    Why even bother airing it at all? Wouldn’t it make more sense to put that original on instead of a scheduled weekday repeat of some other show at some point?

  • Petar Ivanov

    Although. sorry.

  • Bob

    Good Wife is the best show to watch when Revenge is not on….It is killer that both shows are on at the same time. I watch Revenge live and watch The Good Wife the next day on demand. However, last night I watched The Good Wife live.

  • Damo

    Hopefully the animation line up increase and I thought the episodes were much better.

    @Crim TV

    The cw would love more 1.6’s hopefully it will happen in the near future so what’s your view on the animation stuff if you watch any

  • jay

    No Revenge on = no Max.

  • RandomCommentor

    WB has Simon Baker in a contract for 7 seasons for the mentalist and a very sweet syndication deal already done, and the show runners want at least 6. I’m sure it will get at least one more season. The Good Wife is more of a wild card, even though it is CBS owned.

    Also, they moved mentalist to Sunday to try to bank on pure CBS shows for syndication like Elementary – even though it was getting ratings close to (and sometimes beating) PoI last season CBS is just driven by Syndication cash more than anything else. Mentalist = WB = no direct Syndication interest for CBS.

  • Petar Ivanov

    @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

    Well if they continue to dip will be a problem. Although they are cheap i guess, so who knows.



    12/2, 12/16 & 12/30 (SORRY)

    But like I stated earlier, it worked like a charm last night

  • Austin Lauran

    Does anybody know why CBS doesn’t have any sitcoms produced by CBS Studios? Also, what was the last CBS sitcom to be produced in-house?

  • Dan S

    Maybe CBS could consider going with all reality programming on Sundays after 60 min. They have cheaper programming that can be trimmed down for football delays on the east coast to end by 11pm. This way they don’t keep throwing more expensive scripted programming to die out.

  • Douglas from Brazil

    CBS should move The Good Wife to 8pm and The Mentalist to 9pm timeslot.If 60 Minutes got boosted by the overruns I think these two would boost too.

  • Mary


    SBS does have a reality show after 60 minutes–the Amazing Race. That’s part of the problem–they have two many shows.


    @ Percyowner

    CBS did run comedies on Sun from 1977-1983 until Murder She Wrote in 1984 & if memory serves me well, they did the same thing back then, run all ep’s at the later time

  • Philip2

    @Petar: I get your points, but they’re still speculative. I could argue that one of TM’s executive producers tweeted months ago that the show has already been (silently) renewed for a 6th season. We don’t know the truth about that either, just like we don’t know CBS’s plans.

    The question is: What could CBS possibly want to air Sundays at 10 (and [slowly] kill in the process)? H5O looks like it’s ready to only increase its number of episodes for syndication and doesn’t matter ratings wise and in terms of its ad revenues. CBS could move TGW to 10 PM for the same reasons next year IF there finally was a syndication deal.

    With the exception of these two shows, what are the shows that CBS cares so little about to air Sundays at 10 (or 10:53)?

    One thing to keep in mind is that WB does have some leverage. They could easily reduce the rights fee due to all the syndication money that TM draws domestically as well as internationally. Sony kept Unforgettable on the air–despite its lower ratings and no syndication deal at all.

  • HT

    Why don’t CBS just suspend their Sunday night schedule instead of trying to be everything to every man/woman? They’re killing 2 shows for the sake of what….? Then in a few weeks their Sunday nights will be full of re-runs? I’m loathe to call anyone stupid but have they heard of logic?

  • Jonathan

    ATTENTION: Some ABC stations were completely out last night through DirectTV including mine. I was so mad I could watch the AMA’s! May have resulted a lower ratings in a limited capacityi

  • HalCapone

    The frequency and duration of football overruns this year are changing the landscape of Sunday night viewing far more than in previous seasons. The overruns do no favor for those 9 and 10pm shows like the Goodwife and Mentalist but really make 60 Minutes look like a ratings monster.

    I guess without a Whitney Houston death to exploit ad nauseam and no Adele to revere ad nauseam, the AMA’s were decisively tackled by big guys in cleats and jock straps. Will Sunday ultimately become the new Saturday, a night when networks burn off their least popular non-football programming? And when will all network televised football be heading for a cable station near you? Get ready to reach deeper into your pockets football fans to scratch that itch.

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