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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  • HT

    ReallyTired really doesn’t like The Good Wife –
    It sells well abroad and it gets a ton of Emmy/Golden Globe attention. Some shows just get to ride the wave as long as the viewers watch (which they do – albeit older viewers) and the quality remains high. It’s a great show.

  • DenverDean

    NBC’s 7:00 PM numbers have to be wrong – that portion of FNA is already low-rated. And being opposite CBS & Fox football, no way that the very early part of telecast had those ratings….

  • jeremy

    TGW is the best drama on network TV. I am betting it gets renewed for one final year. It draws a pretty old audience though, young people can’t appreciate good TV.
    Still it draws close to 10 million in total viewers. They should have kept it on Tuesday, it did better there and nothing that has replaced it has done any better. Also it has to compete with Dexter on cable at the same time.



    Good Wife, great furniture! Beth Kushnick is the NY designer for TGW & has received so much email that she has started a blog, “The Good Look of the Good Wife.”

    Ms K has never entered into a partnership with a furniture manufacturer to make her designs availabe to consumers until the enthusistic response of TGW viewers.

  • Chris L

    While the AMA’s were down, they at least skewed incredibly young if ABC’s 18-49 demo was only .3 larger than its 18-34.

  • Rob R

    Really Tired— More viewers watched The Good Wife than watch Revenge every week or watched the American Music Awards last night. CBS apparently compensates for not attracting as many younger viewers because they attract affluent ones instead and you can see the advertising on the show catering to that demo.

  • eridapo

    DO people forget that the overruns only affects the East Coast and part of the Central time. For half the country, all the CBS lineup aired on its schedule time.

    The AMA also ran time delayed on the West Coast… so the results would have been known by then.

  • CBSViewer

    CBS should cancel The Good Wife and Renew Elementary to replace it next season.

  • eridapo

    Berman has the 7Pm portion of FNA at 1.9 6.32M and the NFL overrun on CBS at 6.1 19.54. At 7:30PM, FNA rated 2.7 8.02M amd NFL Overrun on CBS at 4.9 17.30M

  • Bri

    Re TM – yes the ratings are meh, but isn’t the ratings bar for Sunday at 10p pretty low? TM seems to be hiding steady around a 1.8ish, which seems passable for the time period (particularly with overruns) but I admit I’m no expert.

  • Holly


    The Good Wife –It sells well abroad

    Do you have any evidence to back this up?


    @ Jeremy

    Don’t forget TGW also competes with “The Walking Dead,” & “Games of Thrones” as well.

  • Max Vrany

    Reiterating: ALL NBC results, including all of Football Night in America, are approximate. The first part of Football Night won’t even be rated in the finals because it was sustained. All the commercials are either local or NFL mandated.

  • Frank


  • richierich

    @ CBSViewer
    CBS should cancel The Good Wife and Renew Elementary to replace it next season.

    I don’t believe CBS would give Elementary a Super Bowl slot and renewal just to ship it to Sundays.

    I enjoyed watching part 1 of “The Dust Bowl” too.

  • GARY


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

  • cc

    Good to see less and less people watching an awards show that promotes itself as music awards when when music is the last thing it represents. Really, these young kids, Beiber, Swift and Minaj are deserving of awards? Yea, ok. All these awards show now are a cheap way for record companies to promote their atutotune clients.

    And to whoever said AMAs have always been commercial, maybe, but at least there were actual deserving musicians who could actually sing and didn’t need autotune.

  • pickles

    I use to love to watch Cold Case it was moved to Sunday’s at 10pm it was canceled by CBS. I then watched CSI Miami which was moved to Sunday night at 10pm it was canceled. Sounds like CBS has given up on the Mentalist. Why CBS hasn’t put that god awful TGW at 10pm beats me.

  • Freyja

    I have to laugh at The American Music Awards; maybe people are starting to see that the music today is nothing but autotuned fake singers.

    There are a few standouts like Adele but for the most part every song on the radio sounds like every other song lol that goes for Rock music as well, there really is no variety anymore.



    (Taken from 11/2 issue of EW)

    Casting director Mark Saks states he gets calls every day, all the time from well-known actors who want a guest role on the show. Martha Plimpton took home the award (Emmy, I believe) for guest actress in a drama.

    The guest stars earn just $7674 for a week’s work on TGW & there is no negotiating the “fixed fee” which is “top of show.” END OF ARTICLE

    S04 has a truly impressive list of “guests” for your viewing pleasure!

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