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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  • eridapo

    I guess the 60 Minutes numbers are for the first half only.

    Berman has them at 3.2 14.14 for 8PM and 2.5 11.45 for 830PM.

  • eridapo

    Never mind the CBS numbers are meaningless right now until they are De-scramble…

  • HalCapone

    @Rob R
    I’m not sure where Goodwife falls in the upscale audience demos but here’s some interesting affluent demo info that I found on Variety’s website:
    ABC has five of the fall’s top 15 programs among adults 18-49 living in households earning $100,000 or more. CBS and NBC each have four, and Fox has two.
    ABC’s “Modern Family” is far and away the leader in this category (11.7 rating), followed by CBS’ “The Big Bang Theory” (7.7), ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy” (7.5), NBC’s “Revolution” (6.2) — the top-rated rookie show — and Fox’s “Glee” (6.1).

    Other ABC shows in the top 15 are dramas “Revenge” (4.9), “Nashville” (4.8) and “Once Upon a Time” (4.5).
    “Modern Family” is an advertiser’s dream, skewing more upscale than most shows (66% greater than average).

    Another interesting fact that underscores the impact of football, if you toss out all non sports programming, ABC (the only network not showing football) is essentially neck and neck with the other networks in the coveted 18-49 demo.


    @ HalCapone

    I saw an article in USA Today S01 that stated TGW was high in the upscale audience demos, but I don’t think it was in the 18-49 (positive it wasn’t, actually). We all know the show is big in the 25-54 demo (though not much variation w/ 18-49), but it’s a real monster in the 50+ demo!

    But as I stated, don’t have the hard numbers to back me.


    @ richierich

    So looking forward to Pt 2 tonight! Ken Burns is a master. Wasn’t the pneumonia segment hard to handle?

  • Pietro

    America’s funniest home videos didn’t air in Los angeles last night at 7pm like it is listed. It aired at 2:35 this morning. Instead we got an incredibly boring pre-award show to an incredibly boring award show.

  • Brian

    Didn’t even bother watching tv last night, and forgot about The Mentalist because of the STUPID day change and not going to waste any time watching that lame Good Wife to wait for another show to come on!

  • HalCapone

    Too bad CBS continues to “mistreat” TGW with football overruns. The 50+ demo crowd will be raising (their) cane(s). It’s a classy show but class on television won’t even buy you bus fare nowadays. Civilization in free fall.

  • jo

    yep Family guy is dead

  • RG-X

    AMA’S is a pile of crap – it’s a popularity contest with a cast of the worst influences on young people assembeled togther at one time -EVER!

  • Miguel

  • MaryR

    The Simon Baker directed episode of The Mentalist was excellent last night. The show has been improving as the season progresses, and it is a real pity that its time slot is so awful.

  • richierich


    I thought 3 parts were difficult. Yes, the deaths by black pneumonia were the most disturbing especially the children. Baby coffins are the worst. But also the suicides from foreclosures, and the slaughter of the stock. You are right Ken Burns is a master. I never miss any of his programs.

  • iggy agrimotor

    Your predictions were about right.

    …except the 77% who predicted a half point higher or more.

  • TV Gord

    The people griping about the state of music today…you DO realize how much like your parents you sound, right? ;-)

  • Freddy Arrow


    “Too bad CBS continues to “mistreat” TGW with football overruns.”

    The biggest mistreatment this show ever got was when they named it. Most people that haven’t watched the show assume its a night time soap opera about a woman that gets cheated on.


    @ HalCapone

    The 50+ demo won’t raise their canes at all. We either do other things while waiting (I have projects lined up–clipping coupons, purging files & other trivial tasks). However, we tend to either watch On Demand or Streamline next day or DVR it. We’re really used to the overruns in most cases (dealt with them for 35 or 40 years now). It’s the 70+ demo that raises canes!

    @ richierich

    No arguments here


    @ TV Gord

    But the kids finally got it right!

  • Ike

    @battye “So The Mentalist ran from 10:53 – 11:53? Why even bother airing it at all?”

    It presumably aired on time in the Mountain and Pacific time zones. The CBS affiliates in those areas might get angry if they don’t have a new episode leading into their profitable local late news for sweeps.

    However if CBS airs new episodes of Mentalist on 12/2 and 12/16 then they’re just incompetent, or they don’t care about the program since it’s WB-produced and CBS will never see any of that sweet sweet syndication cash.

    @Holly, I’d like to see that evidence about TGW supposedly doing well overseas too. I find that claim suspicious. Normally legal dramas do POORLY overseas.

  • MikeH

    Why CBS put The Mentalist on Sunday at 10pm is beyond me. This means every other Sunday when CBS has the NFL double header game, The Mentalist will start no earlier than 10:30 and sometimes after 11pm. This show is way too great to have this done to it. Put it back to where it used to be!!

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