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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  • Annihilator

    The AMA’s were awful last night. The show was boring, bland, and predictable. The AMA’s showcases just how generic, static, and awful the music business has gotten. No wonder the music business is faltering so badly world wide.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “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.”

    Everything is “factored in”, but in a more clever way than than the simple way the Nielsen season rating average for a show does.

  • Phill

    loooool they should cancel the AMAS its been the same stage, performers, and winners every single year!

  • CBSViewer

    @ Richierich

    After all Elementary is no high rated but, on the other hand, its ratings can grow during season 2. This show would do good if it’s paired with The Mentalist (they are similar).
    I think CBS will Renew Elementary (they don’t want to cancel all their new Shows) but with these ratings the Show can’t stay on Thursday. Next year it’ll be moving to Friday or Sunday. I also think CSI: NY will get another season because of its key role on Friday night so the only slot for Elementary is Friday at 9/8c. The Good Wife can get a 13-episodes final season but it won’t stay on Sunday (maybe Friday at 8/7c until Undercover Boss return).

  • CBSViewer

    Sorry the only slot for Elementary is Sunday at 9/8c and not Friday ! :)

  • r0ckmypants

    @THE OLD MAN (page 2)

    Pink did most of her “Try” video live. It was incredible to see that level of choreography performed with live vocals, especially when Justin Bieber was lip-synching and then taking home award after award… it’s a good reminder that there are still real artists out there.

  • Luke

    Any awards show that crowns Bieber as Artist of the Year deserves the low ratings that it gets.

  • Jon

    @HAlCapone…..network tv would be foolish to ever give up televising the NFL. There is just to much money to be made in it.

  • Anthony Parello (AP076)

    Not knowing who is in the photo above makes me feel really old at only 44 years old.

  • Jon

    Honestly with the lineup the ama’s had scheduled, who would really want to watch it. Remember the days when you actually looked forward to watching them to see your favorite singers on there. There wasn’t one performer on last night that I would have changed the channel from what I was watching to view.

  • riley

    I really liked the Mentalist last night. I still follow it pretty well, even when it comes on late because of football. the characters are interesting, and the stories are good too. and Malcolm McDowell’s brief role in the beginning was also cool.


    @ r0ckmypants

    Thanks. I called PINK from the start & the choreography is incredible but her vocals are just as impressive.

    There are some true artists out there, but they only come around every two years or so, and they won’t be AMAS!

  • Philip2

    Yes, Elementary is somewhat disappointing–considerably lower than TM last year in spite of impressive gains from 8-10 PM. However, CBS wants it to succeed and most likely won’t cancel all its new shows. Elementary is still the 2nd most watched 10 PM show on the network. Accordingly, there are bigger problems.

    At this point, there’s no way CBS even contemplates moving Elementary to either Friday or Sunday. The show most likely to be moved to one of those nights is probably H5O in light of its inexplicably bad ratings this year that, contrary to Elementary’s numbers, really are too bad for the night its on.

  • Cj morton

    Glad to be Canadian! Watched the new mentalist at 10 last night and it was AWESOME!

  • Mike Hunt

    Walking Dead kicked everyone’s booty

  • BagToPunch

    You can’t expect people to care about Award shows when it’s filled with annoying children. Justin Bieber and Taylor Swift are two of the most annoying people on the planet!

  • eridapo

    The following are the Season to date averages for the Networks. It includes scripted and non-scripted shows (Sports, Awards shows, News Programs like 20/20, and specials like Charlie Brown are excluded). The dates are from 9/20/2012 to 11/16/2012. The data only includes finals.

    A18-49 A25-54
    CBS 2.642 3.537
    ABC 2.294 2.893
    NBC 2.174 2.591
    FOX 2.116 2.255
    CW 0.664 0.678

    Note… Both Fox and NBC launch some programs earlier than what is considered the official premiere week. Those programs are not included..

    The following is just the scripted results. It includes Fox and NBC Premiere programs that aired prior Premiere Week.. Date range (9/3/2012 to 11/18/2012)
    CBS 2.565
    ABC 2.278
    FOX 2.038
    NBC 1.843

  • Dude

    Good wife is an awesome so stop hating. I am disappointed that Mentalist is doing bad. Awesome show, just in a bad tv slot.

  • ReallyTired

    Best tv last night was on Pay Cable … HBO (as usual)and SHOwtime. Boardwalk Empire and Treme.

    Homeland is on the dvr.

  • kul65

    @Ike “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.”

    I don’t live in the states, so I don’t know that much about what goes on at which dates, but The Mentalist has its mid-season finale slated for 12/9, so if those two are bad, then CBS still has some shred of decency.

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