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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  • Carl

    What do you expect when artist of the year is Justin Bieber and the most talked about performance of the night is the biggest one hit wonder of the year dancing with the biggest one hit wonder of the 1990s?

  • LisaNeedsBraces

    Is there a way to find PBS ratings? I’m curious about how Ken Burns’ The Dust Bowl did last night.

  • Ultima

    Is there a way to find PBS ratings?

    No. PBS requests that their ratings not be published; so unless they issue a press release, you’ll never see them.

  • I like this show

    Who the hell are those 2 people in the picture? William Hung and Bobby Brown? No wonder it did so bad…

  • Alex

    Bob’s Burgers ratings are doing consistently terrible and they’ve already renewed it for another season, yet they cancelled Napoleon Dynamite which had higher ratings even after they only gave it six episodes, had 2 week breaks in between every episode but one, and they competed against the Grammys.

    The people at Fox are morons.


    @ gary m

    CBS has The Good Wife, not the CW.


    @ I like this show

    It’s Psy & MC Hammer

  • Justin121


    I’m afrad TGW is losing track w/ the Emmy’s in favor of cable.

    Peabody win musn’t be forgotten, though.

  • Networkman

    @Freddy Arrow, I agree that I’m not fond of the name of the show, The Good Wife. It really does not describe the full scope of the show. It sounds rather bland and generic.

    Anyways, regarding the ratings, I really do not feel Bob’s Burger is performing any better than The Cleveland Show. It is protected, being sandwiched behind The Simpsons and in front of Family Guy and it is still not able to maintain 2’s. I feel Cleveland Show would perform better if it aired @8:30.

  • Networkman

    @Carl, MC Hammer is far from being a one hit wonder. He had serveral hits in the 90’s including “U Can’t Touch This”, the #2 Billboard Hit, “Pray”, “Have You Seen Her”, and “2 Legit to Quit”.

    I did not choose to watch the AMAs this year because I did not feel this was a strong year in music. Even though I do love Pink and hope to see her get recognition come time for Grammy awards. She is one of the best vocalist out there. But also from the promos, I noticed that Beyonce, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Alicia Keys, Adele and Britney Spears would not be there. Those are the mega stars in the business right now. Taylor Swift, Justin Beiber nor Nicki Minaj could pull in the necessary viewers/demo to prevent this from being the lowest rated AMAs ever.

  • jo

    No. PBS requests that their ratings not be published; so unless they issue a press release, you’ll never see them

    Hah! They can do that? why ?

  • Ruan


    I know… funny thing is for some reason I like “2 Broke Girls”. But I do recognize that the humor in that show isn’t noble AT ALL.

  • ToXiX


    I’m sure Fox is happy with Bobs Burger’s considering it did better 75% of their comedy block on Tuesday and consistently does better than those 75%

  • Jiji Moran

    I caught “The Dust Bowl part I” Sunday, and “Part II” last night. Awesome documentary!!!

    I never thought people had it so bad during the depression in the plains, OMG!

    No matter how many people watched, it is GREAT quality work. Just awesome.

  • Ben

    I also watched The Dust Bowl on PBS on Sunday (part 1)/Monday (part 2) nights. It was at least the 2nd major television documentary on the dust bowl, after the History Channel’s two hour program: Black Blizzard. What was really alarming was at the end of The Dust Bowl when they discussed the fact they are using the water in the aquifer underneath the Great Plains at an alarming pace and in a few decades, it Might run dry.
    “Those who do not remember, (or know about), the past are condemmed to repeat it.”

  • Jiji Moran

    When I heard the aquifer may run out of water in 25 years, I got a chill down my back while thinking of what would happen to the millions of people living there now. Though our country may survive on imports,it would mean certain ruin for the area farmers and their families.

    I’ll stop now, don’t want to drag people down.

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