TV Ratings Sunday: Oscars Up From Last Year + 'The Amazing Race' Hits A Series Low (Updated)

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February 25th, 2013

Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 10.1/25 1.3/3 1.1/3 0.8/2 0.8/2
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 8.7/25 1.5/4 0.5/1 0.5/1 0.6/2
Total Viewers (million) 32.434 2.872 5.694 2.789 2.322-


 Due to the nature of live programming the ratings for ABC (Oscars) are approximate and subject to more than the typical adjustments in the final numbers. See below for more information on these Fast Affiliate Ratings.

ABC was number one among adults 18-49 and with with total viewers.

On ABC, The 85th Annual Academy Awards earned a 12.1 UPDATE: according to ABC, the Oscars earned a 13.0 adults 18-49 rating from 8:30 to 11:40PM . Last year's telecast scored a 11.7 adults 18-49. Your predictions were about right. Earlier in the night, the Red Carpet arrivals special earned a 5.0 at 7PM, a 6.7 at 7:30PM and a 9.2 at 8PM

The only original running against the Oscars was The Amazing Race, which earned a series low 1.8 adults 18-49 rating, down from last week's 2.5 adults 18-49 rating.


Broadcast primetime ratings for Sunday, February 24, 2013:


Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
7:00 PM ABC The Oscars: Red Carpet Live! 5.0 15  19.343
CBS 60 Minutes -R 1.3 4  8.270
FOX Bob's Burgers -R 1.0 3  2.345
NBC Dateline NBC -R 0.8 2  4.084
7:30PM ABC The Oscars: Red Carpet Live! 6.7 18  23.833
FOX The Cleveland Show -R 1.1 3  2.606
8:00 PM ABC The Oscars: Red Carpet Live! 9.2 23  31.462
CBS The Amazing Race 1.8 4  6.774
FOX The Simpsons -R 1.6 4  3.506
NBC Betty White's Off Their Rockers -R 0.8 2  3.450
8:30 PM ABC 85th Academy Awards (8:30-11:40PM) 13.0 28 40.300
FOX The Cleveland Show -R 1.4 3  2.934
NBC Betty White's Off Their Rockers -R 0.8 2  2.967
9:00PM FOX Family Guy -R 1.5 3  3.133
CBS The Mentalist -R 0.7 2  4.438
NBC Saturday Night Live in the 2000's -R (9-11PM) 0.8 2  1.949
9:30PM FOX American Dad  -R 1.3 3  2.705
10:00 PM CBS The Good Wife-R 0.6 1  3.293

Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2013 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.



Fast Affiliate Ratings: These first national ratings, including demographics, are available at approximately 11 AM (ET) the day after telecast, and are released to subscribing customers daily. These data, from the National People Meter sample, are strictly time-period information, based on the normal broadcast network feed, and include all programming on the affiliated stations, sometimes including network programming, sometimes not. The figures may include stations that did not air the entire network feed, as well as local news breaks or cutaways for local coverage or other programming. Fast Affiliate ratings are not as useful for live programs and are likely to differ significantly from the final results, because the data reflect normal broadcast feed patterns. For example, with a World Series game, Fast Affiliate Ratings would include whatever aired from 8-11PM on affiliates in the Pacific Time Zone, following the live baseball game, but not game coverage that begins at 5PM PT. The same would be true of Presidential debates as well as live award shows and breaking news reports.

Rating: Estimated percentage of the universe of TV households (or other specified group) tuned to a program in the average minute. Ratings are expressed as a percent.

Share (of Audience): The percent of households (or persons) using television who are tuned to a specific program, station or network in a specific area at a specific time. (See also, Rating, which represents tuning or viewing as a percent of the entire population being measured.)

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.

For more information see Numbers 101 and Numbers 102.

  • The Guy


  • LesinTucson

    Is CBS finally getting wise to the idea of flip-flopping Mentalist and Wife?

  • carl


  • hanp

    Ooops. Type error there about Oscar ratings…

  • JacobYates

    A Cleveland Show rerun did better than the last Cleveland Show original. I’m not sure what to make of that.

  • Alan

    Is there meant to be no numbers?

  • psychic

    Wait. Does that say 2.1 or 21? Then again, if it was a 2.1 it wouldn’t be up from 11.7. My mistake. Answered my own question. To complete my thought, holy crap. Why do so many people care?

  • Joseph

    @psychic I think it’s mean to be a 12!

  • ToXiX


    It’s the time slots

    Next Sunday Fox Is testing Bobs Burgers after Family Guy and 2 new Cleveland Shows will air at 7:30 & 8:30

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “Is there meant to be no numbers?”

    We have several sources for the fast affiliate ratings, and the earliest arriving today had no total viewership numbers.

    They’ll be added once we get them.

  • Samuel

    I saw the “21 adults 18-49 rating” and almost screamed.

  • psychic

    @Joseph: Oh, that would make more sense than a 21 up from an 11. I was surprised. Huge Oscar jump?

  • JR35

    ABC promoted Once Upon a Time a little after 11 p.m.- was wondering when it would come. :)

  • Dude

    its a 12.1 rating (look at the table)

    however, the text says 21. seems to me like there are quite a few typing errors here the last couple of weeks, but maybe its just me.

  • Terry


    It should read 12.1 for the Oscar’s.

  • danny94

    great ratings for the simpsons rerun

  • psychic

    21 or 12, it still surprises me how many people gather in droves to watch a bunch of rich, beautiful, multitalented people being given awards for being rich, beautiful and multitalented.


    12.1! WTG Oscars! WTG ADELE!!

  • Ashley

    the real question is how much they dropped once people realized how terrible McFarlane was going to be lol

  • psychic

    Of course, I watched it too. Pot calls kettle black.

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