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

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February 25th, 2013

Scoreboard ABC FOX CBS NBC UNI
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

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

 

Definitions:

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.

 
  • DW

    thats the second time ive seen that simon baker link. it hasnt made the rounds of zap2it hollywood reporter or tv guide . until then its bogus.

  • Doug

    i-newswire is where losers go to post fake press releases.

    Nevertheless, I don’t think that Baker will have to ask to be let out of his contract – CBS will make that decision for him.

  • Phil

    Seth MacFarlane was an excellent host! Ratings are up! Check!

  • pinkie

    the amazing race fans,dont worry.this slight low rating will be ancient history when the next episode gets excellent ratings.THE AMAZING RACE..Best Show Ever..

  • forg

    TAR usually airs non-elimination legs or an episode when nothing significant happens during Oscars

  • cris

    the simpsons was ok I think :)

  • SuckIt!

    Maybe next year we can have an Oscar show that’s not about Jennifer Lawrence?

    I don’t care that she:

    -won
    -was in the Hunger Games
    -got hit on by Jack Nicholson
    -gave someone the finger backstage
    -fell over
    -might be dating Bradley Cooper

    In other news, The Amazing Race isn’t in any danger, but CBS still could have aired something else.

  • Ultima

    @SuckIt
    In other news, The Amazing Race isn’t in any danger, but CBS still could have aired something else.

    They could, but why?

    They can’t premeire The Amazing Race any earlier due to the Super Bowl and the Grammys. They’re limited in time by the end of the season, the ACMs and the Survivor finale, so if they just repeated the premiere or didn’t premiere until next week, they would need to shorten the season.

    Also, it pulls better ratings than repeats (and typically doesn’t fall this much). There’s no downside to airing the episode.

  • Ultima

    @chris
    Looks like CBS pulled an ABC by airing a brand new Amazing Race against The high rated Oscars.

    CBS has done this for years. See my previous comment – they simply don’t have the flexability in scheduling available to not air it against the Oscars.

    I’m not sure why so many people think that low rated originals are worse than even lower rated repeats when it also involves cutting back on the number of original episodes.

  • SuckIt!

    They should air something else just to avoid “series-low” headlines. Sure most people get that it’s more about the competition that TAM itself, but it’s still not exactly good press. I won’t be laying awake thinking about it either way, though.

  • Ultima

    @Suck It
    They should air something else just to avoid “series-low” headlines

    :roll:

  • Rob R

    The Amazing Race live rating is meaningless against the Oscars. It will undoubtedly pick up considerably in the DVR+3 (it will pick up me!)ratings. It did a respectable live rating given the competition and viewers that missed it can return next week without feeling that they’ve missed much. The competition stayed entirely in Bora Bora.

  • Myomy

    Way to go Seth: Oscar ratings way up !! 13.0 in the 18-49.demo ..40.3 m total viewers He will be asked back!!

  • ender650

    Oscars ratings were pretty good. I thought Seth MacFarlane did a pretty good job hosting. I’m not sure I agree with some of the winners but overall it was an enjoyable show.

  • networkman

    Now what can the networks do to try and increase viewership of the Emmys? Seth MacFarlane would be a great host and even more suitable for this award show. Also, I wish the Emmys would really start celebrating/nominating network TV programs that the majority of viewers watch instead of the niche cable programs, Breaking Bad, Mad Men, Homeland, etc.

    Either nominate 10 programs for best drama or have two seperate categories for best drama so that the network dramas are honored as well. Programs like Person of Interest, Parenthood, Revenge, Fringe and The Following need more recognition for the quality episodes that they produce.

  • networkman

    I really hope CBS and Simon Baker make a deal for simply one more season of The Mentalist. They should simply reduced the numbers of episodes. Announce to the public that it will be the final season consisting of 16 episodes. CBS could air the series finale during the middle of February Sweeps. I would definately air the show on Friday so that Undercover Boss could take its timeslot once it ends.

    Friday
    8pm The Mentalist(16 episodes)/Undercover Boss
    9pm Blue Bloods
    10pm The Good Wife

  • THE OLD MAN

    I could live with

    H50 9pm Sun
    TGW 10pm Sun

    @ networkman

    I like your sched, too as I think ST/Grimm now own 9:00

  • FowlScat

    There is NOTHING amazing about a race where the leaders have to stop 20 times and wait for the losers to catch up and start over at a new checkpoint. The show sucked in its first season, and its sucks even more now.

  • Ultima

    @FowlScat
    There is NOTHING amazing about a race where the leaders have to stop 20 times and wait for the losers to catch up and start over at a new checkpoint.

    Which show does that?

  • Rebecca

    @networkman
    “…I wish the Emmys would really start celebrating/nominating network TV programs that the majority of viewers watch instead of the niche cable programs, Breaking Bad, Mad Men, Homeland, etc. Either nominate 10 programs for best drama or have two separate categories for best drama so that the network dramas are honored as well. Programs like Person of Interest, Parenthood, Revenge, Fringe and The Following need more recognition for the quality episodes that they produce.”

    I completely agree. Ever since they did away with the Cable Ace awards, the cable shows are all lumped in with the network shows for the Emmys and it’s not fair to the better network shows. I only watch a handful of cable shows, online since I cut my cable bill way down a while back and only get network and PBS on tv. I suspect many others did/do too.

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