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

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  • Alan

    Thanks Bill

  • cas

    I wonder if it has to do with the fact that the movies that were nominated this year people actually saw? And that actors/actresses people actually think deserved it.

  • a p garcia

    What were the Oscars rating from the start to whenever it ended?

  • MichaelChickless

    Wow! That’s a great night for ABC.

    The Mentalist beats The Good Wife, again.

  • Woody

    Can anybody tell me what the most recent repeat of The Good Wife at 9PM got?

  • Anon

    FWIW, I watched Bonanza episodes on my DVR last night. That’s no sleight on the Oscars or MacFarlane, however: Sunday network TV is a barren wasteland that I avoid on a regular basis.

  • Trevvy

    Just saw the posting – I suspected a bump this year. Way to go, Oscar! McFarlane did a great job hosting. I’ll be quite surprised if he isn’t asked back next year. The show felt relevant (as much as an awards show can), with a mix of Hollywood royalty and future superstars. Though will someone please tell me why Kristen Stewart continues to get an acting job? What the heck was that mess we were subjected to? She really needs to slink away to some backwoods reality show. Can we not find a more suitable rep of the 20somethings???

  • Cyrax86

    Yay I did vote for higher than 12.0 in the poll!

  • Gabe

    Way to go CBS. Airing against award shows has worked so well for Abc, so no wonder you thought it was a good idea to go against the Oscars. Well done.

  • rick

    Why did they put a new episode of Amazing Race on, knowing it would be crushed?

  • Phil

    Skyfall is one of the most boring songs and it won an Oscar

  • cadburyeasteregg

    What do you mean Seth got Daniel Radcliffe but not John Larroquette for the opening number? How to Succeed in Business was glorious! Over all I was very happy with the Oscars this year.

  • Mark

    I was right on with my prediction. Hopefully it will be adjusted up a little bit. It wa a great show last night! One of the best in years! I thought the new producers did a great job and so did Seth. It was very classy.

    It was great year for movies overall.

  • PW


  • HalCapone

    To the comment I read the other day about ABC should take a page out of the CBS playbook by not programming new episodes of anything against award shows, I guess CBS doesn’t even follow their own playbook. CBS wasted a new episode of The Amazing Race, one of the better “reality” programs.

    Great ratings for ABC. Oscars up, Grammys down. Adele is a very good singer but “Skyfall” has got to be her worst song ever. A crappy song like that should not have won a Grammy or an Oscar. The singing performances (other than MacFarlane’s lame so-called humorous songs) at last night’s Oscars, Adele’s notwithstanding, were the best I have ever seen on that awards show. MacFarlane was a bad host; Family Guy humor at the Oscars won’t be well-received but he does have a decent singing (and speaking) voice. Why do the Oscar hosts have to be funny? How about a nice, genial host that picks up the pace. I don’t have a problem with a few short comedic skits but too much emphasis is placed on humor (and sadly, it nearly always falls short).

  • zerg

    I was right(for once)…I really enjoyed this year Oscar! Nice promos for Scandal,OUAT and Nashville.

    I hope OUAt and Red Widow will get great ratings

  • Fred


    ABC also promoted OUAT right before the telecast at the end of the Red Carpet Special. Amazing promo too. Very theatrical. At the end of the spot, the ad declared OUAT like a movie production every single week.

  • SS

    I dislike Family Guy, but I thought Seth was a great host. It’s the first time in years that I watched the show from start to finish.

  • Brian

    The Oscars SUCKED, i don’t care how many people watched it..it was a bore!
    The new host was an annoying ego maniac!

  • Ellen

    I was surprised that there was no Scandal promotion last night.

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