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.



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  • Sara

    @Michael because that sock puppet bit with the movie Flight and the Lincoln joke were totally making fun of women ;) As a woman I liked the boob song…just saying.


    @ Ram 510

    Kept leaving the room during the breaks, the OUAT promo was good & caught several times Red Widow & Splash–REALLY! Splash!

  • Tristan

    Is there really a billion people watching worldwide?

  • LisaM

    Ratings or no, Oscars still boring.

  • K

    Seth has that beautiful amazing singing voice

  • Sunday

    Why the hell did cbs switch TM with TGW for one rerun night only? Like the starting time was not confusing enough already.

  • Melissa

    Does ABC usually send out a press release for the Academy Awards?

  • Robert

    McFarlane delivered what they paid him to do, Ashley…I thought he was great. These hollywood types need someone to come in there and give them a dose of reality (ahem..Rihanna and Chris Brown and Mel Gibson)… way to go SETH!

  • Bob

    CBS is normally not idiotic with their scheduling. Why on Earth did they decide to have a new Amazing Race on Oscar Night? That is a first for CBS….Get you head back together because you don’t want to turn out to be those stupid ABC and NBC Networks.

  • KarenM

    Anybody else think Argo’s overrated and Jennifer Lawrence? No? Just curious… Seth was just okay. Musical talent was better than ever though.

  • KarenM

    I like TAR but it was against The Oscars. So…

  • Ashley

    Yeah….I guessed it right…over 12! Loved the show this year.

  • MichaelChickless

    @Ben “I am glad that it went up in the ratings from last year, although they do need to give out awards to stuntmen and stuntwomen who risk life and limb for the motion picture industry.”

    Hal Needham won an Oscar this year! Did you miss it?

  • Mike9

    Yay, another stupid movie about the saviors of the world won an Oscar.

  • catlover

    12.1! I was right! Bigger box office = bigger ratings. I think Seth did a pretty good job. He might turned some people off with some of his jokes, but the rating shows that the viewers liked him too. I also think this year they had more appeal to younger viewers, like Jennifer Lawrence, and Seth MacFarlane himself (and Ted).

    I actually enjoyed the show (despite some boring moments), and was rooting for Argo so I was quite happy with the results. The musical tribute was great.

  • Dan S

    Red Widow was well promoted last night. It’ll be interesting to see how well it does with it’s 2 hr premiere next Sunday. Even though I don’t watch TAR I thought it was rather stupid for CBS to air a new episode last night. Still it did better than Revenge when it recently recieved a 1.4 against the Grammys.

  • Woody

    As far as I can tell The Mentalist and The Good Wife go back to their normal times for their original’s next week…unless anyone’s got something that says otherwise?

  • Dave

    I cannot believe how many Americans watch the Oscars, what is the big attraction?

  • MichaelChickless

    @Woody “As far as I can tell The Mentalist and The Good Wife go back to their normal times for their originals next week”

    That’s what my TV Guide says. New episodes, previous scheduling.

  • DW

    the walking dead is a reminder that networks and writers and producers should never listen to fans. 16 ep is too long of a season for a walking dead type show. last nights was filler ep. now next week is filler ep. pt.2 : the jump the shark episode.

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