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.

  • SJ

    CBS had to schedule an Amazing Race original because they’re airing them with no repeats until the end of the season and if it had been preempted yesterday, it would have run over into the summer. Unlike ABC, they didn’t have a choice but to air it last night, as they do every year.

    So did ABC run at least ONE Castle or Revenge promo? I’m not talking about a special, Oscar-made promo, because only Scandal, Once and Nashville got those, I’m talking normal promos like the ones they run during all their other shows.

  • gg

    SETH gave this funeral gathering show a much needed refreshing vibe. He was amazing and showed off his talents. People need to get a life! Best oscars in a while.

  • JB

    I was one of the 6+ million who watched Amazing Race. Hate these awards shows with a passion, and glad I didn’t tune in from what I have read.

    That being said, it is so refreshing to come here on a Monday and NOT see a stupid post from MAX about how horrible Revenge is and how great Scandal is.

  • John

    Way to go Jennifer Lawrence!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Bob

    Argo winning was great. I would have rather Jessica Canchang (spello?) win instead of Jennifer Lawrence. I could not stand Silver Lining Playbook. I loved Zero Dark Thirty. However, I did like Jennifer Lawrence in Hunger Games… I loved Les Mis, but Lincoln for ME was just ok. Seth did a great job! I loved the joke bashing the academy with Ben Affleck. There certainly were boring parts but not as much as normally. I don’t understand the 8:30 start time…was this a first? I would rather them start at 7pm myself.

  • Bob

    Anybody see a Revenge commercial? I didn’t but that doesn’t mean I didn’t miss it. I love Scandal too but it is really getting the “kiss butt” treatment now that Revenge got last year. Revenge is having a serious Sophmore slump. Scandal may have it next year…undoubtedly every show ends up with a “not so great season”. Sure Scandal may be in their “second season” but their first season was very short.

  • AppleStinx

    Tristan wrote: “Is there really a billion people watching worldwide?”

    In cases like this, “watching worldwide” usually means that the program was available to the number of people cited. There’s no way for Seth to know that 1 billion (or whatever other number of) people were watching worldwide while the show was in progress (was there?, maybe there was?)
    Europe was in the wee hours, and it was Monday morning in Australia and eastern Asia.

  • Samuel


    I believe this season of Scandal has been exciting, but I also believe it will suffer the same fate as Revenge in Scandal’s third season. The writing will get tired, they’ll run out of ideas and try to string the audience along which will result in lower ratings.

    I believe Revenge has the premise to recover from it’s writers mistakes this season, but does Scandal? I don’t know… after all what makes it so different from every other legal/political based television show out there?

  • Greg

    Seth MacFarlane as Oscars host did a fantastic job! He’s funny. He’s handsome. He’s got charisma. He’s on cue. He can sing! He can dance! I’m starting to forget who Billy Crystal is! They gotta keep Seth as Oscar host!

  • POIFanatic

    Seth sucked big time, but I don’t watch the Oscars for the hosts. The best host was Hugh Jackman in 2009. That said, Jen Lawrence winning was atrocious. That was a slap in the face for the other nominees.

  • leonard

    People saying that Scandal have writers that get tired? Really?

    Shonda Rhimes just is the person who made Greys Anatomy and yours 9 seasons, made Private Practice and yours 6 seasons…

    She is definitely the person who can write a series for 5, 6 seasons without getting tired.

  • Jazz

    I think I saw a Revenge commercial. I think I saw the following: The Middle, Modern Family, Castle, Scandal, OUAT and Revenge. Oh and a lot for Red Widow. They had some lumped up ad with all or above or most of them.

  • thedemonhog

    The table shows the ratings from 8:30 to 11:00, but the Oscars went past 12:00 on the east coast, so how well did that last hour do? Considering that the 8:30 half hour got 42 million and a 14 and the 10:30 half hour dipped to 33 million and an 11, maybe it dipped below 30 and 10 at 11:30.

  • Carl

    @DW, filler episodes are needed to slowly build stories. I think there was a little too much time earlier this season spent on some filler (like Andrea getting to know Woodbury) but at the moment, Andrea waking up about the Governor, Michonne integrating into the group, and Merle trying to make amends with people he terrorized is something that is needed for future stories.

    As for the Oscars, I’m actually surprised there wasn’t more of an increase. They tried very blatantly this year to appeal to younger viewers, with heavy focus on media names like Jennifer Lawrence. Seth Macfarlane’s shows and films are very popular with younger viewers. I think the show had a strangely empty, bitter tone, like you’re in a slowly emptying comedy club.

  • DW

    @ carl. i understand all that it’s just that tease at the end of the episode , what rick said. then there was the preview for next week. it was just like do we need this now?. i could see after the woodbury stuff goes down we see something like this but not now.

  • Ben

    @MichaelChickless: Hal Needham is a stuntman who receieved a Lifetime Achievement Award last night. No stuntwoman received an award last night did they?
    They should give out an award to a stuntman and a stuntwoman every year.
    Not just one award to one person once every few decades.
    When was the last time a stuntman, or a stuntwoman, received an Academy Award prior to Hal Needham last night?
    There are other movie award shows that give out awards to stuntmen and stuntwomen every year. It’s about time the Academy Awards did the same.

  • Ekras


    Until last night I had never even HEARD of half the movies up for best picture? Lincoln? Life of Pi? Who want’s to see a movie about the capital of Nebraska or one about some mathematician or whatever? About the only one I had heard of was Zero dark thirty and that was only because it was in the news. And I’m a pretty big movie buff for the most part. Regardless, these numbers are a sham….I’ve been asking around and I have yet to run into ANYONE who actually sat through the oscars last night (outside of the internet) …. most people were either watching TWD or didn’t watch any TV at all.

  • Joseph

    Three reasons ratings for last night’s (February 24th) Academy Awards were up:

    (1) Curiosity about new emcee Seth MacFarlene.

    (2) Unlike the past decade-and-a-half (where most “Best Picture” nominees were independent or “specialty” films that by their very nature have limited appeal and aren’t box-office smashes), most of this year’s nominees were popular among moviegoers and did very well at the box office.

    (3) There were major snowstorms in the Central Plains and in Northern New England.

  • Patrick Ausgewahlt

    The Cleveland Show REPEAT in its original slot was two tenths above its last original in its sucky new slot. If it got changed back it would improve GREATLY

  • so boring

    I’ll watch any NFL (even regular season) game over this long and old boring program.

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