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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.

 
  • Melissa

    @The End

    Based on your response, it seems that you don’t think the Nielsen system is reliable, which is fine. However, there’s no sense in arguing with someone like that, because this site relies on those numbers.

    Oh but there is one statement of yours I have to address:

    Tens of thosands, you mean about 20,000 households right? as of 2013.

    Sorry, but are you unaware of what tens of thousands means? 20,000 is tens of thousands. Just like 120,000 would be hundreds of thousands…

  • The End

    @Melissa
    @because this site relies on those numbers

    Did you miss my point again? These aren’t people, these are reported viewers. Everyone in the industry knows this, most people know this, people don’t view the Nielsen numbers as ‘People’ they’re reported viewers which are used to measure a shows audience. If a show isn’t popular among the Nielsen households, it goes. Simple as.

    Networks know there isn’t anything better out there. They know the system isn’t perfect.

    @Sorry, but are you unaware of what tens of thousands means? 20,000 is tens of thousands. Just like 120,000 would be hundreds of thousands…

    You made it seem like there were ‘lots’ of households, at least more than the 20,000 figure I quoted. We both have very different definitions of tens of thosands, I view that as 40,000, 50,000 etc not a very low figure like 20,000.

  • David Howell

    ABC couldn’t have asked for much more out of the ceremony than a 12.1 and a key figure at a rival network getting a ton of bad publicity. Best night for ABC in years?

    That rerun schedule on CBS tells you that Mentalist is getting renewed. Although that 1.2 for the CSINY finale, and the continuing inability of even the CBS syndication team to sell TGW, told you that already. Mentalist is a slam dunk renewal in my book.

    Wow at the Fox rerun numbers. I’m guessing an unusually large share of that is West Coast, as they’d have aired after the Oscars there. Some people do like Seth after all.

  • Melissa

    @The End

    Did you miss my point again? These aren’t people, these are reported viewers. Everyone in the industry knows this, most people know this, people don’t view the Nielsen numbers as ‘People’ they’re reported viewers which are used to measure a shows audience. If a show isn’t popular among the Nielsen households, it goes. Simple as. Networks know there isn’t anything better out there. They know the system isn’t perfect.

    You keep saying they’re not people. While you’re right about the sample size being significantly smaller than the U.S. population, the viewers in the sample are in fact people.

    We all know the system isn’t perfect. See, you are one of the people who thinks the sample size isn’t large enough. That’s fine. But as I said, Nielsen believes their sample size is large enough to represent the U.S. population, and until someone comes up with something better, it is what it is.

    This all goes back to me writing that ~36 million people were watching the Academy Awards. You felt the need to let me know that this number is not spot on, as if I should have included that in my comment. Everyone on this site knows the Nielsen system isn’t perfect, so I didn’t need to provide background while quoting a viewership figure from this article.

    You made it seem like there were ‘lots’ of households, at least more than the 20,000 figure I quoted. We both have very different definitions of tens of thosands, I view that as 40,000, 50,000 etc not a very low figure like 20,000.

    ‘Tens of thousands’ does not have varied definitions. ‘Tens of thousands’ means any number between 10,000 and 99,999. Then once you get into 100,000-999,000 the term alternates to ‘hundreds of thousands’. It’s not a phrase up for debate, but rather a very straight-forward term.

  • DW

    @ the end . i understood the walking dead last night. it’s filler. it’s been filler since the gov was stabbed in the eye. should of killed him off in the mid final but i also understand why to keep him on. hes an interesting character. im enjoying the show . i would like it to be tighter in its story telling.

  • Rebecca

    @The Old Man
    Sorry, didn’t see your comment to me until just now – been out running errands and then had to re-watch parts of the Oscars that I had recorded in segments (easier to erase bits and make room on the disc for later). Here we had some snow yesterday but not a lot (an inch maybe) but it was coming down a lot (sideways) and was pretty windy. But we still have snow from last week (school was closed Thursday and then had a 2-hour delayed start Friday to help the roads get better before sending the kids there), when we got around 7 inches.

    As far as regular hosting goes (being handsome, smiling, introducing presenters), Seth was fine by me. He can certainly sing and dance well. Some if not most of his jokes got laughs from me (still, for joke telling, I like other hosts more…but he was better than the Franco/Hathaway team for sure) – but yeah, the Oscars show gets too long with all the extra, unnecessary stuff (and I agree with whomever said stunt people should get honors each year). I liked that Ang Lee got Best Director even if Life of Pi didn’t get Best Film (but I really liked Argo, too – I think it was the first nominated film I saw last year). In my area the show started at 6:30 pm after all the Red Carpet stuff ended (which I watched off and on starting around 3 pm…when we’d get tired of it we’d switch over to a local channel that had old AFV episodes, from when Tom Bergeron’s hair was still brown, lol).

  • Anthony Parello (AP076)

    @ The End

    Melissa said:
    “Nielsen has a sample consisting of tens of thousands of PEOPLE that represent the larger United States population.”

    If you consider conservatively that the average household is made up of 2.5 PEOPLE and multiply that X 23,000 then 57,500 people/viewers were in fact tuning (or were according to Nielsen’s best estimate), hence the accuracy of her tens of thousands assertion.

  • LynTX

    Enjoyed the Oscars, for what it represents. Host and show were fine. Understand that some of us tend to be myopic……

  • MichaelChickless

    @The End “These aren’t people, these are reported viewers”

    What else besides people would “viewers” be? Dogs? Zombies? Kardashians?

  • THE OLD MAN

    @ Rebecca

    We must be on the same schedule as I can only stick around for an hour or so (mostly until 1:00 Pgh time) before I go do my errands & such. My friend lives in Boulder & I’ve yet to call to see how she fared! I thought of you frequently during the Oscars & wondered if you agreed/disagreed with the winners. They were pretty fair overall (I think). Actually caught the entire show (a major accomplishment for me) thanks to the amount of coffee I consumed yesterday & the concern for Adele!

    Bergeron w/ brown hair! WOW that ep had to be as old as me! LOL

  • Melissa

    @MichaelChickless

    What else besides people would “viewers” be? Dogs? Zombies? Kardashians?

    My thoughts exactly.

  • Anthony Parello (AP076)

    @David Howell
    “That rerun schedule on CBS tells you that Mentalist is getting renewed. Although that 1.2 for the CSINY finale, and the continuing inability of even the CBS syndication team to sell TGW, told you that already. Mentalist is a slam dunk renewal in my book.”

    That MAY be an indicator that its chances are improving against The Good Wife but slam dunk? Absolutely not.
    CBS played with The Mentalist last year by airing it on a Friday. It certainly did not end up on Friday. The basically played with a repeat only not an original episode (yet???).
    They moved the repeat to a time with a higher HUT following the only new show on the night which itself got 2.5X higher ratings than The Mentalist. That was a good lead in. The show managed just 0.1 in the demo higher than The Good Wife.

    I personally don’t think CBS has to cancel either as they can rid themselves of Vegas, CSI:NY and the partial season combo of Made in Jersey and Golden Boy (similar to last year when they dropped Unforgettable, CSI:Miami and the combo of A Gifted Man and NYC22) and have room for three dramas in the fall.

    Now if they want to expand to 4 hours of comedies (to sew new seeds as veterans are on their way out) then one of them will be cancelled.

    I agree that The Good Wife not yet having picked up a syndicator is a problem. I trust it will but how good will the deal be is the question.

  • THE OLD MAN

    @ Rebecca

    Meant to ask if you saw Anna Karenina & what you thought

  • THE OLD MAN

    @ Anthony Parello (AP076)

    Agree with your post in its entirety. Starting to sweat it over TGW. The suspense is killing me!

  • titan

    Did not watch oscars. Boring and too long.If they could go back to one hour, might watch again.It is the same thing every year.Stopped watching several years ago.

  • WN

    Talking about its losing its TAR leadin, I’ve noticed that The Mentalist does much better with audience retention following a drama than a reality show. The audiences are just too different.

    I think it’s interesting that CBS chose to test it by putting it in a new time slot and against the Oscars i.e. the worst possible conditions. Considering that, I think it did ok..

  • Rebecca

    @The Old Man
    LOL yeah, Tom Bergeron with brown hair…old episodes indeed. I used to watch when Bob Saget hosted, lol. Thought he talked too much. I like Tom better. Heck, Tom could host the Oscars and do a good job IMO. I remember when he hosted Hollywood Squares a while back.

    Areas north of me (Colorado Springs, we’re an hour south of Denver) got the snow worse than we did yesterday…I didn’t hear about any areas other than Denver but your friend in Boulder probably got mucho snow. Maybe not like east coast snow, but enough stuff to mess up traffic. At least our roads are pretty clear now (I hate driving in snow even with AWD).

    Overall I thought the winners were picked fairly last night, and I always watch the whole show. I saw most of the nominees in theaters (only ones I didn’t see were Amour, The Master, The Impossible, and Beasts of the Southern Wild. Didn’t see Paranorman or Frankenweenie either. No documentaries or foreign films but I saw two of the animated shorts including the winner Paperman). Might rent Anna Karenina some time. The Master is in my Netflix queue. Couldn’t stay up past the local news afterwards to watch Jimmy Kimmel’s post Oscars show later but saw his new “movie trailer” online this morning. Always fun.

  • THE OLD MAN

    Looks like NBC was the biggest loser again last night. Will its streak continue?

    Stay tooned…

  • Anthony Parello (AP076)

    Michael
    Posted February 25, 2013 at 9:25 AM
    “Interesting that Seth was only picking, criticizing, and joking (maybe?) on women this year.”

    Idiotic post. did you even watch the show. Jabs were taken at Affleck, Clooney, Gibson, etc.

  • Anthony Parello (AP076)

    @titan
    Posted February 25, 2013 at 1:46 PM
    “Did not watch oscars. Boring and too long.If they could go back to one hour, might watch again.It is the same thing every year.Stopped watching several years ago.”

    I assure you the Oscar telecast has not been an hour for anytime in the last 50 years, if ever.

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