TV Ratings Sunday: 'Academy of Country Music Awards' Way Up From Last Year + 'Celebrity Apprentice' Hits Low

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April 8th, 2013

Academy of Country Music Awards 2013

Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 3.6/10 1.3/4 1.2/3 0.9/3 0.7/2
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 2.8/9 1.4/5 0.9/3 0.7/2 0.5/2
Total Viewers (million) 13.886 2.820 3.735 2.473 3.274


CBS was  number one among adults 18-49 and  with with total viewers.

On CBS, The Academy of Country Music Awards  earned a 4.3 from 8-11PM up a point and two tenths from last year's 3.1 adults 18-49 rating. .60 Minutes earned a 1.4, down from last week's 2.5 adults 18-49 rating

On NBC, Celebrity Apprentice garnered a season-low 1.4, down a tenth from last week's 1.5 adults 18-49 rating.

On FOX, The Cleveland Show was the only new program and earned a 1.6, up three tenths from its last original's 1.3 adults 18-49 rating three weeks ago.


Broadcast primetime ratings for Sunday, April 7, 2013:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
7:00 PM CBS 60 Minutes 1.4 4 9.34
NBC The Voice -R (7-9PM) 1.2 4 3.90
ABC America's Funniest Home Videos -R 1.1 4 5.55
FOX Bob's Burgers -R 0.7 2 1.74
7:30PM FOX The Cleveland Show -R 0.8 3 2.00
8:00 PM CBS Academy of Country Music Awards (8-11PM) 4.3 11  15.38
FOX The Simpsons -R 1.4 4 3.23
ABC Once Upon a Time -R 0.6 2 3.00
8:30 PM FOX Bob's Burgers -R 1.4 4 2.98
9:00PM FOX Family Guy -R 1.7 4 3.60
ABC Revenge -R 0.6 1 2.38
NBC Celebrity Apprentice-R 0.8 2 2.69
9:30PM FOX The Cleveland Show 1.6 4 3.37
10:00 PM NBC The Celebrity Apprentice 1.4 4 4.46
ABC Red Widow -R 0.5 1 2.18

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



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  • bjssp


    I doubt that’s it, although as a liberal, I’d take a little joy in his show being cancelled. Still, the more likely answer is that it’s a tired show that, despite a brief upswing because of the celebrity concept a few seasons ago, people just don’t want to watch any more.

    As I said above, I think NBC could renew the show but plan to put it on in the summer. It might do better there, and if it does worse, they can cancel it and nobody will blame them.

  • bjssp

    @Dan S:

    Mad Men got a 1.4 in the demo? Where are you seeing that?

  • zth

    Wow, huge number for ACMA. The fact that Blake Shelton was hosting it certainly didn’t hurt at all.

  • zth

    And superb number for a Family Guy repeat. #2 for the night.

  • were123

    Next season OUAT will be on its third year which means it has to be renewed for a 4th (this goes for Revenge as well). That’s the syndication rule that goes above all ratings. Also, repeat rating doesn’t matter as much as original, as long as OUAT performs well on originals it will be renewed despite its repeat rating.
    Even if next season OUAT completely crashes and it does 1.3s ratings, there will be a way to save it, because it will be one season shy of syndication

  • E.S.

    The one thing country fans don’t understand is that the CMA’s are the awards that matter, while the ACM’s are just Dick Clark’s ripoff show that somehow keeps going every year. But country fans don’t care, they just want to see their favorite stars.

  • MichaelChickless

    Hey, why doesn’t ABC ever schedule original programming against big events like the ACMAs? I kid!

  • Lukes

    Of course all the attention of the evening will be in cable numbers :)

  • Grey

    The ACMAs were so high because there was NOTHING else on! It was crazy. It was like all the other networks just threw up their hands and said, “You can have the night CBS.”

  • TVDude

    OUAT is no where near cancelation. It has fallen, but so has the whole network known as ABC. Even MF fell hard this season. So if the whole network’s averages go down, OUAT’s chances for renewal will stay about the same.

  • zth


    It would have been stupid for the other networks to air originals agains the ACMAs. They would have been crushed.


    The problem with the celebrity apprentice is the show is completely rigged. Also I think the show would have done better with all new celebrities. I would cancel it after next season the show run its course. Damn those awards did so well people love country music and it sells very very well.


    I really think abc should move dancing with the stars to Sunday-Monday next season.

  • diane

    After channel surfing for an hour or so, i settle on the acm awards show.I don’t like country music, but there was nothing else to watch. I’m having Walking Dead withdrawns. Thank God for Dallas on mondays.Something to look forward to

  • Chuck_T

    A lot of people are put off by ‘The Donald’

  • Robbie Bishop

    How can “The Cleveland Show” have a 1.6, but be up three tenths from a 1.6?

  • bjssp


    That’s an interesting idea regarding DWTS, but no matter where it’s scheduled, can it be scaled back to just two hours per week, one on one night and the other on the next night? If ABC doesn’t move it, I wonder if that might be the best move. It’d then be able to schedule something new on Mondays.

  • Mike J

    I was looking forward to watching the ACMs but forgot they were on, dagummit.

  • JacobYates

    Kind if off topic, but do the Networks announce which pilots they pick up to series at the upfronts?

  • Dan S

    @ Bjssp, I’m not saying Mad Men got a 1.4. I was saying it would be funny to see if it can top CA. Like everyone else we’ll have to wait & see the numbers from last night.

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