TV Ratings Sunday: ‘Billboard Music Awards’ Hit High, ‘Celebrity Apprentice’, ‘The Simpsons’ & ‘Family Guy’ Finales Up

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Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 3.1/9 1.8/5 1.3/4 1.1/3 1.0/3
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 2.6/9 2.1/7 0.7/2 0.7/3 0.8/3
Total Viewers (million) 8.863 3.904 7.818 3.932 2.753


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

On ABC, the season finale of America’s Funniest Home Videos earned a 1.8 up 29 percent from last week’s 1.4 18-49 rating. The 2013 Billboard Music Awards scored a 3.6 up 33 percent among adults 18-49 from last year’s 2.7. This is a ten-year high among adults 18-49 for the awards show.

On FOX, The Cleveland Show earned a 0.9 adults 18-49 rating at 7PM, even with last week. The finale at 7:30PM notched a 1.1 adults 18-49 rating, up 10 percent from a 1.0 last week.  The Simpsons scored a 1.8 at 8PM, down 10 percent from last week’s 2.0 adults 18-49 rating. The season finale at 8:30PM earned a 2.1 adults 18-49 rating, flat with last year’s finale on May 20, 2012. Family Guy garnered a 2.6 at 9PM , up 8 percent from last week’s 2.4 adults 18-49 rating. At 9:30PM, the finale scored a 2.5adults 18-49 rating, up from last week’s episode, but down 4 percent from last year’s finale on May 20, 2012.

On CBS, 60 Minutes notched a 1.4, down 7 percent from last week’s 1.5 adults 18-49 rating. A second episode at 8PM scored a 1.3 adults 18-49 rating. ACM Presents; Tim McGraw’ Superstar Summer Night earned a 1.2 adults 18-49 rating.

On NBC, the season finale of All-Star Celebrity Apprentice scored a 1.5 up 15 percent from last week’s  season low 1.3 adults 18-49 rating but down 32 percent from a 2.2 for last year’s season finale on May 22, 2012.

Broadcast primetime ratings for Sunday, May 19, 2013:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Share Viewers (Millions)
7:00 ABC America’s Funniest Home Videos – Season Finale 1.8/6 9.84
CBS 60 Minutes 1.4/5 8.53
FOX The Cleveland Show 0.9/3 2.13
NBC The Voice – R (7-9PM) 0.7/2 2.61
7:30 FOX The Cleveland Show – Series Finale 1.1/4 2.53
8:00 ABC  The 2013 Billboard Music Awards (8-11PM) 3.6/10 9.47
FOX  The Simpsons 1.8/6 4.00
CBS  60 Minutes 1.2/3 6.41
8:30 FOX  The Simpsons – Season Finale 2.1/6 4.39
9:00 FOX Family Guy 2.6/7 5.25
NBC Celebrity Apprentice – Season Finale (9-11PM) 1.5/4 5.26
CBS ACM Presents: Tim McGraw’s Superstar Summer Night (9-11PM) 1.2/3 6.19
9:30 FOX Family Guy – Season Finale 2.5/6 5.12

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