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

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May 20th, 2013

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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

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



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  • rob60990

    BBMA did fantastic!

  • Steph

    BBMA ratings are good, but the show itself was horrific. If this is what music has become I’ll pass.

  • j

    BBMA approximately = Idol grand finale. Hmm.

  • Michael

    Wow, at the BMA! It was definitely a star-studded night with legends: Celine Dion, Madonna, and Prince!

  • Raul

    Go ABC!

  • forg

    AFHV did good as well, more years to come I guess ;)

  • Anon

    I guess there finally is a point where there are too many country music shows. And this one didn’t even have any “awards” to hand out.

  • TimsDale4ever

    I guess McGraw’s superstar Sunday wasn’t so super.

  • TV Viewer

    The ratings of the series finale of the Cleveland Show certainly proved that Fox was justifed in cancelling it.

  • Daw Johnson

    I’d actually consider the Tim McGraw ratings to be pretty super given the direct competition from a big music event.

    I wouldn’t have been shocked if its ratings were HALF of what it ended up getting.

  • Keith

    LMAO!!! The finale of AFHV beat the finale of Revenge. ABC must be so proud of their smash hit, Revenge!


    The celebrity apprentice did terrible for a finale. It seems the all star thing bombed I wonder if celebrity apprentice might be pushed as a summer show next year. It’s ratings don’t justify it Getting its regular times lot.

  • Chris

    WTF happened to 60 Minutes that show usually dominates on Sundays, it could’nt even win their hours last night.

  • Dan S

    Do we know yet if Trumps CA has officially been renewed yet ? It’s not on the midseason schedule so if it returns it might be summer filler.

  • Andrew

    I’m surprised the Billboard Awards got that many viewers. I heard the show was awful, so I’m glad I didn’t watch it. I did like the quote Kid Rock said as he was presenting best rap song “Let’s give it up for people lip-syncing under pre-recorded music”. The best moment of the night. This show is basically for Bieber fans and people who listen to auto-tune dance music. It’s sad that people watch this and think all new music sounds like this. There is a lot good new music coming from the alternative and indie genres and other genres that aren’t Top 40.

  • Ram510

    Good for ABC! They don’t have football or many award shows or Olympics to help boost ratings, so I’m glad they had a good night last night

  • Pavelsauce

    Will there be a poll for the series finale of RoE?

  • Max Vrany

    @Chris, it didn’t have a sports lead-in in the Eastern/Central timezones.

  • cc

    “BBMA approximately = Idol grand finale. Hmm.”

    Exactly what I was thinking.


    Good post, I agree. The only thing, what was presented on BBMA is anything but music.

  • Andrew

    @TV Viewer

    The 7:00 and 7:30 slot has historically been bad for Fox for anything non-Simpsons/Family Guy/sports they put in it. If Bob’s Burgers had spent the whole season at 7:30 it probably would have gotten a 1.1 for the finale. Cleveland Show numbers on Adult Swim for encores are almost equal to CS numbers for originals on Fox. Cleveland Show could have a continued life on Adult Swim if they strike a deal with Seth McFarlane for new episodes. Otherwise the encores will live on for at least several years on Adult Swim. On another note, I didn’t realize the 7:00 episode was also new, I don’t think my DVR caught it.

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