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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  • glover

    JLo was amazing last night on Billboard Music Awards.

  • ethan

    @ michael, nobody watched for those people, they are faded stars, from my old man’s time. People mainly watched to see taylor swift destroy the competition and they were not disappointing! 8 wins, including the top prize for artist of the year. Honestly, i think most pop stars today are pretty lousy, but swift is really good, if you can get past all the garbage out there in the press about her love/sex life.

    Btw, NBC really can celeb apprent. If a 1.5 is the best it can muster for its finale, that oughta be a pretty clear indicator that it has run its course.

  • William

    The only thing i enjoyed on Billboard show was Prince- now that was good- didn’t really care for all the other mess/

  • Craig

    I agree. When FOX put TCV after FG or Simpsons, it was doing well as AD or BB. It was a really bad show but it didn’t deserved this cancellation.

  • HotLatino4GayMarriage

    JLo gave the best performance of the night!

  • TheFrenchGuy

    Good for The Simpsons. Im glad it continues next Season and it will not stop before several years. BEST SHOW EVER !!!

  • Andrew


    It was Seth MacFarlane’s worst show to date, but it had its moments. I felt this season overall was better than the past seasons, but I’m glad you see the point I was trying to make. They could have time shared the 8:30 slot with BB or the 9:30 slot with AD, and had little to no repeats in the schedule or moved it to Friday at 8 or 9. 7:30 is a death slot for non sports programing and Family Guy encores should be put in that spot next year.

  • Nick

    Celebrity Apprentice was a dud this season, but I blame it on the all-star season more than anything. Just kind of dumping it on Sundays to finish out the season also doesn’t seem to be working anymore. Trump said it was renewed, and even on last night’s finale he said there’s many more years to come, which seems to indicate he’s been told it was renewed (I highly doubt even Donald Trump would flat-out lie about his own show on national television). It wasn’t on the midseason schedule, but that doesn’t mean it still can’t be.

    In my opinion, instead of schedule comedies on Tuedsay at 9 in midseason, NBC should’ve done Celebrity Apprentice at 8 and The Voice at 9. They’re already doing Biggest Loser/The Voice in the fall, so why not just replace BL with CA? If they’re just going to dump it on Sundays again, I’d rather them just hold off and air it during the summer in a good weekday timeslot.

  • MichaelChickless

    Okay, I guess I can post now.

    That’s nice for Family Guy. I’ll have to watch it this weekend.

  • craigward

    I’ll miss the Cleveland Show. Not a lot. But I watched every episode and on average it was pretty funny.

  • Chuck_T

    Fire the Donald!

  • Patrick Ausgewahlt

    America’s Funniest Home video has been doing better than Dancing with the Stars recently. Kind of sad. I’ll also be sad to see Cleveland go, but have you seen what else is on at 6. Family friendly shows or football overrun. You can’t expect an adult oriented animated comedy to do well there. Good of ABC too, atleast they know they have one other Sunday besides the Oscars they can do well on

  • Jon

    Popular music is in a pretty sad state when Taylor Swift (miss dime a dozen average singer) wins 8 awards

  • Jon

    @ Ethan….the only reason the billboards awards show was up 33 percent was people watching it for Prince. Notice they waited till the end to put him on. If he would have been on early in the show, people would have bailed and turned the show off. People of all ages young and old love Prince, and they rightfully should. He is a once in a lifetime artist. It certainly didn’t hurt to have someone like Madonna on their as well. 30 years into her career and she still was the number one touring artist last year. Not too shabby I might say. I guess if your a 16 year old girl watching Taylor Swift, might be the highlight of your night. But really talk about someone whos made it to super stardom on looks and being nice. She really isnt that good of a singer when it comes right down to it.

  • JacobYates

    You guys need a poll for the premiere of Goodwin Games tonight.

  • JacobYates

    Scratch my last comment, didn’t realize you had added it to the Motive poll. Sorry.

  • rob60990

    “America’s Funniest Home video has been doing better than Dancing with the Stars recently.”

    What are you talking about? The performance show has never gone below a 2.0 and AFV pulled a 1.4 and neither performance or results show went that low.

  • rob60990

    I meant to say AFV pulled a 1.4 last week.

  • M

    Trump’s Celebrity Apprentice Finale got smashed

  • networkman

    WOW! I can’t believe AFHV garnered close to 10 million viewers. I’m glad that the Billboard Music Awards garnered a ten-year high among adults 18-49. It was entertaining. And it was nice to see alot of legends there. It was a pretty good year in Music and I feel the superstars they had were able to draw excited viewers.

    My top Three Performances of the night:
    1. Prince – He showed the craft of a true artist. Fantastic close of the show. He really did shut it down.

    2. Jennifer Lopez – This global superstar never disappoints. She is so entertaining and her new song is a hit. It had everyone up dancing. But I enjoy watching her move. She still got hit.

    3. Bruno Mars – He opened the show in style. Kudos to him for acutally singing. And the song is addictive.

    Honorable Mention: Miguel – I always love to hear him sing. He didn’t need to overperform which caused an incident.

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