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

    I dont think AFV total viewers are right. thats a bit too old skewing and would be like a multi-year high.

  • MM

    WOW BBMA over Country. I thought was king!
    ABC did a great job advertising which probably helped!

    Whatever your tastes you were accomodated.
    Overall, it was a very good show. The singing on top
    of the prerecorded back track not withstanding-nobody seems to care about that! A good show!
    As for that crack about Madonna,Celion Dion,Prince,that was suggested nobody wanted to see is absurd. Considering the reaction Madonna got when she hit the stage,and the press she of course got today!! Says all. A faded star who had the top Tour yet again,that is quite a trick!
    Nor did everyone tuned in for Taylor Swift! No,I am not knocking her,the show simply was not a ratings success because of her! Firstly,It did well inexplicablly,we have to account for that. Secondly,overall a good lineup and thirdly,again will will never really know for sure. But,glad it did perform well!

  • beached

    Time for the trash bin for the Donald and his garbage show.

  • Kaylie

    The BBMA was a good & entertaining show.

  • Nick

    @rob Why wouldn’t AFV numbers be right? DWTS is also that old skewing, and no one questions that lol.

  • Mike

    I had a hard time caring about Celebrity Apprentice this time (and looks like many other viewers too).The fun part of this dopey show was to see different “celebrities” with their different egos interact.But this time,we have seen this show with these same people before.

  • Heather

    I watched The celebrity apprentice for the first time and thought it was entertaining. I didn’t care who won because they both came across as kind, funny guys. I never had any interest in watching the whole show but got hooked and will start watching it again next season.

  • CookyMonzta

    Posted May 20, 2013 at 11:09 AM
    “Fire the Donald!”

    Don’t worry, Chuck. He’s going down next May. Next spring’s first-run shows are definitely going to be full of 0.x’s with less than 4 million viewers, maybe even fewer than 3 million.

    Does Bill Gorman have a Cancellation Bear chart for UNscripted shows? Trump’s show belongs on it, because his days are clearly numbered. Somebody in the NBC front office MUST have the courage to say NO MORE to this leech!

  • scifi

    OUAT is out and ABC ratings are good now again.

  • TerryJacksonNYC


    You may believe that people didn’t watch the show for artists like Celine Dion, Prince and Madonna, but the fact remains that those are the artists who were shown during the commercials. And, unlike with other awards shows, the Billboard awards are announced in advance, so people know what to expect, which is part of the reason why they tune in. Finally, since these awards are based on success alone, it’s pretty fair to suggest that people do, indeed, watch because of which artists will and won’t be involved.

    As for the “garbage” that’s out there regarding Taylor Swift’s love/sex life, just remember one thing: she’s the primary person putting it out there. She can’t come to terms with the fact that she’s the common denominator for all of her failed relationships. Once she stops writing songs about people cheating on her, there really won’t be anything left. But there is a certain type of person who gets cheated on over and over… and none of them are interesting. That’s her problem. I wonder if she’d actually have a love life were she not famous, since it does require being interesting and her fame is clearly the most interesting thing about her.

  • Ethan

    @jon, the only people who watched for prince are people who were fans in the 80s…I’m sorry but he hasn’t come out with relevant in at least 2 decades. That’s not to say that he isn’t a great artist, because he is. But the fact is that like Madonna, and Celine Dixon, he is from a generation gone by. I’m 24, and hardly any of my friends know who Prince is…I do, because mu aunt is in the music industry and ,are sure I listened to classic artists of the 60s 70 s and 80s growing up, but most people aren’t so lucky. The fact is that ABCs target demo for this thing wasn’t the sort of people who would be watching for prince and Modena. As far as swift is concerned, your argument that she made it big on looks and being nice is silly, because she’s not even that good looking compared to some of the other chicks out there, and unless you know someone, you really have no idea whether they are nice. You may not think she’s a good anger, but the fact is that many people do…I think her a
    Bum sales clearly reflect that.

  • Lee

    BBMA = The Power of Madonna!

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