TV Ratings Sunday: ‘Emmy Awards’ Draws Largest Audience Since 2005, But ‘Sunday Night Football’ Still Reigns Supreme (Updated)

Host Neil Patrick Harris (C) performs a dance number with Nathan Fillion and Sarah Silverman at the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles

Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 5.5/15 4.8/13 1.1/3 1.0/3 0.6/2
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 4.6/14 4.4/14 1.2/4 0.7/2 0.4/1
Total Viewers (million) 15.191 16.279 2.608 2.832 3.284


NOTE: Due to the nature of live  programming the ratings for  NBC & CBS (NFL Football & Emmy Awards) are approximate and subject to more than the typical adjustments in the final numbers.

NBC was number one among adults 18-49, but CBS won with total viewers.

On NBC  Sunday Night Football, which featured a match-up between the Bears and the Steelers earned a preliminary 6.9, down half a ratings point from last week’s preliminary 7.4 adults 18-49 rating from 8:30-11PM.

On CBS, the Primetime Emmy Awards earned a preliminary 4.3, up a full ratings point from last year’s preliminary 3.3 adults 18-49 rating.  UPDATE: According to time-zone adjusted fast nationals, the Emmy Awards earned a 4.9 adults 18-49 rating and 17.63 million viewers. Last year’s ceremony earned a 3.8 in the time-zone adjusted fast nationals (but was adjusted up to a 3.9 in the finals). We’ve got more on the ratings for last night’s ceremony here. 


Broadcast primetime ratings for Sunday, September 22, 2013:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
7:00PM CBS NFL Overrun (7-8PM) 6.1 19 19.23
NBC Football Night in America 1.8 6 6.04
FOX American Dad -R 1.1 4 2.86
ABC America’s Funniest Home Videos -R 0.8 3 5.11
7:30PM NBC Football Night in America 2.5 7 7.52
FOX The Simpsons -R 1.1 3 2.50
8:00 PM NBC Football Night in America/ Pre-Kick 5.0 14 14.53
CBS 65th Primetime Emmy Awards (8-11PM) 4.9 17.63
FOX The Simpsons -R 1.4 4 3.00
ABC Once Upon a Time -R 0.6 2 2.87
8:30PM NBC Sunday Night Football (8:30-11PM) 6.9 18 18.69
FOX Bob’s Burgers -R 1.2 3 2.50
9:00PM FOX Family Guy -R 1.2 3 2.71
ABC Revenge -R (9-11PM) 0.6 1 2.58
9:30PM FOX Dads -R 0.9 2 2.08

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




Fast Affiliate Ratings: These first national ratings, including demographics, are available at approximately 11 AM (ET) the day after telecast, and are released to subscribing customers daily. These data, from the National People Meter sample, are strictly time-period information, based on the normal broadcast network feed, and include all programming on the affiliated stations, sometimes including network programming, sometimes not. The figures may include stations that did not air the entire network feed, as well as local news breaks or cutaways for local coverage or other programming. Fast Affiliate ratings are not as useful for live programs and are likely to differ significantly from the final results, because the data reflect normal broadcast feed patterns. For example, with a World Series game, Fast Affiliate Ratings would include whatever aired from 8-11PM on affiliates in the Pacific Time Zone, following the live baseball game, but not game coverage that begins at 5PM PT. The same would be true of Presidential debates as well as live award shows and breaking news reports.

Rating: Estimated percentage of the universe of TV households (or other specified group) tuned to a program in the average minute. Ratings are expressed as a percent.

Share (of Audience): The percent of households (or persons) using television who are tuned to a specific program, station or network in a specific area at a specific time. (See also, Rating, which represents tuning or viewing as a percent of the entire population being measured.)

Time Shifted Viewing – Program ratings for national sources are produced in three streams of data – Live, Live+Same Day (Live+SD) and Live+7 Day. Time shifted figures account for incremental viewing that takes place with DVRs. Live+Same Day (Live+SD) include viewing during the same broadcast day as the original telecast, with a cut-off of 3:00AM local time when meters transmit daily viewing to Nielsen for processing. Live+7 Day ratings include incremental viewing that takes place during the 7 days following a telecast.

For more information see Numbers 101 and Numbers 102.

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