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

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September 23rd, 2013

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.


    Very solid Emmys. They should have Neil Patrick Harris do it more often it was a wonderful show.

  • Peter

    Perhaps you should start a, “Predict the ratings for The Blacklist poll”?

  • diegobitch

    Don’t Trust the Preliminary Ratings in Awards or Sports on September 23.

  • SJ


    I see what you did there. ;)

  • DenverDean

    Like I said yesterday, CBS was smart to dump old skewing 60M and let NFL be lead-in for Emmys. They really should continue this practice for those regular season DH Sundays. TAR would be much more compatible with demo. If they still want 60M to air then flip on those weekends. 60M into TGW is much more logical.


    Kept surfing during the Emmys (ie) NPH Variety Show & the Steelers & only forgot I was watching the Emmys once!

    As Martha would say: “That is a good thing.”

    However neither the Emmys nor SNF were!

  • Luiz

    will you start a “predict the ratings for The Voice?”?

  • One

    That game was miserable. But I heard the Emmys were nearly as bad (or worse, even).

  • Alex

    Predicting 4.9-5.1 tonight for the voice!

  • Daw Johnson

    Even though they’re subject to change, the half hours REALLY tell a story about the Emmys.

    The show went down at each checkpoint. It started with a 5.6 (4.9 if you want to throw out 8-8:30PM due to the football overrun) and ended with a 3.3.

  • TV Viewer

    I am glad that last night’s Emmy awards were up from last year, since it was a very good program, with some new people and programs winning for the first time.

    The only real complaints I have; the winners’ acceptance speeches were cut off way too fast, and the special tributes to a few people generated complaints from who was included and who was excluded. Next year, just show photographs and clips of the departed and treat them all as equally as possible.

    Also, let the winners have a few minutes to say thank you. It might be the only time in their lives they win a major award in front of a camera. Let them have a few minutes just to say thanks. About three to five minutes. These people need a little time to collect their thoughts and express their gratitude.

    Overall, it was one of the better Emmy award shows in many years, well worth the jump in ratings. Neil Patrick Harris showed once again why he’s the first person to ask when they need a Master of Cermonies to host a program.

  • Seth

    The Emmy’s were terrible last night. Not surprised they got massive ratings.

  • SJ


    Or just shift it to Saturdays on those weeks. The 60 Minutes golden child treatment still bothers me after all these years.

  • ReallyTired

    With Dexter, Breaking Bad, Boardwalk Empire, Copper finale, and Ray Donovan season finale all on last night, along with the NFL, who besides fat Moms were watching the Emmys?

  • AllOfHerTw!st

    I’m thinking the Emmys are gonna get renewed.

  • Patrick Ausgewahlt

    I predicting 4+ ratings for HIMYM tonight. The finale jumped from a 2.6 to a 3.4 just to see the Mother’s face. The Mother is finally revealed, they’ve been promoting it like crazy, Neil Patrick Harris just hosted the Emmy Awards the night before. I predict a 4+ performance, especially for the second episode. A very good lead in for Two Broke Girls and in turn Mom, but then Hostages will be gone. I’ve seem no promos. Blacklist has all the buzz and Castle just had a proposal.

  • Samunto

    Not bad for the Emmys but it was a terrible show.

    FOX has gone out of it’s way to get maximum sampling for Dads. Let’s see how it does tomorrow.

    And can we please get polls for The Voice, Blacklist Vs. Hostages Vs. Castle, Sleepy Hollow week 2?

  • Michael1


    “I’m thinking the Emmys are gonna get renewed.”

    Not so fast. They only had a 70% retention rate. They may have to settle for a “pity move to Friday.”

  • Brandon

    NPH was great as always..

    …but every single time they cut to that backstage guy was cringe-inducingly awful. Should have just let NPH keep rolling. There was no need for those terrible, terrible segments.

  • Jerry

    I almost thought the Once Upon A Time and Revenge repeats will be like a 0.3 or a 0.4, considering the repeats last year did 0.6 and 0.7 too (against much less competition like repeats). This year, there is a lot more things on like Football, Emmys, Breaking Bad (which is getting huge ratings) and Dexter finale, and even the minor extent Devious Maids and Ray Donavan finales. They are still pathetic repeat ratings, but I am pleasantly surprised they didn’t drop to look-away levels like a 0.3.

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