TV Ratings Sunday: Updated: The Oscars Up From Last Year, 'The Amazing Race' Flat, '60 Minutes' Up

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March 3rd, 2014

Oscars 12 Years A Slave

Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 10.2/26 1.0/2 1.0/2 1.0/2 0.6/2
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 8.9/26 0.9/3 0.6/2 0.5/2 0.5/2
Total Viewers (million) 35.155 2.294 3.735 5.405 1.884

Note: The Oscars aired live, and ran over until 11:41PM, based on Nielsen's end time, which is calculated by the timing of the final commercial break. They are subject to more than typical adjustment in the finals. ABC was number one among adults 18-49 and with total viewers.  The 43 million viewers between 8:30-11:41p qualify it as TV's most-watched entertainment telecast since the 'Friends' finale on May 6, 2004.

Update: On ABC, The Oscars delivered a 12.9 adults 18-49 rating from 8:30-11:41PM, down 1 percent in adults 18-49 from last year's 13.0 final adults 18-49 rating, but up 7 percent  from the preliminary ratings for  last year's telecast.

The Oscars earned a 12.1 adults 18-49 rating, even with last year. Your predictions were too optimistic. The Oscars Red Carpet Special garnered a 5.3 at 7PM up 6 percent from last year's preliminary 5.0, a 6.8  at 7:30 up 1  percent from last year's preliminary 6.7 and a 9.1 at 8PM down 1 percent from last year’s preliminary 9.2.

On CBS, 60 Minutes scored a 1.4 adults 18-49 rating up 8 percent from last week’s 1.3. The Amazing Race matched last week's series low 1.5 adults 18-49 rating.


Broadcast primetime ratings for Sunday, March 2, 2014

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Share Viewers (Millions)
7:00 ABC Oscars Red Carpet Live! 5.3/16 21.39
CBS 60 Minutes 1.4/4 9.23
NBC Dateline - R (7-9PM) 0.9/2 4.16
FOX Bob's Burgers - R 0.7/2 1.96
7:30 ABC Oscars Red Carpet Live! 6.8/19 25.71
FOX American Dad - R 0.7/2 1.75
8:00 ABC Oscars Red Carpet Live! 9.1/23 33.30
CBS The Amazing Race 1.5/4 6.04
FOX The Simpsons - R 1.1/3 2.61
8:30 ABC The Oscars - Live (8:30-11:41PM) 12.9/29 43.0
FOX Bob's Burgers - R 1.1/3 2.34
9:00 FOX Family Guy - R 1.3/3 2.70
NBC The Voice - R (9-11PM) 1.0/2 3.31
CBS The Mentalist - R 0.5/1 3.47
9:30 FOX American Dad - R 1.1/3 2.41
10:00 CBS The Good Wife - R 0.4/1 2.89

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