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TV Ratings Sunday: The 'Billboard Music Awards' Even With Last Year, 'The Mentalist' Finale Rises + 'The Good Wife' Finale Flat

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May 19th, 2014

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Scoreboardx ABC CBS FOX UNI NBC
Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 3.0/9 1.4/4 1.3/4 0.9/3 0.6/2
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 2.3/9 0.7/3 1.3/4 0.8/3 0.4/1
Total Viewers (million) 9.49 9.17 2.99 2.36 2.14

ABC was number one with adults 18-49 and with total viewers. 

On ABC, America’s Funniest Home Videos matched last week's 1.6 adults 18-49 rating. The Billboard Music Awards earned a 3.5 adults 18-49 rating, matching last year's rating. 

On CBS, 60 Minutes earned a 1.3, up two tenths from last week's 1.1 adults 18-49 rating. The Amazing Race finale matched last week's 1.7 adults 18-49 rating. The Good Wife finale matched  last week's 1.2 adults 18-49 rating.  The Mentalist earned a 1.5, up three tenths from last week's series low-tying 1.2 adults 18-49 rating.

On FOX, Bob's Burgers matched last week's 0.9 adults 18-49 rating. American Dad matched last week's 1.2 adults 18-49 rating. The Simpsons was even with last week's 1.6 adults 18-49 rating. Family Guy notched a 2.0, down a tenth from last week's 2.1 adults 18-49 rating.  Cosmos was even with last week's  1.1 adults 18-49 rating.

On NBC,  Coldplay: Ghost Stories  scored a 0.4 adults 18-49 rating. American Dream Builders hit a new series low with a 0.4 adults 18-49 rating, down from its last original's 0.6 adults 18-49 rating.

Broadcast primetime ratings for Sunday, May 18, 2014 (all Live+Same Day ratings):

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
7:00PM ABC America's Funniest Home Videos 1.6 6 6.63
CBS 60 Minutes 1.3 5 9.82
FOX Bob's Burgers 0.9 4 1.95
NBC Coldplay: Ghost Stories 0.4 2 1.71
7:30PM FOX American Dad 1.2 4 2.36
8:00 PM ABC Billborad Music Awards (8-11PM) 3.5 10 10.50
CBS The Amazing Race: All-Stars 1.7 5 8.16
FOX The Simpsons 1.6 5 3.28
NBC American Dream Builders 0.4 1 1.76
8:30PM FOX Family Guy 2.0 6 3.85
9:00PM CBS The Good Wife 1.2 3 9.04
FOX Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey 1.1 3 3.25
NBC The Women of SNL (9-11PM) -R 0.8 2 2.55
10:00PM CBS The Mentalist 1.5 4 9.68

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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.

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