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[05/20/13 - 08:28 AM]
Sunday's Broadcast Ratings: "Billboard Music Awards" Come Up Big for ABC
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

nielsen ratings
(fast national numbers for sunday, may 19, 2013)

Here are the highlights of the 13 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks last night:

ABC (8.863 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.1, #1) was the top draw on Sunday thanks to the season finale of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (7.036 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T5) and its presentation of "The 2013 Billboard Music Awards" (9.472 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.6, #1).

FOX (3.904 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.8, #2) then took home the silver with its finale lineup of "The Cleveland Show" (2.131 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.9, #12), another "The Cleveland Show" (2.533 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.1, #11), "The Simpsons" (4.004 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T5), another "The Simpsons" (4.388 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 2.1, #4), "Family Guy" (5.245 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 2.6, #2) and another "Family Guy" (5.122 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 2.5, #3).

Next up was CBS (7.818 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3) and its mix of "60 Minutes" (10.371 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #8), another "60 Minutes" (8.526 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #9) and the two-hour special "ACM Presents: Tim McGraw's Superstar Summer Night" (6.187 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #10).

And finally, a rebroadcast of "The Voice" (2.609 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #13) and the season finale of "The Celebrity Apprentice" (5.255 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.5, #7) closed out the night on NBC (3.932 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4).

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+28.57% - America's Funniest Home Videos
+15.38% - The Celebrity Apprentice
+12.50% - The Cleveland Show - 7:00
+10.00% - The Cleveland Show - 7:30
+8.33% - Family Guy
-5.26% - The Simpsons
-6.67% - 60 Minutes

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+33.33% - The 2013 Billboard Music Awards
+23.53% - The Simpsons - 8:30 (vs. Bob's Burgers)
+20.00% - America's Funniest Home Videos
+4.00% - Family Guy - 9:00
0.00% - 60 Minutes - 7:00
0.00% - Family Guy - 9:30
0.00% - ACM Presents: Tim McGraw's Superstar Summer Night (vs. Jesse Stone: Benefit of the Doubt)
-10.00% - The Cleveland Show - 7:00 (vs. The Simpsons (Repeat))
-13.33% - 60 Minutes - 8:00
-14.29% - The Simpsons - 8:00
-15.38% - The Cleveland Show - 7:30
-31.82% - The Celebrity Apprentice


Here are the highlights of the 12 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (5/20/12):

ABC (6.98 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.4, #1) was the network to beat on the final Sunday of the sweeps period thanks to the season finale of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (5.82 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T6) and its coverage of "The 2012 Billboard Music Awards" (7.37 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.7, #1).

Second place then went to FOX (4.06 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.9, #2) with a repeat of "The Simpsons" (2.39 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T11) followed by the season finales of "The Cleveland Show" (3.03 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.3, #9), "The Simpsons" (4.79 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 2.1, #4), "Bob's Burgers" (3.57 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.7, #5) and a one-hour "Family Guy" (5.29 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 2.5, #2).

Next up was CBS (11.32 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #4) with a new "60 Minutes" (9.61 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #8), a second "60 Minutes" (10.13 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T6) and the original movie "Jesse Stone: Benefit of the Doubt" (12.77 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #10).

And finally, a rebroadcast of "America's Got Talent" (4.28 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T11) led into the season finale of "The Celebrity Apprentice" (6.82 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.2, #3) - the franchise's lowest finale ever with a celebrity cast - on NBC (5.55 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.6, #3).

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+22.22% - The Celebrity Apprentice
+16.67% - 60 Minutes
+10.53% - The Simpsons
+8.70% - Family Guy
0.00% - The Cleveland Show
-5.56% - Bob's Burgers
-6.25% - America's Funniest Home Videos

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
0.00% - America's Funniest Home Videos
-6.25% - 60 Minutes - 8:00
-6.67% - 60 Minutes - 7:00
-6.90% - The 2012 Billboard Music Awards (vs. The 2011 Billboard Music Awards)
-7.69% - Jesse Stone: Benefit of the Doubt (vs. Jesse Stone: Innocents Lost)
-16.00% - The Simpsons
-16.67% - Family Guy
-18.75% - The Cleveland Show (vs. American Dad)
-19.05% - Bob's Burgers
-24.14% - The Celebrity Apprentice

Source: Nielsen Media Research





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