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[05/19/14 - 08:41 AM]
Sunday's Broadcast Ratings: ABC Dominates Demos with "Billboard Music Awards"
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

Primetime Preliminary Fast National Nielsen Data
(includes all DVR playback through 3:00 am)

Here are the highlights of the 14 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks last night (5/18/14):

ABC (9.495 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.0, #1) was the network to beat on Sunday thanks to the season finale of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (6.626 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T4) followed by its presentation of "The 2014 Billboard Music Awards" (10.452 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.5, #1).

CBS (9.175 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2) then claimed the silver with its night of finales for "60 Minutes" (9.821 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #7), "The Amazing Race 23" (8.158 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.7, #3), "The Good Wife" (9.042 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T8) and "The Mentalist" (9.680 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #6).

Next up was FOX (2.992 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3) and its respective finales for "Bob's Burgers" (1.955 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.9, #11), "American Dad" (2.364 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T8), "The Simpsons" (3.283 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T4) and "Family Guy" (3.849 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 2.0, #2) plus a new "Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey" (3.252 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #10).

And finally, NBC (2.142 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) was out of the hunt with its mix of "Coldplay: Ghost Stories" (1.713 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T14), "American Dream Builders" (1.758 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T14) and an encore of "The Women of SNL" (2.548 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T12).

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+25.00% - The Mentalist
+18.18% - 60 Minutes
+9.09% - American Dad
+6.67% - America's Funniest Home Videos
0.00% - The Amazing Race 23
0.00% - The Simpsons
0.00% - The Good Wife
0.00% - Bob's Burgers
-4.76% - Family Guy
-8.33% - Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey
-20.00% - American Dream Builders (vs. 5/4/14)

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+30.77% - The Amazing Race 23 (vs. 60 Minutes)
+25.00% - The Mentalist (vs. ACM Presents: Tim McGraw's Superstar Summer Night)
+9.09% - American Dad (vs. The Cleveland Show)
0.00% - The Good Wife (vs. ACM Presents: Tim McGraw's Superstar Summer Night)
0.00% - Bob's Burgers (vs. The Cleveland Show)
-2.78% - The 2014 Billboard Music Awards
-4.76% - Family Guy (vs. The Simpsons)
-7.14% - 60 Minutes
-11.11% - America's Funniest Home Videos
-11.11% - The Simpsons
-42.86% - American Dream Builders (vs. The Voice (Repeat))
-42.86% - Coldplay: Ghost Stories (vs. The Voice (Repeat))
-56.86% - Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey (vs. Family Guy)


Here are the highlights of the 13 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (5/19/13):

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

Source: Nielsen Media Research





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