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[05/22/17 - 08:39 AM]
Sunday's Broadcast Ratings: ABC Rides "Billboard Music Awards" to Victory
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 15 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks last night (5/21/17):

ABC (7.158 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1) was the network to beat on Sunday with the season finale of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (5.418 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) and its presentation of "The 2017 Billboard Music Awards" (7.738 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.3, #1).

NBC (4.391 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2) then was the number two draw with a its mix of "Dateline NBC" (4.842 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T5), "Shades of Blue" (3.835 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9) and the season finale of "Shades of Blue" (4.048 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9).

Sharing the silver was FOX (1.758 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2) and its lineup of a repeat "Bob's Burgers" (1.220 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T14) followed by the season finales of "Bob's Burgers" (1.624 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9), "The Simpsons" (2.137 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T5), "Making History" (1.279 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #13), "Family Guy" (2.058 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3) and a second "Family Guy" (2.232 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3).

And finally, CBS (6.748 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) closed out the evening with "60 Minutes" (7.933 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7), another "60 Minutes" (7.497 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7) and the season finales of "Madam Secretary" (7.463 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9) and "Elementary" (4.098 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T14).

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
0.00% - America's Funniest Home Videos (vs. 5/7/17)
0.00% - Madam Secretary
0.00% - Making History (vs. 5/7/17)
-10.00% - The Simpsons (vs. 5/7/17)
-16.67% - Family Guy (vs. 4/30/17)
-16.67% - Elementary
-20.00% - 60 Minutes
-22.22% - Shades of Blue
-22.22% - Bob's Burgers (vs. 5/7/17)

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+55.56% - Shades of Blue - 9:00 (vs. The Carmichael Show/Crowded)
+50.00% - Dateline NBC (vs. Various)
+16.67% - Bob's Burgers (vs. The Simpsons (Repeat))
+11.11% - Family Guy - 9:30 (vs. Bob's Burgers)
0.00% - 60 Minutes - 7:00
0.00% - Shades of Blue - 10:00 (vs. Dateline NBC)
0.00% - 60 Minutes - 8:00
-8.33% - America's Funniest Home Videos
-10.00% - The Simpsons
-12.50% - Madam Secretary (vs. Undercover Boss)
-16.67% - Family Guy - 9:00
-20.69% - The 2017 Billboard Music Awards
-28.57% - Elementary (vs. Undercover Boss)
-40.00% - Making History (vs. Bob's Burgers)


Here are the highlights of the 17 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (5/22/16):

ABC (8.010 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.5, #1) was of course the network to beat on Sunday with the season finale of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (5.433 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T2) and "The 2016 Billboard Music Awards" (8.869 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.9, #1).

FOX (2.026 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) then was a distant second with the departing "Bordertown" (1.217 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T15), a repeat "The Simpsons" (1.475 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T12), the season finale of "The Simpsons" (2.545 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T4), a new "Bob's Burgers" (2.176 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T4) and the respective season finales of "Family Guy" (2.635 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T2) and "Bob's Burgers" (2.111 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.9, #6).

Next up was CBS (5.912 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) and its lineup of "60 Minutes" (8.069 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7), another "60 Minutes" (6.886 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7), "Undercover Boss" (4.843 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7) and another "Undercover Boss" (3.852 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T10).

And finally, NBC (3.609 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) closed out the evening with "Dateline NBC: On Assignment" (3.750 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T12), a repeat "Little Big Shots" (4.473 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T12), "The Carmichael Show" (2.741 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T15), the finale of "Crowded" (2.143 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #17) and "Dateline NBC" (3.771 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T10).

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
0.00% - America's Funniest Home Videos (vs. 5/8/16)
0.00% - Bob's Burgers
0.00% - Bordertown
-7.69% - Family Guy
-11.11% - Undercover Boss
-14.29% - Dateline NBC: On Assignment
-16.67% - The Simpsons
-20.00% - 60 Minutes - 7:00
-20.00% - 60 Minutes - 8:00
-22.22% - Dateline NBC
-37.50% - The Carmichael Show
-42.86% - Crowded

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+100.00% - America's Funniest Home Videos (vs. America's Funniest Home Videos (Repeat))
+100.00% - Undercover Boss - 9:00 (vs. Madam Secretary (Repeat))
+75.00% - Dateline NBC (vs. American Odyssey)
+16.67% - Undercover Boss - 10:00 (vs. Battle Creek)
+14.29% - 60 Minutes - 7:00 (vs. 60 Minutes (Repeat))
+14.29% - 60 Minutes - 8:00 (vs. Undercover Boss (Repeat))
-14.29% - Family Guy (vs. NASCAR Coca-Cola 600)
-14.29% - Dateline NBC: On Assignment (vs. Dateline NBC (Repeat))
-21.62% - The 2016 Billboard Music Awards (vs. The 2015 Billboard Music Awards on 5/17/15)
-28.57% - Bob's Burgers - 8:30 (vs. NASCAR Coca-Cola 600)
-28.57% - The Simpsons (vs. NASCAR Coca-Cola 600)
-28.57% - The Carmichael Show (vs. AD: The Bible Continues)
-35.71% - Bob's Burgers (vs. NASCAR Coca-Cola 600)
-42.86% - Crowded (vs. AD: The Bible Continues)
-64.29% - Bordertown (vs. NASCAR Coca-Cola 600)

Source: Nielsen Media Research





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