Primetime Ratings: 'Billboard Music Awards' Audience Largest Since 2001

CBS, Fox finales all down versus last year

The Billboard Music Awards drew its largest audience in 13 years Sunday night, averaging 10.5 million total viewers—up 1 million from last year—across three hours on ABC, according to Nielsen overnight numbers. The music awards show also averaged a 3.5 rating among adults 18-49, even with last year. America’s Funniest Home Videos began the night for the network and was even with last week’s rating at 1.6. ABC was the night’s top broadcaster, averaging a 3.0 rating and 9 share.

CBS finished second with a 1.4/4. Newsmagazine 60 Minutes was up 18% from last week at 1.3. The season finale of The Amazing Race was even with last week at 1.7, but down 29% from last year’s finale. The Good Wife’s season finale drew a 1.2, even with last week but down 25% from last seasons’ finale. The season finale of The Mentalist was up 25% from last week at 1.5 but down 12% from last year’s finale.

Fox came in third at 1.3/4, airing finales of its four animated comedies. Bob’s Burgers was even with last week at 0.9, but down 44% from last season’s finale. American Dad was even with last week at 1.2, but down 37% from the previous season’s finale. The Simpsons was even with last week at 1.6, but down 24% from last season’s finale. Family Guy shed one tenth from last week and was down 20% from last year’s finale at 2.0. Science documentary Cosmos was even with last week at 1.1.

NBC finished third with a 0.6/2. Special Coldplay: Ghost Stories drew a 0.4. American Dream Builders was down one tenth from last week at 0.4. Two-hour special The Women of SNL averaged a 0.8.