November 21, 2011 9:11am PT by Michael O'Connell
TV Ratings: Eagles/Giants Down for NBC, American Music Awards Match 2010 Low
The 2011 American Music Awards retained its audience from the previous year, matching the 2010 low of a 4.3 rating in adults 18-49.
ABC's three-hour broadcast of the music kudos was actually up from the previous year in total viewers, averaging 12 million over the course of the night. It also posted its highest rating in teenagers (12-17) since 2004, up 24 percent from 2011.
Its lead-in, Countdown to the American Music Awards, made its debut to particularly low ratings for the 7:00 p.m. timeslot. Down 25 percent from the previous week's America's Funniest Home Videos, it brought in a 1.3 rating in adults 18.49. For the night, ABC averaged 10.14 million viewers and a 3.5 in the demo.
Sunday Night Football was down for NBC. The pre-Thanksgiving match-up was down to a 6.6 in the adults 18-49, giving it a 11 percent loss from last week. The network still topped the rest in the demo -- a 5.5 rating for the night -- and in viewers, averaging 14.8 million.
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CBS pulled a 2.8 in adults 18-49 for the night, with the ratings slightly skewed by football overage. The Amazing Race (2.9) and The Good Wife (2.1) were both up, with CSI: Miami (1.8) down three tenths in adults 18-49.
On Fox, a lack of a football lead-in hurt the animation block, with freshman offering Allen Gregory taking the hardest hit. The series hit a new low in 18-49, earning a 1.9 and failing to crack the 4 million mark in viewers.
Sunday, Nov. 20, Overnight Ratings:
CBS: NFL overrun/60 Minutes (16.7 million viewers, 4.2 rating among adults 18-49)
NBC: Football Night in America (8.7 million, 3.0)
ABC: Countdown to the American Music Awards (4.5 million, 1.3)
Fox: The Cleveland Show (R) (3.0 million, 1.2)
Fox: The Cleveland Show (3.8 million, 1.8)
ABC: American Music Awards (11.3 million, 3.9)
NBC: Football Night in America (13.3 million, 3.0)
CBS: The Amazing Race (11.7 million, 2.9)
Fox: The Simpsons (5.7 million, 2.7)
NBC: Sunday Night Football - Eagles at Giants (18.6 million, 6.7)
Fox: Allen Gregory (3.97 million, 1.9)
NBC: Sunday Night Football - Eagles at Giants (18.2 million, 6.7)
ABC: American Music Awards (13.1 million, 4.6)
Fox: Family Guy (6 million, 3.1)
CBS: The Good Wife (9.6 million, 2.1)
Fox: American Dad (4.8 million, 2.4)
NBC: Sunday Night Football - Eagles at Giants (16.3 million, 6.4)
ABC: American Music Awards (11.7 million, 4.4)
CBS: CSI: Miami (9.5 million, 1.8)