May 20, 2013 8:53am PT by Michael O'Connell
TV Ratings: Surging Billboard Awards Hit High, 'Apprentice' Finale Drops From Last Year
The final Sunday of the 2012-13 TV season brought an easy win for ABC, driven by a boosted Billboard Music Awards. With Fast National returns giving the show a 3.6 rating among adults 18-49 before time zone adjustments, it's up 33 percent from last year's finals (2.7 adults). The three-hour show, put on by The Hollywood Reporter's sister publication, also averaged 9.5 million viewers. Adding in a new America's Funniest Home Videos (up three tenths to a 1.8 adults), ABC averaged a 3.1 rating with adults 18-49 and 8.9 million viewers.
The finale of The Cleveland Show (1.1 adults) inched up a tenth of a point from its last original on Fox. Steady with last year, but down two tenths of a point from last week, the official Simpsons finale (1.8 adults) led into a special broadcast at 8:30 p.m. (2.1 adults). Family Guy, which also aired two episodes, saw the scheduled 9 p.m. episode (2.6 adults) even with last year's finale before the second brought in a 2.5 in the demo. Fox averaged a 1.8 rating with adults 18-49 and 3.9 million viewers.
60 Minutes (1.3 adults) was down two tenths of a point on CBS. Factoring in the special Tim McGraw's Superstar Summer Night (1.2 adults), the network averaged a 1.3 rating with adults 18-49 and 7.8 million viewers.
NBC closed out another season of Celebrity Apprentice (1.5 adults) with a two-hour episode. Up two tenths of a point from last week, the series was down 32 percent from the last cycle's ender (2.2 adults). NBC finished the night with a 1.1 rating among adults 18-49 and 3.9 million viewers.
Univision averaged a 1.0 rating among adults 18-49 and 2.8 million viewers.