Ratings: ABC’s American Music Awards Steady With Last Year’s Record Lows

The CW settled for a 0.0 among adults 18-49 — and Sunday was only half repeats

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The American Music Awards on ABC were steady with last year’s ratings. That sounds like a good thing, but what’s not great is when you remember the 2020 AMAs settled for record lows. Like most other awards shows, there were massive declines in the COVID-19 year.

Also of note from Sunday night is the fact that The CW settled for a 0.0 primetime rating. While the young-skewing broadcast network’s 9 o’clock hour was reruns, the 8 p.m. original episode of “Legends of the Hidden Temple” also had a 0.0 among adults 18-49.

NBC crushed the competition with “Sunday Night Football.” Fox, which had a late-afternoon NFL game leak into primetime on the east coast, finished second. Due to the nature of live sports, the below Nielsen numbers for NBC and Fox should be considered subject to significant adjustment.

NBC was first in ratings with a 2.6 rating in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and in total viewers with an average of 10.3 million, according to preliminary numbers. Those were the averages of pregame show “Football Night in America” and the primetime NFL game itself, which saw the Los Angeles Chargers hold on to a home win vs. the Pittsburgh Steelers despite a late surge.

Fox was second in ratings with a 1.7 and in total viewers with 6.4 million. Following the NFL overrun and post-game show “The OT,” “The Simpsons” at 8 p.m. posted a 1.1 rating and 3.9 million total viewers. At 8:30, “The Great North” got a 0.6 rating and 2.1 million total viewers. “Bob’s Burgers” at 9 received a 0.6 rating and 1.7 million total viewers. At 9:30, “Family Guy” had a 0.6 rating and 1.6 million total viewers.

ABC was third in ratings with a 0.8 and fourth in total viewers with 3.9 million. “America’s Funniest Home Videos” at 7 p.m. had a 0.5 rating and 4.3 million total viewers. The AMAs followed, averaging a 1.0 rating and 3.8 million total viewers.

CBS was fourth in ratings with a 0.5 and third in total viewers with 5.4 million. At 7, “60 Minutes” drew a 0.5 rating and 7.4 million total viewers. At 8, “The Equalizer” landed a 0.6 rating and 6.4 million total viewers. “NCIS: Los Angeles” at 9 had a 0.5 rating and 5.1 million total viewers.

The CW was fifth in ratings with a 0.0 and in total viewers with 294,000. “Legends of the Hidden Temple” had 232,000 total viewers.

We do not have early Nielsen numbers for Spanish-language broadcast networks Univision and Telemundo.