American Music Awards Sink to Record-Low Ratings

ABC awards show’s viewership was nearly twice as high last year

The 2020 American Music Awards (AMAs), hosted by Taraji P. Henson, were the latest victims of the coronavirus pandemic — and of TV ratings trends in general.

Sunday’s AMAs on ABC sunk to record-low ratings and nearly halved last year’s overall television audience. The annual awards show’s previous low in the key demo came last year. In terms of total viewers, the prior AMAs low was 2018.

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Tony Maglio

TV Editor • • Twitter: @tonymaglio