Ratings: ABC’s ‘Billboard Music Awards’ Slip, But They Still Crush Competition

Live show means Disney broadcaster’s Nielsen numbers are subject to adjustment

Last Updated: May 22, 2017 @ 10:20 AM

Drake owned the Billboard Music Awards on Sunday night, when host network ABC dominated the Nielsen numbers.

Per very preliminary numbers, which are not time zone-adjusted, the Disney-owned broadcaster earned a 2.0 rating/8 share and an average of 7.2 million total viewers across primetime. Those were dragged down by a 7 p.m. “America’s Funniest Home Videos” season finale (a 1.1/5 and 5.4 million viewers), but the BBMAs (2.3/9 and 7.7 million viewers) also slipped year over year.

ABC’s ratings may rise when final fast nationals are out within an hour or so — we’ll see soon enough.

NBC and Fox tied for second in ratings, both with a 0.8/3 in the advertiser-sought 18-49 demographic. NBC was third in total viewers with 4.4 million, Fox was fourth with 1.8 million.

For NBC, “Dateline” at 7 put up a 0.9/4 and 4.8 million viewers. At 9, “Shades of Blue” received a 0.7/2 and 3.8 million viewers. That show’s season finale at 10 held steady in the demo and ticked up to 4 million total viewers.

For Fox, following a rerun, the season finale of “Bob’s Burgers” at 7:30 had a 0.7/3 and 1.6 million viewers. The “Simpsons” season finale at 8 got a 0.9/4 and 2.1 million viewers. What will be the “Making History” series finale at 8:30 settled for a 0.6/2 and 1.3 million viewers. At 9, the first half-hour of the “Family Guy” season finale received a 1.0/4 and 2.2 million viewers. The second 30 minutes at 9:30 remained flat in the demo, but rose to 2.2 million viewers.

CBS was fourth in ratings with a 0.7/3, but second in viewers with 6.7 million. At 7, “60 Minutes” posted a 0.8/3 and 7.9 million viewers. A second hour at 8 landed the same demo numbers, but dipped to 7.5 million viewers. The “Madam Secretary” season finale at 9 had a 0.7/2 and 7.5 million viewers. At 10, the “Elementary” finale managed a 0.5/2 and 4.1 million viewers.

Univision and Telemundo tied for fifth in ratings, both with a 0.4. Univision had a 2 share, Telemundo got a 1. Univision was fifth in total viewers with 1.2 million, Telemundo was sixth with 992,000.

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