Ratings: Fox Animated Comedies Dare to Air Originals Against CBS’ Grammys

They didn’t achieve much success

Last Updated: February 11, 2019 @ 9:43 AM

Nothing was gonna hang with CBS’ Grammys on Sunday, but Fox (kinda-sorta) tried anyway.

In between reruns, Fox aired original episodes of “The Simpsons,” “Family Guy” and “Bob’s Burgers.” The animated sitcoms never stood a chance against Music’s Biggest Night.

Due to the nature of live TV, the below numbers for CBS are not adjusted for time zones and thus inaccurate. Read the earlier-available overnight Nielsen ratings here, which give a better idea of how the special performed year over year.

CBS was first in ratings with a 4.4 rating/17 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and in total viewers with an average of 16 million, according to preliminary numbers. But again, these unadjusted figures are subject to significant change. We’ll get final and accurate audience totals soon enough.

ABC was second in ratings with a 0.8/3 and in viewers with 3.9 million, wisely electing to air all reruns.

Univision and Fox tied for third in ratings, both with a 0.5/2. Univision was fifth in total viewers with 1.6 million, Fox was fifth with 1.5 million.

For Fox, a new “Simpsons” at 8 p.m. got a 0.7/3 and 1.8 million viewers. At 8:30, “Bob’s” had a 0.7/3 and 1.7 million viewers. “Family Guy” at 9 received a 0.8/3 and 1.8 million viewers.

NBC and Telemundo tied for fifth in ratings, both with a 0.4/2. NBC was third in total viewers with 2.6 million, Telemundo was sixth with 1.3 million.

For NBC, following a movie, “Dateline” at 10 managed a 0.3/1 and 2.5 million viewers.

The CW was seventh in ratings with a 0.1/1 and in viewers with 673,000, airing just repeats.