Ratings: Fox’s ‘Teen Choice Awards’ Sink to All-Time Low

Sunday’s event cuts demo in half and falls 28% in viewers compared to 2018 show — the previous low

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Fox’s “Teen Choice Awards” dropped to an all-time low in both the key adults 18-49 demographic and total viewers on Sunday, pulling the broadcaster behind the Spanish-language networks in the primetime rankings for the evening, according to preliminary numbers.

From 8-10 p.m., the Lucy Hale and David Dobrik-hosted “2019 Teen Choice Awards” averaged a 0.2 rating and 721,000 viewers. That’s down 50% in the demo and 28% in viewers from the 2018 show, which put up the younger-skewing award ceremony’s previous low: a 0.4 rating and 1 million viewers.

These numbers put Fox ahead of only The CW in last night’s Nielsen race among the broadcast nets, including Telemundo and Univision.

Readers can find the complete winners list from Sunday’s Teen Choice Awards — which includes Taylor Swift grabbing the inaugural Icon Award — here.

CBS and ABC tied for first in ratings in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic, with a 0.6 rating/3 share for CBS and a 0.6/4 for ABC, according to preliminary numbers. CBS was first in total viewers with an average of 4.5 million and ABC was second with 4.4 million.

For CBS, “60 Minutes” at 7 p.m. had a 0.5/3 and 6.6 million viewers. “Big Brother” at  8 p.m. scored a 1.2 rating/6 share and 4.7 million viewers. At 9, “Instinct” managed a 0.4/2 and 3.5 million viewers. At 10, a second episode settled for a 0.3 and 3.4 million viewers.

For ABC, following back-to-back encores, “$100,000 Pyramid” at 9 earned a 0.7/3 and 4.7 million viewers. At 10, “To Tell the Truth” got a 0.6/3 and 3.9 million viewers.

NBC was third in ratings with a 0.4/2 and in viewers with 2.1 million. Sandwiched between reruns, from 8-10, the “U.S. Gymnastics Championships 2019” had a 0.6/3 and 2.8 million viewers.

Univision and Telemundo tied for fourth in ratings, Univision with a 0.3/1 and Telemundo with a 0.3/2. Telemundo was fourth in viewers with 834,000 and Univision was fifth with 816,000.

Fox was sixth in ratings with a 0.2/1 and in viewers with 730,000. Following a pair of sitcom reruns, the “2019 Teen Choice Awards” put up the above-mentioned rating and total viewers, plus a 1 share.

The CW was seventh in ratings with a 0.1/1 and in viewers with 694,000, airing only repeats.