May 20, 2013


Live awards shows have been surging in the DVR age, and last night it happened again.

Daily Comparison 2013 Sun May 19

ABC:  The BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS blew away the competition with a 3.6 (peaking at 3.9 in the 9-9:30PM half-hour), the show’s highest rating in 10 years and up a huge 1.2 from last year.  Before that, the season finale of AMERICA’S FUNNIEST HOME VIDEOS notched a season high 1.8, up 0.4 from last week.

NBC:  Conversely, CELEBRITY APPRENTICE had its lowest-rated finale ever at 1.5, down an ugly 0.7 from last year (although it was up from last week’s 1.3 all-time low episode rating).  The network started the night with a 0.7 rerun of THE VOICE.

FOX:  Back-to-back season finale double features gave FOX 0.9/1.1 for THE CLEVELAND SHOW (the latter up a tick from last week), 1.8/2.1 for THE SIMPSONS (the latter even with last year’s season finale), and 2.6/2.5 for FAMILY GUY (the latter off 0.1 from the season finale last year).

CBS:  After 1.4/1.3 for 2 hours of 60 MINUTES, the network could only manage a 1.2 with TIM MCGRAW’S SUPERSTAR SUMMER NIGHT, which didn’t even come close to Billboard in the older-skewing total viewers metric.

Although the network season still has a few days to run, and tonight features season finales for RULES OF ENGAGEMENT, MIKE & MOLLY and HAWAII 5-0, summer programming is beginning to rear its head, with premieres for THE GOODWIN GAMES on FOX and MOTIVE on ABC.  Cable features the season finales of BATES MOTEL on A&E, and RECTIFY on Sundance Channel.

Episode Track 2013 Sun May 19

About the Author

Mitch Salem
MITCH SALEM has worked on the business side of the entertainment industry for 20 years, as a senior business affairs executive and attorney for such companies as NBC, ABC, USA, Syfy, Bravo, and BermanBraun Productions, and before that, at the NY law firm of Weil, Gotshal & Manges. During all that, he has more or less constantly been going to the movies and watching TV, and writing about both since the 1980s. His film reviews also currently appear on and In addition, he is co-writer of an episode of the television series "Felicity."