billboard awards rtgs 2013 TV ratings: Billboard Music Awards score for ABC Sunday, 'Apprentice' finale risesFast National ratings for Sunday, May 19, 2013

The Billboard Music Awards brought in their biggest total audience in 12 years and their best 18-49 rating in a decade Sunday, carrying ABC to a ratings win for the night.

Also Sunday, the “Family Guy” season finale was up for FOX, and the “All-Star Celebrity Apprentice” finale improved on its recent numbers for NBC — but still had its worst finale ever. CBS ran a Tim McGraw concert special opposite the Billboard Awards but didn’t steal much audience from ABC’s special.

ABC drew 8.9 million viewers and a 5.1 rating/9 share in households for the night, beating second-place CBS (7.8 million, 5.0/8) by a little over a million viewers. NBC (3.93 million, 2.6/4) barely beat FOX (3.9 million, 2.2/4) for third place, but both were well behind the top two nets.

ABC scored a 3.1 rating among adults 18-49, leading the demographic by a pretty good margin. FOX came in second with a 1.8, followed by CBS, 1.3, and NBC, 1.1.

Sunday hour by hour:

7 p.m.

CBS: “60 Minutes” (10.4 million viewers, 6.8/12 households)
ABC: “America’s Funniest Home Videos” (7 million, 4.0/7)
NBC: “The Voice” rerun (2.45 million, 1.7/3)
FOX: “The Cleveland Show” season finale (2.3 million, 1.4/3)

18-49 leader: “America’s Funniest Home Videos” (1.8)

8 p.m.

ABC: Billboard Music Awards (9.4 million, 5.4/9)
CBS: “60 Minutes” (8.5 million, 5.5/9)
FOX: “The Simpsons” season finale (4.2 million, 2.3/4)
NBC: “The Voice” rerun (2.8 million, 1.9/3)

18-49 leader: Billboard Music Awards (3.4)

9 p.m.

ABC: Billboard Music Awards (9.9 million, 5.8/9)
CBS: Special – “ACM Presents: Tim McGraw’s Superstar Summer Night” (6.4 million, 4.0/6)
FOX: “Family Guy” season finale (5.2 million, 3.0/5)
NBC: “All-Star Celebrity Apprentice” finale (5.1 million, 3.4/5)

18-49 leader: Billboard Music Awards (3.8)

10 p.m.

ABC: Billboard Music Awards (9.15 million, 5.4/9)
CBS: “Tim McGraw’s Superstar Summer Night” (6 million, 3.8/6)
NBC: “All-Star Celebrity Apprentice” finale (5.4 million, 3.5/6)

18-49 leader: Billboard Music Awards (3.5)

Ratings information includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are preliminary and subject to change. Source: The Nielsen Company.

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Posted by:Rick Porter