TV ratings: Billboard Music Awards score for ABC Sunday, 'Apprentice' finale rises

billboard-awards-rtgs-2013.jpgFast 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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