TV Ratings: Billboard Music Awards up from 2006, CBS wins in total viewers

keith-urban-billboard-music-awards-2011.jpgFast national ratings for Sunday, May 22, 2011.

ABC won the target demo last night, on the final Sunday of the season, with the 2011 Billboard Music Awards featuring a show-stopping performance from Beyonce and, of course, that Justin Bieber/Selena Gomez kiss that has teenyboppers rending their garments across the nation. The show's ratings were up 7% from the last broadcast in 2006.

On NBC, the "Celebrity Apprentice" finale had a significant boost from last week's episode, rising over 15% in total viewers, while FOX's Animation Domination finales were lower than the last original episodes of their respective series. CBS broadcast "Jesse Stone: Innocents Lost," and though it helped to win the night for CBS in total viewership, it didn't win in the target demo.

Overall, CBS averaged 12.1 million viewers and scored a 7.8 rating/13 share in households. ABC followed with 7.4 million and a 4.3/7 share, with NBC in third (6.4 million, 4.0/6) and FOX (4.5, 2.6/4) in fourth.

ABC won the18-49 demo, with a 2.6, followed by NBC (2.1), FOX (2.2) and CBS (1.4).

Sunday hour by hour:

7 p.m.

CBS: "60 Minutes" (10.2 million, 6.6/12)
ABC: "America's Funniest Home Videos" (6.1 million, 3.4/6)
NBC: "Dateline: NBC" (4.1 million, 2.5/4)
FOX: "The Simpsons" rerun (2.6 million, 1.6/3) /"American Dad" (3.5 million, 2.1/4)

18-49 leader: Tie - "America's Funniest Home Videos" and "60 Minutes" (1.5)

8 p.m.

CBS: "60 Minutes" (10.8 million, 7.0/11)
ABC: "The 2011 Billboard Music Awards" (7.7 million, 4.5/7)
FOX: "The Simpsons" (5.2 million, 3.0/5) /"Bob's Burgers" (4.2 million, 2.4/4)
NBC: "Minute to Win It" (4.1 million, 2.5/3)

18-49 leader: "The 2011 Billboard Music Awards" (2.7)

9 p.m.

CBS: "Jesse Stone: Innocents Lost" (13.7 million, 8.7/13)
ABC: "The 2011 Billboard Music Awards" (8.9 million, 5.1/8)
NBC: "Celebrity Apprentice"  (7.7 million, 4.7/7)
FOX: "Family Guy" (5.8 million, 3.3/5) /"Family Guy" (5.8 million, 3.3/5)

18-49 leader: "The 2011 Billboard Music Awards" (3.5)

10 p.m.

CBS: "Jesse Stone: Innocents Lost" (13.7 million, 8.8/14)
NBC: "Celebrity Apprentice" (8.9 million, 5.4/8)
ABC: "The 2011 Billboard Music Awards" (6.7 million, 4.1/6)

18-49 leader: "Celebrity Apprentice" (3.1)

[Update: This article previously stated that the last Billboard Music Awards broadcast was in 2010. In fact, this year's was the first since 2011.]
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