ABC’s broadcast of the American Music Awards on Sunday night drew 13 million total viewers and a 4.5 demo rating, surging 37 and 32 percent year-over-year to deliver the kudocast’s best numbers in four years and dominate all non-sports competition.
Of said sports competition, NBC Sunday Night Football‘s Broncos-Pats match-up, per prelim numbers, did 24 mil and an 8.8, down a smidgen from last week’s Chiefs-Broncos game.
Over on CBS, The Mentalist‘s much-touted Red John face-off was watched by 10.6 million total viewers — the show’s biggest audience since Jan. 6 — while in the demo it ticked up a tenth to a 1.5. Opening the Eye’s night, The Amazing Race (8 mil/1.5) dropped sharply but The Good Wife (9.5 mil/1.3) inched down just a tenth. (All CBS numbers are subject to tweaking, due to a staggered start in a few markets.)
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Turning to Fox’s ‘toon line-up, The Simpsons (6.7 mil/2.9) and Bob’s Burgers (4 mil/1.9) both surged from their last regularly scheduled outings, while a surprisingly tragic episode of Family Guy (4.5 mil/2.2) and American Dad (3.8 mil/1.8) each grew two tenths.