Ratings: Billboard Music Awards Hit 4-Year Lows But Dominate Night

ABC’s broadcast of Sunday night’s Billboard Music Awards drew 8.9 million total viewers and a 2.9 demo rating, dropping 20 and 24 percent from last year to hit four-year lows (since 2012’s 7.4 mil/2.7).

That said, the kudoscast — which featured Britney Spears’ “greatest hits” medley, Madonna’s tribute to the late Prince and a Go-Gos reunion — easily led broadcast TV in both measures, on the final Sunday of May Sweeps.

Elsewhere in the ratings….

NBC | The recently renewed Carmichael Show (2.7 mil/0.4) and the cancelled Crowded (2.1 mil/0.4) both fell to series lows.

CBS | A double pump of Undercover Boss did 4.8 mil/0.8 and 3.9 mil/0.7, with the second hour hitting and tying series lows.

FOX | Bordertown‘s series finale (1.2 mil/0.5) and Bob’s Burgers‘ season finale (2.2 mil/1.0) were steady. The Simpsons (2.6 mil/1.0) slipped two tenths to tie its all-time demo low and fall 23 percent short of its previous finale. Family Guy (2.6 mil/1.2) dipped a tenth from last week and vs. last year’s finale.

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  1. Nicci says:

    The Billboards Awards show was really awful. Boring, boring, boring. Can we have some true talent perform? Ugh. Gwen looks horrendous and about 80 years old. Madonna looked horrible and like she was going to fall over any minute. The Prince tribute was ridiculous–of all the beautify music he created–those were the only songs to be sung? Really pathetic.

    • PatriciaLee says:

      The husband wanted me to look for this article to get a laugh from the comments. I say there are only three, and he is laughing his head off at yours, “I like Nicci!”

  2. Cyn says:

    The problem (at least for me) is that we are seeing the SAME artists from previous music award shows singing the same songs. I like DNCE’s Cake by The Ocean, but damn!

    • HeyThere says:

      Exactly! Meghan Trainor singing No again, when she can perform Me Too, DNCE couldve performed Toothbrush.

  3. Gui says:

    The only good thing from the show was Britney Spears, and she was the first performance of the night, so…