Ratings: American Music Awards Is the Latest Kudoscast to Drop Hard

In the latest TV ratings, ABC’s broadcast of the American Music Awards averaged 4 million total viewers and a 1.0 demo rating (per finals), plunging 40 percent from last year — which is in keeping with a decidedly downward trend in pandemic-era awards shows. (See the CMAs, Emmys, BBMAs, ACM Awards et al.)

Elsewhere on Sunday….

NBC | Sunday Night Football (19.6 mil/5.4) was up 24 and 17 percent from last week’s finals.

CBS | NCIS: Los Angeles (5.6 mil/0.6) and the latest classic NCIS episode (3.1 mil/0.3) were steady, while NCIS: New Orleans (4.9 mil/0.5) ticked up.

FOX | The Simpsons (4.4 mil/1.5) is up versus last week’s NFL-boosted outing, Bless the Harts (2 mil/0.7) and Bob’s Burgers (1.8 mil/0.7) were steady, and Family Guy (1.7 mil/0.6) dipped.

THE CW | Pandora (255K/0.0) stayed non-negative, while The Outpost (376K/0.1) was on par with its most recent Thursday episode.

The Live+Same Day numbers reported in our ratings column do not reflect a show’s overall performance, given the increased use of delayed playback via DVR and streaming platforms, plus out-of-home viewing. These numbers (Nielsen fast nationals, unless denoted as finals) instead aim to simply illustrate trends or superlatives. Kids, ask parents before calling.

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