Scoring the best rating since 2004, ABC’s broadcast of the “American Music Awards” pulled a 5.5 preliminary adults 18-49 rating, but it was still second to NBC’s NFL match, reports The Hollywood Reporter.
“American Idol” runner-up Adam Lambert’s performance on the awards show wasn’t to some viewers’ liking, however, and the network has received more than 1,500 complaints, reports the Associated Press. The network said that the response was "moderate," but message boards indicate that many viewers were outraged by the pseudo-sexual antics, including Lambert touching his crotch and kissing a man.
Meanwhile, NBC’s NFL match between the Chicago Bears and the Philadelphia Eagles claimed a 5.6 rating in the demo.
Am experimental CBS schedule flip to give "Cold Case" the 9 p.m. slot and "Three Rivers" the 10 p.m. spot was skewed by an earlier NFL overrun. Overall, the earlier showing for "Cold Case" earned a 2.0, off by a tenth from last week’s show, while "Three Rivers" equaled its worst performance of the season, a 1.6.
— Allison J. Waldman