Fox Gets a Bump From NASCAR Rain Delay

May 6, 2013  •  Post A Comment

Fox’s Sunday night ratings got a lift from Mother Nature, as the rain-delayed NASCAR race in Talladega, Ala., ran into prime time and delivered the network’s best numbers of the night, based on Nielsen overnights.

TVbytheNumbers.com reports that Fox won the night in the key 18-49 demo, helped by a 2.3 average rating for the NASCAR overrun, which filled the first 90-minute segment of prime time. The report notes that the numbers are subject to more than the usual adjustments due to the nature of live programming.

Leading out from NASCAR, Fox’s “The Simpsons” had a 1.7 average rating in viewers 18-49, “Bob’s Burgers” rose to a 2.0 and both “Family Guy” and “American Dad” had 2.1 averages.

CBS’s two-hour finale of “The Amazing Race” also delivered a 2.3 average in 18-49, but that was down one-tenth of a point from the episode a week ago and down four-tenths from the spring finale last year.

Elsewhere on CBS, “60 Minutes” had its lowest average of the season in the 18-49 demo, a 1.2, losing three-tenths from a week ago. “The Mentalist” ticked up one-tenth to a 1.7.

ABC was paced by “Once Upon a Time,” which bounced back from last week’s series low, rising two-tenths to a 2.2. “America’s Funniest Home Videos” slipped one tenth to a 1.5, “Revenge” climbed one-tenth to a 1.8 and “Red Widow” rebounded from last week’s series low, climbing two-tenths to a 0.9.

NBC aired a two-hour repeat of “The Voice” (0.9 average in 18-49), followed by a two-hour “All-Star Celebrity Apprentice,” which lost two-tenths from last week’s demo number, settling for a 1.4 average rating.

For prime time overall, Fox’s 2.1 average led the way in the 18-49 demo, followed by CBS (1.9 average), ABC (1.6) and NBC (1.2). CBS won total viewers, averaging 9.4 million to 5.8 million for Fox, 5.8 million for ABC and 4.0 million for NBC.

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