‘AMAs’ sound good to ABC

Morning Ratings Flash -- Rick Kissell

“Dancing With the Stars” may be over, but ABC stayed strong on Tuesday thanks to the “American Music Awards,” which swept the night in key demos, according to preliminary nationals from Nielsen.

The three-hour “AMA” kudocast, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, averaged a 4.7 rating/13 share in adults 18-49 and 10.9 million viewers overall — rising 7% in the demo vs. last year, which had been the lowest-rated edition of the show in more than a decade. The “AMAs” won the night for ABC in 18-49 as well as both adults 25-54 (5/12) and persons 12-34 (3.9/12).

It was ABC’s second best Tuesday of the season in demos, behind last week’s final performance seg of “Dancing With the Stars.”

Fox was second on the night in 18-49, again getting little out of “Standoff” at 8 (2/6 in 18-49, 4.9 million viewers overall) before surging to the slot lead at 9 with “House” (6.4/16 in 18-49, 15.1 million viewers overall).

CBS, the night’s leader in total viewers, was paced by “NCIS” (4.2/12 in 18-49, 17 million viewers overall), which matched its season high in 18-49 and led its hour in adults 25-54 (5.7/15). “The Unit” (3.4/9 in 18-49, 12.2 million viewers overall) placed second at 9, and new drama “3 Lbs.” (2.7/7 in 18-49, 9.2 million viewers overall) ran third at 10, declining slightly from its modest week-earlier bow.

NBC was weak out of the gate with a Tony Bennett music special (0.9/3 in 18-49, 6.4 million viewers overall), hampering lead-outs “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” (2.3/6 in 18-49, 9.3 million viewers overall) and “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” (4.5/12 in 18-49, 14.2 million viewers overall).

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: ABC, 4.7/13; Fox, 4.2/11; CBS, 3.4/9; NBC, 2.6/7; CW, 1.6/4; Univision, 1.4/4.

In total viewers: CBS, 12.8 million; ABC, 10.9 million; Fox, 10.0 million; NBC, 9.9 million; Univision, 3.7 million; CW, 3.6 million.

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