×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

TV Ratings: American Music Awards Slip 25% to New Low

The American Music Awards hit a new all-time low in the Nielsen ratings on Tuesday night.

ABC aired only the AMAs on Tuesday, with the three hour show drawing a 1.8 rating in adults 18-49 and 6.5 million viewers. That is down 25% in the key demo and approximately 29% in total viewers compared to the 2017 broadcast, which drew a 2.4 rating and 9.2 million viewers. 2017 and 2016 had previously set the demo low for the awards show, with both of those broadcasts drawing a 2.4. The AMAs also moved from Sunday in November for the first time in more than a decade this year.

This is the latest example of an awards show seeing serious declines year-over-year. Back in September, the Emmy Awards on NBC also put up an all-time low.

NBC’s Tuesday lineup remained strong, with “The Voice” (1.8, 9 million), “This Is Us” (2.3, 8.8 million), and “New Amsterdam” (1.4, 7.1 million) all holding mostly steady.

On CBS, “NCIS” (1.4, 12.2 million) was steady, while “FBI” (1.0, 9.1 million) dipped in the demo. “NCIS: New Orleans” (0.9, 7.9 million) was even.

“The Gifted” (0.7, 2.1 million) was even on Fox, while “Lethal Weapon” (0.7, 3 million) was down slightly in the demo.

For The CW, the season premiere of “The Flash” (0.8, 2.1 million) was down over 20% in both measures from last season’s premiere, while the season premiere of “Black Lightning” (0.4, 1.2 million) was down just under 50% in both measures.

More Music

  • Mary J. Blige and Rihanna

    Rihanna Presents Mary J. Blige With BET Lifetime Achievement Award

    Rihanna took the Microsoft Theater stage on June 23 to present Mary J. Blige with the BET Lifetime Achievement Award. Hailing the legendary singer for her style and sound, Rihanna also made mention of Blige’s history-making two Oscar nominations in the same year, for best actress and original song for “Mudbound.” Accepting the trophy, Blige [...]

  • Offset, Takeoff and Quavo of MigosBET

    BET Awards' Carpet Colored Blue in Honor of Late Nipsey Hussle

    The 2019 edition of the BET Awards doubled as a celebration of late rapper Nipsey Hussle, who was killed in March outside of his Marathon clothing store in Los Angeles. In honor of the man affectionately known as “Nip,” the carpet was colored blue. “The marathon continues” was a common refrain on the carpet (as [...]

  • Cardi B accepts the album of

    BET Awards 2019: The Complete Winners List

    The 2019 BET Awards kicked off with a performance by Cardi B, who came into the night leading with 7 nominations and, not surprisingly, picked up the award for album of the year for her “Invasion of Privacy.” Other top nominees included Drake with 5, and Beyonce, Travis Scott and J. Cole, each with four. [...]

  • BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 22:

    Quality Control's Coach K Says Abortion Ban Has Already Impacted Business in Atlanta

    A who’s who of black entertainment and tech filled the Beverly Hilton Hotel ballroom on June 22 for the 4th annual Culture Creators Innovators and Leaders Awards brunch. Honorees included Byron Allen, who received the Icon Award; actress and executive producer Marsai Martin, who was named Innovator of the Year; and Quality Control Music founders [...]

  • Juice WRLD Talks Next Album, Streaming

    Juice WRLD Talks Next Album, Audiomack Award at Private BET Weekend Dinner

    On the Saturday evening of BET Weekend, Juice WRLD held an exclusive private dinner and celebration for his Best New Artist nomination at Sunday’s 2019 BET Awards. Presented by Audiomack and BMG, select friends and top executives from Interscope, BMG and GradeA Productions conjoined at BOA Steakhouse on Sunset Blvd. in West Hollywood to congratulate [...]

  • Raconteurs Salute Beatles With 'Butcher Cover'

    Raconteurs Salute Beatles With 'Butcher Cover' Parody Hidden Within New LP Sleeve

    Raconteurs fans who thought they heard a hint of the Beatles embedded within the group’s new album, “Help Us Stranger,” may have been more intuitive than they realized. There’s a more blatant homage to the Fab Four in the LP that was sent out to Third Man Vault subscribers, but it’s not in the grooves [...]

  • Musician Dave Bartholomew on stage at

    Dave Bartholomew, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, Dies at 100

    Dave Bartholomew, a New Orleans music pioneer best known for his songs with R&B legend Fat Domino, has died. He was 100. Bartholomew, who co-wrote and produced such hits as “Ain’t That a Shame,” ″I’m Walkin’” and “Let the Four Winds Blow,” died Sunday in a New Orleans hospital, his eldest son Dave Bartholomew Jr. [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content