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Billboard Music Awards NBC Broadcast Falls To New Lows; ‘The Equalizer’ Steady, ‘The Rookie’ Down In Season Finales

There were a number of winners at the 2022 Billboard Music Awards, ranging from Doja Cat, Olivia Rodrigo and Ye, but the annual ceremony couldn’t quite take home any primetime prizes on Sunday.

Per fast affiliates, the 2022 Billboard Music Awards delivered an average 0.5 rating in the 18-49 demo and 2.11 million viewers across its three-hour broadcast on NBC, slipping even lower from the previous year’s fast affiliates (0.7, 2.8M). Sunday’s awards ceremony, set at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, saw Rodrigo take home seven wins, Ye come in second place with six awards and Drake continue his streak as the artist with the most Billboard Music Awards of all-time. See the full winners list here.

Taking home the night’s ratings prizes were ABC’s America’s Funniest Home Videos (0.6, 4.72M)and American Idol (0.6, 4.86M), which tied for Sunday’s highest demo. AFV and Idol were both stable from the previous week and gained some ground in viewers. Speaking of audience, CBS60 Minutes (0.4, 6.99M) once again nabbed the night’s viewership crown.

Here’s the Sunday primetime breakdown by network:

ABC – Following AFV and American Idol, The Rookie ticked down in its Season 4 finale (0.3, 3.46M). The ABC cop drama was at least stable in the demo and up in viewers from its Season 4 premiere (0.3, 2.80M in September 2021. Fans of The Rookie will get even more of the series, considering it will return for a fifth season at ABC. The broadcaster has also picked up the spinoff featuring Niecy Nash to series.

CBS – After 60 Minutes was the season finale of The Equalizer (0.5, 6.62M). The Queen Latifah-led drama, stable from its previous episode, concluded Season 2 with a violent cliffhanger that leaves Robyn’s fate unclear. Read the full recap here. The Equalizer was about two-tenths down and about 11% short in viewers from its October premiere (0.7, 7.47M). A stable NCIS: Los Angeles (0.4, 5.19M) followed and S.W.A.T. (0.4, 4.00M) concluded the evening.

The CW Riverdale ticked down to deliver a 0.0 demo rating.

FOX – Fox’s animation domination slate – Duncanville (0.1, 0.56M), The Simpsons (0.3, 0.94M), The Great North (0.2, 0.78M) and Bob’s Burgers (0.3, 0.097M) and Family Guy (0.3, 1.05M) – was steady from the previous week

Monday primetime will be kind of an odd one with Fox’s 9-1-1 shows coming to season finales, while NBC airs Downton Abbey and ABC presents up. Later in the evening ABC’s The Good Doctor reaches its finale. CBS and The CW tout regularly scheduled programming.

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