TV ratings: The Outpost, The Simpsons, 2020 American Music Awards [Nov. 22]

A breakdown of the live TV ratings on broadcast on Sunday, Nov. 22

Sunday, Nov. 22 saw the 2020 American Music Awards air on ABC. The Outpost aired a new episode on a special night after taking a break Thursday for the Supernatural series finale. How would it effect the live TV ratings elsewhere? Let’s take a look.

ABC’s 2020 American Music Awards pulled in 3.8 million viewers and a 0.9 demo rating. The numbers weren’t enough to beat the football on NBC, which isn’t all that surprising. The Simpsons and NCIS: Los Angeles also landed above the awards show in the audience, with The Simpsons also above it in the demo.

The Simpsons did benefit from the NFL Overrun on FOX. However, not all of Animation Domination saw positive upticks. Family Guy was down 10% in the total audience and 28% in the demo from the previous episode. I don’t think this will be too much of a concern for FOX, though.

I do expect Animation Domination to be fully renewed for new seasons. The shows continue to perform well both during the weeks following a big game and the weeks without one.

CBS and The CW in the live TV ratings

What about the two networks with new dramas? CBS started the night on a downward dick. 60 Minutes lost 27% of its audience and 40% of its demo. This isn’t something to be concerned about, though. The show routinely ticks up and down, but the numbers are still good with nine million people tuning in.

Would those viewers remain for the next shows? NCIS: Los Angeles was steady in the demo but down almost 8% in the total audience. However, the audience was still above the AMAs with 5.6 million people tuning in. This is a good sign for a renewal.

NCIS: New Orleans was steady in its audience and up 25% in the demo. If it can remain steady from this point, I’m sure there will be an eighth season.

Pandora was up in the audience by 12%, but I don’t think it’s going to be enough for The CW series. It remains the lowest-rated show on the network, behind the canceled Tell Me a Story.

However, The Outpost is also on the low side but has been picked up for another 13 episodes. It’s possible that The CW will accept the lower ratings purely because both Pandora and The Outpost are summer shows.

It’s so hard to make a call right now due to pandemic-proof programming.

Here’s a look at the full TV ratings for Sunday, Nov. 22.

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