2018 American Music Awards Stumble in Early TV Ratings


The AMAs take a large hit with their earlier airdate, whereas 'The Flash' and 'Black Lightning' are beneath final season's debuts.

The American Music Awards suffered a rankings decline Tuesday (Oct. 9), falling considerably versus the 2017 present.

ABC's broadcast of the AMAs tied for the lead amongst adults 18-49 in primetime with a 1.eight ranking, however that was down 25 % from the two.four for the 2017 present (the 2018 awards had been staged a month sooner than previously 15 years). The AMAs additionally fell about 28 % in viewers to six.55 million, versus 9.15 million in 2017.

The CW kicked off its season Tuesday with The Flash and Black Lightning, each of which got here in decrease than their premieres final season — although they had been near the place they ended 2017-18. The Flash's zero.eight was off 27 % from its premiere final season however even with each the season 4 finale and its 2017-18 common. Black Lightning (zero.four), in the meantime, mustered simply half its collection premiere ranking in January however was near the zero.5 for its season finale.

This Is Us (2.three) saved its standing as Tuesday's prime present amongst adults 18-49, although it was off a tick week to week. So was lead-out New Amsterdam (1.four), whereas The Voice held at 1.eight for NBC.

This article initially appeared on The Hollywood Reporter.