Emmys Win the Week; X Factor Edges The Voice

Television’s biggest night was a ratings winner! The Emmy Awards, broadcast on ABC, was the number one prime time show in New York for the week ending September 23. The event, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, had an estimated 1.3 million WABC viewers with a 6.9 rating, according to Nielsen.

ABC’s Emmy Red Carpet show failed to draw as much attention, settling for a 17th-place tie (540,000/2.8).

Back to the top of the survey, where despite scab refs, the NFL shines. As direct competition to the Emmys, NBC’s Sunday Night Football had a strong week. The Patriots/Ravens tilt was second-best with 1.1 million viewers and a 5.7 rating.  The last half-hour of NBC’s kickoff program Football Night in America landed in a tie for 17th (544,000/2.8).

The Giants’ Thursday nighter also did well. The NFL Network telecast had a ninth-place finish (832,000/4.3). A simulcast version on WPIX/Channel 11 tied for 17th (544,000/2.8). We’re not certain if those numbers include the Cablevision audience, blocked from the WPIX programming since mid-August. Cablevision, though, offered a free preview of the NFL Network to all subscribers on PIX.

More from the Top 10 after the jump

In the battle between The Voice and X Factor, the Fox singing competition once again edged its NBC counterpart. The Simon Cowell-led reality show locked into fourth place (1 million/5.2), while The Voice came in fifth (957,000/4.9). X Factor was back in sixth place (937,000/4.8). The Voice‘s second entry for the week cracked the Top 10 (828,000/4.2).

Also in the Top 10…


  • New York TV ratings. Week of September 23:
3rdNFL on CBS (spillover)WCBS1Mill5.3
7thCBS NFL Sunday (late game)WCBS914K4.7
8th60 MinutesWCBS871K4.4



While it was a week accentuated by good ratings for football, the Yankees managed to squeeze a pair of games into the Top 30. The highest-rated was an appearance at nunmber 17 Friday night on WWOR/Channel 9 (538,000/2.8). Another Yankee game on WWOR on September 19 was 24th (470,000/2.4).