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CBS narrowly edged out ABC and NBC for the night's lead with adults 18-49 and easily won with total viewers. Note: CBS's primetime start was delayed by 22 minutes by golf overrun so the ratings below should be taken with a large grain of salt pending the final ratings (which, sadly, due to the President's Day holiday will probably not be available until Wednesday morning). On the other hand overrun from the Northern Trust golf tournament didn't exactly catapult CBS compared to football (or even something like the Masters).
ABC and Fox recovered some (but not all) of last week's losses vs. the Grammy Awards, but interestinglywhich held up relatively well last week against the Grammys was not up this week. But was the night's top-rated show with adults 18-49.
The premieres Theand Celebrity Apprentice were relatively flat versus last year - pending final numbers, in the scrambled numbers The looks to be up 4% versus last year and the Celebrity Apprentice was down 7% versus last year's premiere (2.6 vs. 2.8) and down 4% vs. last year's preliminary numbers, but as it stands is the lowest-rated premiere for Celebrity Apprentice ever.
The500th episode was up 30% over last week's downtrodden number, but looks like our commenters were expecting more. was up 11% from last week, was up 8% and was up 22% with adults 18-49 vs. last week. Earlier in the night was flat vs. last week.
ABC's America'sand the aforementioned were flat vs. last week. recovered 22%. was up 71% to a still paltry 1.2 adults 18-49 in what was no doubt its series finale.
Broadcast primetime ratings for Sunday, February 19, 2012:
|Time||Net||Show||18-49 Rating/Sh||Viewers (Millions)|
|CBS||/ (Season Premiere)||2.6/7||10.85|
|NBC||Celebrity Apprentice (Season Premiere)||2.5/6||7.11|
|10:00||NBC||Celebrity Apprentice (Season Premiere)||2.8/7||7.68|
|CBS||The/ : Miami||2.1/5||9.98|
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