TV Ratings Sunday: Masters Overrun Fuels CBS Win; 'Celebrity Apprentice,' 'Harry's Law' Rise; Extra 'GCB' Lower

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April 9th, 2012

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*Due to the nature of live sports programming the ratings for CBS (The Masters overrun) are approximate and subject to more than the typical adjustments in the final numbers. See below for more information on these Fast Affiliate Ratings.

Overrun of The Masters  paced CBS to a nightly win with adults 18-49 and total viewers on a night that was a mix of repeats and originals.  Those wanting to know if the news of Mike Wallace's death fueled 60 Minutes will have to wait until we see unscrambled final ratings tomorrow.  Same for the season (series?) finale of CSI: Miami  since most of it was pushed out of primetime last night (we only see ratings to 11pm) in the eastern and central time zones.

The extra episode of GCB that ran at 9pm (after a repeat of Once Upon a Time) was off two tenths from last week's 10pm episode to a 1.7 adults 18-49 rating, but the regular 10pm telecast was steady with another 1.9 adults 18-49 rating.

With less competition, Harry's Law was up two tenths vs. last week to a 1.0 adults 18-49 rating and Celebrity Apprentice was up 11% to a 2.0 adults 18-49 rating between 8-10p.

Broadcast primetime ratings for Sunday, April 8, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
7:00 CBS Masters Overrun/60 Minutes 3.9/15 17.08
NBC Dateline NBC 1.0/3 4.98
ABC America's Funniest Home Videos (R) 1.0/4 4.64
FOX The Simpsons (R) 0.8/3 1.83
7:30 FOX The Cleveland Show (R) 0.9/3 2.00
8:00 CBS 60 Minutes/Amazing Race 2.6/8 12.22
FOX The Simpsons (R) 1.5/5 3.08
NBC Harry's Law 1.0/3 7.58
ABC Once Upon a Time (R) 1.0/3 3.78
8:30 FOX Bob's Burgers (R) 1.3/4 2.71
9:00 CBS Amazing Race/The Good Wife (R) 2.0/5 8.28
FOX Family Guy (R) 1.8/5 3.94
NBC Celebrity Apprentice 1.7/5 5.89
ABC GCB 1.7/4 5.25
9:30 FOX American Dad (R) 1.5/4 3.44
10:00 NBC Celebrity Apprentice 2.3/6 7.07
ABC GCB 1.9/5 5.22
CBS The Good Wife (R)/CSI: Miami (Season Finale) 1.3/3 7.50

Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2012 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.


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