TV Ratings Sunday: 'NYC 22' Starts Low, 'Titanic' Pulls 'GCB' To Series Low

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April 16th, 2012

Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 1.8/5 1.7/5 1.6/5 1.3/3 1.0/3
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 0.9/3 1.9/7 1.0/3 0.9/3 0.9/3
Total Viewers (million) 9.713 3.770 6.542 4.767 2.821


The series premiere of NYC 22 drew just a 1.5 adults 18-49 rating at 10pm. Our polled readers were *way* too optimistic. That compares with a 2.1 rating average for new episodes of CSI:Miami since January, and a 1.7 for the significantly delayed finale last week. With no sports or awards shows to push the line up around, CBS' The Amazing Race was even with last week's 2.5 adults 18-49 rating. The Good Wife drew a 1.8 adults 18-49 rating, even with its last new episode three weeks ago. Earlier, the 60 Minutes tribute to Mike Wallace drew a 1.4 adults 18-49 rating, down 36% vs. a 2.2 rating following the Masters last week. CBS topped the night's adults 18-49 ratings with just a 1.8 rating average.

After a repeat of Once Upon a Time, part four of Titanic drew a 0.9 adults 18-49 rating, vs. a preliminary 0.8 rating on Saturday night. Titanic may have sunk GCB, it was down 21% vs. last week's 1.9 rating at 10pm to a series low 1.5 adults 18-49 rating.

After three weeks of repeats, The Simpsons returned with a 2.2 adults 18-49 rating, down 8% vs. a 2.4 rating in its last new episode. After one repeat week, Bob's Burgers drew a 1.8 adults 18-49 rating, up 6% vs. a 1.7 rating two weeks ago. And moving to 9:30, The Cleveland Show had a 2.0 adults 18-49 rating, up 67% vs. a 1.3 rating at 7:30 two weeks ago.

Harry's Law fell to a 0.9 adults 18-49 rating, vs. a 1.0 rating last week. Celebrity Apprentice had the same 2.1 adults 18-49 rating as last week.

Broadcast primetime ratings for Sunday, April 15, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
7:00PM ABC America's Funniest Home Videos 1.5 5 6.277
CBS 60 Minutes 1.4 5 10.785
NBC Dateline NBC 1.3 4 4.821
Fox The Simpsons -R 1.0 4 2.357
7:30PM FOX The Cleveland Show -R 1.1 4 2.667
8:00PM CBS The Amazing Race 2.5 7 9.182
FOX The Simpsons 2.2 7 4.864
ABC Once Upon A Time -R 1.1 3 4.140
NBC Harry's Law 0.9 3 8.113
8:30PM FOX Bob's Burgers 1.8 5 3.781
9:00PM FOX Family Guy -R 2.2 6 4.625
NBC Celebrity Apprentice (9-11p) 2.1 5 6.616
CBS The Good Wife 1.8 4 9.989
ABC Titanic (part 4) 0.9 2 4.169
9:30PM FOX The Cleveland Show 2.0 5 4.326
10:00PM CBS NYC 22 (series premiere) 1.5 4 8.897
ABC GCB 1.5 4 4.483

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


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  • Ryne

    let me guess, NYC 22 will blame it’s bad start on The Good Wife’s lead in

  • Mon

    NYC 22 at 1.5? AWESOME!!!

  • Lizam

    Yes!!! GCB is going down.

  • Greg

    Oh ABC, why do you want to destroy your own shows?

    My bet was a 1.6 for NYC 22, I thought it could be lower.

  • Bee

    damn. that sucks for GCB. i feared titanic would hurt it. but if it can recover, as it likely will, back into the 1.9+ area for its last two episodes, which air after DH, it’s still got a shot. i doubt this week’s ratings count much. after all, it did get a 1.7 and 1.9 on its own last week.

  • One

    Holy HELL! DAMN! I guess CBS auds know when a show’s being dumped by this point.

  • NYCJoe

    Titanic miniseries was a horrible idea. You just cant compete with James Cameron. Nice try though.

  • Mon

    TGW was a repeat last week.

  • Kim

    GCB has already gotten stale.

  • Grey

    I know TVBythenumbers don’t have any control over the TV listings but just an FYI: “Castle” is actually airing tonight not the “20/20″ special. ABC has, once again, switched things around “last minute.” The “20/20″ special will actually air next week. ABC made these decision over a week ago (I believe) but the outlets are slow or stubborn about updating the listings. Sorry about posting this here but I thought some of y’all might like to know.

  • eridapo

    What was ABC thinking…. Titanic?? It should have just ran the entire Mini-series on Saturday and aired a repeat of DH on Sunday…

  • Greg

    Also, The Cleveland Show with a 2.0 after a repeat? If Bob’s Burgers gets renewed, Fox should definitely move it to 7:30pm.

  • Holly

    The Good Wife drew a 1.8….up 0.5 points vs. a 1.3 last week for its delayed episode

    The Good Wife was a repeat last week.

  • Harris

    I hope OUAT returns high next week.

  • Dan

    2010 – Miami Medical
    2011 – CHAOS
    2012 – NYC 22

    CBS has one every season, at least well get a summer burn off. CBS has never renewed a midseason drama since The Unit in 2006 (Flashpoint doesnt count) and they wont now.

  • Dillan

    GCB :(

    Last nights episode was hilarious!

  • Ultima

    Titanic miniseries was a horrible idea. You just cant compete with James Cameron. Nice try though.

    They should have just shown the good Titanic movie… “A Night to Remember.”

  • GRD

    Man, “Titanic” was terrible. Like Fellowes was trying to write a bad parody of himself. I made it through about an hour and a half but finally had to give up.

  • Bad Wolf

    @ Bill

    The Good Wife was a repeat last Sunday. Glad it’s still maintaining itself though. I wonder if CBS will let it in this timeslot next season ?

    I guess NYC 22, unless it rebounds spectacularly, is doomed…

  • hubertwentland5

    Damn you, gcb. The most enjoyable new show.

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