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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  • Ralph Hahn

    @Ultima: >>> Futon Critic and IMDB are really good for determining which episodes will be on or when a particular one will air. <<<

    Thanks for the tip. I know that it might be commiting heresy by saying it on this website, but I just don't watch much TV.

    I watch, maybe, just a handful of programs (all dramas) not counting when I have a cable news channel on in the background that keeps me informed. That's what I consider 'radioTV'.

    I HAD DVR'd another hour after "CSI: Miami," but I stopped recording it when it, like "Criminal Minds," went hardcore on the blood and guts. I DID want to see the final show of the season/series, but I had forgotten to add another hour.

  • tvfreak

    Sad for NYC 22 – but then again, we all knew it wasn’t gonna do well. :(

  • Ralph Hahn

    Me: >>> I watch, maybe, just a handful of programs (all dramas) not counting when I have a cable news channel on in the background that keeps me informed. That’s what I consider ‘radioTV’. <<<

    I forgot to add Craig Ferguson. I DVR him each night. I'm kind of bored with the cold open when he quizzes audience members on stage by circling them and saying: "State your name for the record."

    I wanna see 'Sid' the cussing bunny and the Gator (forgot HIS name it's been so long since he's been on) open the show. For those NOT in 'the know', that's Ferguson doing a great job with puppets behind the camera.

  • William

    In terms of The Good Wife’s ratings, it goes to show that the on/off schedule is really hurting not just TGW but other shows as well.

  • The End


    Surprised Good Wife is beating Amazing Race, that almost NEVER happens.

    That said, this incarnation of the race has been pretty boring, and overly dramatic lol Rachel.

  • The End

    Was speaking about number of viewers. Incase someone nitpicks my comment.

  • Leondre

    FOX 18-34 ratings please?

  • Charles T

    Damn! Harry’s Law is one of the most viewed series on Sunday but such a low key demo!

  • The Hafk

    Shame to see Bob’s Burgers staying low. It’s such a great show. Perhaps a few weeks airing after Family Guy would help.

  • Nick

    AFV beat 60 Minutes. That’s all I care about. :-)

  • Paul M

    Harry’s Law was tied for last(18-49) but 4th most watched show (overall viewers).

  • Rob D.

    The headline should have been Titanic sinks GCB to a new low………..or was that too easy ;)

  • Rebecca

    @Ralph Hahn
    You mentioned Craig Ferguson. To me he’s arguably the funniest late night host on network TV. I don’t DVR his show or stay up to watch it, but there are clips on CBS.com. I should catch up on his show some time. I didn’t find him to be very funny on the old Drew Carey Show, but he is great as a late late night host. I read something today about how he has taped some shows in Scotland, and watch for those to air the week of May 14th. I’m going to try and see it online. By the way, you could probably see the season finale of the CSI show you missed over on CBS.com, so you wouldn’t have to wait for the rerun to air again some day. If it’s on hulu.com, it most likely re-routes you to CBS.com if you click on the episode link.

  • Rebecca

    YES! AFV is all I watch that hour, hehe.

  • Ralph Hahn

    @Rebecca: Thanks for the hulu tip. I also think Craig is the funniest late night host on the air right now. I’m glad that he upped with CBS for a couple more years and that he’s getting a larger studio at CBS Television City to work win. One with enough lighting. lol

  • SarahL


    Harry’s Law was very enjoyable last night — and did anyone notice the sly digs at the “youth demo” — hell, sly digs! That’s what the episode was about! Love Kelley.

    Therein lies Kelley’s problem. He spends too much complaining about the importance of the 18 to 49 demo and writing snark about them rather than casting the show properly to attract them. I do find his complaints stupid for a tv writer/producer of his experience. Someone who is 48 is not a “youth.” I was looking this wiki page. I had no idea that he had so many shows fail since Boston Legal (2008).

  • Rebecca

    @Ralph Hahn
    I bet he’ll never get a band though, lol. Not that he needs one. He does great up there on his own.

  • rob

    C.A. is terrible this year. There is nothing worst then watching a big fat ugly bully crying every week.

  • AC75

    This season of The Amazing Race is hilarious. All the bitching, crying, fighting. I think half of them are fresh out of the nuthouse. I do still enjoy the show after all these years, though. Sorta bums me out when it get tossed in the reality bin. It’s just a competition.

  • tvfreak

    @AC75: But don’t you get enough of the dreaded Rachel Reilly plague after a while? I’ve been hoping for her elimination since Leg 1. If only she could have bitched, cried, and fought her way into a non-ending temper tantrum for three or four hours…

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