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

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  • AC75


    Well, I don’t know. I sorta think they’re all as bad as eachother on there right now. A few weeks back when Rachel was bawling like crazy, saying “I thought I was going on a race around the world with my best friend…boo…hoo..hoo” I about lost my shizz with laughter. She’s so dramatic that it’s entertaining.

    If she went it would be stress free, but sorta dull, too. And I don’t really like that other chick who she fights with all the time, either. She’s equally as childish. I don’t remember her name, but “she’s like 38″… I’m sure you know who I mean.

  • Jay Gee

    Thank you all who watched the Cleveland Show. I’m glad it did well. I still say it’s funnier than American Dad. They should American Dad at 6:30p MTime. Let’s see how next week goes. Simpsons was funny with that Lost parody and the Graduate.

  • Mary

    I enjoyed the Simpsons last night. It was a good episode. When Marge told Homer that the show stranded haven’t been in the air in 5 years, I immediately thought it’s been five years since the show 24 was last on.

  • James

    NYC 22 was quite good. Don’t count that show out yet. Some of the best shows don’t always start off gangbusters. Time will tell.

  • aznfratboy

    Wow, remember when Sundays were ultra competitive? NFL 20 million viewers? Housewives 20 million viewers, Simpsons/Family Guy 9-10 million viewers, 60 Minutes 14million viewers.

  • Sam

    Glad to see NYC 22 performing so poorly. That hopefully bodes well for a CSI: Miami renewal. Fingers crossed….

  • Montecore

    If they were going to have a miniseries about the Titanic then why not air it on a cable channel such as HBO or STARZ because there are too many language and body restrictions on a network channel. The writing and acting wasn’t that great for NYC 22 but I loved Harry’s Law!

  • Tom

    NYC 22 can’t hold a candle to Southland. The characters are too contrived as is the plot. NYC 22 is more like 21 Jump Street than a real cop drama. I’m done with it.

  • Jbug

    TGW beat the series premiere of a random cop show! :)

  • robert mitchell

    How does Trump’s stinko rated Apprentice stay on the NETWORK, year after year?.Not only does it lose big to CBS,ABC shows& most weeks finishes behind the Fox animated cartoons until 10pm[local Fox news]Oy that’s right it is after all NBC.But Mr.Blowhard[liar incarnate]will bloviate,”Our#’s are better than ever.Trump could sell sand to an A-Rab.
    Bring back C.S.I.where it still gets good#’s despite televised a lot in the east close to 11pm,or after 10:30pm.Switch it with stinkeroo Hawaii 5-0.Bet 5-0 would be cancelled real fast if they put it on at Sun.10pm.

  • Riff Rafferty

    As for the boycott? I would bet cold hard cash at the most, the very most, a few hundred might. I remember when Moonlight fans thought all eight million of the shows casual viewers would join them in boycotting CBS too. They still can’t figure out how the net is number one after losing eight million viewers. Except it didn’t lose them because only the most deluded people would stop watching an entire network because it has cancelled a show they like.

    If CBS was still number one after losing the ten million viewers of “Close to Home” that they kicked out in order to put “Moonlight” in its time slot, then I imagine they could cope after losing the latter’s show 8 million crazy, menopausal, cat-hoarding old bags. (Gee, you’d think “Three Rivers” and “Hawaii Five-0″ would have had 30 million viewers considering how ‘massive’ the “Moonlight” fantardbase is.)

    Although I heard the CBS execs all had a good laugh over the silly little doodles the old bags mailed in.

  • Hotshortie

    I absolutely love the good wife. It’s a solid show each week. Excited that Cary is going back to the firm. I have to admit I’m dvr’ing the Apprentice. I think the donald is a douche’. It’s my guilty pleasure this year. People who you would have thought to be weak, have been extremely strong players.
    Clay Aiken who was on American Idol, is intelligent, creative and a great preformer and should make it to the final two. Aubrey O’day, I know, Who? She was in a girl band that p diddy put together. She is a beyotch but she is manipulative, smart and creative, Should make it the final 3. Penn Gillette, who I thought would run away with this show, is a force but seems to make the biggest mistakes during the task, like calling Wallgreens – Walmart. It’s like a great balony sandwich. Arsenio Hall is a middle of the road player who is smart when it comes to bobbing & weaving. He’s flying under the wire but could make it all the way. & Lisa Lampanelli was one of the reasons to watch the show. She is smart but she flies off the handle at the smallest things. She is down right mean at times. Anyway, I watch the good wife and dvr the apprentice.

  • Steven Crowley

    Well, I have seen EVERY SINGLE EPISODE OF “The Simpsons” Really, go ahead and try to Stump Me…

  • hsk

    What is ABC thinking….they cancelled Desparate House Wives and put on that stupid GCB?? That is about the dumbest show Ive ever seen…

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