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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  • r0ckmypants

    Very sorry to see GCB drop; last night’s episode was probably the strongest yet.

    Titanic, on the other hand, was awful. Too many characters, too little plot, nothing interesting at all.

    Not at all surprised by the NYC 22 numbers. There was hardly any promotion, and the promotions there were just made it look like any other cop show. But it also shows just how sad CBS’s Sundays are.

  • Motormatty

    NY22 canceled
    CSI:Miami reneved

  • joey


  • MoHasanie

    Sunday’s look horrible without OUAT and DH.
    Even Family Guy’s ratings this season aren’t good. That show could manage low 4’s in the fall, and mid to high 3’s in the spring last year.

  • Dillan

    I think, if the next two episodes of GCB bounce back in the 1.9 range, which it should with DH as a lead in, it still has a chance of renewal.

  • Ultima

    @Bill Gorman

    The Good Wife was a repeat last week, it was even with its last original.

    GCB had a 1.7 at 9 and a 1.9 at 10 last week (it is down 21% from the 1.9 though).

    Family Guy was a repeat last night.

    America’s Funniest Home Videos was new last night (or so the schedule says).

    That’s all I got! :)

  • William

    GCB looks finished after that showing

  • Rebecca

    AFV was new last night, not a rerun. Haven’t seen if anyone else said that yet. Looking forward to the new Castle tonight – it has Adam Baldwin (Fillion’s former castmate from “Firefly” – and most recently he was John Casey on “Chuck”). After tonight there are just two more new Castle episodes of the season.

  • hardline_pro


  • fringewillget5seasons

    Well I was a full point too high. What a wretched night all around.

    You can tell CBS wanted it to fail by not putting it after the NCISes. Wasted money shooting it to series. Pilot wasn’t even particularly enjoyable.

  • JR

    GCB performed notably better than its lead-in, though- ABC probably is looking at that (even though it has not done great scheduling of late).

  • Petar


    Friends, CSI spin-offs are dead! CBS had none enouh slots for dramas next year! especially if they go with 2 hour block in thursday! Even to order only one new drama again no space for low rated dramas! Even TM will go sunday or friday! Bu the way that was 4 new CBS drama this season! Not 3 dramas as i read few times here!

  • Chicc_o

    ABC is really destroying the to some extent strong GCB

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “AFV was new last night, not a rerun. “

    Bad info on my part. Now fixed.

  • Clarke

    Celebrity Apprentice is doing fairly well by NBC’s standards – especially when you consider it gained 1.2 in the demo from Harry’s Law.

    GCB is finally getting the ratings it deserves.

  • zerg

    AFHV tie GCB
    Titanic tie Harry’s Law

  • bsp

    CBS obviously has no expectations or hopes for NYC 22, premiering it at 10 p.m on a Sunday night in mid-April. I can’t imagine that the show will grow an audience, given the absurdity of the premiere — those rookies walked blindly into more action in 40 minutes than some cops probably see in a lifetime! “Rookie Blue” (which returns on ABC on May 24, BTW) did the same thing in its pilot, if I recall correctly, but it did it with Missy Peregrym!

  • msmaka


    Hmm, glanced on Family Guy’s ratings last march/april, and originals were 3.0-3.3, repeats 2.2-2.5. So it didn’t really drop much.

  • Nadine

    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.

  • Mon

    CBS is going to surprise us again. Both CSI spin-offs will be renewed and will return in some capacity next season! Mark my words! IF not the CSI fans will not watch CBS next season.

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