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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  • Nadine

    NYC 22 was a well-done show — if you like shows of that type. Very nicely done. And it was filmed in my old neighborhood!

  • Edward

    damn GCB, last night was really good still hoping for season 2 but if there is not Im ok with that!

  • Petar


    I agree my friend! But to be fair….sunday is really bad day for new cop shows! OK ABC soapy dramas can work in sunday but CBS action dramas not so much! Too much good cable shows especially after 9! Start with my favorite one GoT!

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “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.”

    I am certain you are incorrect on both predictions!

  • Terry

    Too bad about GCB, it has such much promise for a new show. Hope it recovers next week.

    On a side note, did anyone that watched Missing episode 4 notice the book endorsement when Becca and the CIA agent went to the home of Becca’s former mentor. When they picked up the mentor’s book, at the bottom was an endorsement by a famous author for the mentor. The endorser was Richard Castle! I thought it was cool that the writers threw in that gem. Hey imagine a cross-over episode between Castle and Missing – I know it sounds ludicrous but intriguing though. LOL

  • Ceej

    Like anyone was predicting success for NYC 22. That proves that next time CBS premieres a new drama in April, don’t watch it.

    Titanic sank like the Titanic! :D I know, I struggled Saturday to get through the first hour, and once I saw the writers make a fatal mistake with the timeline, I turned it off. It had neither the accuracy and acting of “A Night to Remember” nor the great music & production values of the James Cameron movie.

  • DW

    it’s a sad day in television when C.A. gets a 2.1 stupid 18-49 year olds.

  • Carmen

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

    I don’t know if the idea was horrible to try a mini-series timed to match the 100 year anniversary of the (Titanic) sinking, but the show itself was pretty horrible.

    I watched the episode last night mostly because I watched the 3 hour show on Saturday. I was hoping that the 4th hour would be better.

    Nope, a mistake.

    It (4th episode) was worse. I doggedly stuck with it, but kept thinking I should have been watching the animation domination . . which I normally do.

    Good idea, but horrible depiction and story flow.

  • Justin121 @mdmb

    What exactly does GCB have to get in order to be renewed?

    I think ABC will overlook those sub-2.0 Housewives-less ratings as long as it stays +2.0 when Housewives comes back.

    Otherwise, GCB, R.I.P.


  • still good shows on tv

    I think CSI Miami will be renewed.

  • Josh

    So sad for Harrys Law. It’s the highest viewerships scripted drama on NBC. The reason why it gets such a low rating is because mist of the viewers are older than the demo. To bad networks only looks at the demographic. I hope they give it another shot because of the high viewership. There are a few other shows on NBC that deserve to be cancelled before Harrys Law is.

  • DW

    people are not watching the CSI spin offs so the three that are watching them now can stop watching CBS. :)

  • Jacob

    oh well if GCB is gone still have my other show at he same time The Client List it is so amazing!

  • Nicholas R

    Nailed it! :D I predicted NYC 22 would premiere at 1.5!

  • Matt

    Sounds like everyone was probably watching Game of Thrones or Mad Men :-)

    I’m only joking.

  • JeffinChicago

    One can only hope that America is finally realizing they have been watching the same CBS cop procedural every night of the week with only different titles.

  • MoHasanie


    Oh right. I dunno, why I thought it was so down. Still, for originals, its get a 2.5. compared to 3.0 – 3.3, so a 0.8 drop still is very significant.

  • Matt

    CSI fans will stop watching CBS. If they do it won’t be because CBS canceled them; it will be because they died.

  • a p garcia

    Knew that Titanic mini-series would drag down GCB. GCB had such a funny show last night.

  • s0303

    nyc 22’s commercials looked too much like rookie blue to me, a show i never really cared for…they should renew csi: miami, but i don’t think they will.

    apprentice numbers are pretty impressive, considering its lead-in numbers and that it’s on nbc…poor kathy bates…i really like her, but that show doesn’t interest me at all..

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