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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  • Ultima

    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.

    It is so unreasonable for a network to cancel two shows that have aired a combined 18 seasons. Stupid CBS! Boycott!

  • joel

    Wow Harry’s law must be big in nursing homes.How do you do a 0.8 and get 8 million viewers?

  • PW

    Titanic mininseries??? I did not even know they were doing something like that, I would have watched. Did they advertise or did I miss something. Then again after OUAT ended I stopped watching ABC because there is nothing worth watching on that channel for me anyways.

  • gustavo

    This is what HATERS means:Having Anger Towards Everyone Reaching Success.

  • Petar

    bsp said:
    CBS obviously has no expectations or hopes for NYC 22, premiering it at 10 p.m on a Sunday night in mid-April.


    I agree! But than way CBS order it in first place? I mean CBS also know that show will crush and nevertheless they even order less CSI miami ep to make room for new show! Doesn’t make sense to more! Some mania that every years mus have 3-4 new dramas eve to knows that some will crush immediately or what? Better option was ti cancel new show and finish miami with normal episodes not to reduced it!

  • Jan

    I am glad to see that NYC22 has bombed on its opening night. I know that Rookie Blue fans weren’t going to watch it as they saw it as a rip off of the show. It just shows you that when there is a successful show and when another network tries to copy it then the fans of the orignal show won’t watch.

    NYC 22 seemed to be doomed from the very beginning.

  • MoHasanie


    Trust me, you would want to watch it. I watched 1 episode, and it was so boring!

  • Emily

    CBS really needs to move TGW. It had virtually no competition last night and couldn’t even get a 2.0. Move it to Friday and let it eventually die. It should be able to get the same or a bit more than A Gifted Man did on Friday nights to end its run next season.

  • Josh

    “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.”

    Ok, very little people watch the CSI spin-offs, as you can see by their abymal ratings, so I don’t think CBS will care if they don’t watch anymore. They would rather cancel it and air a new drama that will get higher viewership and ratings than them (CSI Spinoffs)

  • Bob

    CBS should just say heck with the demo and base it on overall viewers. I mean CBS gets between 8 and 20 million viewers and NBC gets between 2 and 6 million viewers. Why are they going to get rid of the shows with the most viewers. It does not make any sense at all. I know it is about demo but, is it really great if a show gets a million viewers and a 4.0 demo and that is supposely impressive instead of a show that has 20 million with a 1.5 demo? How dang stupid are these networks? No wonder cable is taking over.

  • Captain

    That really sucks for GCB. It’s such a good show and last night was by far the best episode yet. If it can recover next week, I think it still has a shot.

  • Jack

    Harry’s Law has more viewers than last week but lower rating!

  • Liza

    In what universe, rob60990? Harry’s Law had nearly twice the ratings as the repeat of Once Upon A Time, and the difference between their demos was only marginal.

  • H50 Fan

    Seriously, do people actually think networks are out to destroy their own shows, if they felt that way, they never would have given them a green light to spend millions to produce the show. This week on CBS, I saw tons of promos for NYC 22, so IMO CBS gave viewers plenty of time to watch this show.

    IMOO, the reason shows start losing viewers is because they lost interest in the show, not because the network is trying to kill the show. In regards to GCB there is no reason that show dropped to 1.5 last night, fans should have came back, period.

    I get CBS renewing TGW this year, in hopes of getting a syndication deal, still this show should have never made it past the second year, no other show for CBS would have. A 1.8 last night for a new episode, with no crazy CBS schedule, where are the fans for this show?

  • mza

    Holy hell! So the CBS viewers have brains and can tell the difference between a good show and a crappy one? :D

  • Cerebro

    Stick a fork in CSI: NY. It’s done. It, barely, made it back this season. I still don’t believe that CBS will dump two CSIs at once. I’m guessing that they were, probably, waiting to see how NYC 22 did before they made a decision on CSI: Miami. The verdict is in, and it seems more likely, now, that Miami will get one more season.

    CBS’s drama casualty list looks like it will be:
    CSI: NY
    A Gifted Man
    NYC 22

    I watched the NYC 22 premiere and enjoyed it more than I thought I would. The series has potential. Given the numbers, that potential won’t be realized.

  • Petar


    No way CBS will never make that mistake! Sunday is best time for that type of shows like TGW! In friday nobody will watch it live even fans of that show(will recording it or downloaded) and CBS ratings will be at CW level all friday night!

  • Josh


    The thing is, the networks focus on the simple demographic – the viewers between the ago of 18-49. That is the target audience of their shows. Their shows are supposed to appeal to that demographic. Total viewers may seem like a better option, but networks like to have their key demographic. Although i do agree that if a show has amazing viewership, such as Harrys Law, which has the higher viewership for a scripted drama in NBC, should have their viewership put IMO the equation when their fate is decided.

  • Skylar

    I hate ABC, they kill their own shows

  • Grey


    Thanks for that “Castle” tidbit. I’m having a hard time making myself pay attention to “Missing.” I find myself doing other things while that show is on. Not a good sign for me becoming a true fan of it.

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