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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  • Ralph Hahn

    Every time one of CBS’s new shows (potentials for the Fall sked) fails, the chances of shows like “Unforgetable” have more of a chance to survive.

    I’m not giving up on U/F until I see something official from CBS.

    The CBS dicks, BTW, should re-telecast the season/series finale of “CSI: Miami” for those who had VTR’d/DVD’d the show. Like it was said many, many times before here last Monday. With a sports event like “golf” (the 75+ demo watches that), they should have shelved TGW rerun and aired “Miami” at its 10pm timeslot.

    These DVR’s should automatically adjust for shows running over.

    All I watched last night was “60 Minutes” for the tribute to Mike Wallace and “Mad Men.” I had forgotten that NYC 22 was debuting. But, cop shows with uniform cops as the main characters rarely survive. They score far below crime procedurals when the detectives are the leading characters.

  • Nelson

    There’s already an NYC22 show out there, it’s called Rookie Blue.

  • C.A.

    I didn’t watch NYC 22 last night. It looked like a comedy. I like comedy’s
    but I wasn’t in the mood for NYC 22 last night. I was hoping it would be more
    like a drama but it wasn’t.

  • MoHasanie

    Its interesting that 3 networks tied in the 18-34 demo, and NBC just beat them, but Fox got nearly double what NBC got, even without Family Guy. And considering, CBS and NBC were all new, those 18-34 ratings are horrible.

  • disney rocks

    Why didn’t you write about Dateline in the article. Thats the highest its had in a while. Isn’t it the highest its had for a Sunday one all season?

  • MissJo

    @Ralph Hahn

    CSI:Miami finale was re-telecast last saturday (April 14) at 9PM after a rerun of CSI:NY.

  • Noname_Rex

    You mean yet ANOTHER CBS crime cop show drama?

    GLAD IT’S FAILING ALREADY! CBS is single handedly killing that whole entire genre.

  • Stephen judson

    Good for the Cleveland show. I see it sticking around because it is a safe bet show when another animated show fails. Plus they probably get a cut in that syndication check, which will happen next year for Cleveland.

  • Networkman

    CBS should move NYC22 to Friday @8pm next week. And then before the season is out, put a special Undercover Boss on Sunday @9pm followed by a new episode of The Good Wife to see how it performs. I still feel these two shows would be a great pair.

  • Ultima

    @Ralph Hahn
    I’m not giving up on U/F until I see something official from CBS.

    Which you will in exactly one month.

    The CBS dicks, BTW, should re-telecast the season/series finale of “CSI: Miami” for those who had VTR’d/DVD’d the show.

    They already did.

    Also, I assume many people who record CBS on Sunday have figured out they should just record an hour past the scheduled end.

    With a sports event like “golf”(the 75+ demo watches that)

    Apparently younger people watch too, as The Masters overrun had a 3.3 rating and 13.5 million viewers (which is significantly better than what any regular Sunday proramming on CBS gets).

  • KeyboardWarrior

    I’m GLAD NYC 22 flopped, it deserved to.

    Rookie Blue sucks too.

  • John

    Yes!! Simpsons are going down. They’ll be in the ones by either May or next season.

  • Brandy

    Ouch @GCBs ratings last night, that’s not good.Hopefully it’ll rebound in a couple weeks with Once &DH being new.

  • Ralph Hahn


    >>> @Ralph Hahn

    CSI:Miami finale was re-telecast last saturday (April 14) at 9PM after a rerun of CSI:NY. <<<

    Thanks, MissJo. Why didn't I get a memo? ;-)

    Of all the media websites that I view, you would have thunk that some of them would have written about it. I don't watch much TV, so if they ran a promo only on CBS, I wouldn't have seen it anyway.

    I think CBS programmers WANT two cancelled CSI shows. For a lot of us who don't watch programs when we want to, we DVR or record it.

    They aired the season/series ender of "Miami" only AFTER a CSI:NY RERUN!

    I guess that I may eventually watch the "Miami" episode when it enters syndication. :(

  • Jordan

    YES! NYC22 does bad just a better chance that CSI: Miami will be back next season!

  • Ultima

    @Ralph Hahn
    Of all the media websites that I view, you would have thunk that some of them would have written about it.

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

  • Ralph Hahn

    @John: >>> Yes!! Simpsons are going down. They’ll be in the ones by either May or next season. <<<

    I'm afraid NOT, John. I never watched this show from the beginning. It was at a point in my life as my three daughters were growing when I just got FED UP with all of the sitcoms that always cast the father figure as a dumb guy being outsmarted from their little smartass kids.

    Over the years, people would RAVE about "The Simpsons," telling me things like: "Oh, you're missing a really good show." BECAUSE everyone was watching it, I didn't…for the same reason why I'm the only person on Earth who hasn't seen "The Titantic."

    Even though I LOVE Kate Winslet, someone would have had to beat me senseless with a baseball bat and tied me to a chair and FORCED me to watch that movie. It was WAY too-much hyped and Cameron's "King of the World" acceptance speech at the Oscars made me hurl.

    "The Simpsons" made have had better writing, but all-in-all…it's just a fricken cartoon.

  • LINY

    NYC22 was pretty bad. The most realistic part was when the desk officer was checking out the new girls ass, lol. The show also relied way too heavily on bad pop music and the characters are extremely cliche. The gruff yet caring Field Training Sergeant? The female cop rebel who doesn’t follow simple orders? Not to mention the horrible script and one-liners. It would be one thing if the show was generic as it already is, but the script makes the show DOA.

  • MissJo

    @ Ralph Hahn

    I saw it on TVBTN tv listing. Otherwise, i would have miss it too.

  • Big Apple 22

    Nobody really cares about Sunday ratings but NYC 22 made people even look at these ratings.

    Demo wise not a good start but its viewership is dead on with CSI: Miami.

    CBS should keep this and make it a summer series like Flashpoint.

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