TV Ratings Sunday: 'Once' Makes Gains; 'Amazing Race', 'NYC 22' & 'Apprentice' Fall; 'FOX 25th Anniversary Special' Underperforms

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April 23rd, 2012

Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 1.9/5 1.9/5 1.7/5 1.5/4 1.0/3
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 1.4/4 0.9/3 1.6/5 0.9/3 1.0/3
Total Viewers (million) 7.509 9.918 3.896 6.289 2.657


ABC and CBS tied the night with Adults 18-49, but CBS garnered the most viewers Sunday night.

CBS' The Amazing Race slid one tenth to a 2.5 adults 18-49 rating from last week's 2.6 adults 18-49 rating. The Good Wife was flat with last week's 1.8 adults 18-49 rating. NYC 22 earned a 1.4, losing only a tenth from its premiere last week. Earlier in the night, 60 Minutes earned a 1.7, gaining three-tenths from last week's 1.4 adults 18-49 rating.

Once Upon a Time returned from repeats this week to earn a 2.9 adults 18-49 rating, up a tenth vs. its last original, which aired April 1 and earned a 2.8. Firelight, a Hallmark Hall of Fame Movie, aired in place of a new GCB and earned only a 1.6 adults 18-49 rating.

FOX went back in time for the 7 PM hour, airing the original pilots of both of The Simpsons and Married...With Children ahead of their 25th Anniversary Special, which earned an 1.8 adults 18-49 rating.

Dateline earned a 1.2 vs. last week's 1.3. Harry's Law was flat with last week's  0.9 18-49 rating. Celebrity Apprentice drew a 2.0  adults 18-49 rating, down two-tenths from last week's 2.2.

Broadcast primetime ratings for Sunday, April 22, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
7:00PM CBS 60 Minutes 1.7 5 12.699
ABC America's Funniest Home Videos -R 1.4 4 5.930
FOX Married…With Children -(Pilot) 1.3 4 2.947
NBC Dateline NBC 1.2 4 4.196
7:30PM FOX The Simpsons -(Pilot) 1.5 4 3.183
8:00PM ABC Once Upon A Time 2.9 8 8.837
CBS Amazing Race 2.5 7 9.116
FOX FOX 25th Anniversary Special (8-10PM) 1.8 5 4.312
NBC Harry's Law 0.9 3 8.532
9:00PM NBC The Celebrity Apprentice (9-11p) 2.0 5 6.214
CBS Good Wife 1.8 5 10.342
ABC Firelight (9-11p) 1.6 4 7.634
10:00PM CBS NYC 22 1.4 4 7.516

Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2012 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.


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  • AlcoholicsAnonymous

    I’m on the list of people who didn’t watch the 25th anniversary. Also @One secretly likes me.

    Once Upon A Time was fantastic last night.

  • joh

    OUAT was good, way to fake us out with Pinocchio as fake Bay

  • HT

    It’s shocking how The Good Wife and 60 minutes can have such lousy demos, yet the best ratings of the night.

  • Chuck_T

    I’ll say one thing for Harry’s Law–it’s audience is loyal. Again it gets 8.5 million viewrers with just a tiny key demo.

  • Nightfoxx

    Ahahah, NYC22 with 1.4 Rating.

    CBS, cancel this miserable show and give CSI Miami another Season.

  • joh


    NCIS has great ratings, and lousy demos, it’s how CBS calls itself the #1 network but advertisers mock them

  • Rebecca

    Aren’t the ranked shows usually listed in descending order, from top ratings to bottom, in each time period?

  • Jonathan

    So a 25 year old rerun of Married With Children with no promotion got the same demo as last week’s new Community. This makes me think that my old idea of NBC just having a couple of nights where they reair old NBC hits from the past would be more profitable than what they’re doing now.

  • Simon

    Once Upon A Time, highest rated program of the night. HELL YSE!! Love the photo by the way, Robert Carlyle’s one of (if not the best) actor on the series!

  • miguel

    halfes please.

  • AlcoholicsAnonymous

    Firelight is supposed to be a 1.9 in the table, not a 1.6.

  • Petar

    NYC 22 look dead! once stop droping and look stable now and FOX 25th Anniversary Special look really terible!

  • danny94

    shouldent once upon a time be at the top of the table not 3rd

  • HotLatino4GayMarriage

    I remember reading a comment from someone who said that since Married with Children was so popular, it could get a 3.0, LOL, 1.3 more likely! GO OUAT! I like how ABC promotes it as the #1 drama! About time!!

  • Bad Wolf

    The Good Wife is amazingly steady… too bad it’s at such a low level in the demo (although it’s still last night’s third highest rated show). Also, when will CBS stop with its NY based boring cop shows ? Can NYC 22 already !
    Harry’s Law is again among the most popular shows of the night, too bad it’s not popular among the people who matter for the advertisers !

  • Brian

    OUAt was great! I was hoping for normal ratings after the break. Maybe it’ll get adjusted up in the finals :)

    Why did it take 3rd place this time? Could be a problem :(

  • HotLatino4GayMarriage

    @AA Bill or was it Robert? said that the table is always right, maybe the text is wrong.

  • Rebecca

    Watching OUAT now, online. Saw the Fox special last night and enjoyed it, especially the animation bits as segue ways. I didn’t think those MWC and Simpsons shows were the pilots, though, were they? I thought Fox planned to show Simpsons’ 500th episode and whatever they had planned for MWC (might have been the pilot after all). I didn’t watch those so I don’t know.

  • psychic

    Renew OUAT already!

  • DW

    wow ouat went up from the last episode. that’s this weeks NYT shocker. :)

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