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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  • zerg

    OUAT #1..last night was awesome

    it finished at 9.01..tick up inc

    excluding ouat and tar the rest of night seems friday

  • AlcoholicsAnonymous


    I originally thought the text was always right because I always see Bill complain “DOES ANYBODY READ THE TEXT?” or something like that. One of them will fix it.

  • Mi

    I hope OUAT is adjusted up, I want to see it hitting 3.0 again. It was another great episode..

  • MattM

    I loved the Fox special, surprised it didn’t do better. Was a nice stroll down memory lane. You all missed out.

  • Jeff and the number 8

    @Rebecca They were in fact the pilots. It was a pleasant surprise.

  • Jack

    CSI: Miami, please come back next season!

  • chrisss

    Wouldn’t it had made more sense for ABC to air a new OUAT as the lead in to the two episodes of GCB on the 8th April rather than a Hallmark movie?

  • Dennis

    Harry’s Law was great! It’s bad that’s only a 0.9 rating!

  • Dan S

    Interesting article in today’s NYT about the declining audience numbers this spring. I think a lot of them are watching later on there DVR’s & not getting counted. If there are any 18-49 watching Harry’s Law it’s likely later in the week & not getting counted. Is that a fan bingo excuse ?

  • joel

    The Fox special lost its credibility by ignoring Get a Life; that’s why I had to delete it.

  • Michael

    Does Desperate Housewives return next week?

  • We Spent the Kids College Fund at DIsneyWorld

    Good numbers for OUAT, but even the oldies but goodies can’t seem to break Foxes doldrums this season. Harry’s Law and NYC is history, and I know TGW was already renewed but those are horrible numbers for a renewed CBS show.

  • Clarke

    With all the spring declines going on in television kudos to OUAT for rising :) I am overjoyed with how well the show is doing. Renew it ABC ASAP.

    I actually thought Firelight would do worse, I watched the movie and it was terrible… I usually love Hallmark Hall of Fame movies but this one was really poorly done. The movie’s depiction of jail life was laughable – it seemed more like summer camp than prison.

  • zerg

    @Michael yep on 29th

  • Edward

    GCB was not on last night gave me a chance to watch The Clint List at 9pm it was amazing and The Amazing was really good last night!

  • chrisss

    @ Dan S

    They wouldn’t be counted in the live + same day ratings, but they would be included in the live + 7 ratings. (assuming they has a Nielsen box)

  • Patrick G.

    “Once Upon a Time” was indeed super last night. Great backstory ep, little Evil Queen, and surprises with the plot. Whenever ANY television show or movie surprises me anymore, I’m impressed. The stranger in town first being Rumpilstiltskin’s son, and then NOT was a great twist. I’ve been in the camp that he’s the writer of the story. Guess not. I’m thinking now that he’s Pinococchio! Anyway, glad to see the show won in the demo. Though what’s up with the tables this week? The leaders are all over the place :(

    @Jonathan…what a great idea! If NBC started next Fall with a Thursday night lineup of “The Cosby Show,” “Friends,” “Cheers” and “Frasier” from their beginnings, I’d watch the entire lineup every Thursday. As it stands now, I watch none of it. You may be onto something!!

  • a p garcia

    Fox’s 25th Special beat Firelight in rating numbers. So I guess it did OK besides it won’t be back until the 50th.

  • Rebecca

    @Jeff and the number 8

    Forgot about that show. They also didn’t show Back To You as far as I saw (I skipped/fast forwarded through the Melrose Place/90210/Party of Five/OC stuff), but I know it was only on one season so maybe they didn’t want to bring attention to it. We enjoyed the crazy reality stuff (animals attacking, etc.). I don’t think they showed America’s Most Wanted either? Unless I blinked and missed it.

  • Liz


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

    NCIS is the number one network drama in 18-49. How is that lousy, exactly? And CBS overall is in second place for 18-49, only a hair behind Fox.

    Nobody in their right mind is mocking their ratings.

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