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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  • Rebecca

    If you have time later, could you please take a look at the last couple pages over on the ABC r/c index thread and let us know if anyone who voted in the elimination game posted under different screen names (hence voting more than once or twice, cheating)? People there suspect that there is some shape shifting going on. I’d appreciate it. Just today, if you have time and the “power” to do so. Thanks.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    If you have time later, could you please take a look at the last couple pages over on the ABC r/c index thread and let us know if anyone who voted in the elimination game posted under different screen names (hence voting more than once or twice, cheating)? People there suspect that there is some shape shifting going on. I’d appreciate it. Just today, if you have time and the “power” to do so. Thanks.”

    Please do not ask Julia (or anybody else) to police the game. Not in their job description.

  • Guy

    Once was amazing last night and so deserved those figures. Possible 3.0 in finals would be great.

  • We Spent the Kids College Fund at DIsneyWorld

    ABC is doing nothing different than any other network is at this time of year. Just because a fan favorite show is getting lousy numbers doesn’t make ABC stupid. ABC has been a network that has been tough over the years in regards of renewing shows that were sub par in ratings, second to only CBS. I get ABC, thinking if CBS 10:00 shows are in the middle 2’s or higher why should they put up with shows barely breaking the 2.0 range. Seriously unless a show is close to syndication, why would they put with new shows like BOP, GCB and Scandal getting their ratings, when they could invest the same kind of money into new shows next fall that could do better. Think CBS, who is most likely going to cancel Unforgettable, whose ratings were better than all three of these shows. I totally understand fans that love these shows, but I get a network that has some aging favorites and needs to look for new hits like OUAT

  • Rebecca

    Okay. Sorry. (ditto to @Julia)

  • Puppet Doctor

    Once Upon a Time last night was amazing. The plot is finally moving again and only three more episodes until the finale. They finally explained why the curse came about and that August wasn’t Mr. Gold’s son in Fairy Tale Land. Fantastic! I can’t wait to see the last three episodes of Season 1.

  • Brian J

    “I can’t help but agree with the suggestion that maybe NBC should start re-screening some of their old hits supplemented with new shows…or alternatively, start making more broad comedies like they did in the past v ‘intelligent’ shows which dominate their Thu lineup…”

    I don’t think all of their shows are inaccessible, or rather not broad but narrow. One big part of the problem is that the line up keeps going down because there hasn’t been a true anchor of the night for several seasons now and that shows get bounced around. Call me crazy, but had “30 Rock” been on after “Friends,” I suspect it could have grown into a big, big hit.

    Whatever the case, this is a reason they need to start over. I happen to think, given the quality of “Parks & Recreation,” it deserves a lot on the night, and given both the quality and newness of “Up All Night,” you can make the same argument. I’d said a few times now a great line up would be “Go On,” “Parks & Recreation” or “Up All Night,” “Friday Night Dinner,” and then either “Parks & Recreation” or “Up All Night.” NBC should spend a lot of time and money trying to get a big initial tune in for both “Go On” and “Friday Night Dinner” and then give the other two shows a chance to grow behind them. Unless they were only holding 40 percent of their lead-in’s audiences, they should stay there all season long.

    Aside from all of the traditional means of advertising the new shows, I wonder if NBC could manage to air “The Best of Matthew Perry” episodes or something all summer long. That would kind of going along with your suggestion, no?

  • Jon_Doe

    @ steven burton

    CBS shows + “intellectual stimulation” should never be put in the same sentence ;)

  • Lynn

    In the last ep of Harry’s Law (not last night) Kathy Bates had a great riff about how their law firm was not given any props or considered young or cool or sexy when in fact it was. A clever, thinly veiled comment on the show itself. I think at this point it’s just as watchable as Boston Legal or most other DK shows, with the same kind of timely storylines.

    Yes, I’m apparently one of the only people in the demo who watches HL (though admittedly on DVR).

  • Chris Sweeten

    The ratings for ‘Fox 25′ may not look that great… but, in all honesty, a 1.8 for what essentially was a clip show isn’t too bad. The only new material they had was some of the talking segments, and the McFarlane intro. I guarantee you they made straight up money on it, and a dollar says it was cheaper than one new episode of The Simpsons.

  • Brian J


    That’s a good point. I am being a little careless with my terms here.

    @Gaius Bolling:

    Just consider the fact that, after a certain point with total viewers, a show tends to reach a certain point in the demo as well. (It’s certainly possible, at least in theory, for a show to skew really, really old or really, really young and still do particularly well in total viewers, but it usually doesn’t happen.) That’s why we see a show like “NCIS” get a huge number of total viewers and a decent but not incredible performance in the demo.

    @steve burton:

    Consider the competition “The Good Wife” is up against, on network television and on cable. It doesn’t have the best lead-in in the world, nor does it have the strongest or most compatible show going on after it. And yet, despite all of that, it’s still doing okay.

    I do wonder, though, whether the stronger move might have been shipping it to Thursdays.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “That’s why we see a show like “NCIS” get a huge number of total viewers and a decent but not incredible performance in the demo.”

    NCIS has the highest adults 18-49 rating of any drama this Spring, on any network.

    I’d say it was a lot better than “decent”.

  • H5O Fan

    Wooow, seriously there are some major commenters here gone. Come on guys we need the sane in the asylum here.

  • Fed

    The Fox special was awesome. So many good shows on that network over the years. I enjoyed every second and i think many people missed a great refresh a some of the greatest shows in history.

  • CBS makes me happy

    @ Liz Amen

  • BL

    HL is NBC’s highest scripted show in viewership, yet it has a pathetic demographic 18-49 rating. I feel that it should move to Saturday nights if it skews that old for next season. If it does get cancelled this season, it’s not only because of terrible rating (18-49 category) despite getting 8-9 viewers a week but also the reviews are not very impressive.

  • sara

    Years ago I would have watched the Fox special, but technology has made that unnecessary. I wanted to see Seth and Hugh. Rather than sit through the whole thing I can now wait one day (no big deal) and check out Youtube for the clips of the people I wanted to see.

    Life is different and slowly but surely television will catch up.

  • Stuart Engel

    I am one of Harry’s Law “old” viewers and instead of a lot of readers’ determinations that the show should be canceled, why can’t the show be renewed? Why doesn’t NBC tinker with the show and try to make it more attractive to younger viewers (add younger cast members and younger plot lines)? Why not move the show to Friday which has less viewer expectations and get rid of one of the umpteenth Datelines?

  • Gaius Bolling

    did harry’s law have a younger person in the cast during season 1? I believe it was brittany Snow. but they got rid of her and someone else in the cast well

  • Chris L


    Everybody in the cast of “Harry’s Law” was younger last season.

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