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

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April 23rd, 2012

Scoreboard ABC CBS FOX NBC UNI
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

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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
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7:30PM FOX The Simpsons -(Pilot) 1.5 4 3.183
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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
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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
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10:00PM CBS NYC 22 1.4 4 7.516

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

Definitions:

Fast Affiliate Ratings: These first national ratings, including demographics, are available at approximately 11 AM (ET) the day after telecast, and are released to subscribing customers daily. These data, from the National People Meter sample, are strictly time-period information, based on the normal broadcast network feed, and include all programming on the affiliated stations, sometimes including network programming, sometimes not. The figures may include stations that did not air the entire network feed, as well as local news breaks or cutaways for local coverage or other programming. Fast Affiliate ratings are not as useful for live programs and are likely to differ significantly from the final results, because the data reflect normal broadcast feed patterns. For example, with a World Series game, Fast Affiliate Ratings would include whatever aired from 8-11PM on affiliates in the Pacific Time Zone, following the live baseball game, but not game coverage that begins at 5PM PT. The same would be true of Presidential debates as well as live award shows and breaking news reports.

Rating: Estimated percentage of the universe of TV households (or other specified group) tuned to a program in the average minute. Ratings are expressed as a percent.

Share (of Audience): The percent of households (or persons) using television who are tuned to a specific program, station or network in a specific area at a specific time. (See also, Rating, which represents tuning or viewing as a percent of the entire population being measured.)

Time Shifted Viewing – Program ratings for national sources are produced in three streams of data – Live, Live+Same Day (Live+SD) and Live+7 Day. Time shifted figures account for incremental viewing that takes place with DVRs. Live+Same Day (Live+SD) include viewing during the same broadcast day as the original telecast, with a cut-off of 3:00AM local time when meters transmit daily viewing to Nielsen for processing. Live+7 Day ratings include incremental viewing that takes place during the 7 days following a telecast.

For more information see Numbers 101 and Numbers 102.

 
  • rob60990

    I was expecting Once Upon a Time to hit a new low. Good to see it getting solid ratings. That Hallmark movie did better than the other 2.

    Don’t worry The Good Wife, Desperate Housewives is returning. :D

  • rob60990

    “The fact is just that Harry’s Law is a major success and popular show.”

    In nursing homes. :D

  • David Howell

    Wow, Fox won the night in A18-34 with a nostalgia-fest. That just blows my mind.

  • Sports Preemption

    @ Rebecca

    Segue is a single word. I did enjoy how you tried to phonetically spell it out though.

    And to others, can we stop this thing about calling total viewers “ratings”. If there wasn’t already a statistic called ratings, I may understand this, but it’s just disingenuous and smacks of willful ignorance.

  • We Spent the Kids College Fund at DIsneyWorld

    Wooow, totally feel like a fool here, word had it this site was the rating site to be at. I was going on and on about ratings , and I how I felt, but this site is nothing more than a fan site for shows. Sorry, I was just hoping for a site for conversation on ratings, and not this. Good site and luck.

  • John A

    The producers of Fringe been saying for weeks ‘we should hear this week’.

  • Brian J

    @Ultima:

    Ha! One of my favorite lines, EVER, from that show is one of the episodes about the future, where we meet Lisa’s British fiancee. Marge and Homer are sitting in bed, watching television, and Marge remarks, “You know, Fox turned into a hardcore sex channel so gradually, I didn’t even notice.”

    @Bill Gorman:

    “I have no data to demonstrate that today’s ratio(s) of demo audience/total audience in broadcast primetime shows is noticeably different than it was in the recent (~10 years) past.

    If you don’t either, I call nonsense on that.”

    It’s just a theory. I haven’t produced an academic paper on it, so I could be wrong.

    On the surface, it kind of makes sense: There are only so many viewers, after all, and once you hit a particular number, you are bound to get more and more of every type of viewer, old and young, or whatever else. In other words, there looks to be a sort of strong correlation between total viewers and a demographic performance, and there used to be an even stronger link in the past.

    “What does that even mean?”

    I thought it was fairly obvious, but I guess not. “NCIS” dominates in total viewers, but I would guess, given that it’s not exactly a hip, edgy show like some others, its audience skews older. I’m not saying it does poorly, however.

  • mdmb

    yes OUAT went up
    amazing episode

  • maddi1125

    It would be really nice to have the hourly breakdowns for the 18-49 demo each week. Not having them makes week-to-week comparisons impossible. From Inside the Box manages the hourly numbers for total viewers and households, but the 18-14 demo is, of course, the one that matter. Does Nielsen deliberately not make those numbers available?

  • Ultima

    @We Spent…
    Wait, TBBT will be the number one comedy this year, wait, POI will be the number new show this season, wait, NCIS will be the #1 scripted show this season

    First off, and this isn’t just you, don’t use the word “show” when you mean “drama” as they mean different things.

    Now, about the Person of Interest thing…

    Top new shows this season (live+SD ratings for new episodes)
    2 Broke Girls – 4.4
    The X Factor – 3.7
    New Girl – 3.3
    Once Upon a Time – 3.3
    Rob – 3.3
    Person of Interest – 3.0

    Still, CBS will have the highest rated drama (NCIS), and the highest rated new show/new comedy (2BG), and tie for the highest rated scripted show/comedy (TBBT).

  • Ultima

    @theoneinnow
    The fact is just that Harry’s Law is a major success and popular show.

    Popular show, yes. Major success, not so much.

  • Ultima

    @John A
    The producers of Fringe been saying for weeks ‘we should hear this week’.

    They’ll be right, eventually! ;)

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “It would be really nice to have the hourly breakdowns for the 18-49 demo each week. Not having them makes week-to-week comparisons impossible. From Inside the Box manages the hourly numbers for total viewers and households, but the 18-14 demo is, of course, the one that matter. Does Nielsen deliberately not make those numbers available?”

    Nielsen makes so much more available than we have time to put on our site, it’s staggering. We get a lot more than we use, and lots, lots more gets sent to Nielsen subscribers that we never see.

    Most of our decisions on what to post vs. not post come down to time & effort vs. payoff.

  • We Spent the Kids College Fund at DIsneyWorld

    @Ultima, it’s you, you are the it factor. Still do not get to cocky, you will always need back ups.

  • Chris

    NBC reairing their old shows wouldn’t be a bad idea at all. I still rewatch most of their old shows in reruns. Cosby Show, Fresh Prince of Bel Air, Seinfeld and A Different World. Right now I’m rewatching ALF. Through it all, it’s tough to not think about the current state of NBC and ask what the hell happened? None of their new shows are as good as their old ones. They just don’t reach a wide enough audience. I like 30 Rock but who are they trying to reach and why is the audience so little? Oh well. Back to my Fresh Prince season 1 DVD

  • MoHasanie

    Interesting that OUAT is so steady and its up in total viewers. It also, could be adjusted up.

    Wow, that Fox Special did horribly. Even the Simpsons and Married with Children pilot got awful numbers.

    I thought TGW would go up without DH. Will the finale even get a 2.0?
    Can’t wait for DH next week! :)

  • DM

    I had no idea how many people actually watched ‘Harry’s Law,’ just not many in the 18-49 demo.

  • The End

    @Bill Gorman

    Understandable that you don’t use everything and just use the more important figures.

    Had you and Robert posted everything, not only would it take too long for people to read, most wouldn’t understand what they were reading and would be posting questions about the figures in the comments area.

  • The End

    Personally I find the median age of some shows quite interesting, especially when the figures point to Science fiction shows in general skewing quite old, as in late 40s/early 50s. Well in regards to the Nielsen data anyway.

  • Ultima

    @Chris
    NBC reairing their old shows wouldn’t be a bad idea at all. I still rewatch most of their old shows in reruns. Cosby Show, Fresh Prince of Bel Air, Seinfeld and A Different World. Right now I’m rewatching ALF.

    Fresh Prince is the only one of those shows that NBC actually owns.

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