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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  • WaxxZipp

    If NBC was smart, they’d re-boot some of their old popular shows like Friends or Seinfield. They need a show with good ratings, and if they put a fresh well known cast in for a show like friends, and put it after the finale of AGT. I could see it doing well…

  • NewEnglandMike

    Why all the hate for the older folks on this board? I just turned 50 so I’m not in the desired demo anymore but still watch the same “young” shows (like Family Guy, Revenge, The Walking Dead, Fringe, and Apt. 23) that I always have. Yeah, I also like The Killing, H5O, and Mad Men, too but whatever…Anyway, these “CBS is for Old People” rants are growing a tad tiresome.

  • SJ

    Great for Once Upon a Time. I was actually expecting a new low.

    I can’t wait for Veep ratings tomorrow. I hope it cracked 1 million. It’s like Parks and Recreation on crack. I love it!

  • The End


    You’l be in the 25-54 area if you have a Nielsen box. Personally I wasn’t hating older folk, some networks look at 25-54 data too, well cable ones.

  • Networkman

    I was actually dissappointed with the FOX 25th Anniversary Special. I thought it would be more of a celebration. I wanted to see a gathering of stars. The setup should of been similar to that of the Golden Globes with cast members of FOX’s shows sitting around tables. The red carpet should of been present so we could see how the stars look now and what they have been up to. The show would then have stars coming to the podium to speak about their experience while showing clips.

    I did not want to see Ryan Seacreat the entire hour talking about the different genres the network offered. The show spent to long on reality offerings and sports. And then we were only shown a few cast members from selected shows. I thought it was horrible. FOX really miss the boat with this one. I would of preferred Queen Latifah to host. It should of been setup to congratulate all those who were apart of the foundation of FOX. Where was Tracy Ullman, Oscar Winner Jamie Foxx or Martin Lawrence?

  • Networkman

    FOX could of use this special to get a large viewership in order to promote their current shows.

  • carole

    I stopped watching CA. Will watch it again when the big mouth woman Lisa is gone.

  • Potato

    @Waxxzipp– I was actually just watching “Friends” and had the same thought! There’s no reason they couldn’t do a reboot with a young, talented cast. It’s been long enough since it ended I don’t think it would be weird (like the spiderman reboot. That’s weird.)

  • Ultima

    I was actually just watching “Friends” and had the same thought! There’s no reason they couldn’t do a reboot with a young, talented cast.

    Just slapping the title “Friends” on something isn’t going to make it successful. The vast majority of reboots are massive failures.

  • forg

    I hope OUAT returns to 3.0 as the finale is coming soon. Ditto TAR

  • Potato

    @Ultima– Very true, but NBC is in such dire straights I feel it wouldn’t’ hurt for them to try. I mean, by all accounts it might be a terrible show, but the power of that name could possibly drag people back to the network

  • The End


    Once Upon a Times numbers are fine for renewal. No need for higher or lower. Hope for higher when Season 2 comes along.

    That said, why in the world has this show not been renewed? Is ABC high or something? On certain other networks a press release would of gone out months ago announcing Season 2. ABC are just dragging their feet.

  • AlcoholicsAnonymous

    Good god please delete @Tim Kring Scum post. What a bunch of baloney.

    Also, what the heck is @Julia’s job description? What? She works for this site and gets paid? I didn’t know she was a writer.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “Good god please delete @Tim Kring Scum post. What a bunch of baloney.”

    It was spammy nonsense, now gone. Although generally if the spam filter doesn’t trap it, we do not bother to moderate comments. Too much work.

    “Also, what the heck is @Julia’s job description? What? She works for this site and gets paid? I didn’t know she was a writer.”

    Consider her a “friend” of TVBTN. Regardless, what’s it to you anyway?

  • Rebecca

    @Sports Preemption
    Actually, I spelled segue properly – but I added “ways” after it, and Spell-check said it wasn’t one word so I put a space between seque and ways. Should I not have used “ways” at all? lol Maybe it was too early for me to post “fancy” words when I did that.

  • Scot

    I watched the Fox 25th Anniversary show. The use of the Fox Animation properties in the segues was quite clever, but I was rather disappointed that they didn’t talk about the shows that Fox hyped that ultimately crashed and burned (Like: “Women in Prison,” “Babes,” or “Booker”) or actually helped raise Fox’s credibility without smashing any ratings records (Like: “Parker Lewis Can’t Lose,” “The Adventures of Brisco County Jr.,” “Herman’s Head,” “Alien Nation,” or “Down the Shore”) or fizzled only to breed greater entertainment programming and movies (Like: “The Ben Stiller Show,” “Get a Life,” “The Edge,” or “Undeclared”)

    Today’s Fox simply isn’t what yesterday’s Fox was, so they conveniently erased that programming from history. If I were in charge of the Fox Broadcasting Company I would have licensed reshowings of the pilot or best episodes of every program our channel ever aired and ran a week-long marathon on FX and encouraged the viewers to flood Twitter with comments about old shows. It might be funny to see hashtag comments like.

    @FoxTV – Who’d’ve thought that a sitcom ripoff of “Stephen King’s: The Stand” would have been a failure #Oops

    @FoxTV – Well, it isn’t quite as embarrassing as Andy Dick as Agent 86 in “Get Smart Again” #BeansBaxter”

    @FoxTV – Wow, how hot was Tea Leoni? “#FlyingBlind.”

    On the subject of Tea Leoni, wasn’t she an talent acquisition that Fox made when casting the never aired “Angels 88?”

  • Rebecca

    Looks like Seinfeld is owned by Sony and Castle Rock? And Cheers is owned by CBS and Paramount? I just looked at the dvd cases on my shelf. So re-airing highlight episodes of those shows wouldn’t benefit NBC any other than maybe getting good ratings while airing them?

  • Bunny


    There is already a re-boot of Friends it’s called Happy Endings on ABC

    and another one with Zooey Deschanel on FOX

  • tvfan

    Is it just me or was the entire night down? It seems like all shows have been down the last week. I suspect it may have something to do with the Stanley Cup and other shows on cable.

    Any thoughts?

  • Rebecca

    I forgot about Flying Blind and Parker Lewis Can’t Lose – watched both of those. They did briefly show Ben Stiller (very short glimpse of him on his old show) in the special last night. We probably would have all picked different clips to show as “best of” anything they showed. They only showed a little bit of Malcolm in the Middle (and Malcolm wasn’t in the scene), and it would have been nice IMO if Topher Grace had been there for the That 70s Show reunion part. And Jamie Foxx and/or Jim Carrey (or both!) for In Living Color.

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