TV Ratings Sunday: 'GCB' Rises & 'Once Upon a Time' Steady-ish; 'The Good Wife' Falls to Lows, 'NYC 22' Falls Too; 'Harry's Law' Steady

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April 30th, 2012

Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 2.2/6 1.9/5 1.6/4 1.4/4 0.9/3
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 1.6/5 2.2/7 0.8/3 0.7/2 0.9/3
Total Viewers (million) 7.369 4.05 8.906 5.823 2.582


ABC won the night with adults 18-49 and CBS led with total viewers.  America's Funniest Videos was down 13% from last week to a 1.4 rating while Once Upon a Time was down 3% from last week to a 2.9 adults 18-49 rating.  Desperate Housewives was also down a tenth from its last original four weeks ago to a 2.5 adults 18-49 rating.  GCB was up 27% from its lows two weeks ago to a 1.9 adults 18-49 rating.

On Fox, the 7:30pm Cleveland Show was up three tenths from four weeks ago to a 1.5 adults 18-49 rating, but at a 1.9 adults 18-49 rating the 9:30p 'Cleveland' was down a tenth from the last original of American Dad in the timeslot.  The Simpsons and Bob's Burgers were teady vs. their last originals with  2.3 and 1.9 adults 18-49 ratings respectively.  Family Guy was up 12% from its last original with a 2.8 adults 18-49 rating.

CBS's Amazing Race fell 15% from last week to tie a season low with a 2.2 adults 18-49 rating.  In its season final The Good Wife was down 11% to a to a season low tying 1.7 adults 18-49 rating. NYC 22 fell two-tenths from last week to a 1.2 adults 18-49 rating.

On NBC, Harry's Law was steady with another 0.9 adults 18-49 rating. From 9-11p Celebrity Apprentice dropped two tenths vs. last week to a 1.9 adults 18-49 rating.


Broadcast primetime ratings for Sunday, April 29, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
7:00 ABC America's Funniest Home Videos 1.4/5 6.66
CBS 60 Minutes 1.2/4 9.88
FOX The Simpsons (R) 1.1/4 2.55
NBC Dateline NBC 0.8/3 3.38
7:30 FOX The Cleveland Show 1.5/5 3.11
8:00 ABC Once Upon a Time 2.9/8 9.07
FOX The Simpsons 2.3/7 5.00
CBS Amazing Race 2.2/6 8.42
NBC Harry's Law 0.9/2 7.36
8:30 FOX Bob's Burgers 1.9/5 3.94
9:00 FOX Family Guy 2.8/7 5.66
ABC Desperate Housewives 2.5/6 8.09
CBS The Good Wife (Season Finale) 1.7/4 9.83
NBC Celebrity Apprentice 1.7/4 5.67
9:30 FOX The Cleveland Show 1.9/5 4.04
10:00 NBC Celebrity Apprentice 2.2/6 6.88
ABC GCB 1.95 5.66
CBS NYC 22 1.2/3 7.55

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


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  • Andrew

    yay for GCB! hope it is adjusted up in the finals to a 2.0!

  • RobertTaylor

    Welcome back to “Likely to Be Renewed” numbers, GCB, we missed you.

  • OodlesofNoodles

    I’m guessing OUAT will be adjusted up to a 3.0 again in the finals. Go OUAT!

  • RobertTaylor

    @ccemerson who cares if you are first? Honestly…

  • Mi

    I think OUAT will be adjusted up based on its half hours:
    ABC – Once Upon a Time
    Viewers: 8.87 million (#1), A18-49: 2.9/ 9 (#1)
    ABC – Once Upon a Time
    Viewers: 9.26 million (#1), A18-49: 3.0/ 8 (#1)

  • DougF

    Half Hours

    OUAT 2.9/3.0
    AR 2.0/2.4
    HL 0.8/0.9
    DH 2.6/2.4
    TGW 1.8/1.7
    GCB 2.0/1.8
    NYC 1.2/1.1
    CA 1.5/1.8/2.0/2.3

  • Max

    Well, sorry GCB fans.

    I don’t think it is just the weird scheduling of the last few episodes (two in a row a couple weeks ago and following the Titanic movie the next). I think it also has to do with people just losing interest.

    I am not exactly one of them as I am still enjoying the show very much. Unfortunately, we are in the minority and it is as good as gone. I am sure next week’s season finale will be a series finale.

    In Harry’s Law news, a fantastic episode last night and another steady as a rock rating that is of course, at the bottom of the ratings basement. Oh well.

  • Justin121

    Desperate Housewives help up well after a month-long hiatus.

    GCB also bounced back up and lokking good for renewal.

    The Good Wife already renewed :D and could adjust up. It did very well with 9.83 million viewers and could adjust up to 10 million.

  • mantin

    Good for GCB, TGW should be doing considerably better, excellent episode last night !

  • John A

    1.7 for Good wife season finale is bad. Hope it adjusts up.

  • Steven Leitner

    1.7 for The Good Wife. Jeez, that show’s lucky it got renewed.

  • SteveO

    Really hoping GCB is adjusted up to 2.0. Upfronts are this weekend I believe, so these ratings matter a lot.

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  • CrimTV

    God I hope DH rises for it’s next episode and hopefully a lot for it’s 2-hour finale

  • Dennis

    2.8 for Family Guy is god :)

    Just noticed Heroes averaged 6.5 million viewers when it was cancelled 2 years ago, nbc would kill for that now

  • Tom

    I think Once Upon A Time will be ajusted up to a 3.0 rating. Too bad for the Wife.

  • rob60990

    GCB will still be cancelled and the awful Scandal will be renewed. GCB would be doing better after Grey’s.

  • MattM

    The Fox animation block was actually the best it has been in awhile. Great episodes all around.

    Celebrity Apprentice has been excellent too recently, I think people are watching to see Aubrey get fired but they’re saving it until the end.

  • Mi

    GCB is still below Scandal. while it’s true that Scandal has a better lead-in, I think there are more chances that ABC will cancel GCB rather than keep it, unless their new drama pilots stale.

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