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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  • RS

    My two favorite new shows – OUaT and PofI – are fighting it out for #1 new drama. SOOO happy!

  • SarahL


    What r0ckmypants said.


    I am a fan of Supernatural and I just keep reminding that despite their insistence otherwise the crazy are .000000000001 or so percent of the audience that watches Supernatural. Their endless rants and diatribes against each other, the actors, the characters, TPTB, and anyone who does not agree with them is merely a reflection of their weird craziness. It has nothing to do with majority of the show’s audience i.e. the sane fans.

  • Matto

    @Petar it is ABSOLUTELY NOT! Once premiered to an outstanding 4.1 and 12.9M while POI premiered to a 3.4 and 13.2M!!! So yeah, Once IS the #1 new drama of the season, just as MF averages like a 5.3 in the Dem and Big Bang onky averages like a 4.9 AND 2 1/2Men only averages like a 4.2, so MF is the #1 Comedy and Once is the #1 New Drama!!

  • Matto

    To all u weird ONCE haters, ONCE went up against NFL on NBC in the fall and the Football averages like an 8.0 in the demo, and ONCE still contained a strong 3.4 AVerage in the fall and also the first 6 eps of ONCE averaged all above 10.6M so HAHA!! And now ONCE averages 10.8 along with strong viewer contender but weak Dem performer CASTLE!

    On another note, WOW at GCB and DH! Also, Harry’s Law is NBC’S #1 Drama in viewers averaging like 8.2M but only contains a 0.9 Dem Ave. ?!?! SMH and WTF

  • rob60990

    “Once premiered to an outstanding 4.1 and 12.9M while POI premiered to a 3.4 and 13.2M!!!”

    Once premiered to a 4.0 and POI to 3.1. Being nit-picky I know ;)

  • Mark


    I liked Cavemen and Carpoolers….and In the Motherhood

  • r0ckmypants

    @Mark – I liked In the Motherhood too. I think we’re the only ones. ;-)

  • Petar

    Hm, this 13 episodes order for series finale may became new US tradition for big 4 networks! I mean almost all veteran shows in syndication or close to syndication with low ratings are consider these days for final season with 13 episodes!

  • r0ckmypants

    @Petar – Private Practice’s ratings aren’t that low…

  • Andy

    I Love TGW despite what people say about it’s so called demo numbers. Where are the days that total viewers are counted as ratings! These demo numbers should be taken away. I am past the demo numbers in my age bracket!

  • Ultima

    Charlie’s Angles was the worst decision ABC ever made. After the caveman show that is.

    Nope, not even close.

    ABC’s worst decision, at least in recent times, was that Heather Graham sitcom a few years ago, Emily’s Reasons Why Not. They spent a ton of money on promotion and it was supposed to be the cornerstone of their post-MNF Monday night lineup. Cancelled and pulled after one episode.

  • Ultima

    Hm, this 13 episodes order for series finale may became new US tradition for big 4 networks! I mean almost all veteran shows in syndication or close to syndication with low ratings are consider these days for final season with 13 episodes!

    Only by delusional fans who can’t accept that their show might be canceled.

  • Jane

    OUAT have a solid fan base it won`t drop next year, but PoI probably will.

  • Ultima

    To ALL you Harry’s Law haters!!

    I feel bad for fans who read crap like that and then are confused come May when their show gets canceled.

  • Riff Rafferty


    i know how ratings work. but the chances of a 1.7 and 10 million are better than a 1.9 and 6 million.

    Then no, you don’t know how they work.

    It’s Misinformation Monday, apparently.


    If a scripted show on CBS gets 10 million viewers, there’s a good chance of it returning. If it gets 6 million viewers, there is no chance whatsoever. Period. End of story.

    You know nothing. You ARE nothing. Yeah, there’s a ton of misinformation in this thread. That’s because you’re the one providing it.

  • AppleStinx

    All the bickering and poking suddenly stopped?? It has been quite enjoyable to read. I wished there was more of that in the cable news section. :grin:

  • JT

    More people need to give GCB a chance, at first I didn’t think it would be good at all but from episode one I’ve been hooked.

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