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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  • Julia

    Why do I suspect that this title pisses off the Supernatural crazies?

  • John A

    2.5 not great for Housewives. Wish it was at a 3.0

  • JJ

    Happy for GCB. It’s not great television, but it’s a cute, funny show.

  • danny94

    I still dont think that 1.9 is good enough for renewel espically when abc has shows like scandal, private practice, revenge and castle that can pull 2.0+ numbers. Disopointed in desperate housewives numbers looks like it will be going out on a whimper ratings wise at least

  • Petar

    Good for GCB! Will survive! Once good! FOX stable!

    Where CBS will put TGW next year? At 1o sunday or friday!

  • Victor Hugo

    I dont think that GCB will be renewed or Scandal may be depedens how go well the pilots

  • Dillan

    yay, GCB :D

  • Michael

    RIP NYC 22 and Harry’s Law!

  • rob60990

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

    Not on ABC is a show going below a 2.0 likely to be renewed.

  • Jane

    OMG OUAT was amazing as usual!

    I like how they promote it as #1 DRAMA

  • Harris

    OUAT crushing it as usual. Yay!

  • John

    @John A

    Why – why do you wish that Desperate Housewives was at 3.0. It’s over, it’s not coming back, it’s being euthanized 3 years after it should have died. The ratings are irrelevant, next week is thankfully the last episode, and marc cherry’s ‘queen’ fantasy of what housewives are like will mercifully leave the hair, and hopefully in the future, tv executives will see that a guy has a long term plan for a show as opposed to just cheating and ‘jumping years’ every once in a while, cause that worked so well for Alias when ABC tried to save it.

    DH rating numbers are irrelevant

  • Oliver

    I bet CBS pulls NYC 22 tomorrow.

  • Jay S.

    Holy moly, I think The Cleveland Show won the 7:30 time slot! That’s gotta be a first, right?

  • mantin

    CBS has been remarkably kind to ‘The Good Wife’ for sure, I just hope the show will last 100 episodes…that would require at least a shortened 5th Season Fringe-style, but considering they’ll have enough episodes for syndication, that probably won’t happen. Too bad, excellent show.

  • John


    I like how they promote it as #1 DRAMA

    I like how you don’t pay attention

    They promote is the #1 new drama, and thankfully your inattention to detail makes them happy

  • r0ckmypants

    So glad to see GCB up!

    At the rate Celebrity Apprentice is going, Teresa Giudice’s cable show might be out-rating it soon.

  • One

    I think if NYC22 actually airs next week, we know that somebody had a financial knife to CBS’ jugular. It would be the only logical explanation at these numbers.

  • Julie

    There were reports in Oklahoma and Texas from local abc affiliates that interupted DH and GCB! Do you think that affected ratings?

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “Why do I suspect that this title pisses off the Supernatural crazies?”

    Because almost everything does?

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