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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  • MoHasanie

    Too bad DH was down, but that was quite a disappointing episode. I was expecting so much more, since we’ve been waiting 1 month for this episode. The promo was quite sad :(. The ratings for the next episode should be the final test, to see if it rises, and should give us a good indication on how the finale will perform.
    GCB almost did the same as Scandal, with a lead in that is 0.8 lower. Between the two, GCB looks stronger, although we don’t know how Scandal will do on its own.
    OUAT did quite well. I think it will actually be adjusted up to a 3.0, since the half hours were 2.9 and 3.0.

    TAR is so low for an episode right before the finale. It always increases for the finale, but will it even get a 3.0 this year? I think OUAT is definitely hurting it.
    TGW is so low for the finale. That’s quite disappointing.

    Family Guy rose and The Simpsons did slightly. I haven’t watched the episodes yet.

  • edward

    damn GCB was damn good last night and funny really funny hope to see it for season 2! Housewives was very good as well!!

  • danny94

    @ John- The ratings may be irrelevant, but as a fan of 8 years i would have liked it to go out on a high

  • Petar

    Ohhh yeaaaa and yes one of CBS dramas bombs! In the and, late, but flop is still flop! Evem AGM was better in friday than this! Will see what CBS do! Its new CBS sunday mess!

  • Sid

    I like GCB but SCANDAL is a MUCH BETTER SHOW. if it’s between the two, I hope Abc does the right thing and cancel GCB and renew SCANDAL.

  • John

    Crazies, of all stripes, are easily pissed off

    They also are the lifeblood of a site like this, crazy, obsessed fans who want to argue about something they have absolutely no control over, nor can they influence.

    This is one of my favorite sites to read for the unintentional comedy of many of the regular posters getting all angry about ratings.

  • Brian

    Renew OUAT, Revenge, GCB, and Scandal

  • rob60990

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

    AFV had a 1.6 at 7:30.

    @John, some fans want their favorite shows to go out high in ratings. I can’t blame them.

  • Jane


    yup That`s right . My bad

  • Guy

    Go Once. I think it will again go up to a 3.0. Last nights episode was great. Too bad about The Good Wife. That finale had it all.

  • Angela Lansbury

    I believe the critical accolades received by The Good Wife are paying dividends, as CBS would have likely cancelled a weaker show with similar ratings by now. No other CBS show comes close to the praise heaped upon the show.

  • John


    I like GCB but SCANDAL is a MUCH BETTER SHOW. if it’s between the two

    Opinions are like nostrils, everyone has two.

    I think GCB is better than Scandal, both are unbelievable soap opera nonsense, but the lead of Scandal is awful, she’s the worst part of the show (continuing a shonda rhimes tradition of its lead character being the worst part of a show, she’s now 3 for 3) and the story line involving the philandering president is asinine, mostly because if anyone has paid attention – he’d be caught – easily…the president can’t ‘go to war’ with a fixer…that’s just daytime soap stupid.

    GCB is ridicuous as well, but better writtern, funnier, and with a more talented lead

  • John

    I believe the critical accolades received by The Good Wife are paying dividends, as CBS would have likely cancelled a weaker show with similar ratings by now.

    This is a bingo card right?

    Critical Accolades don’t save a show

    Ask Aaron Sorkin – TWICE

  • DenverDean

    Serves CBS right for booting CSI:M and keeping TGW and introducing NYC22. Proves that CSI:M has a strong following despite a lame lead-in and horrific scheduling. A 1.2? Really?

  • Max

    ABC will axe GCB because (a) it is the lowest performer of all the new 10PM shows, regardless of lead-in and all that nonsense. At the end of the day, the numbers are what they are and GCB comes in last on the pole as compared to the other freshman series. (b) ABC has quite a few “soap” type drama pilots being considered for the fall so they would be wise to just take a chance on them as opposed to this show, even though I have enjoyed it a whole lot.

  • Julie

    I hope gcb is renewed-it has a lot of potential and can grow with the right relaunch-no 10 pm show on abc is a huge hit-I love revenge and castle but even those shows will never be the hits desperate housewives was averaging almost 25 mil viewers for a couple of seasons

  • DougF


    OUAT down a tenth of a point “Steady-ish”
    SPN down a tenth of a point “Falls”

  • John

    Maybe I’m alone, but I honestly suspect that the folks who run this blog have their own ‘most ridiculous post’ contest that they discuss to amuse themselves

  • John


    OUAT down a tenth of a point “Steady-ish”
    SPN down a tenth of a point “Falls”

    That’s gold Jerry, Comedy GOLD

  • OMG

    If GCB is cancelled, I guess I will be moderately disappointed. It is not compelling television, by any means, but it is just a fun show to watch. Reminds me of ugly betty. But I do feel like ABC has finally gotten some legs in terms of finding shows. If it can expand on this season’s relative rookie success, it can really grow. Their pilots look promising too.

    Either way, I will try to continue to look out for ABC shows. They might be the worst in scheduling, but at least they try in terms of launching good shows. CBS is good too, but I am just not into formulaic procedurals, with Person of Interest as an exception.

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