TV Ratings Sunday: 'GCB' Finale and 'Once' Flat; 'Amazing Race' Finale and 'Desperate Housewives' Up; 'Harry's Law' Falls to Series Low

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May 7th, 2012

Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 2.4/7 2.0/6 1.9/5 1.3/4 0.9/3
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 1.8/6 1.1/3 2.1/7 0.8/2 0.8/3
Total Viewers (million) 7.635 9.290 4.087 5.778 2.602


ABC won the night with adults 18-49 and CBS led with total viewers.  America's Funniest Videos was up five-tenths to a 2.0 from last week's 1.5 rating while Once Upon A Time was even with last week's 3.0 adults 18-49 rating.  Desperate Housewives was up three tenths to a 2.8 vs. last week's a 2.5 adults 18-49 rating.  GCB's finale was even with last week's 1.8 adults 18-49 rating.

On Fox, the 7:30pm Cleveland Show was down a tenth to a 1.4 vs. last week's 1.5 adults 18-49 rating,    The Simpsons was down two-tenths to a 2.1 vs. last week's 2.3 and Bob's Burgers was down a tenth to a 1.8 from last week's 1.9 adults 18-49 rating.  Family Guy earned a 2.7, down a tenth compared to the a 2.8 adults 18-49 rating it earned last week. American Dad returned this week after a month to earn a 2.3 adults 18-49 rating vs. the 2.0 its last original earned.

CBS's two-hour  Amazing Race finale drew a 2.6 compared with last week's season low-matching  a 2.2 adults 18-49 rating, and was up in both ratings and viewership from last years' finale. NYC 22 earned a 1.3, up a tenth compared to last week's 1.2 adults 18-49 rating. Earlier in the night, 60 Minutes earned a 1.6, up four tenths from last week's 1.2 adults 18-49 rating.

On NBC, Harry's Law hit a new series low, earning only a 0.7, down two-tenths from last week's 0.9 adults 18-49 rating. From 9-11p Celebrity Apprentice was down a tenth, drawing only a 1.9 compared to last week's a 2.0 adults 18-49 rating.

Broadcast primetime ratings for Sunday, May 6, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
7:00PM ABC America's Funniest Home Videos 2.0 7 6.621
CBS 60 Minutes 1.6 5 11.441
FOX The Simpsons -R 1.1 4 2.659
NBC Dateline NBC 0.7 2 3.261
7:30PM FOX The Cleveland Show 1.4 4 3.124
8:00PM ABC Once Upon A Time 3.0 8 8.935
CBS Amazing Race (8-10PM) 2.6 7 9.390
FOX The Simpsons 2.1 6 4.745
NBC Harry's Law 0.7 2 7.524
8:30PM FOX Bob's Burgers 1.8 5 3.687
9:00PM ABC Desperate Housewives 2.8 7 9.307
FOX Family Guy 2.7 7 5.548
NBC The Celebrity Apprentice (9-11p) 1.9 5 6.163
9:30PM FOX American Dad 2.3 5 4.758
10:00PM ABC GCB 1.8 5 5.674
CBS NYC 22 1.3 3 6.941

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


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  • tv_viewer

    Last night’s Amazing Race 20 season finale was epic! The last time I enjoyed an episode this much was the Amazing Race 16 season finale.

  • CrimTV


  • danny94

    Nice increase for desperate housewives hopefully the finale will score a 3.0+

  • RJ

    Finally an up night!

  • DougF

    Half Hours

    OUAT 3.0/3.0
    AR 2.5/2.7/2.6/2.7
    HL 0.7/0.8
    DH 2.9/2.6
    CA 1.5/1.8/2.1/2.1
    GCB 1.9/1.8
    NYC 22 1.3/1.3

  • OodlesofNoodles

    Woo for Once! Hopefully it goes up in the finals as usual. Next week’s finale is going to be great!

  • João Paulo

    Great for OUAT and DH (series finale is coming :( ).

  • Doug

    GCB is done. Too bad, because it’s an okay show.

    Nice to see a bump for DH. I’m predicting a 3.5 next week, even though the show absolutely does not deserve it as it’s really limping to the finish line.

  • Sid

    GCB didn’t benefit at all from DH’s lead-in.

    ONCE did great as usual.

    Poor Harry’s Law.

  • Bob

    Great for Desperate Housewives. Dang it for Harry’s Law and GCB. I imagine it will take a miracle for both to be renewed. I still think Harry’s Law COULD be if they recognize that they still have a good number of people watching but just not youngins. GCB most likely will be canceled in my humble opinion UNFORTUNATELY.

  • Roco

    Say goodbye to GCB, Scandel’s renewal is looking more and more brighter by the weeks. I dont care what ppl say I believe ABC is going to renew Scandel and cancel GCB.

  • danny94

    Gcb and nyc 22 need to be switched on the table

  • zerg

    OUAT will tick up..still tops the night

    Good for DH :)

  • Jark

    With the way GCB tied things up last night (Amanda and Carlene no longer at one another’s throats) and barely left it on any kind of cliffhanger I’m wondering if the writers don’t expect a second season. Sadly it was probably the worst episode of the series so not a great note to go out on.

  • Jack

    NOooooooooooooooooo????!!!! Why Harry’s Law down again, why? why? why? the episode was great!

  • MoHasanie

    Good for DH! A 2.8 would mean its the second highest rated show of the night.
    OUAT is a little down, but it could be adjusted up.
    GCB is the same, despite the improved lead in. Its ratings have been quite consistent, but ABC should cancel it with those ratings. Oh well, I hope Scandal continues to fall.

    TAR finale didn’t really go up like it used to.

  • John A

    LMAO at Harry’s Law. Great for Housewives. GCB is dead. 1.8 isnt good enough for renewel on ABC.

  • RyanCanada

    last night i watched OUAT, GCB, Game Of Thrones and Taped Girls, all great shows.

  • rob60990

    Nice little jump for Desperate Housewives the week before its series finale. A 3.0 at least is not out of the question for its final episode. GCB is done. I thought it would at least hit a 2.0 for the season finale.

  • Data

    Harry’s Law is killing me…

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