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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  • rob60990

    that table is a mess.

  • Brian

    OUAT Rocks! I think renewal is witin its grasp now :) I hope GCB gets renewed too.

  • Simon

    Yay Once Upon A Time for being back at 3.0 in original numbers! Hope it gets adjusted up in the finals and back above that 3.0 million, but still getting renewed!

  • John A

    0.7 is really awful. People make fun of Fringe 0.9 at least its on friday. What HL excuse?

  • forg

    What a bump for America’s Funniest Home Videos!

  • Tabitha

    My fingers are crossed that ABC will give GCB another chance.

    OUAT did great as always, the finale next week will be epic.

  • MoHasanie

    Wow, there is a 0.3 drop in the second half hour. Too bad, because it really picked up in the second half. So, I guess GCB actually had the same lead in as it always has had.

    I can’t believe DH is ending next week :'( . The promo looks amazing though!

  • Ron

    I think GCB earned its cancellation stripes. By far its worst retention of a DH episode and going against the very low rated NYC 22

  • Neto

    Last OUAT epi was EPIC in fairy tale world.
    Storybrooke is more boring, but Fantasy Land is AMAZING.
    I cried with Snow and Charming scenes. EPIC
    3.0 is great. Very steady

  • Andrew

    Might see an adjustment up for GCB in the finals.
    Will just have to wait and see. The show held its own all things considered.
    Definitely was nowhere near the disaster that was Pan Am.
    I think if the DVR numbers are good, they should give GCB a renewal.

  • zerg

    AFHV up big :O

    Harry’s Law and GCB dead

  • One

    So NYC 22 heads into oblivion w/ a 1.35 average rating. A good number to have, for such a blandly mediocre show…

  • Sid

    If Paul Lee really wants more procedurals then he needs to keep SCANDAL.

    GCB won’t be missed, ABC has Devious Maids and Mistresses as replacements.

  • Bee

    why the bloody fudge won’t OUAT go higher!? at this rate, the finale will either get another darn 3.0 or tick up to a 3.1. last night was great and next week looks amazing!

    good for DH! so now it definitely might reach a 3.0 next week!

    GCB’s finale was hilarious. altho this reminds me that last week, it ticked down to a 1.8 also, meaning scandal actually did beat it last week and not tied it as i previously thought. still pulling for a 2nd season renewal for both! they deserve it. if they were meant to fail, both would be at 1.3s by now. and 10 episodes later, GCB is really just 0.4 behind its premiere. good stuff.

  • kate

    Avengers! BTW, Once Upon a Time was great! The Avengers is great too!

  • MoHasanie

    I’m pretty sure GCB will be adjusted down, since OUAT always runs 1 minute into DH, and DH always goes 1 minute into GCB.

  • Guardian Owl

    Harry’s Law may be adjusted up as at least in my region (midwest) it was completely preempted by severe storm coverage for at least the first half-hour (I didn’t tune back in to bother if it ever started).

  • TheOneAndOnly

    NYC 22 is a FARCE for CBS. Cancel it and bring back CSI Miami

  • Melanie

    Way to go Desperate Housewives!

  • edward2012

    Omg GCB wad so good one of the only shows that makes me lol and the amazing race was also amazing the team that I wanted to win won!

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