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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  • Justin121

    In the Fall, Desperate Housewives ranked below:

    Last Man Standing
    The Middle, Suburgatory, Modern Family, Happy Endings
    Grey’s Anatomy
    Once Upon A Time

    Above only: lower rated DWTS results, 10pm dramas, and flops Man Up and Charlie’s Angels.

    In the Spring, Desperate Housewives ranked above

    Las Man Standig
    Cougar Town
    The River / Body of Proof / Private Practice
    The Middle / Suburgatory / Happy Endings / Apt. 23 / Revenge
    Missing / Scandal

    Below only top 3:

    Modern Family
    Once Upon A Time
    and reality DWTS

    It shot up from #9 to top 4 scripted, and from #10 to top 5 overall.

    Not to mention surpassing hit shows on other networks like: New Girl, Glee, The Office, Person of Interest, NCIS: LA, Hawaii 5-0, CSI, The Mentalist, Survivor, The Amazing Race, The Simpsons, Family Guy, and high-rated-premiering dramas Alcatraz, Touch, Smash, Terra Nova.

    The most stable show on ABC’s entire schedule and the Big Four is Desperate Housewives.

    With the Fall mode being 2.6 and the Spring mode also 2.6 (remarkable).

  • Ben Thompson

    Nice to see Housewives up but the 0.3 drop in the half hour is odd. Hopefully, it can do a 3.5 next week.

  • Mi

    OUAT had an overrun as usual, and DH would probably be adjusted down due to that. It’s easy to see that from the half hour data:
    9:00 p.m.

    ABC – Desperate Housewives
    Viewers: 9.58 million (#1), A18-49: 2.9/7 (#1)

    9:30 p.m.

    ABC – Desperate Housewives
    Viewers: 9.03 million (#2), A18-49: 2.6/6 (#2)

  • kyle

    Harry’s Law numbers are just very bizarre. You get a 0.7 but yet over 7 million viewers.

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  • Justin121


    The highest since what October?

    The finale can easliy get +3.0 demo and +10 million.

  • Chuck_T

    And yet HL was still fifth most watched show in total numbers for the night! Amazing how old its demo is.

  • Harris

    kyle: Harry’s Law is a show for old people. Most of the 18-49s who watch Harry’s Law are probably 40+. The show skews incredibly old.

  • SmG

    Deadline reporting NBC has unofficially picked up 5 comedies, and with Go On from M. Perry this means 6 total comedies.

    Also, it is reported that Touch will get renewed on Fox and Finder has a shot of coming back as well.

  • Fred

    No words to describe how entertaining OUAT was last night. Very pleased the 3.0.

    Also nice to see DH close to a 3.0 again. Perhaps next week it will be there.

  • JR35

    GCB isn’t s big ratings hits, but it hs been somewhat consistent, floating between 1.8-2.3 since its debut (not counting the wewek where it aired those two episodes).

    OUAT continues to perform nicely. And I’d think DH will pull a 3.0+ for th finale.

  • DW

    harry’s law is going to make fools out of tvbtn by being renewed next week. of course it wont be renewed but it would be fun to see it. :)

  • edward2012

    if GCB gets season 2 its gonna be so funny to all the haters if Happy Endings got season 2 with its ratings in season 1 and it also came in midseason like GCB so why not season 2 for GCB I have a feeling that it gets season 2

  • David C

    Harry’s Law could be saved. It has 7.5 million viewers. NBC should screw the ratings and shop around for advertisers that want to reach the older demo. Poly-Grip? Arthritis medication? People over 50 still buy new cars! Make a ad where the grandparents are taking the grandchildren here, there, everywhere in their brand new car.

  • Danielle

    Last night’s Once Upon a Time made me revert to flailing fangirl mode. It’s been a long time since a show has done that on a weekly basis, haha.

    I’m pleased as punch this show is doing so well. It has a nice-sized core audience which personal history with this kind of genre/fantasy type show has taught me happens very rarely. I knew from the first trailer I saw that I was going to love it, but my reaction was more along the lines of, “Ooh! Please don’t get canceled after like, three weeks!”

  • Harris

    David C: Old people aren’t worth as much because they watch so much TV, they are over-saturated with ads.

  • HotLatino4GayMarriage

    Yes DH beat FG!

  • MoHasanie


    No, because DH overruns into GCB by 1 minute. So, OUAT is 61 minutes, DH is 60 minutes, and GCB is 59 minutes. I timed it yesterday. So, that’s why DH is never adjusted down despite the overrun from OUAT for the past few weeks.

  • Lisa

    Wow, four really unlikeable teams in the final four of The Amazing Race. This season was not good at all. I hope for much better casting next time.

    Once Upon a Time was good, though, and I was happy with who got fired on Celebrity Apprentice.

  • Dennis

    Is there a television channel for 40 +? It would be a shame to cancel HL!

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