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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  • Kookeemunstr


  • hardline_pro

    @One- We’ll see on May 16th. :)

  • cece

    when will we have Friday final ratings?? I’m so nervous about Nikita and SPN!

  • Survivor Fan

    Next week…
    Survivor Season Finale vs. Desperate Housewives Series Finale

    Who wins and by how much?

    I say: Survivor (3.8 – 3.6)

  • MoHasanie

    Well Survivor usually jumps to 4.0 for the finale, so I’m expecting Survivor to win DH next week. Ofcourse, I hope I’m wrong.

  • ToXiX

    American Dad beat The Simpsons

    And to think Fox snubbed AD for a while.

  • peter

    Desperate housewives lead in is really nice . they re after the best sunday show each week and people just change channel :( so sad for a show that used to have 20 million viewers to be that low at its last episodes.

  • peter

    i was talking about desperate housewives.

  • One @ Kookeemunstr

    I’ve run simulations. I’ve composed schedules. All of this leads me to believe that every CBS drama that isn’t already renewed is effectively canceled.

  • SmG

    NBC has picked up the Ryan Murphy comedy New Normal and the J.J. Abrams-Eric Kripke thriller Revolution to series.


  • Pat

    I was hoping Amazing Race could perk up to a 3.0 for the finale but sadly not. Though, it should adjust up a tenth to a 2.7.

  • LOL

    A lot of amazing numbers, with post low for last night, let me guess no CW shows. Seriously guys , I know you love the traffic CW fans bring to the table, but how many fans have walked away from this site because of the fans of CW.

    IMOO, great numbers for OUAT, and regarding GCB, again we are talking ABC here. I can’t believe ABC is saying those numbers are okay, when next years pilots could be another OUAT.

    OMG HL, NBC fans make be nuts. What show on TV (other than CW and NBC) would TV viewers think HL could be saved.

    NYC 22, history.

  • Nick

    Yay @AFV!
    A 2.0 is certain renewal for a reality, especially at 7 pm :-D

    I predict:

    Adjusted up:

    Adjusted down:

  • katelyn

    Its looking GCB is going to be cancelled and Body of Proof and Scandel renewed.

  • Survivor Fan

    @ One
    On my renew-cancel blog, I did in depth simulations for CBS’s schedule next year. I conclude that, assuming they add another hour of comedy, they can find a place at some point in the year for a partial final season of CSI: Miami.

  • SJ

    OK, I concede, GCB is looking pretty bad now. I expected at least a 2.1-2.2 for the finale. And it will probably get adjusted down in the finals, as Once adjusts up (Once runs until 9:01, Housewives until 10:02 so that’s the usual progression). I’m not saying all hope is gone, I’m just saying it’s looking worse than it did 24 hours ago.

    Housewives should do low 3s for the finale next week. Dana Delany is back! And hopefully we’ll get to see more former regulars/recurring stars as well. (Also, a question for anyone who’s been paying closer attention than I apparently have: what happened to Orson? Did he kill himself, do we know that for sure?)

    OK ratings for The Amazing Race. NYC 22 is a disaster.

    And Harry’s Law… there are no words! No words!

  • MoHasanie


    No, Orson just disappeared. They never really gave his character a proper end. I’ve read that he might appear in 8×22, most probably to give evidence, but it hasn’t been confirmed, so its probably not true.
    There will be so many characters who never got a proper send off like Paul :/

  • Networkman

    Speaking of Desperate Housewives I can see its series finale garnering low 3s for its demo. 3.2 with close to 12 million viewers. I know fans are concerned about the whereabouts of Orson. Also what has happened to Ms. Karen McCluskey. How is she doing? All these issues need to be addressed. And it is to bad that for many of the episodes leading up to the series finale these storylines did not come up. There were some episodes with material that was complete filler. Now everything is going to be crammed in the finale.

    I feel CBS knew what to expect with NYC22, yet they did not order more episodes of CSI:Miami. They seem to be content with losing the hour. These demo numbers are horrible. GCB has found its core audience which is less than 6 million viewers. Couple that with a demo under 2.0 and I feel ABC should cancel it. I don’t see growth.

  • Sherds

    I hope that somehow they will revive DH :/ I really want it to keep going !

  • MoHasanie


    Yeah, it was so annoying that they gave the housewives so many filler stories throughout the season. And they killed Mike for nothing!!!!
    I believe Karen will appear in the finale which looks amazing from the promo.

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