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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  • Joseph

    Happy to see DH & Amazing Race get a decent bump over last week, both are doin a good job at being viewing worthy.
    GCB I really want to like the show but it has so many issues.
    I hate how they shot Kristin Chenoweth so she looks like a munchkin, that was never an issue when she was on Glee.
    I get the white marriage between Blake & Cricket but so what if someone knows, its friggen 2012, and its not like his coming out would really change anything for them.
    Then last night we get a twist with Ripp that made ZERO sense and was out of character.
    In Short ,, GCB even beyond the series name might be so damaged it has little chance to get another order.

  • Brandy

    I’m glad DH is up.I would like GCB renewed but it may not be.

  • Tom

    ABC needs to cancel “GCB”…it is not funny and is totally unwatchable! They should renew the far superior “Scandal” and “Missing”…both have ratings that far exceed those of “GCB!”

  • TerryJacksonNYC


    I made my comparison between V and GCB just for you. And you didn’t notice. Sigh. (While I was completely serious about the numbers, I thought you’d find my bringing up that old show somewhat amusing… That or at least my note about keeping acronym-titled shows relegated to CBS, where nobody cares about what they’re watching, since it’s all the same anyway.)

    I do hope ABC will decide to give GCB another, better chance. I seriously think that giving it a REAL title would help. I also think that, after a somewhat iffy beginning, the show came into its own. I guess it happened when the girls seemed to be on a path toward real friendship which opens up lots of potential stories that weren’t possible when the “I hate Amanda” theme permeated the episodes.

    Also, while I don’t know if it’s ever been done, I do think the show’s setup would allow for it to become a half-hour comedy, if that’s what it would take to save it. Creatively speaking, the first ten episodes can be referred to as a mini-series (less than 12 episodes earns that designation) setting up the story. With a new single-cam comedy format (that wouldn’t require any change in writing or directing style, really), the only difference would be the length of the episodes and, with the full title, it could be relaunched.

    It would be a perfect replacement for Cougar Town. :)

  • S

    I’m actually going to miss DH. It had a nice run and I still remember when it came out – everyone was going crazy over it

  • forg

    I stopped watching DH last season when they wasted the potential of Paul returning with such a lazy storyline. Looks like I haven’t miss that much base on the comments here. And there’s not much buzz online as well. So I’m guessing the series finale will just be in low 3s. but at least they’re ending on a decent rating unlike House

  • Anthony

    GCB better be renewed!!!! GCB, Happy Endings, Suburgatory, Apt23, & Modern Family are the only shows I watch on ABC and I would love to continue watching future seasons of GCB. Great show, Great cast, & is can’t miss tv for me.

  • One @ Survivor Fan

    Your simulations are probably overestimating the flexibility of CBS schedulers. As I’ve held, they’re holding SOMETHING on the late spring schedule for midseason. They’re not going to do that twice in the same year, and certainly not if they’re going to do it to a drama, which has been my thought on it for awhile.

    (yeah, I’m aware of the prevailing opinion that its going to be Undercover Boss that’s held, but I don’t buy it if only because I buy more into the concept of CBS being willing to do anything to get better ratings on Fridays @ 8. CBS would want that from the start, ere go launching Boss in the fall next season.)

  • Sam

    So sad that “Harry’s Law” continues to slip. If/when NBC cancels it, I wonder if there might be life for it on a cable outlet, say, TNT? A large number of people watch the show, just not the right demographic for NBC. It might work for TNT. A really wild thought is CBS picking up “Harry’s Law” and plugging it in its older-skewing Friday lineup. This would be in interesting lineup: 8 p.m. “The Mentalist,” 9 p.m. “Harry’s Law,” 10 p.m. “Blue Bloods.”

  • silverfree88

    FOX 1.9 A18-49,
    2.1 A18-34

    How do FOX get these numbers? Why is the 18-34 higher than 18-49? Isn’t it A18-49= A18-34 + A35-49?

  • Justin121

    Nobody does finales like Desperate Housewives.

    Every year they deliver an awsome finale but open-ended.

    This time it’s Finale-Finale.

    I’m excited.

  • Ultima

    How do FOX get these numbers? Why is the 18-34 higher than 18-49? Isn’t it A18-49= A18-34 + A35-49?

    No. In order to get Adults 18-49 from Adults 18-34 and Adults 35-49, you’d have to use a weighted average.

  • KennyA

    Parenthood will be back of course! If they cancel it they would be really dump!

  • Ultima

    First Fake NBC 2012-13 Schedule Surfaces

    Nonsense. People have been posting fake schedules on this site for months!

  • Petar


    Well i guess deadline have a lot of pride and they don’t count “other” tv sites for real competition. And here users make 12345676 “fantasy” or whatever they call it schedules but for first time official writer speculate with this to all new page. And this is NELLIE ANDREEVA.(wich name sounds like eastern europe or russia) I mean its like Bill start posting this things sounds really crazy right.

    BTW most of the fantasy schedules here are close than this on deadline.

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