Sunday Final Ratings: 'Simpsons', 'Amazing Race' Finale, 'Harry's Law' Adjusted Up; 'Desperate Housewives', 'NYC 22' Adjusted Down

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May 8th, 2012


The Simpsons, Amazing Race, and Harry's Law were each adjusted up a tenth of an adults 18-49 rating versus the preliminary Sunday broadcast ratings. Desperate Housewives & NYC 22 were each adjusted down a tenth of a ratings point with adults 18-49.

Sunday's Final Broadcast Ratings for March 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 6.570
CBS 60 Minutes 1.6 5 11.730
FOX The Simpsons -R 1.1 4 2.260
NBC Dateline NBC 0.7 2 3.170
7:30PM FOX The Cleveland Show 1.4 4 3.110
8:00PM ABC Once Upon A Time 3.0 8 8.950
CBS Amazing Race (8-10PM) 2.7 7 9.400
FOX The Simpsons 2.2 6 4.840
NBC Harry's Law 0.8 2 7.680
8:30PM FOX Bob's Burgers 1.8 5 3.720
9:00PM ABC Desperate Housewives 2.7 7 9.220
FOX Family Guy 2.7 7 5.640
NBC The Celebrity Apprentice (9-11p) 1.9 5 6.230
9:30PM FOX American Dad 2.3 6 4.820
10:00PM ABC GCB 1.8 5 5.560
CBS NYC 22 1.2 3 6.870

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

  • jv77

    I love harrys law gcb and nyc22 i wish they would stop cancelling these shows without giving them a chance

  • Ultima

    I love harrys law gcb and nyc22 i wish they would stop cancelling these shows without giving them a chance

    When a show is ordered to series, that is the network giving it a chance!

    Most scripts do not go to pilot. Most pilots do not get picked up. Most shows do not get a second season.

    Sure, NYC 22 didn’t have much of a chance, but Harry’s Law? Really? Try to imagine if every show got a “chance” that lasted at least two full seasons. Instead of getting 40+ new shows a year, we’d get less than ten. Think how long you’d have to wait for something you like to make it onto a network schedule in the first place.

  • Homer

    DH adjusted down? Wow, I don’t think they’re gonna make it back next year!

  • Jimbo

    REGARDLESS of the 18-49 numbers, Harry’s Law does great with viewers.People outside of that stupid 18-49 buy just as much as everyone else. And at the end of this past Harry’s Law, when showing previews for next week announcers said,”only two more episodes until the season finale”. I take that as a hint!!

  • Danielle


    Promos will almost never advertise a finale as a series finale if the final season of the show has not been announced previously. CBS did the same thing with the second season finale of Jericho, and we all know how that turned out.

    I haven’t been following numbers long enough and Harry’s Law is in such a weird situation that I don’t even want to hazard a guess as to what NBC is going to announce come next week. But I wouldn’t put all my hopes on the fact that the network promo is advertising a season finale instead of a series one. :)

  • ToXiX

    NBC needs a few animated sitcoms this upcoming season.

  • Paul

    Sorry to see DH adjusted down, but it’s total viewers is up 730,000 from the prior episode. Hopefully the ratings will be even higher for the 2 hour finale. As for GCB, I sat through one episode of that show and swore I’d never watch another one. What a stupid show!

  • MegS

    Glad Harry’s Law went up a tick. I’m surprised with the # of viewers, NBC would consider cancelling, especially with new characters to bump the demographic and quality of acting (how can you beat Kathy Bates, though?). We older viewers do watch consistently and loyally, and as baby boomers, WE SPEND MONEY on cars, insurance, technology, etc… Some of us even still have children in the home whose viewing is influenced by our choice of networks to watch (although Celebrity Apprentice has been a bit much with Lisa Lampinelli’s foul mouth and temper). Without Harry’s Law preceding Celeb. Apprentice, we’d turn off the TV, or worse, switch the channel. Crossing our older fingers for renewal of Harry’s Law.

  • Majje

    Hi folks! I’m kind of new to this. What does “adjusting down a tenth” mean? And what’s the difference between rating and share?
    Hope someone will be able to help me out! Sorry for the inconvenience.

  • Jane


    OUAT – 3.4 / 12 mill

    DH – 3.5 / 13 mill

    DH10pm 3.9/ over 14 mill

  • Joel

    Harry’s Law MORE than doubled it’s total viewers lead-in

    against VERY tough compedtition – a brand new Simpson’s and a brand new Once Upon A Time

    Improving over it’s lead-in is 1 of the hardest things to do – and HR does it consistently

    It has earned a return to a realistic TP

  • Alex

    The Simpsons got beat by American dad in ratings?! How does that happen??

  • Dn

    I love the new show NYC 22 CBS should give it a chance, I am still mad at them because they didn’t give Cold case a proper send off.

  • Chucks

    This is a great show but because Becky and I are not 18 to 49 we will not see it again after this season. OH that’s right we didn’t spend enough money on that new car, or buy enough groceries,or spend enough on lawn seed and fertilizer,or spent too little $$$ on our vacation at Universal Orlando this year.Are these guys high?
    Just for the record I am 62 (comfortably retired) and she is 60 (still a working RN)

  • Aaron

    Don’t cancel GCB it’s fabulous I laugh just thinking about some of the scenes.

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