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TV Ratings Sunday: 'Desperate Housewives' Finale Wins Night, 'Once Upon a Time' Rises, 'Survivor' Has Its Lowest Rated Finale Ever, 'Harry's Law' Up

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May 14th, 2012

Scoreboard ABC CBS FOX NBC UNI
Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 2.8/8 2.3/7 1.7/5 1.3.4 0.9/3
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 2.1/7 1.2/4 1.8/7 0.9/3 0.8/3
Total Viewers (million) 9.49 9.43 3.60 5.51 2.46

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ABC won the night in adults 18-49 and  total viewers. 

On ABC, America's Funniest Videos declined to  a 1.6  adults 18-49 rating from last week's 2.0. The season finale of Once Upon A Time scored a 3.2 adults 18-49 rating, up  7% from last week's 3.0 . The two hour series finale of  Desperate Housewives garnered a 3.2 adults 18-49 rating, up 19%  from a 2.7 for last week's hour long episode and up from a  3.1 for last year's season finale.

On CBS, the two house Survivor finale earned a 2.8 rating among adults 18-49, compared to a 2.7 for last week's finale of The Amazing Race and down 30% from last spring's Survivor finale for the show's lowest rated finale ever. At 10pm, The Survivor reunion scored a 2.4 adults 18-49 rating up from the 1.2 NYC 22 earned in the time period last week and down 29% from last spring's Survivor reunion for the series lowest rated reunion ever. At 7PM, 60 Minutes got a season low 1.2  down from last week's 1.6.

On Fox, The Cleveland Show earned a 1.3 rating among adults 18-49, down 7% from last week's 1.4.  The Simpsons got a 1.9 adults 18-49 rating down 14% from last week's 2.2. Bob's Burgers scored a 1.8 in adults 18-49, even with last week. Family Guy garnered  a 2.3 among adults 18-49, down 15%  from its  2.7  last week.b The season finale of  American Dad got a 2.0 adults 18-49 rating down 13% from last week's 2.3.

On NBC, Dateline earned a 0.8 adults 18-49 rating up from last week's 0.7. Harry's Law scored a 1.0 adults 18-49 rating, up 25% from last week's 0.8.  Celebrity Apprentice earned a 1.8 among adults 18-49, down from last week's 1.9 and tying its series low.

Broadcast primetime ratings for Sunday, May 13, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Share Viewers (Millions)
7:00 ABC America's Funniest Home Videos 1.6/6 6.31
CBS 60 Minutes 1.2/5 9.21
FOX The Simpsons - R 0.9/4 2.12
NBC Dateline 0.8/3 3.62
7:30 FOX The Cleveland Show 1.3/5 2.79
8:00 ABC Once Upon A Time (Season Finale) 3.2/10 9.45
CBS Survivor: One World (8-10PM)(Season Finale) 2.8/8 10.22
FOX The Simpsons 1.9/6 4.00
NBC Harry's  Law 1.0/3 7.61
8:30 FOX Bob's Burgers 1.8/5 3.63
9:00 ABC Desperate Housewives (9-11PM)(Series Finale) 3.2/8 11.10
FOX Family Guy 2.3/6 4.94
NBC Celebrity Apprentice (9-11PM) 1.8/5 5.40
9:30 FOX American Dad (Season Finale) 2.0/5 4.12
10:00 CBS Survivor: One World Reunion 2.4/6 8.07

 

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

Definitions:

Fast Affiliate Ratings: These first national ratings, including demographics, are available at approximately 11 AM (ET) the day after telecast, and are released to subscribing customers daily. These data, from the National People Meter sample, are strictly time-period information, based on the normal broadcast network feed, and include all programming on the affiliated stations, sometimes including network programming, sometimes not. The figures may include stations that did not air the entire network feed, as well as local news breaks or cutaways for local coverage or other programming. Fast Affiliate ratings are not as useful for live programs and are likely to differ significantly from the final results, because the data reflect normal broadcast feed patterns. For example, with a World Series game, Fast Affiliate Ratings would include whatever aired from 8-11PM on affiliates in the Pacific Time Zone, following the live baseball game, but not game coverage that begins at 5PM PT. The same would be true of Presidential debates as well as live award shows and breaking news reports.

Rating: Estimated percentage of the universe of TV households (or other specified group) tuned to a program in the average minute. Ratings are expressed as a percent.

Share (of Audience): The percent of households (or persons) using television who are tuned to a specific program, station or network in a specific area at a specific time. (See also, Rating, which represents tuning or viewing as a percent of the entire population being measured.)

Time Shifted Viewing – Program ratings for national sources are produced in three streams of data – Live, Live+Same Day (Live+SD) and Live+7 Day. Time shifted figures account for incremental viewing that takes place with DVRs. Live+Same Day (Live+SD) include viewing during the same broadcast day as the original telecast, with a cut-off of 3:00AM local time when meters transmit daily viewing to Nielsen for processing. Live+7 Day ratings include incremental viewing that takes place during the 7 days following a telecast.

For more information see Numbers 101 and Numbers 102.

 
  • Neto

    OUAT GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

    I need season 2 NOW

  • JO!

    ONCE UPON A TIME!

    Here was wishing for higher ratings, but a rise is satisfying!
    Until FALL 2012 guys :D

  • One

    Take that, everyone who thought the Housewives finale would actually be astronomically higher than anything ever this season on Sundays…

  • SteveO

    Not the numbers I wanted to see for DH, but at least up from last episode and last year.

  • mantin

    Expected for Desperate Housewives, still a decent number.

  • Ash

    Woohoo – GO OUAT and DH – both risen – sad to say goodbye to such a brilliant show. Ah well, all good things must come to an end :D

  • Robsten_Fan

    Survivor was awesome last night…
    So was and Desperate Housewives… <3

  • MoHasanie

    Sad for DH. Was expecting much more :( . Those ratings don’t even beat the ratings 1 year and 3 months ago, when it got 3.4 and 11.5 million viewers.

  • scw

    haha…Survivor couldn’t even crack a 3.0

  • Oliver

    Farewell desperate. I cried and I will miss you!

  • Danielle

    Yay Once Upon a Time! Now THAT is how you do a season finale!

  • danny94

    Good numbers for the Housewives not amazing but i knew they wouldent be, It was a great final episode and the women of wisteria lane will be sadly missed… one of the last big netowrk hits <3

  • Jay

    I’m surprised ABC didn’t do a retrospective or anything before the show. It was such a flagship show and cultural phenomenon back in the day…oh well…

  • Andy

    Wow Survivor is dying.

  • rob60990

    That’s kinda what I expected for Desperate Housewives. It was not going to get a huge bump. Very nice for Once Upon a Time!

    Wow those animation sitcoms are weak.

  • Tony ^_^

    Ouch at FOX! :o

  • hubertwentland5

    hmm, not to good for DH. it had 30 milion and i guess about 11 reting in demo for the season 1 finale.

  • zerg

    OUAT and DH tops the night :D…goodbye Desperate Housewives

    Survivor last year was at 4.0 :O..and ouch at animation domination (series low?)

  • edward

    DH was really good gonna miss them!

  • Brian

    OUAT rocks and it gave a great finale! See you in the fall OUAT :)

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