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

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


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


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


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  • MoHasanie

    If DH got 3.2 in the first hour and 3.3 in the second, isn’t the average for the two hours 3.3?

  • billy martins

    woowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww………………desperate housewives finale have gotten high ratings wow a difference of what there getting all year congratuations surprise!!!!!!!!!!I’am going to miss wisteria lane sundaes nite ain’t going be the same.

  • were123

    Great for OUAT! The finale was amazing and I’m really pumped for season 2!
    I thought DH would do better, but still it did nicely for a series finale

  • MoHasanie

    Is that a series low for the Simpsons?

  • Petar

    If DH got 3.2 in the first hour and 3.3 in the second, isn’t the average for the two hours 3.3?

    i guess is 3.2 and half.

  • Tommy M.

    DH did about what I expected. I actually thought OUAT would be a little higher. ABC still has to be happy with these numbers though.

  • Danielle


    I thought the Once Upon a Time finale was pretty much perfect. They wrapped up a season arc, but the very act of wrapping up that arc brought on a host of new questions and springboards of where to go next.

  • me

    Once upon a time was cool last night!! can’t wait till season 2!! the writing, directing and acting are all fantastic. and the costume design is wonderful too! congrats to the whole cast and crew for a job well done!!!!

  • MoHasanie


    Which rounds up to 3.3.

  • MattM

    Awful number for a first run episode of the Simpsons. The season finale should be up next week though against no competition and featuring Lady Gaga.

    Nice to see Bob’s holding steady while everything else went lower than normal.

  • BH

    LOVED LOVED LOVED the Once Upon a Time finale!!!! Already watched it twice! I watch it at my parent’s b/c I don’t have cable atm but left early and didn’t see DH b/c I had to be up early. Yeah…go home and went on some of the OUAT message boards….ended up getting to bed REALLY late. Took the day off work. Dang, this show has turned me into a crazy obsessed fangirl!

    Loved seeing the reunion between my fave fictional couple! Was SOOO sweet!

  • Ingmar

    DH got very decent ratings! Yea, the ratings were higher in S1 or S2 if you know what I mean ; but besides NCIS every show decreases in ratings during time. For a show in its 8th season…getting this numbers…is actually really great. ABC will miss this show. I loved every single second of it. #Goodbye Desperate Housewives Wisteria Lane, etc

  • SarahL

    I have reservations about OUAT’s finale, but overall it was very good and deserved the increase in demo.

  • Red Jane

    ABC owns Sunday night! Great finale for OUAT and at least a small rise in ratings…

  • Lane

    OUAT season finale matched Desperate Housewives series finale O_o

  • Ultima

    i guess is 3.2 and half.
    Which rounds up to 3.3.

    Only in grade school…

  • K


    Lol, love the sarcasm. Survivor was over as soon as Kim won the last Immunity challenge.

  • Ultima


    I should add that how the half hours are averaged together is completely irrelevant. They will take the average number of 18-49 viewers over the full ~120 minutes divided by the total and then that number will be rounded to the rating.

  • Bob

    Thank God Lynette and her husband Tom stayed together!!!! That was the best part of the show. The trial was ridiculous but what the heck…all’s well that ends well.

  • Fred

    I almost always watch OUAT and DH live. But I went to dinner for Mother’s Day. I’m sure plenty of viewers might have been busy as well. Not trying to play Faz Exuse Bingo but……

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