TV Ratings Sunday: NASCAR Wins Night, 'Harry's Law' Series Finale Down

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May 28th, 2012

Scoreboard FOX NBC ABC CBS x
Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 2.1/8 0.8/3 0.7/2 0.6/2 x
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share x x x x x
Total Viewers (million) 6.93 4.22 2.97 4.61 x


Due to the nature of live sports programming the ratings for FOX (NASCAR) are approximate and subject to more than the typical adjustments in the final numbers. See below for more information on these Fast Affiliate Ratings.

FOX won the night in adults 18-49 and total viewers, against a line-up of mostly repeats on a slow Memorial Day weekend Sunday.

Sorry, only half hourly ratings to report today, due to the Memorial Day holiday. In the meantime, averaging these half hours into ratings for each show will often lead to errors.

Even with the final ratings adjustments likely for a live broadcast, FOX's  coverage of NASCAR is certain to top the night with both Adults 18-49 and total viewers.

On NBC, the series finale of Harry's Law is almost certain to finish down from a 1.0 for its last original episode on May 13 when the final ratings come in, for what will likely be a series low.


Broadcast primetime ratings for Sunday, May 27, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Share Viewers (Millions)
7:00 FOX NASCAR Coca Cola 600 (Live) 1.9/8 6.92
ABC America's Funniest Home Videos - R 0.7/3 3.45
CBS 60 Minutes 0.6/3 5.98
NBC Dateline - R 0.5/2 3.31
7:30 FOX NASCAR Coca Cola 600 (Live) 1.9/8 6.74
ABC America's Funniest Home Videos - R 0.9/4 3.94
CBS 60 Minutes 0.7/3 6.09
NBC Dateline - R 0.6/3 3.72
8:00 FOX NASCAR Coca Cola 600  (Live) 2.1/8 6.76
NBC Harry's  Law (Series Finale) 0.7/3 5.70
ABC Duets - R 0.7/3 2.76
CBS Blue Bloods - R 0.4/1 3.65
8:30 FOX NASCAR Coca Cola 600 (Live) 2.1/8 6.75
NBC Harry's  Law (Series Finale) 0.6/2 5.92
ABC Duets - R 0.6/2 2.52
CBS Blue Bloods - R 0.4/1 3.70
9:00 FOX NASCAR Coca Cola 600 (Live) 2.1/7 6.99
NBC America's Got Talent - R 0.7/2 3.10
ABC Duets - R 0.7/2 2.79
CBS The Good Wife - R 0.5/2 4.25
9:30 FOX NASCAR Coca Cola 600 (Live) 2.3/7 7.43
ABC Duets - R 0.8/3 2.92
NBC America's Got Talent - R 0.7/2 3.42
CBS The Good Wife - R 0.5/2 4.46
10:00 NBC America's Got Talent - R 1.0/3 4.05
CBS CSI: Miami - R 0.7/2 4.27
ABC Rookie Blue - R 0.6/2 2.55
10:30 NBC America's Got Talent - R 1.2/4 4.55
CBS CSI: Miami - R 0.7/2 4.45
ABC Rookie Blue - R 0.7/2 2.86


Sunday's Ratings Via TV Media Insights
Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2012 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.


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.

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  • huh.

    Anyone know where I can find the viewership numbers for Continuum which premiered last night on Showcase in Canada?

  • colt13

    Should be Kahne and the Coca Cola 600 on FOX.

  • That Neil Guy

    Wait. I’m pretty sure I watched the Indy 500 on ABC from noon until 4-ish.

  • mol0m

    Yes! Go away and die Harry’s Law!

  • rockyisgood

    Yeah, NASCAR and the Coca Cola 600.

    Biggest race in the world was at noon on ABC

  • a p garcia

    Indy 500 started at 11 am Central Time and NASCAR was at night.

  • Craig

    Ya you got your racing mixed up there. Nascar Sprint Cup was on FOX in the evening. Indy 500 was on abc in the morning.

  • KatB

    Dateline was a repeat. I had seen it before.

  • Craig

    Also I think a new episode of NYC 22 was axed in favor of a repeat.
    And as huh asked, can we get the ratings for the new Canadian show Continuum?

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “And as huh asked, can we get the ratings for the new Canadian show Continuum?”

    Sorry, we love our Canadian readers, but we don’t get ratings for Canadian telecasts.

    Edit: Robert found a press release and proved me wrong. ;)


  • ljo

    Our CBS affiliate showed a CSI Miami repeat rather than NYC 22.

  • Mumbo

    So the finale of Harry’s Law got beat out by the second hour of a Talent rerun.

    How could NBC not renew this show? :O

  • Chuck_T

    Pretty bad for about everybody on a holiday weekend.

  • HowardBeale

    These ratings are so low, why bother to program the night. Give it back to the local affiliates for infomercials and reruns of Hogans Heros. ;)

  • HowardBeale

    How many NYC22 episodes are left to run out?

  • Doug

    @Huh – you can google the blog “TV Feeds My Family.” It’s by Bill Brioux, who writes for the Toronto Star. He does a ratings report every Wednesday/Thursday that gives a wide variety of cable and network ratings.

  • K

    Where are the ratings for CSI Miami?

  • huh.

    @Doug – Thanks. I’ll check it out.

  • Michael

    I live in Queens and I also saw a CSI Miami episode, not a NYC 22 episode.

  • joel

    Harry’s Law is still on the air?

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