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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  • One

    On a half-hourly basis, looks like NASCAR will be down from last year’s rating, assuming the same (or lower) adjustment from last year.

  • Naemeth


    CSI:Miami finished on April 8th ;).

  • Michael

    @Naemeth- as noted in the comments, a repeat of CSI Miami aired in some markets.

  • Jan Perry

    I really enjoyed Harry’s Law!! So sick & tired of talent shows . Enuff of I’LL etc. The bachelorette, ugh!

  • Kenny

    Would have LOVED to see what Harry Law would have done if NBC gave it a PROPER sendoff instead of burning it off AFTER SWEEPS, The gang from TVby the Numbers must be happy as a clam this afternoon…Goodbye Harry`s Law a great show mistreated by a terrible network if it had a “sexy” lead you would have been on for 10 years…David E Kelley we need more quailty shows out of you.

  • One

    NYC 22 did not air last night. All the listings I’ve seen say CSI:Miami repeat.

  • K

    @Naemeth: Thanks, but in my area they did show a CSI Miami episode instead of NYC-22. Maybe CBS did not want to compete with NASCAR, as much as it being the Holiday weekend.

  • The End


    If Harry’s Law was pulling say 8 million and say a 2.0 it would of came back.

  • SarahL


    Absolute rubbish. Kelly is the one who you should be angry with not NBC. It was Kelly and his bad showrunning that mistreated and cost NBC loads of money. NBC gave Harry’s Law a second season when it was borderline in the demo at best. Instead of giving its younger cast members some airtime like most other successful scripted dramas, Kelly dumped them.

  • DenverDean

    NYC22 returns with originals next week. CSI:M aired last night. Funny how even on a holiday wknd, after being cancelled, it still out demoed TGW.

  • Ultima

    Maybe CBS did not want to compete with NASCAR, as much as it being the Holiday weekend.

    Nothing to do with the holiday weekend or NASCAR, CBS has pulled NYC 22 off the Sunday schedule entirely for now.


  • christy

    CBS shows CSI Miami comes on next week to.
    Dogs in the City
    The Good Wife
    CSI Miami

  • steve

    Too bad about NYC 22, I like the show. I see a ton of similarities between that show and Rookie Blue, another show I watch and like. I loved Harry’s Law as well, and I’m in that retarded demo. I don’t give a crap what this site says nor do I care what the advertisers say, the nielsen system is outdated and inacurate. Time to update the system and advertising practices while they’re at it.

  • SteveA

    @Steve, what evidence do you have that it’s outdated? It’s not their fault advertisers value the 18-49 demo the most.

  • Oliver

    Much of Harry’s Laws woes are down to NBC’s scheduling. It was placed up against Modern Family/Criminal Minds and later Once Upon A Time, which are both very tough time-slots.

    That said, I can completely understand why NBC moved it out of the 10pm Monday slot. Two other old-skewing dramas share the slot (Castle, Hawaii Five-0), the competition is relatively weak, and they could use Sunday Night Football as a launching pad for a new male-oriented drama. It probably seemed like the ideal slot for the short-lived The Playboy Club from NBC’s perspective.

  • Oliver

    Harry’s Law isn’t a victim of Nielsen. It’s a victim of advertisers not caring about older viewers and tough timeslots.

  • 728huey

    Actually, yesterday was the biggest day of the year for motorsports. It started with the Grand Prix of Monaco, which was followed by the Indy 500 and capped off by the Coca Cols 600. Even so, the Indy 500 was the biggest race of the day. The Coca Cola 600 traditionally comes about halfway through the NASCAR racing season before the Chase for the Sprint Cup, and years ago the powers that be who ran NASCAR needed a gimmick to get people to watch the race since it was always competing against the Indy 500. So they lengthened the race from 500 miles to 600 miles and started it just before sunset and ran it through the night to avoid direct competition with Indy. It’s one of the five biggest races of the NASCAR season, just behind the Daytona 500 but ahead of the Pepsi 400 (also in Daytona but around the July 4th holiday), the Brickyard 400 (at Indy in August), and the Homestead 500 (the final race of the season).

    The Indy 500, like the Dayton 500, is event programming, which means that casual fans who only watch a few races during the year or don’t even watch motorsports will watch this race just for the tradition.

  • Jack

    CSI: miami repeat beats Blue Bloods and Good Wife!!!!

  • David Howell

    Wow, Harry’s Law couldn’t even win in total viewers on a slow night.

  • jp

    good numbers for the NASCAR race. I wonder what the number was for the West Finals between OKC vs San Antonio on TNT.

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