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.

For more information see Numbers 101 and Numbers 102.

  • Jimbo

    @SteveA Its a known fact that nielsens is outdated. My family as well as 3 others I know became nielsen families last october. Our family(which has 4 18-49 demo people) and two of the other families have 3 18-49 demo people and the last has 2 18-49 demo people. ALL of the shows we(ours and other families I know)watch, including Harry’s Law, were not affected number wise after we we all became niesen families. Nielsen uses percentages of households etc to make a best guess senario. So proof is that 4 more households, with 12 people in the demo representing the whole basis, which is small from the start, didnt affect any numbers on a single show?! There is your proof Nielsens is outdated and NOT reliable.

  • Nick

    What on earth is INASCAR? Because I’m pretty sure Nascar was on at 8 on FOX ;-)

    To all the people complaining about the 18-49 demo,

    Advertisers value this demo precisely because it hard to reach.
    Adults 18-49 are less likely to sit in front of a TV and watch it than 80 year-olds, so the advertisers want them to see their ads.

    If you didn’t get that, think of it this way:
    Iron is more common than silver or gold, correct? But gold is more expensive. Just like how old people watch TV more, so young people are who advertisers value.

  • Nick

    Yay an AFV repeat beat 60 Minutes :-)

  • iknowgoodshows

    Continuum premiered to huge numbers on Canadian cable network Showcase with 1,165,000 viewers, 900,000 viewers at 9 PM and another 265,000 watched it at 11 PM. More than double the 500,000 Showcase premiere record held by Lost Girl.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Robert Seidman
  • Ultima

    There is your proof Nielsens is outdated and NOT reliable.

    No, though it does prove that you lack basic math and critical thinking skills…

  • SarahL


    No, though it does prove that you lack basic math and critical thinking skills…

    And lack of knowledge about statistics and sampling techniques.

  • Kenny

    First @Sarah L Brittany Snow left the show because she had a pilot at CBS, why are you blaming David Kelley? I didn`t understand why they got rid of the kid who played Malcolm, to bring in Ollie{from Boston Legal} made Tommy Jefferson a full time player, I didn`t like them moving from the shoe store up the loft. I fully blame NBC older people need to watch tv too, you can`t have all Housewife and Kardashian shows to watch i`m sorry.

  • Kenny

    @David Howell- Harry`s Law was the top scripted drama last night in viewers what ever happened to that? Well now all you Harry`s Law haters will have to find another show to hate, which will it be? It`s a shame because it was a great episode, and i`m so glad they gave them one to end on. Shame it didn`t have more lovers out there.

  • SarahL


    Brittany Snow left the show because she had a pilot at CBS, why are you blaming David Kelley? I didn`t understand why they got rid of the kid who played Malcolm

    Kelly should have replaced her and kept the younger cast in tact. All the best scripted shows have characters that span the desired demographic. Kelly has been in this business for too many years to be that stupid. He doomed his own show, not NBC.

    I fully blame NBC older people need to watch tv too, you can`t have all Housewife and Kardashian shows to watch i`m sorry.

    This statement is just so illogical that I am ignoring you from now on.

  • Kenny

    @SarahL- how old are you? and does your parents enjoy the Bachelorette and Kardashians? Do you ever want your mind to think while watching tv or do you want it to be a big singing contest or “he is not that baby`s father” So Sarah don`t go insulting me with your big words and i`m ignoring your comments from now on. Well i`m sorry Sarah that my writing wasn`t up to your level. But I like others are not happy Harry`s Law was canceled. Have a great day and a great tommorow.

  • Networkman

    @Kenny, I agree with you about NBC’s treatment towards Harry’s Law. SarahL, just because there are younger actors on a show does not mean that they are strong actors and should be giving more airtime. And if you had watched Harry’s Law recently you would know that David Kelly did bring in a more sexy and talented younger actress as a replacement.

    NBC purposely decided to air its series finale on Memorial Day weekend. What I must say was that it was such a strong episode. Kathy Bates was excellent. I would love to see her get an Emmy nomination. All NBC had to do was try and get its demo numbers to at least 1.5. That would be strong enough for a renewal on this weak network. Why didn’t they air it after The Voice for serveral weeks instead on Fashion Star? This is the show that is bringing in the highest overall total viewers for your network but you don’t try and nurture it? It would have grown to the point where it would be consider for renewal. But the network was not really concerned about pleasing its older viewers.

  • Kenny

    Thanks Networkman

  • Dan S

    Thanks Networkman for the great post on Harry’s Law. It’s disgraceful how NBC treated this show that had great potential to grow. I hope NBC/Comcast sinks to 4th place next season since the only new show that shows any chance of being a breakout hit is Revolution. Watch them find a way to kill this show off prematurely. And a pox on those bad mouthing HL & hope your favorites get crushed next season.

  • AO’s Sock Puppet Account

    It’s disgraceful how the Harry’s Law fans treat NBC. Last Season the fans here blamed every lead-in they got for it’s ratings, the show could have been canceled but instead got a 2nd Season. This year it had worse demos than shows like TPC & PS and yet NBC canceled those and let HL run for the whole Season.

    Where’s the gratitude from the Harry’s Law fans?

  • steve

    Harry’s Law may have been down, but it was NBC’s 2nd highest ranked 18-49 show on Sunday which kept them 2nd in the 18-49 demo behind FOX.

    Yet, NBC still cancels it–their most watched non-scripted show.

  • Carm

    I hope NBC renews Harry’s Law! It is the best show on TV right now!!!
    Drama, Comedy and intrigue all in one show.
    PLEASE NBC renew this show!!

  • Networkman

    @Kenny and Dan S, no problem. I actually thought the second season of Harry’s Law was better than the first. It is absurd to believe that the producers have to keep an actor or actress who is in their 20s to have a successful show. If the chemistry amongst the cast is not there or the younger cast members are not strong in their roles then they should be replaced. Harry’s Law had an actor and actress in their 30s who were more than capable and attractive. Honestly, when I was younger, I didn’t care what age the leads were as long as a show was of quality. A prime example would be the Golden Girls.

  • Anthony Parello (AP076)

    ” fully blame NBC older people need to watch tv too, you can`t have all Housewife and Kardashian (and Bachelorettes) shows to watch i`m sorry.”.

    That statement was illogical and somewhat worthy of being ignored but I’ll bit. The Housewives and The Kardashians don’t even air on NBC and even if the are on Sunday night Harry’s Law needed only to outperform other NBC shows to get renewed. Like Smash or Grimm. It didn’t.

    NBC reality itself had nothing to do with the demise of HL. NBC renewed I believe 4 new scripted series, second only to ABC I believe. They also cancelled 5 of their “reality” shows. They have picked up I also believe 12 new scripted new shows for next season.

    NBC gave the show 3 different time slot shots in an effort to find success for the show which they badly wanted (and do for all their shows) but it just didn’t happen. The shows was very nurtured. Fox, CBS, and ABC would have all cancelled this show long before NBC did. In fact they probably would not have brought it back for the second season it got.

    As to airing its finale on Memorial Day what does that matter. It was a dead show walking. That gave the week before to an AGT rerun hoping it would bring better ratings (and possibly bring in more viewers for the weeknight episodes) which it did not. Do you think it should have aired 2 weeks ago and gone out “proud” with a laughable 1.1

    You seem to have a major case of the sour grapes over something (and Sarah L is your target) at the end of the day which is totally inconsequential. Perhaps the time you would have spent watching the lemon of a show and now complaining about could be better spent collecting clothes for the poor and homeless or at least working through TV’s Stages of Grief.

  • Anthony Parello (AP076)

    “Harry’s Law may have been down, but it was NBC’s 2nd highest ranked 18-49 show on Sunday which kept them 2nd in the 18-49 demo behind FOX.”

    Good heavens man it was a night of reruns of both scripted and non-scripted shows. What in the world are you bragging about and how many straws did you successfully grasp?

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