TV Ratings Sunday: 'Secret Millionaire' and 'Extreme Makeover' Premiere Down, 'Miss USA' and Adele Specials Lead NBC to Nightly Win

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June 4th, 2012

Scoreboard NBC ABC FOX CBS x
Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 1.5/4 1.4/4 1.3/4 0.8/2 x
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 1.1/4 0.9/3 1.1/4 0.4/2 x
Total Viewers (million) 5.780 4.905 2.767 5.976 x


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

NBC won the night in adults 18-49, but CBS got the edge in total viewers.

ABC's season premiere of Secret Millionaire earned a 1.5 adults 18-49 rating, which is down more than 50% from last years in-season premiere (which earned a 3.4 adults 18-49 rating). The season premiere of Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition also earned a 1.5 adults 18-49 rating, which is more than 30% lower than the 2.2 rating last year's summer premiere earned.

NBC's Adele: Live in London special earned a 1.7 rating. The live broadcast of the Miss USA Competition earned a 1.8, down by 18% from last year's competition. Earlier in the night, Dateline NBC earned a 0.9, up three tenths from two weeks ago.

The only original program on CBS was 60 Minutes at 7PM, which earned a 1.4 adults 18-49 rating, which is flat with its last original from two weeks ago.

FOX was all repeats.


Broadcast primetime ratings for Sunday, June 3, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
7:00PM CBS 60 Minutes 1.4 5 9.556
ABC America's Funniest Home Videos -R 1.2 4 4.815
FOX American Dad -R 0.9 3 1.939
NBC Dateline NBC 0.9 3 4.624
7:30PM FOX The Cleveland Show -R 1.0 3 1.991
8:00PM NBC Adele Live in London 1.7 5 6.181
ABC Secret Millionaire 1.5 5 5.625
FOX The Simpsons -R 1.2 4 2.903
CBS Dogs in the City -R 0.6 2 4.507
8:30PM FOX Bob's Burgers -R 1.2 4 2.613
9:00PM FOX Family Guy -R 1.8 5 3.819
NBC 2012 Miss USA Competition (9-11p) 1.8 5 6.159
ABC Extreme Makeover Weight Loss Edition (9-11PM) 1.5 4 4.590
CBS The Good Wife -R 0.8 2 4.624
9:30 PM FOX American Dad -R 1.5 4 3.338
10:00PM CBS CSI- Miami -R 0.8 2 5.198

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


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  • Bunny

    Things are not looking good for ABC who is currently in fourth place..

    I predict more bad luck in the fall..

  • Joseph

    Summer Is here.
    And Those Number Might Not Be Great But They Are Not Horrible.
    I Know That My TV Was Not Even Turned On During Sunday . Oh Well :)

  • Dean_W

    The repeat of ‘CSI: Miami’ was awesome. This Show was one of the Best ever but it’s good for it to stop before the quality decrease.

  • Richard Steven Hack

    I’m waiting for the good summer stuff that starts tomorrow with Pretty Little Liars and Rizzoli and Isles.

    Although it looks to be a bit of a lame summer until at least end of July when the rest of the shows debut. I’ll have maybe one show a night with Wednesdays and Fridays dead (not to mention weekends.)

    Bill and Robert: Want to comment on this doom-and-gloom piece about the future of broadcast TV?

    Don’t Mean To Be Alarmist, But The TV Business May Be Starting To Collapse

    I think Blodget is right, maybe not in terms of timing, but that the collapse will be fast, i.e., within ten years, when it DOES happen.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “Bill and Robert: Want to comment on this doom-and-gloom piece about the future of broadcast TV?

    Don’t Mean To Be Alarmist, But The TV Business May Be Starting To Collapse

    Saw it, but I don’t think that what happened to newspapers will happen to TV in nearly the same way for a variety of reasons, it’s not close to that simple. And I was all in on the “newspapers are doomed!” a good 15+ years ago, so I’m no rose colored glasses observer.

    Unlikely I will write anything about it, I’ve already shifted into summer mode, and it’s not something that’s going to draw a lot of traffic to the site.

  • Networkman

    I had forgot that the Adele concert special was airing. So I just happened to be switching channels and saw her singing one of my favorites from her song collection “Chasing Pavements”. After that song, I switched the channel. There was something off about her performance. It seemed as if she was just going thru the motions. I didn’t feel any soul from her. And the problem is we all know she is not an entertainer. She does not dance. She has a voice but she has to bring it alive by connecting with her lyrics and sharing her emotions to the audience. I couldn’t waste anymore time with it. I knew after that performance, I had rather listen to her CD.

  • Nick

    Yikes. Down 50%? :-( @Secret Millionaire

  • lol

    @ Joss

    Says a lot about America, eh?

    BTW Are the Saturday cable ratings going to be released?

    I want to see how bad the NHL did as opposed to the NBA?

  • JS

    ABC is dumber than the worst network in history (NBC) for not insisting on network coverage of the Eastern Conference Finals- during a summer month- especially. It’s ridiculous that the two amazing NBA series are on cable. Bos-Mia- OT last night got a 10.9 which blew away everything by 600%. There’s ZERO reason why these SEMI FINAL games need to be on TNT and ESPN- especially ESPN- same company as ABC. Ridiculous. RIDICULOUS!

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “BTW Are the Saturday cable ratings going to be released?”

    Our source for daily cable ratings does not send us Saturday’s, but any press releases from the networks involved would be posted on our site if/when we received them.

  • Ji (g)

    I’d rather watch paint dry than an Adele concert.

  • Earl

    Loved the Adele special, the music was great, although I liked the Anderson Cooper interview from 60 minutes better.

  • 728huey

    Wow, Adele set fire to the network TV competition last night. (OK, bad pun.)

    But then again, you could say Lebron James, Dwyane Wade, Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Rajon Rondo, and those Game of Thrones people did a fast break and slam dunked all over their network TV competition last night.

  • OMG

    I cannot really get why people are comparing networks and love or hate shows based on networks? I think we should be looking at the shows right?

  • David Howell

    Comprehensive win for cable again.

    ABC seem to do much better with reality on Fridays than they do in the summer. I concur with the suggestion that they could shift some NBA playoff games from ESPN – heck, they might be smart to wrap up their scripted seasons a week or two early with fewer reruns so that they can squeeze some NBA into next May sweeps, even?

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