TV Ratings Sunday: 'Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition' & 'Secret Millionaire' Hit Lows Against NBC Olympic Trials Coverage

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July 2nd, 2012


Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 2.5/8 1.2/4 1.1/4 0.9/3 0.8/2
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 1.8/6 0.9/3 1.3/5 1.0/4 0.4/1
Total Viewers (million) 8.276 4.497 2.527 2.515 5.236


Due to the nature of live  programming the ratings for NBC (U.S. Olympic Trials) 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 and total viewers.

On NBC, the  U.S.Olympic Trials: Track and Field garnered a 1.4 rating, compared to last week's 1.2 rating. U.S.Olympic Trials: Swimming  earned a 2.1 rating at 8PM (up a tenth from 2008's Olympic swimming trials), and the two-hour Women's Gymnastics trial at 9PM was the highest-rated program of the night, earning a 3.2 18-49 rating. The women's gymnastics trials were also up substantially from 2008's women's gymnastics trials (which earned a 2.0/7) and became the top Olympic-Trials telecast since August 20, 2000 in both 18-49 and total viewers.

On ABC, a new Secret Millionaire earned a series low, 1.1 18-49 rating, down four tenths from its last original three weeks ago.Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition also earned a series low with a 1.2 18-49 rating, down three tenths from its last original three weeks ago.

FOX and CBS were all repeats for the evening

Broadcast primetime ratings for Sunday, July 1, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
7:00 PM NBC US Olympic Trials: Track and Field 1.4 5 5.621
ABC America's Funniest Home Videos -R 1.1 4 4.983
CBS 60 Minutes -R 1.1 4 8.427
FOX American Dad -R 0.7 3 1.679
7:30 PM FOX Cleveland Show -R 0.8 3 1.836
8:00 PM NBC US Olympic Trials: Swimming 2.1 7 7.742
FOX The Simpsons -R 1.4 5 3.080
ABC Secret Millionaire 1.1 4 4.983
CBS Hawaii Five-0 -R 0.7 2 4.550
8:30PM FOX Bob's Burgers -R 1.2 4 2.446
9:00PM NBC US Olympic Trials: Women's Gymnastics (9-11:05) 3.2 9  9.870
FOX Family Guy -R 1.4 4 3.106
ABC Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition (9-11) 1.2 3  3.946
CBS The Good Wife  -R 0.5 2 3.879
9:30 PM FOX American Dad -R 1.4 4 3.106
10:00PM CBS The Mentalist -R 0.7 2 4.267

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


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  • John A

    How do CBS Repeat so horribly?

  • Ryan

    I Love The Good Wife but damn that’s just bad….

  • fringewillget5seasons

    TGW managing to dip lower than the surrounding repeats. How shameful.

  • J.G.

    NBC has been genius with their Olympic trials strategy this summer, scheduling it nightly.

  • Brandon

    wow..amazing #s for the gymnastic trials..I watched last night and couldn’t be more excited for the games…Olympic ratings are going to be massive this year

  • Charlie Sheen

    WOAH! I think NBC might’ve made one of the smartest moves in prime time in a long time to showcase a mini-Olympics for a entire week.

    I expected the numbers for gymnastics last night to be huge but not that huge. Gymnastics is skewing younger than the other sports as well. They have a really nice team this year so I expect this to probably be one of the two biggest draws for the Olympics in a few weeks.

    The coverage for the Trials has been so much more different this year and it’s way better as the new guy that was hired to run NBC Sports is doing a very good job for them. The Olympics is going to be much more interesting than it has been in years past. There’s a lot of drama being created this year as there’s a huge track and field matchup tonight in prime time.

    Should be interesting to see if these games surpass the 2008 edition but its gonna be tough since that edition was lucky enough to have Michael Phelps chase the record.

  • wn

    The Mentalist is soooo… lucky to have such a strong show preceding it.

  • biszanu

    cable ratings? :)

  • lll

    I know. The good wife is not a good lead for the mentalist at all. Maybe the mentalist should be the good wife’s lead.

  • ShawnM

    @ III: You’re suggesting CBS should actually be interested in increasing its Sunday ratings average?

  • nyclover

    wow….”Feel Good Sunday” flopped

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

    you know were in reruns now and the lowest viewing week?. a 0.5 for the good wife is great on a july sunday .

  • Bill Spencer

    The new guy in charge at NBC Sports is doing a really good job so far, I’m not sure if NBC could’ve gotten these numbers under the previous regime with Dick Ebersol.

  • Kaylie

    The lowest CBS repeat I’ve ever seen.

  • Nadine

    My favorite TGW episode re-ran last night. One of the best tv hours ever, that one.

  • Brody

    Here come the Olympics! NBC must be smiling…they’ve been waiting forever!

  • Joseph

    Not surprised the Olympic trials last night (July 1st) did so well, considering that the United States is expected to win several gold medals in the three sports (swimming, track, and gymnastics) that were featured in last night’s coverage.

    Additionally, these are the three most popular Summer Olympic sports among American sports fans.

  • sebacon

    cbs will have a tough time, for all the wrong decisions they made

  • Melanie

    Way to go Olympic Trials and I am so excited about the gymnastics!

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