TV Ratings Saturday: 'NYC 22' Beats 'The Firm' Finale as CBS and FOX Win Night of Burn-offs and Repeats

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July 15th, 2012


Scoreboard CBS FOX ABC NBC
Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 0.6/2 0.6/3 0.3/1 0.3/1
Total Viewers (million) 4.26 2.09 1.87 1.69

FOX and CBS tied for number one among adults 18-49  while CBS was on top in total viewers.

Updated with program data:

On CBS, the 8PM episode of NYC 22 scored a 0.4 adults 18-49 rating, even with last week. At 9PM a second episode of NYC 22 earned a 0.6 among adults 18-49, up from last week's 0.5.

On NBC, the series finale of The Firm garnered a 0.3 adults 18-49 rating, down from last week's 0.4.


Broadcast primetime ratings for Saturday, July 14 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (millions)
8:00 FOX Cops - R 0.8/3 2.65
CBS NYC 22 0.4/2 3.51
ABC Extreme Makeover Home Edition - R 0.4/2 1.90
NBC An American Girl: McKenna Shoots for the Stars (8-10PM) 0.4/2 1.68
8:30 FOX Cops - R 0.7/3 2.63
9:00 CBS NYC 22 0.6/2 4.56
FOX Mobbed - R 0.5/2 1.55
ABC Ball Boys - R 0.3/1 1.18
9:30 ABC Ball Boys - R 0.3/1 1.20
10:00 CBS 48 Hours Mystery - R 0.9/3 4.73
ABC Castle - R 0.4/1 2.52
NBC The Firm (Series Finale) 0.3/1 1.72

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


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  • Derrick

    how could that be the finale for the Firm if they had a “next week” preview ?

  • Roger

    It was a “Next on”, a preview for the next season, that will never exist.

  • Joseph

    I would guess that in markets where there was a local baseball telecast on Saturday night (July 14th), the ballgame easily dominated the local ratings.

  • Joseph

    Only about 9 million people watched the broadcast networks this past Saturday night (July 14th).

    That’s got to set a mark for the least number of people to watch a broadcast network in prime-time on any night since around 1953!

    And next Saturday (July 21st), it could get worse: “The Dark Knight Rises” will probably have a record-shattering opening weekend at the movie box-office and damage attendance at beaches, amusement parks, restaurants, nightclubs, and badly wound prime-time TV ratings.

    The big 4 English-language broadcast networks may be lucky to draw more than eleven million viewers between them Friday night (July 20th, the first full evening “Dark Knight Rises” is out) and next Saturday night, the big 4 networks may not be able to get more than six million viewers between them!

    If the “Big 4″ indeed attract only 6 million viewers between them on Saturday night, it may be the smallest combined broadcast-network prime-time audience for any night since around 1951!

    (And many of those who will watch TV Friday and Saturday nights will likely be watching local baseball)

  • KD

    Are you kidding me? You’re cancelling this show? It is so much better than any other show on TV now! I can’t believe ya’ll are doing this. This is why I don’t get into shows sometimes because as soon as you get into something, they cut it off. This show would have done much better on ABC…..where they have the worst shows on TV yet. Why do you cut off all the good stuff??? And leave the crummy stuff alone??? Now we’ll never find out if the family is going to be okay from the mob….we’ll never find out if the advisory guy actually killed the girl or if it was a set up. So many questions left unanswered. The reason the rating were so bad is because they handled this show incorrectly, changing times, etc. Whoever made this decision is really lame.

  • Ann

    I think NBC should renew The Firm. It was a fantastic show. The actors were great. Why do the good shows fail? This one could not have failed for the story line and the acting.

  • Rosemary

    The Firm is a “sit at the edge of your seat” program. Why do networks cancel after one season. They are not even giving the program a chance. Also, if you put a program on the air on Saturday evenings you probably will not get a lot of people watching, especially young people, as they are not even home at 10 p.m. Why don’t the networks find out what the older generation thinks of some of these programs that they are not renewing. My husband and I watch the firm every Saturday evening.

  • Dave sharp

    Hope someone picks up the firm, really liked it just on at a bad time. T- vo ‘d it

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