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[04/16/12 - 08:32 AM]
Sunday's Broadcast Ratings: CBS Wins Tight Race in Viewers, Demos
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

nielsen ratings
(fast national numbers for sunday, april 15, 2012)

Here are the highlights of the 17 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks last night:

CBS (9.71 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) took home top honors in a tight race on Sunday thanks to its mix of "60 Minutes" (10.79 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #11), "The Amazing Race 20" (9.18 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.5, #1), "The Good Wife" (9.99 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T6) and the premiere of "NYC 22" (8.90 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T8).

FOX (3.77 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2) then claimed the silver with repeats of "The Simpsons" (2.36 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 1.0, #15) and "The Cleveland Show" (2.67 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T13) followed by new episodes of "The Simpsons" (4.86 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 2.2, #T2) and "Bob's Burgers" (3.78 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T6), a repeat of "Family Guy" (4.63 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 2.2, #T2) and a new "The Cleveland Show" (4.33 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 2.0, #5).

Next up was NBC (6.54 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #3) with original installments of "Dateline NBC" (4.82 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.3, #12), "Harry's Law" (8.11 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T16) and "The Celebrity Apprentice" (6.62 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.1, #4).

And finally, a new "America's Funniest Home Videos" (6.28 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T8) and a repeat of "Once Upon a Time" (4.14 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T13) led into "Titanic, Part 4" (4.17 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T16) and a new "GCB" (4.48 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T8) - its lowest rating to date - on ABC (4.77 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #4).

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+33.33% - The Cleveland Show (vs. 3/25/12)
+30.00% - Dateline NBC
+25.00% - America's Funniest Home Videos (vs. 3/25/12)
+16.28% - The Amazing Race 20
+12.50% - Bob's Burgers (vs. 4/1/12)
+5.00% - The Celebrity Apprentice
0.00% - The Good Wife (vs. 3/25/12)
-8.33% - The Simpsons (vs. 3/18/12)
-10.00% - Harry's Law
-21.05% - GCB
-53.33% - 60 Minutes

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+44.44% - Dateline NBC
+29.41% - The Simpsons
+8.70% - The Amazing Race 20
+7.69% - 60 Minutes
-5.26% - The Good Wife (vs. Undercover Boss)
-6.25% - America's Funniest Home Videos
-11.76% - GCB (vs. Brothers & Sisters)
-13.04% - The Cleveland Show
-16.00% - The Celebrity Apprentice
-18.18% - Bob's Burgers (vs. American Dad)
-25.00% - Harry's Law (vs. America's Next Great Restaurant)
-31.82% - NYC 22 (vs. CSI: Miami)
-66.67% - Titanic, Part 4 (vs. Desperate Housewives)


Here are the highlights of the 17 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (4/17/11):

ABC (7.30 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1) won the tight demo race on Sunday thanks to a new "America's Funniest Home Videos" (6.49 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.6, #12), the return of "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" (7.55 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.9, #T8) and new episodes of "Desperate Housewives" (8.83 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.7, #2) and "Brothers & Sisters" (6.33 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T10) - both tied for their series lows.

CBS (9.45 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #T2) and FOX (4.11 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.9, #T2) then split the silver as the latter offered up repeats of "The Cleveland Show" (2.38 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 1.0, #16), "American Dad" (2.69 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 1.1, #15) and "The Simpsons" (4.15 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T10) followed by new episodes of "American Dad" (4.70 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 2.2, #T6), "Family Guy" (6.04 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 3.0, #1) and "The Cleveland Show" (4.70 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 2.3, #T4).

The Eye then served up fresh installments of "60 Minutes" (10.64 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #13), "The Amazing Race: Unfinished Business" (8.71 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.3, #T4), "Undercover Boss" (8.66 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.9, #T8) - also a series low - and "CSI: Miami" (9.80 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.2, #T6).

And finally, new episodes of "Dateline NBC" (4.63 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.9, #17), "America's Next Great Restaurnt" (3.74 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 1.2, #14) - tied for its series low - and "The Celebrity Apprentice" (7.41 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 2.5, #3) on NBC (5.80 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.8, #4) rounded out the night.

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49): American Dad (37.50%), America's Funniest Home Videos (0.00% vs. 4/3/11), America's Next Great Restaurnt (0.00%), Dateline NBC (0.00%), Desperate Housewives (-3.60% vs. 4/3/11), The Cleveland Show (-4.20%), CSI: Miami (-4.30%), Brothers & Sisters (-5.60%), Family Guy (-9.10%), The Celebrity Apprentice (-13.80%), The Amazing Race: Unfinished Business (-20.70%), Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (-24.00% vs. 2/20/11), Undercover Boss (-34.50%), 60 Minutes (-45.80%).

Source: Nielsen Media Research





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