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[04/09/12 - 08:29 AM]
Sunday's Broadcast Ratings: PGA Overrun Bumps CBS to Top Spot
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

nielsen ratings
(fast national numbers for sunday, april 8, 2012)

Here are the highlights of the 18 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks last night:

CBS (10.75 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.3, #1) was the network to beat on Sunday with its mix of "PGA Overrun" (17.08 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.9, #1), "60 Minutes" (13.90 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.0, #2), "The Amazing Race 20" (9.36 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.2, #3), a repeat of "The Good Wife" (7.54 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.6, #8) and the season finale of "CSI: Miami" (7.37 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.4, #11).

NBC (6.38 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2) then took home the silver with its combination of "Dateline NBC" (4.98 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T13), "Harry's Law" (7.58 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T13) and "The Celebrity Apprentice" (6.48 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 2.0, #4).

Next up was ABC (4.72 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #3) with repeats of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (4.64 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T13) and "Once Upon a Time" (3.78 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T13) followed by a new "GCB" (5.25 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.7, #7) and a second hour of "GCB" (5.22 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.9, #5).

And finally, FOX (2.83 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #4) closed out the evening with its all-repeat lineup of "The Simpsons" (1.83 million viewers, #18; adults 18-49: 0.8, #18), "The Cleveland Show" (2.00 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.9, #17), another "The Simpsons" (3.08 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T9), "Bob's Burgers" (2.71 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 1.3, #12), "Family Guy" (3.94 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.8, #6) and "American Dad" (3.44 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T9).

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+130.77% - 60 Minutes
+25.00% - Harry's Law (vs. 3/25/12)
+11.11% - The Celebrity Apprentice
0.00% - GCB - 10:00
0.00% - Dateline NBC
-6.52% - The Amazing Race 20 (vs. 3/25/12)
-30.00% - CSI: Miami (vs. 3/25/12)

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+25.00% - 60 Minutes
+11.11% - Dateline NBC
+5.56% - GCB - 10:00 (vs. Brothers & Sisters)
-5.56% - GCB - 9:00 (vs. Brothers & Sisters)
-16.67% - Harry's Law (vs. America's Next Great Restaurant)
-25.86% - The Amazing Race 20
-31.03% - The Celebrity Apprentice
-39.13% - CSI: Miami


Here are the highlights of the 17 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (4/10/11):

CBS (11.19 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.6, #1) slipped into the top spot on Sunday thanks to its mix of "PGA Overrun" (13.38 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.6, #5) followed by (half-hour results only) "60 Minutes" (12.07 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.4, #T6), "The Amazing Race: Unfinished Business" (10.30 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.9, #T2), "Undercover Boss" (10.94 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.9, #T2) and "CSI: Miami" (9.54 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.3, #T8).

FOX (4.34 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.1, #2) then claimed the silver with an encore of "The Cleveland Show" (2.11 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 1.0, #16) alongside new episodes of "American Dad" (3.33 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 1.6, #14), "The Simpsons" (5.00 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 2.3, #T8), "Bob's Burgers" (4.00 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 1.9, #11), "Family Guy" (6.61 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 3.3, #1) and "The Cleveland Show" (4.99 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 2.4, #T6).

Next up was NBC (6.00 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.0, #3) with fresh installments of "Dateline NBC" (4.35 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.9, #17), "America's Next Great Restaurnt" (3.48 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 1.2, #15) - a season low - and "The Celebrity Apprentice" (8.09 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 2.9, #T2).

And finally, ABC (7.20 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.9, #4) closed out the night with a repeat of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (6.63 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.7, #13), the season finale of "Secret Millionaire" (9.14 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.3, #T8) - also a season low - and a two-hour "Brothers & Sisters" (6.51 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.8, #12).

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49): 60 Minutes (60.00%), The Cleveland Show (9.10%), American Dad (0.00%), Family Guy (-2.90% vs. 3/20/11), The Celebrity Apprentice (-3.30%), Undercover Boss (-9.40% vs. 3/27/11), The Amazing Race 17 (-9.40% vs. 3/27/11), Dateline NBC (-10.00%), Secret Millionaire (-11.50%), Bob's Burgers (-13.60% vs. 3/27/11), America's Next Great Restaurnt (-14.30%), CSI: Miami (-14.80% vs. 3/27/11), The Simpsons (-17.90% vs. 3/27/11), Brothers & Sisters (-18.20% vs. 3/6/11).

Source: Nielsen Media Research





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