Another NBC Series Sinks to a Historic Low TVbytheNumbers
In a season of historic ratings lows for not just NBC but broadcast overall, the bar seems to find ways to continue moving lower. The latest series to hit an all-time low is NBC’s “Harry’s Law,” which sank to a 0.7 rating Sunday night in the key 18-49 demo, according to Nielsen overnights reported by TVbytheNumbers.com.
The number for “Harry’s Law,” combined with a 0.7 for the newsmagazine “Dateline” at 7 p.m., dragged down the prime-time average for NBC even on a night when a two-hour “Celebrity Apprentice” pulled in what is by comparison a blockbuster number -- a 1.9 in 18-49. NBC wound up finishing a distant fourth for prime time overall.
ABC won the night with a 2.4 in adults 18-49 for prime time overall, followed by CBS (2.0), Fox (1.9) and NBC (1.3). Total viewers went to CBS with 9.3 million, followed by ABC with 7.6 million, NBC with 5.8 million and Fox with 4.1 million.
CBS’s two-hour finale of “Amazing Race” pulled a 2.6 average rating in 18-49, up from last year’s finale and up four-tenths of a ratings point from a week ago. “NYC 22” rose one-tenth from last week to a 1.3 and “60 Minutes” was up four-tenths to a 1.6.
ABC was led by “Once Upon a Time” with a 3.0 average rating in viewers 18-49, even with a week ago. “Desperate Housewives” rose three-tenths of a ratings point to a 2.8, “America’s Funniest Home Videos” surged five-tenths to a 2.0 and the finale of “GCB” equaled last week’s installment with a 1.8.
Fox was mostly down: “Family Guy,” down one-tenth in 18-49 to a 2.7 average; “The Simpsons,” down two-tenths to a 2.1; “Bob’s Burgers,” down one-tenth to a 1.8; and “The Cleveland Show,” down one-tenth to a 1.4. “American Dad” broke the pattern, returning from a one-month hiatus to a 2.3, three-tenths higher than its previous original.