The first Sunday of the May sweep was a quiet one, with most series staying within a tenth of a demo rating of their most recent originals. ABC’s Once Upon A Time (2.9/8 in adults 18-49) was even with its fast national from last week, down a tenth from the final, to rank as the No.1 program of the night among adults 18-49. Desperate Housewives (2.5/6) was down a tenth from its last new episode four weeks ago as the veteran dramedy returns for its final four episodes. GCB (1.9/5) was up 27% from its last original, which followed the low-rated Titanic mini-series and flat with its last outing after a new Desperate Housewives. ABC won the night in 18-49.
It was a very slow Sunday night, with only three series cracking the 2 rating among adults 18-49. Leading the pack was the return of ABC’s Once Upon A Time (2.9/8), which was up two tenths from its last original three weeks ago. But ABC didn’t keep the momentum with another tepid performance for a Hallmark Hall Of Fame movie, Firelight (1.6/4), which was up a tenth from the last Hallmark movie on the network, A Smile As Big As The Moon. CBS’ The Amazing Race (2.5/7, 9.1 million total viewers) was flat with its fast national from last week, down a tenth from the final. The Good Wife (1.8/5, 10.3 million) was steady and ranked as the second-most-watched program of the night behind 60 Minutes, while NYC 22 (1.4/4, 7.5 million) was down only a tenth from its soft premiere last week as it seems to settle into A Gifted Man‘s pattern of a stable but low-rated freshman run. CBS (1.9/5, 9.9 million) and ABC (1.9/5, 7.5 million) finished the night tied in 18-49, with CBS winning outright in total viewers.
The last new series of the 2011-12 broadcast season, CBS’ NYC 22, made a quiet entrance onto the schedule last night. The rookie cop drama debuted with a 1.5/4 among adults 18-49 and 8.9 million total viewers at 10 PM. That was down from the 1.7 demo rating in the time slot last week for the season finale of CSI: Miami, which started almost an hour later. NYC 22 was also down a tenth from the premiere of CBS’ lowest-rated new series this season, drama A Gifted Man, which is unlikely to return next season. Leading into NYC 22 was The Good Wife (1.8/4), flat with its last original three weeks ago. 60 Minutes (1.4/5) was down 36% from last week when it followed The Masters overrun. The Amazing Race (2.5/7) was even with last week. CBS (1.8/5, 9.7 million) won the night in 18-49 and total viewers.
The hourlong conclusion of the low-rated four-part Titanic mini-series (0.9/2), which followed a Once Upon A Time repeat (1.1/3), disrupted the flow of ABC’s Sunday lineup. It pushed GCB (1.5/4) down 21% from last week’s 10 PM episode (1.9/5), which followed another GCB original (1.7/4) and a Once rerun (1.0/3). On NBC, Harry’s Law (0.9/3) as down a tenth despite its lead-in, Dateline (1.3/4), shooting up 30%. The Celebrity Apprentice (2.1/5) was flat. Fox veteran The Simpsons (2.2/7) returned to originals down 8% from its last fresh …
CBS’ midseason police drama The 2-2 aka Rookies, will launch April 15 with the official title NYC 22. The show, which follows six diverse NYPD rookies as they patrol the gritty streets of Upper Manhattan, has been assigned the Sunday 10 PM time slot, where it will replace CSI: Miami. To make room for the newbie, the current 10th season of the CSI spinoff was trimmed to 19 episodes, so the veteran will have completed its run of originals by April 15. NYC 22, from CBS TV Studios and Tribeca Prods, was created by Richard Price, who executive produces with Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal, Ken Sanzel and James Mangold. The series stars Terry Kinney, Adam Goldberg, Leelee Sobieski, Stark Sands, Judy Marte, Harold “House” Moore, Tom Reed and Felix Solis.
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