As we near the end of the season (or are at the end of the season, depending on what show we are talking about), the general tendency is for shows to rise — and on Sunday night, many programs ended up reaping the benefits.
CBS – For “The Amazing Race,” having Brendon & Rachel around until the finale ended up paying off. The show’s 2.6 rating in the 18-49 demographic was up both versus last week and the finale last year. Unfortunately, the good news could not be carried over to “NYC 22,” as the police drama scored a woeful rating of 1.3 (even if this was up versus last week). (Note: one demo point is equal to 1.28 million viewers within the specified age range.)
ABC – “Once Upon a Time” may be up versus last week once the final numbers are released, as it has already drawn a 3.0 rating. “Desperate Housewives” was up drastically versus last week, as the last new hour before the finale scored a 2.8. The only show to stay constant for the network was “GCB,” which failed to get a finale bump with a 1.8.
NBC – The bad news was all around for the Peacock. “Harry’s Law” hit a brutal new series low with a 0.7, even if it does still receive more total viewers than just about any other scripted show on the network. “The Celebrity Apprentice” was also down, though its 1.9 rating is even to what it was in the preliminary numbers last week.
Fox – “Family Guy” won the night on the network with a 2.7 rating, while most of the other shows were down versus the week before. The only exception? “American Dad,” which came back on after a hiatus and scored a 2.3.
What do you think the ratings will be for the “Housewives” finale?