'NYC 22' modest in bow as scripted shows struggle

CBS captured the Sunday ratings race thanks mostly to ”The Amazing Race,” which garnered the best demo score on a night that saw tepid results for scripted programming. The Eye’s cop show ”NYC 22” had a modest bow behind ”Good Wife,” and ABC saw ”GCB” hit a low without any real support behind it.

According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, CBS opened with ”60 Minutes” (1.4/5 in 18-49, 10.8 million viewers overall), whose tribute to Mike Wallace was the most-watched program overall for the night. It was followed by the steady ”Amazing Race” (2.5/7 in 18-49, 9.2 million viewers overall) and another so-so outing by ”The Good Wife” (1.8/4 in 18-49, 10.0 million viewers overall), which nonetheless led the broadcasters in the 9 o’clock hour among adults 25-54 (2.6/6) and total viewers. And at 10, ”NYC 22” (1.5/4 in 18-49, 8.9 million viewers overall) held much of its ”Good Wife” lead-in but the opening result was not especially promising.

At NBC, ”Celebrity Apprentice” matched a six-week high (2.1/5 in 18-49, 6.6 million viewers overall), winning the 10 o’clock hour in all key demos. Earlier in the evening, ”Dateline” (1.3/4 in 18-49, 4.8 million viewers overall) was competitive in demos with ”60 Minutes,” but ”Harry’s Law” continues to struggle generating many young adults at 8 o’clock (0.9/3 in 18-49, 8.1 million viewers overall) but remains a potent player in total viewers.

Fox was led by original episodes of ”The Simpsons” (2.2/7 in 18-49, 4.9 million viewers overall), ”Family Guy” (2.2/6 in 18-49, 4.6 million viewers overall), ”The Cleveland Show” (2.0/5 in 18-49, 4.3 million viewers overall) and ”Bob’s Burgers” (1.8/5 in 18-49, 3.8 million viewers overall). ”Family” and ”Cleveland” combined for an 18-49 victory in the 9 o’clock hour, and Fox was the night’s easy winner among adults 18-34.

ABC was on the high side early with ”America’s Funniest Home Videos” (1.5/5 in 18-49, 6.3 million viewers overall) but hit the skids with a repeat ”Once Upon a Time” (1.1/3 in 18-49, 4.1 million viewers overall) followed by the conclusion of two-part original movie ”Titanic” (0.9/2 in 18-49, 4.2 million viewers overall); the previous segment of ”Titanic” aired for three hours on Saturday. And at 10, ”GCB” hit a low (1.5/4 in 18-49, 4.5 million viewers overall), but will look to rebound when it has ”Desperate Housewives” back as a lead-in at the end of the month.

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: CBS, 1.8/5; Fox, 1.7/5; NBC, 1.6/5; ABC, 1.3/3; Univision, 1.0/3.

In total viewers: CBS, 9.7 million; NBC, 6.5 million; ABC, 4.8 million; Fox, 3.8 million; Univision, 2.8 million.

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