May 07, 2012 9:05am PT by Michael O'Connell
TV Ratings: 'Desperate Housewives' Grows as End Nears, 'Amazing Race' Also Rises
Fast affiliate ratings give ABC an easy demo win Sunday night, with the network scoring a 2.4 rating among adults 18-49 and 7.6 million viewers. A rising America's Funniest Home Videos, up half of a point, started the night at 8 p.m. with a 2.0 with 18-49-ers, followed by an even Once Upon a Time at 3.0 and a buoyed Desperate Housewives, up three-tenths of a point for a 2.8 as its series finale approaches. Bubble show GCB ended its freshman season even with a 1.8 in the demo.
CBS saw similar growth at 7 p.m., with 60 Minutes jumping four-tenths of a point to a 1.6 among 18-49. The two-hour season ended of The Amazing Race, up to a 2.6 in the demo, matched last spring's finale. And it proved a slightly better lead-in for NYC 22 than The Good Wife. The drama saw a one-tenth bump over last week, pulling a 1.3 rating among adults 18-49. Overall, CBS topped in viewers with 9.3 million and placed second in the demo with a 2.0 rating.
A repeat of The Simpsons led into a relatively even showing from Fox's animation block. The Cleveland Show was down a tenth a 1.5 rating among adults 18-49, with Simpsons down to a 2.1. Bob's Burgers and Family Guy also slipped a tenth of a point, for a respective 1.8 and 2.7, while American Dad returned with a 15 percent jump for a 2.3 in the demo. Fox nabbed a 1.9 adults rating for the night and 4.1 million viewers.
Dateline hit a 0.7 adults 18-49 rating on NBC, leading into a series-low 0.7 for Harry's Law. The Celebrity Apprentice dropped just a tenth of a point from last week, with the two-hour broadcast pulling a 1.8 rating among adults 18-49. The net grabbed a 1.3 rating among 18-49-ers for the night and 5.8 million viewers.