March 12, 2012 9:11am PT by Michael O'Connell
TV Ratings: 'Once' Drops, 'Desperate' Steady and 'GCB' Grows for ABC Win
Perhaps Daylight Savings is to blame, but more than a few series took spills on Sunday night.
ABC, on top with a 2.3 rating among adults 18-49 and 7.8 million viewers, got a less than fortuitous start with America's Funniest Home Videos and Once Upon a Time. Both series suffered double-digit drops, with Videos down 41 percent to a 1.3 in the demo and Once hitting a series low, down 18 percent, for a 2.8 among 18-49-ers. Desperate Housewives, likely enjoying the attention from the Nicollette Sheridan trial, was even with last week's 2.5. GCB actually managed to post small gains in its second episode, moving up one tenth of a point for a 2.3 in the demo.
The Amazing Race was even on CBS, bringing in 2.8 in adults 18-49 and tying Once Upon a Time (and Family Guy). The network also held steady with 60 Minutes (1.6) and CSI: Miami (2.1), both unchanged from last week, but saw a dip for the Good Wife, don 11 percent to a 1.7. CBS averaged a 2.1 in the demo and 10.1 million viewers.
Bob's Burger's returned to the Fox animation line-up, down 10 percent from its May 2011 finale. The 1.9 adults 18-49 rating in the demo topped Cleveland (up 7 percent for a 1.6), but was outmatched by The Simpsons (2.3), Family Guy (2.8) and American Dad (2.2). The net brought in a 2.0 adults 18-49 rating and 4.3 million for the night.
Harry's Law returned to the NBC schedule on its new night with an even 1.1 adults 18-49 rating. Lead-in Dateline was down 10 percent for a 0.9 in the demo, while Celebrity Apprentice fell 13 percent for a 2.0 score among 18-49-ers over its two-hour broadcast. NBC averaged a 1.5 adults rating and 6.6 million viewers.