April 23, 2012 8:55am PT by Michael O'Connell
TV Ratings: 'Once Upon a Time' Posts Small Gains in Return, 'NYC 22' Dips From Premiere
Once Upon a Time took an easy win on Sunday night, though the ABC drama's victory among adults 18-49 (a 2.9 rating according to fast affiliate ratings) was bookended by a repeat of America's Funniest Home Videos and a so-so performance from Hallmark Hall of Fame movie Firelight. Still, the two-hour TV movie's 1.6 rating among adults 18-49 outperformed the previous Sunday's lackluster Titanic by more than half of a point. ABC averaged a 1.9 rating among adults 18-49 and 7.5 million viewers.
CBS tied ABC in the demo and outpaced it by 2.4 million viewers. The network saw a resurgent 60 Minutes, up 21 percent to a 1.7 rating with adults 18-49, followed by The Amazing Race, down 4 percent, with a 2.5 in the demo. The Good Wife stayed even with a 1.8 rating with 18-49-ers, and NYC 22 fell 7 percent from its premiere, pulling a 1.4 in the demo.
Fox kicked off its 25th anniversary celebration by airing the Married … With Children and The Simpsons pilots at 7 and 7:30 p.m. Children brought in a 1.3 rating among adults 18-49, with Simpsons netting a 1.5 in the demo. The two-hour anniversary special rose to a 1.8 rating with 18-49-ers, giving the network an average 1.7 rating for the night and 3.9 million viewers.
On NBC, Dateline brought in a 1.2 rating among adults 18-49. Harry's Law was even with a 0.9 in the demo. The Celebrity Apprentice averaged 2.0 rating with 18-49-ers during its two-hour broadcast, tying for the top spot at 9 p.m. and topping all other networks at 10 p.m. NBC averaged a 1.5 in the demo and 6.3 million viewers.