Sunday TV Ratings 3/13/22: Weakest Link Returns with New Low, American Idol and The Rookie Slip, Fox Cartoons Hit New Lows (UPDATED)


Ratings Analysis: Sandwiched between anemic episodes of 'The Courtship' (0.12, -0.04) and 'Transplant' (0.13), NBC's 'Weakest Link' (0.21) returned in battered shape for season two. This was nearly 60% below its previous series low (0.5) and a laughable 83% behind its season one start (1.2). To make matters worse, the entire lineup of originals was once again beaten by the 7PM rerun of 'America's Got Talent: Extreme' (0.28). On ABC, 'America's Funniest Home Videos' (0.61, -0.24), 'American Idol' (0.95, -0.11), and 'The Rookie' (0.38, -0.13) came back down to earth after posting hefty gains the week prior. CBS's '60 Minutes' (0.73, +0.11) and 'The Equalizer' (0.62, +0.02) climbed higher while dramas 'NCIS: Los Angeles' (0.44, -0.07) and 'SWAT' (0.47, -0.04) stumbled. Fox dealt with a smattering of new lows as 'The Simpsons' (0.32, -0.10), 'The Great North' (0.23, -0.07), 'Bob's Burgers' (0.33, -0.01), and 'Family Guy' (0.33, -0.08) all crashed. The 7PM 'Simpsons' (0.23) and 'Call Me Kat' (0.18) reruns were barely lower than the originals. On the CW, the '27th Critics' Choice Awards' (0.19) improved by a staggering amount from the 26th ceremony that aired in 2021 (0.08).

Finals Update: 'America's Funniest Home Videos' (+0.1), '27th Critics' Choice Awards' (+0.1), 'American Idol' (+0.1), and the repeat of 'AGT Extreme' (+0.1) adjusted up. 'NCIS: Los Angeles' (-0.1) and the repeat of 'The Simpsons' (-0.1) adjusted down.



18-49 Rating/Share

Viewers (mil)


7 PM60 Minutes0.73/78.00CBS

America's Funniest Home Videos0.61/55.05ABC

America's Got Talent: Extreme (R)0.28/31.59NBC

The Simpsons (R)0.23/21.11Fox

27th Critics' Choice Awards0.19/10.63The CW
7:30 PMCall Me Kat (R)0.18/20.70Fox
8 PMAmerican Idol0.95/76.64ABC

The Equalizer0.62/56.95CBS

The Simpsons0.32/31.14Fox

The Courtship0.12/10.62NBC
8:30 PMThe Great North0.23/20.79Fox
9 PMNCIS: Los Angeles0.44/35.34CBS

Bob's Burgers0.33/30.95Fox

Weakest Link (P)0.21/21.52NBC
9:30 PMFamily Guy0.33/31.03Fox
10 PMSWAT0.47/44.15CBS

The Rookie0.38/33.29ABC

(P) = premiere
(R) = repeat

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