Ratings: NBC better off without 'Kings' on Sunday

NBC boosted its Sunday night ratings by booting big-budget drama Kings off the schedule. In its place, a two-hour Dateline snagged 6.4 million viewers (as opposed to the mere 3.6 million Kings sired last week), helping lead-out Celebrity Apprentice (7.9 million) score an extra 900,000 watchers. CBS won the night with the Masters Golf Tournament leading into its usually strong primetime lineup (though the numbers in the chart below are slightly skewed because the tournament ran over).

As for the rest of the weekend, ABC ruled Saturday with the annual Easter weekend airing of The Ten Commandments (6.8 million), and CBS’ almost-as-powerful Ghost Whisperer/Flashpoint/Numb3rs lineup won Friday night, as usual.









































Time Show Viewers (in millions)
7 p.m. Masters Golf Tournament (CBS)
Dateline (NBC)
America’s Funniest Home Videos (ABC)
American Dad (Fox)
Jericho (The CW)
6.2 (repeat)
1.9 (repeat)
.6 (repeat)
7:30 p.m. King of the Hill (Fox) 3.0 (repeat)
8 p.m. 60 Minutes (CBS)
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (ABC)
The Simpsons (Fox)
3 Strikes (The CW)
4.7 (repeat)
8:30 p.m. King of the Hill (Fox) 4.2 (repeat)
9 p.m. The Amazing Race XIV (CBS)
Celebrity Apprentice (NBC)
Family Guy (Fox)
5.4 (repeat)
9:30 p.m. American Dad (Fox) 4.5 (repeat)
10 p.m. Cold Case (CBS)
Desperate Housewives (ABC)
4.7 (repeat)


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  • krissy

    are they going to air the remaing eps of kings?

  • joe

    I did not like it anyway. Well maybe some people like it.
    Check anyone’s court record files. http://www.lookuphistory.com/

  • Stephie

    It was not a new episode of kings anyways, maybe that had something to do with it…

  • KateW

    It is sad. Kings is such a good show. Probably the best show on network television. Certainly the most intelligent. I hope a cable network picks it up.

  • Christy

    That’s a shame. I caught the pilot of Kings on SciFi over the weekend and then watched the rest of the episodes yesterday. Great show! I’m totally hooked. Sunday night is not that greatest time slot though, so even if it stayed in that slot I’d have to catch it online later.

  • Karen

    Wasn’t The Unit the ten o’clock show on CBS last night?? That’s when my DVR recorded it, anyway…

  • larry

    get rid of kings. keep chuck.

  • Pop

    KINGS now is programmed on Saturdays, 8 pm.

  • M

    I think they ought to sell Kings to some cable channel where it might stand out better. NBC just keeps stuffing it where no one sees it.

  • Marie

    I enjoy reading the recaps of and comments on my favorite TV shows like Desperate Housewives and 24. I notice that while the CBS shows are regularly rated in the top 15, week after week, often garnering two-thirds of the slots, only Survivor and Amazing Race are recapped. Why is that? I would LOVE to see the recap of one of my most favorite CBS shows, THE UNIT, as part of EW’s TV Watch. Surely, its fans are just as avid as are the fans of 24. Any hope for its inclusion as a regular feature of TV Watch? Please say there is! (I don’t watch NBC on Sunday nights. Nothing there interests me.)

  • John Cor.

    I thought Kings was a pretty good show from watching one episode… Dunno why people still watch the Apprentice, all those “celebrities” are complete toolsheds and the brands they do challenges for are so obscure it’s kind of funny.

  • John Cor.

    I thought Kings was a pretty good show from watching one episode… Dunno why people still watch the Apprentice, all those “celebrities” are complete toolsheds and the brands they do challenges for are so obscure it’s kind of funny.

  • lorien

    I blame poor advertising for the downfall of Kings. I saw nothing from NBC that made me want to watch it. It was my boyfriend who urged me to check it out & after one episode I was hooked. It is easily the best show on network tv.

  • Josh

    KINGS is a great show…I am totally hooked. Hopefully the “powers that be” will give it a chance…”smart” shows always take a while to find their audience. Anyway, I hope I am reading POP comment’s correctly and that it is still on..just moved to Saturdays!

  • MACY

    i thought kings was great caught the second episode and then had to watch the first 1 online. GREAT show NBC blames shows for lack of ratings but u cannot make a show work by giving it a SATURDAY schedule especially for a new show! i think a weekday slot would do much better for the shows. I just think that most people do not know it is a good show like me i was bored and watch ONE EPISODE now i am hooked i hope it stays around

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