TV Ratings Friday: 'Blue Bloods' Falls But CBS Wins, 'Grimm' Coming Back to Earth?; Series Low for 'Fringe'

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November 12th, 2011

Scoreboard CBS FOX NBC Uni ABC CW
Rating/Share: Adults 18-49 1.5/5 1.4/4 1.3/4   1.1/3 0.7/2
Total Viewers (million) 9.86 3.49 4.42   5.22 1.85

CBS won the night with adults 18-49 and total viewers. A Gifted Man was steady versus last week, CSI: NY was up a tenth to a 1.7 adults 18-49 rating and Blue Bloods was off four tenths to a 1.7 adults 18-49 rating.

Fringe  on 11/11/11 Fringe scored a 1.1 adults 18-49 rating, marking its series low. Earlier in the night on Fox Kitchen Nightmares drew a 1.6 adults 18-49.

NBC's Chuck was steady with a 0.9 adults 18-49 rating, but Grimm was down three tenths to a 1.5 adults 18-49 rating. Most of our polled readers were too optimistic with nearly 2/3rds predicting Grimm would do better than a 1.6 adults 18-49 rating.

CW's Nikita and Supernatural were both steady versus last week with 0.6 and 0.8 adults 18-49 ratings respectively.

Overnight broadcast primetime ratings for Friday, November 11, 2011:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
8:00 FOX Kitchen Nightmares 1.6/5 3.92
CBS A Gifted Man 1.2/4 8.25
NBC Chuck 0.9/3 3.17
ABC Extreme Makeover Home Edition 0.8/3 4.21
CW Nikita 0.6/2 1.90
9:00 CBS CSI: NY 1.7/5 10.16
NBC Grimm 1.5/5 5.19
ABC 20/20 1.1/3 5.58
FOX Fringe 1.1/3 3.07
CW Supernatural 0.8/2 1.79
10:00 CBS Blue Bloods 1.7/5 11.18
ABC 20/20 1.4/4 5.87
NBC Dateline 1.4/4 4.90


Via NBC press notes:

NOTE: All ratings are "live plus same day" from Nielsen Media Research unless otherwise indicated.


Rating: Estimated percentage of the universe of TV households (or other specified group) tuned to a program in the average minute. Ratings are expressed as a percent.  More information on ratings is available here.

Share (of Audience): The percent of households (or persons) using television who are tuned to a specific program, station or network in a specific area at a specific time. (See also, Rating, which represents tuning or viewing as a percent of the entire population being measured.)

Fast Affiliate Ratings: These first national ratings, including demographics, are available at approximately 11 AM (ET) the day after telecast, and are released to subscribing customers daily. These data, from the National People Meter sample, are strictly time-period information, based on the normal broadcast network feed, and include all programming on the affiliated stations, sometimes including network programming, sometimes not. The figures may include stations that did not air the entire network feed, as well as local news breaks or cutaways for local coverage or other programming. Fast Affiliate ratings are not as useful for live programs and are likely to differ significantly from the final results, because the data reflect normal broadcast feed patterns. For example, with a World Series game, Fast Affiliate Ratings would include whatever aired from 8-11PM on affiliates in the Pacific Time Zone, following the live football game, but not game coverage that begins at 5PM PT. The same would be true of Presidential debates as well as live award shows and breaking news reports.

Time Shifted Viewing – Program ratings for national sources are produced in three streams of data – Live, Live+Same Day (Live+SD) and Live+7 Day. Time shifted figures account for incremental viewing that takes place with DVRs. Live+Same Day (Live+SD) include viewing during the same broadcast day as the original telecast, with a cut-off of 3:00AM local time when meters transmit daily viewing to Nielsen for processing. Live+7 Day ratings include incremental viewing that takes place during the 7 days following a telecast.

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