TV Ratings Friday: 'Grimm' Returns To Lows; 'A Gifted Man,' 'Supernatural,' 'Nikita,' 'CSI: NY' Fall; 'Fringe Stays Low'

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January 14th, 2012

Scoreboard CBS ABC Uni FOX NBC CW
Rating/Share: Adults 18-49 1.6/5 1.6/5 1.4/4 1.4/4 1.2/4 0.6/2
Total Viewers (million) 10.338 5.995 3.358 3.344 4.347 1.502

CBS and ABC tied on the night with the advertiser coveted adults 18-49 and CBS easily dominated with the press release friendly total viewers.

It was a Friday the 13th-ish night for several shows...

A Gifted Man fell two tenths from last week to a 1.3 adults 18-49 rating. CSI: NY was down a tenth to a 1.7 adults 18-49 rating and Blue Bloods was even with a 1.8 adults 18-49 rating.

The series finale (there will still be occasional than specials of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition was pretty much on par with last week with a 1.4 and 1.7 adults 18-49 rating versus last week's 1.4 and 1.6.  20/20 was up four tenth at 10p though to a 1.7 adults 18-49 rating.

Chuck was even with last week's 0.9 adults 18-49 rating and Grimm was down a tenth from its last original on December 16 to a season/series low 1.4 adults 18-49 rating (though it had a Friday season high in total viewers for the 8pm hour).

Kitchen Nightmares performed well for Fox with a 1.7 adults 18-49 rating at 8pm, but Fringe gave up six tenths of that to stay even with its last original on November 18th - a series-low tying 1.1 adults 18-49 rating.

On the CW, Supernatural fell 25% from last week to a 0.6 adults 18-49 rating and earlier in the night Nikita was down a tenth from last week to a 0.5 adults 18-49 rating.

Overnight broadcast primetime ratings for Friday, January 13, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
8:00 FOX Kitchen Nightmares 1.7/5 3.80
ABC Extreme Makeover Home Edition 1.4/4 5.97
CBS A Gifted Man 1.3/4 8.67
NBC Chuck 0.9/3 3.24
CW Nikita 0.5/2 1.46
9:00 CBS CSI: NY 1.7/5 10.47
ABC Extreme Makeover Home Edition 1.7/5 6.46
NBC Grimm 1.4/4 4.62
FOX Fringe 1.1/3 2.89
CW Supernatural 0.6/2 1.55
10:00 CBS Blue Bloods 1.8/5 11.87
ABC 20/20 1.7/5 5.56
NBC Dateline 1.3/4 5.18

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


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