TV Ratings Friday: 'Grimm' Jumps, 'Chuck' Hits Season High, 'Fringe' Flat, As 'Shark Tank' & 'Primetime:WWYD' Premieres Pace ABC Win

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January 21st, 2012

Scoreboard ABC NBC FOX Uni CBS CW
Rating/Share: Adults 18-49 1.7/5 1.4/4 1.3/4 1.3/4 1.1/3 0.3/1
Total Viewers (million) 6.417 5.073 3.533 3.238 7.508 0.843

With CBS in all repeats on the night, ABC's unscripted line up topped the night's adults 18-49 ratings.

The season premiere of Shark Tank drew a 1.7 adults 18-49 rating, vs. a 1.2 rating for its Friday premiere on 3/25/11. The season premiere of Primetime: What Would You Do? had a 1.6 adults 18-49 rating.  20/20 drew a 1.8 adults 18-49 rating, up a tenth vs. a 1.7 rating last week.

Chuck hit a season high 1.1 adults 18-49 rating, was up two tenths vs. a 0.9 rating last week. Grimm also saw a jump its 1.8 adults 18-49 rating, was up 29% vs. a season/series low 1.4 rating last week. Dateline NBC drew a 1.4 adults 18-49 rating, up a tenth vs. 1.3 rating last week.

Kitchen Nightmares had a 1.5 adults 18-49 rating at 8pm, vs. a 1.7 rating last week. Fringe's 1.1 adults 18-49 rating matching its series low 1.1 rating last week.

Interestingly, yet another Remodeled repeat equalled the premiere original 0.3 adults 18-49 ratings.

Overnight broadcast primetime ratings for Friday, January 20, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM ABC Shark Tank (season premiere) 1.7 5 6.226
FOX Kitchen Nightmares 1.5 5 3.881
NBC Chuck 1.1 3 3.848
CBS A Gifted Man -R 1.0 3 6.942
CW Remodeled -R 0.3 1 0.776
9:00PM NBC Grimm 1.8 5 5.904
ABC Primetime: What Would You Do? (season premiere) 1.6 5 5.826
CBS CSI:NY -R 1.1 3 7.101
FOX Fringe 1.1 3 3.185
CW Supernatural -R 0.3 1 0.910
10:00PM ABC 20/20 1.8 5 7.199
NBC Dateline NBC 1.4 4 5.466
CBS Blue Bloods -R 1.3 4 8.482

Late night ratings via NBC press note:

In late-night metered-market households Friday night:

In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 3.3/8; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.6/6; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 3.6/8; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.7/5.

In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 1.0/4; "Late Show," 0.6/3; "Nightline," 1.0/4; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.6/3.

At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (2.0/6 in metered-market households) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.3/4). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.7/4 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.4/2).

At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 1.1/4 in metered-market households and a 0.4/2 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

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


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