TV Ratings Friday: ABC Unscripted Wins Again; 'Fringe' Higher; 'Chuck' Sees Season High in Finale

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January 28th, 2012

Scoreboard ABC Uni FOX NBC CBS CW
Rating/Share: Adults 18-49 1.6/5 1.5/4 1.3/4 1.2/4 1.1/4 0.4/1
Total Viewers (million) 5.455 3.647 3.408 4.314 7.499 1.142

As was the case last week, CBS was in repeats and ABC's unscripted lineup again won the night with adults 18-49 winning every hour on the night. Shark Tank was down a tenth from last week's premiere to a 1.6 adults 18-49 rating but Primetime: What Would You Do? was up a tenth to a 1.7 adults 18-49 rating, its best rating in more than a year. 20/20 was down three tenths from last week to a 1.5 adults 18-49 rating.

Fox was third on the night behind Univision.  Kitchen Nightmares was down two tenths to a 1.4 adults 18-49 rating. Fringe rose up off its lows by a tenth to a 1.2 adults 18-49 rating.

Chuck's penultimate episode at 8pm was up a tenth over last week's 8pm telecast to a 1.2 adults 18-49 rating and at 9pm the series finale was up another tenth to a season-high 1.3 adults 18-49 rating (though that's down half a point from the 1.8 Grimm pulled last week at 9pm, the Chuck faithful at least got the ending they wanted!). Dateline was down three tenths from last week to a 1.1 adults 18-49 rating.

Late-night ratings are below the primetime table.

Overnight broadcast primetime ratings for Friday, January 27, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
8:00 ABC Shark Tank 1.6/5 5.45
FOX Kitchen Nightmares 1.4/4 3.44
NBC Chuck 1.2/4 4.12
CBS A Gifted Man (R) 1.0/3 6.67
CW Nikita (R) 0.4/1 1.19
9:00 ABC Primetime: What Would You Do? 1.7/5 5.19
NBC Chuck (Series Finale) 1.3/4 4.32
FOX Fringe 1.2/3 3.37
CBS CSI: NY (R) 1.1/3 7.69
CW Supernatural (R) 0.4/1 1.09
10:00 ABC 20/20 1.5/4 5.73
CBS Blue Bloods (R) 1.3/4 8.14
NBC Dateline NBC 1.1/3 4.50


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," 2.8/7 with an encore telecast; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.4/6 with an encore; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 3.3/7; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.6/4.
  • In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 0.9/4 with an encore; "Late Show," 0.5/2 with an encore; "Nightline," 1.0/4; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.5/3
  • At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.6/5 in metered-market households with an encore) tied CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.2/4 with an encore).  In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.6/3 in 18-49 with an encore) topped "Late Late Show" (0.3/2 with an encore).
  • At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.9/3 with an encore in metered-market households and a 0.4/3 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.


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