TV Ratings Friday: 'Fringe,' 'Grimm,' 'A Gifted Man,' 'Nikita' At Series Lows, As ABC Unscripted Ties CBS In Adults 18-49

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February 4th, 2012

Scoreboard CBS ABC FOX NBC Uni CW
Rating/Share: Adults 18-49 1.5/5 1.5/5 1.4/4 1.2/4 1.2 0.6/2
Total Viewers (million) 9.953 5.263 3.517 5.139   1.588

For the first Friday of the February sweeps period, all the English broadcast networks had full schedules of new episodes and ABC's all unscripted line up tied CBS' scripted line up among adults 18-49.

Shark Tank's 1.5 adults 18-49 rating was steady vs. a 1.5 rating last week. Primetime: What Would You Do? drew a 1.4 adults 18-49 rating, down 18% vs. a 1.7 rating last week. 20/20 notched a 1.7 adults 18-49 rating, up 13% vs. a 1.5 rating last week.

After 2 weeks off, CBS dramas were all new. A Gifted Man returned to a series low matching 1.2 adults 18-49 rating, down a tenth vs. a 1.3 rating three weeks ago. CSI: NY's 1.6 adults 18-49 rating was down a tenth vs. a 1.7 rating three weeks ago. Blue Bloods' 1.7 adults 18-49, down a tenth vs. a 1.8 rating three weeks ago.

Kitchen Nightmares drew a 1.6 adults 18-49 rating, up two tenths vs. a 1.4 rating last week. Fringe fell back to a series low 1.1 adults 18-49 rating, vs. a 1.2 rating last week.

Without Chuck TVBTN's world is a little emptier, and its replacement Who Do You Think You Are? drew a 1.1 adults 18-49 rating. Grimm matched its season low 1.4 adults 18-49 rating, down 22% vs. a 1.8 rating two weeks ago. Dateline's 1.1 adults 18-49 rating, was down a tenth vs. a 1.2 rating last week.

After 2 weeks off, Nikita's 0.5 adults 18-49 rating was even with its series low 0.5 rating three weeks ago. Supernatural had a 0.7 adults 18-49 rating, also even vs. its season low 0.7 rating two weeks ago (not sure if that's a series low).

Late night ratings below primetime table.

Overnight broadcast primetime ratings for Friday, February 3, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM FOX Kitchen Nightmares 1.6 5 3.849
ABC Shark Tank 1.5 5 5.202
CBS A Gifted Man 1.2 4 8.413
NBC Who Do You Think You Are? 1.1 4 6.020
CW Nikita 0.5 2 1.487
9:00PM CBS CSI:NY 1.6 5 10.165
ABC Primetime: What Would You Do? 1.4 4 5.023
NBC Grimm 1.4 4 4.731
FOX Fringe 1.1 3 3.186
CW Supernatural 0.7 2 1.628
10:00PM ABC 20/20 1.7 5 5.563
CBS Blue Bloods 1.7 5 11.280
NBC Dateline NBC 1.1 3 4.665

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," 2.9/7; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.7/6; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 3.4/8; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.6/4 with an encore.

In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 0.8/4; "Late Show," 0.6/3; "Nightline," 1.1/4; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.6/3 with an encore.

At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.8/5 in metered-market households) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.4/4). 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 1.0/4 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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