TV Ratings Friday: '20/20' Whitney Houston Special Leads ABC Win; 'Fringe' Steady; 'Undercover Boss' Way Above CBS Scripted

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February 18th, 2012

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The CBS premiere of an unscripted show on Fridays got off to a good start as Undercover Boss had a 2.4 adults 18-49 rating, nearly double last week's A Gifted Man at 8pm. If you want to go apples to oranges, it's last new Sunday airing (vs. the Pro Bowl) had a 3.0 rating. In its first go at 9pm,  A Gifted Man drew a 1.5 adults 18-49, up 15% vs. last week's 1.3 rating at 8pm. For comparison, CSI:NY had a 1.7 rating at 9pm last week. Blue Bloods scored a 1.6 adults 18-49 rating, down 11% vs. last week's 1.8 rating.

Perhaps taking a hit from Undercover Boss, ABC's Shark Tank had a 1.5 adults 18-49 rating, down 17% vs. a 1.8 rating last week, and a two hour  20/20 on Whitney Houston had a 2.0 adults 18-49 rating vs. a 1.4 last week for a one hour episode. ABC lead the night's adults 18-49 ratings.

Fox's Kitchen Nightmares had a 1.3 adults 18-49 rating, down 13% vs. a 1.5 rating last week. Fringe was even with another series low matching 1.1 adults 18-49 rating.

NBC's 43rd NAACP Image Awards drew a 0.8 adults 18-49 rating, up 33% vs. last year's 0.6 rating. Dateline had just a 1.1 adults 18-49 rating, down 27% vs. a 1.5 rating last week.

Nikita had a 0.6 adults 18-49 rating, up a tenth vs. a 0.5 rating last week. Supernatural's 0.7 adults 18-49 rating was down a tenth vs. a 0.8 rating last week.

Late-night data is below the primetime results.

Overnight broadcast primetime ratings for Friday, February 10, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM CBS Undercover Boss 2.4 8 10.733
ABC Shark Tank 1.5 5 5.664
FOX Kitchen Nightmares 1.3 4 3.112
NBC NAACP Image Awards (8-10p) 0.8 2 2.957
CW Nikita 0.6 2 1.601
9:00PM ABC 20/20 (9-11p) 2.0 6 7.857
CBS A Gifted Man 1.5 4 9.509
FOX Fringe 1.1 3 2.992
CW Supernatural 0.7 2 1.683
10:00PM CBS Blue Bloods 1.6 5 10.633
NBC Dateline NBC 1.1 3 4.369

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," 2.6/6; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 3.9/9; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.6/5 with an encore .

In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 0.9/4; "Late Show," 0.6/3; "Nightline," 1.3/5; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.5/3 with an encore .

At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.6/5 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" (0.6/3 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.3/2).

At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 1.0/4 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.4/3 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

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