TV Ratings Friday: 'Undercover Boss' Falls, Still Leads; 'Grimm,' 'A Gifted Man' Down; 'Fringe,' 'Shark Tank,' 'Blue Bloods' Rise

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February 25th, 2012


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Undercover Boss fell 21% from last Friday's premiere, but its 1.9 adults 18-49 rating still put it ahead of everything else on Friday and CBS edged out ABC for a nightly win with adults 18-49. A Gifted Man was off two tenths vs. last week at 9pm, falling to a 1.3 adults 18-49 rating.   Blue Bloods was up a tenth though to a 1.7 adults 18-49 rating.

ABC's Shark Tank gained three tenths vs. last week and its 1.8 adults 18-49 rating gave Undercover Boss a run for its money.

NBC's Grimm was down a tenth vs. its last original to a 1.5 adults 18-49 rating.  As noted earlier this morning, Fringe was off its lows and up a tenth with adults 18-49 to a 1.2 rating in its "winter finale." Earlier in the night Kitchen Nightmares was up two tenths vs. last week to a 1.5 adults 18-49 rating.

Late-night data is below the primetime results.

Overnight broadcast primetime ratings for Friday, February 24, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
8:00 CBS Undercover Boss 1.9/9 8.63
ABC Shark Tank 1.8/6 5.89
FOX Kitchen Nightmares 1.5/5 3.48
NBC Who Do You Think You Are? 1.0/3 4.99
CW Nikita (R) 0.4/1 1.22
9:00 NBC Grimm 1.5/5 4.75
ABC Primetime What Would You Do? 1.4/4 4.63
CBS A Gifted Man 1.3/4 9.07
FOX Fringe 1.2/4 3.09
CW Supernatural (R) 0.4/1 1.05
10:00 CBS Blue Bloods 1.7/5 11.18
NBC Dateline NBC 1.3/4 5.00
ABC 20/20 1.2/4 4.73

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," 2.3/6; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 3.1/7; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.4/4.
  • In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 1.1/5; "Late Show," 0.6/3; "Nightline," 0.9/4; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.5/3.
  • 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" (1.1/4).  In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.7/4 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.3/2).
  • At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 1.1/4 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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