TV Ratings Friday: 'Supernatural' Falls; 'Shark Tank' Rises; 'Nikita' Steady, As CBS' NCAA Tourney Likely Tops Night

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March 17th, 2012

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*Due to the nature of live sports programming the ratings for CBS (NCAA Basketball) are approximate and subject to more than the typical adjustments in the final numbers. See below for more information on these Fast Affiliate Ratings.

ABC was all new on Friday night as  Shark Tank rose to a 1.7 adults 18-49 rating, up 21% vs. a 1.4 rating last week. Primetime What Would You Do? also rose, its 1.5 adults 18-49 rating was up 25% vs. a 1.2 rating last week. 20/20 was up a tenth to a 1.4 adults 18-49 rating, vs. a 1.3 rating last week.

After three weeks of repeats, Nikita returned to a 0.5 adults 18-49 rating, even with the rating in its last new episode. Supernatural returned down a tenth to a 0.7 adults 18-49 rating, vs. a 0.8 rating in its last new episode.

NBC's only original show, Dateline NBC  fell to a 1.0 adults 18-49 rating, down 23% vs. a 1.3 rating last week..

The CBS preliminary ratings for the NCAA tournament are likely to be adjusted in the final ratings, and only cover the primetime portion of the game telecasts. We'll have the final ratings for the CBS games, as well as most (if not all) of the NCAA games on cable in our broadcast and cable final ratings posts for Friday night due Monday afternoon.

Overnight broadcast primetime ratings for Friday, March 16, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM CBS NCAA Basketball Tournament (8-11p) 2.2 7 6.200
ABC Shark Tank 1.7 6 6.093
FOX Kitchen Nightmares -R 1.1 4 2.625
NBC Who Do You Think You Are? -R 0.7 3 4.236
CW Nikita 0.5 2 1.530
9:00PM ABC Primetime What Would You Do? 1.5 5 5.567
FOX Kitchen Nightmares -R 1.1 3 2.650
NBC Grimm -R 0.7 2 3.390
CW Supernatural 0.7 2 1.689
10:00PM ABC 20/20 1.4 4 5.624
NBC Dateline NBC 1.0 3 4.603


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