TV Ratings Friday: 'Fringe' Recovers, 'Nikita,' 'Grimm' Hit Series Lows, As CBS Edges ABC

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March 31st, 2012

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After two weeks of NCAA basketball CBS edged ABC to top the nights adults 18-49 ratings with its regular line up, as Undercover Boss drew a 1.8 adults 18-49, down 10% vs. its last episode. CSI:NY dropped a tenth to a 1.6 adults 18-49, vs. a 1.7 rating in its last new episode in early February. Blue Bloods was even with its last new episode at a 1.6 adults 18-49 rating.

Fringe recovered 0.3 points to a 1.2 adults 18-49 rating, more typical of its post January episodes, vs. a series low 0.9 rating last week. Earlier, Kitchen Nightmares had a 1.2 adults 18-49 rating.

Nikita fell back to a series low matching 0.4 adults 18-49 rating, vs. a 0.5 rating last week. Supernatural rose a tenth to a 0.7 adults 18-49 rating, vs. a season low 0.6 rating last week.

Shark Tank was a repeat, and Primetime What Would You Do? fell a tenth to a 1.5 adults 18-49 rating, vs. a 1.6 rating last week. 20/20 lead the night with a 2.1 adults 18-49 rating, vs. a 1.6 rating last week.

Grimm returned with an original after two weeks off, at a season/series low 1.2 adults 18-49 rating, vs. a 1.5 rating three weeks ago. Earlier, Who Do You Think You Are? drew just a 0.8 adults 18-49 rating, vs. a 1.0 rating last week. At 10pm, Dateline NBC drew a 1.2 adults 18-49 rating.

Late night ratings below primetime table.

Overnight broadcast primetime ratings for Friday, March 30, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM CBS Undercover Boss 1.8 7 8.096
ABC Shark Tank -R 1.2 5 4.800
FOX Kitchen Nightmares 1.2 4 2.896
NBC Who Do You Think You Are? 0.8 3 5.081
CW Nikita 0.4 2 1.319
9:00PM CBS CSI: NY 1.6 5 9.437
ABC Primetime What Would You Do? 1.5 5 5.022
NBC Grimm 1.2 4 4.157
FOX Fringe 1.2 4 3.112
CW Supernatural 0.7 2 1.718
10:00PM ABC 20/20 2.1 7 6.919
CBS Blue Bloods 1.6 5 10.602
NBC Dateline NBC 1.2 4 4.584

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," 2.5/6; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 4.0/9; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.7/5 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 with an encore; "Late Show," 0.6/3; "Nightline," 1.4/6; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.7/4 with an encore.

· At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.5/5 in metered-market household) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.2/4 with an encore). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.5/3 in 18-4) topped "Late Late Show" (0.4/2 with an encore).

· At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 1.0/4 with an encore in metered-market households and a 0.3/3 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

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