TV Ratings Friday: 'Grimm' Rebounds; 'Undercover Boss' Dips, But Leads 'Shark Tank;' 'Fringe' & 'The Finder' See Lows

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April 14th, 2012

Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 1.5/5 1.5/5 1.4/5 1.2/4 0.9/3 0.3/1
Total Viewers (million) 7.447 5.185 3.692 4.812 3.134 0.941

ABC and CBS split adults 18-49 leadership for Friday the 13th and CBS was tops with total viewers.

CBS's Undercover Boss shed a tenth from last week dropping to a 1.7 adults 18-49 rating. From 9-11p the Lionel Richie and Friends concert averaged a 1.6 adults 18-49 rating.

Shark Tank returned from repeats with a 1.6 adults 18-49 rating.  Primetime: What Would You Do? dropped a tenth vs. last week to a 1.4 adults 18-49 rating and 20/20 was up a tenth vs. last week to a 1.6 adults 18-49 rating.

NBC's Grimm was up big, relatively speaking, rising three tenths from last week to a 1.6 adults 18-49 rating. Dateline was up a tenth from last week to a 1.1 adults 18-49 rating.

As already posted, Fringe fell back to a series low-tying 0.9 adults 18-49 rating and also at a 0.9 adults 18-49 rating, The Finder fell to a series low.

Late-night ratings are below the primetime data.

Overnight broadcast primetime ratings for Friday, April 13, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
8:00 CBS Undercover Boss 1.7/6 6.99
ABC Shark Tank 1.6/6 5.60
NBC Who Do You Think You Are? (R) 0.9/3 4.73
FOX The Finder 0.9/3 3.37
CW Nikita (R) 0.3/1 0.91
9:00 NBC Grimm 1.6/5 4.96
CBS ACM Presents: Lionel Richie & Friends in Concert 9-11p 1.4/4 7.68
ABC Primetime What Would You Do? 1.4/4 4.76
FOX Fringe 0.9/3 2.90
CW Supernatural (R) 0.4/1 0.97
10:00 ABC 20/20 1.6/5 5.19
NBC Dateline NBC 1.1/3 4.75


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," 2.3/6; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 3.2/7; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.5/4.

*             In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, 5adult 18-49 results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 0.9/4; "Late Show," 0.5/2; "Nightline," 1.2/5; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.5/3.

*             At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.7/5 in metered-market household) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.2/4).  In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.6/3 in 18-4) topped "Late Late Show" (0.4/2).

*             At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 1.1/4 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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  • Jon7641d

    LOL, look at Fringe. A 0.9, series low? What a disaster! It has to be cancelled, it is trash. Good for Grimm, people much prefer Grimm, its a better quality product. Viewers enjoy Grimm more than tired old Fringe.

  • Dennis

    Good for Grimm

    Fringe is still getting a final season :)

  • Renew Nikita

    Same slot: Grimm up +0.3, Fringe falls to 0.9

    Bye bye Fringe.

  • Dennis

    @Jon7641d Seriously??? lol I like Grimm, but it is nowhere near as good as Fringe

  • JakeSnake

    Fringe is still getting five seasons because ratings mean virtually nothing at this point, but this just shows that not only is The Finder dead, but it’s clearly the worst lead-in any show could ask for. It can’t be a finder of viewers after American Idol, so there’s no way it will be on Friday.

  • Baqinardo

    Repeat Supernatural helped Grimm :D

  • TrenF5

    Dáis asco y demostráis vuestra incultura viendo Grimm y no Fringe, así os va…

  • Lord Seth

    Good news for Grimm, at least.

  • 47th

    @Dennis: yes, THIS is the final season.

  • halloween

    Terrible night for Fox…time ship off Finder/Fringe to Saturdays

  • RandyL

    The Finder is dead. Fringe’s ratings are awful and it should be cancelled, but it will get a 13 episode final season.
    Also, Grimm did amazing!!!!

  • timotey

    Friday – the only day when NBC takes the lead with a scripted show. Awesome, Grimm! And when you think that everybody thought it would flop, heh.

  • Dennis

    @47th Nope, Fringe will get a 5th season :) Ratings mean nothing now

  • Ben Thompson

    WWYD is starting to get really repetitive. Don’t how much longer this concept can last.

  • Tessa

    Shows people did really forget Grimm was back on last week. I still laugh thinking NBC had one successful new show this season and they put it on a Friday because it was genre.

  • RJ

    Table shows the concert with a 1.4, but the text says 1.6.

  • Jon7641d

    Please Fox, please cancel Fringe. I want to watch something better, if you cancel Fringe you can show a new programme at that time which more people can enjoy. A lot of us just think Fringe is an irritant, a waste of an hour of broadcasting space.

  • John A

    Grimm gaining back so much viewers is impressive.

  • tvwatcher

    I’m happy that Grimm is back to winning its timeslot. I’ve noticed that after every hiatus, long or short, Grimm falls and then takes an episode or two to rebound. NBC should look into that.

    Fringe…… alas. I’m scared what ratings will be in a putative season 5. I’d hoped it would stay at greater than 1 once it climbed back to a 1.2 a couple of weeks back.

  • psychic

    And cue the people who come on here bashing Fringe. “BLAH BLAH BLAH, IT’S GARBAGE”– give me a break! It’s better than half the crap on TV these days.

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