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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  • Blurgh

    FRINGE has such a devoted and creative fanbase and I’m positive it will get a season 05 so I’m already looking forward to few more mind boggling episodes. :)
    Sadly, it seems it has more fans outside of the USA (including me), and we can only try to make a difference in this web dimension.
    Non the less, I think it’s time to change the ratings system – Nielsen’s is waay outdated. With or without FRINGE in the equation.

  • William

    good for Grimm. Still can;t belive Fringe is still on the air. Pathetic ratings

  • Joss

    Fringe is gonna be renewed, for some reason Fox loves that garbage.

  • fringe23

    i love fringe the storyline is very interesting. i think its just on the wrong night for television. they should run it through the summer, or move it back to its original time. hoping for a final season five to complete the series.

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  • Aok

    The last Grimm was a dandy, the ratings should go back up.

  • Rebecca

    I’ve never seen the show, but I think it is nice that Fringe has two possible endings ready for its season finale just in case it is the series finale. A lot of shows don’t get that “luxury” when it’s time to end.

  • PW

    Grimm is great but does not touch Fringe in anyway what so ever. Plus SN being a repeat helped Grimm.


    Fringe=the new “Chuck.”

    Lots of insanely devoted fans/lots of insanely annoyed slaggers who have little to do but scream that they want it canceled “so Fox can put something better on.” Of course, they have no idea what that “something better” might be and — given some of the shows Fox has created SINCE Fringe started — the network doesn’t either. With House ending, Terra Nova already canceled, The Finder about to be canceled and Alcatraz also likely to get the death penalty (SWIDT?), the odds of Fringe getting at least a 13-episode commitment are actually pretty high.

  • JakeSnake

    No Friday finals yet? You guys suck at this game.

    And yes Fringe will get one more short season. The haters will just have to accept that.

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