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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  • Ultima

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

    Awesome idea! You know, because FOX has so much space on Saturday night that they didn’t just take Cops off the schedule until January…

  • halloween

    JJ must have naked pictures of Kevin Reilly in order to keep Fringe on the air…time to man up Kevin

  • Matt

    Fringe has already been renewed, an official announcement later this week:


  • Dennis

    Fox will give Fringe a final season for sure, The Finder bombed and so would Alcatraz (Unless maybe paired with Fringe ) So of course, they will renew A veteran show instead of new shows that would pull the same demo in the timeslot..

    Fringe season 5 here we come! :)

  • Leondre

    Was WWD a repeat

  • Sarah

    LOL about The Finder. Sorry, that was wrong of me, but I couldn’t help it.

  • Aerilyn

    Very happy for Grimm, and last night’s episode was one of its best yet. So if there was any better time to grow, last night’s episode was it!

    Also, very proud that Grimm even managed to grow so much compared to last week with a repeat lead in. This prove that Grimm has definitely grown a dedicated fan base.

  • Tessa

    I too believe that could be the case. The shows are similar in theme so it’s not unlikely that Supernatural fans going through hiatus withdrawal watch that show instead.

  • Jon7641d

    Matt – hopefully FOX change their minds and decide to cancel it. Why waste an hour per week on a show which can only get 0.9? The fans of it are not loyal, they are hugely declining. FOX could instead give us a TV show which more viewers can enjoy.

  • senor chang

    That makes Grimm NBC’s fourth-highest-rated show of the week. I don’t even.

    The Office – 2.2
    Smash – 2.0
    SVU – 1.7
    Grimm – 1.6
    Up All Night – 1.5
    Community – 1.4
    30 Rock – 1.4
    Harry’s Law – 1.0
    Awake – 0.9
    BFFs – 0.9

  • Ultima

    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.

    I like how you can’t complain about people calling the show you like garbage without calling other shows crap.


  • JMC00

    SPN repeat gets (if it is not adjusted in finals)
    the same 18-49 as this week’s Ringer
    as many overall viewers (and only a tenth of a point less)as this week’s Gossip Girl

  • senor chang


    Not to snark, but being “better than half the crap on TV” would only make Fringe a touch above mediocre. Relatively speaking, at least.

  • MattM

    How can fans of The Finder and Fringe actually think those two shows have a better chance of being renewed than Alcatraz which did better ratings against stiffer competition?

  • Naemeth

    WHY would Fox give Fringe a final season unless it gets the rights for free? It’s already losing money, and that was news on here, what, 2 months ago? (When it was actually achieving higher ratings than now). It pretty much has the required episodes for syndication, and will be 1 short by seasons end. 1 episode, is it really worth a whole season just to get to 88? Not really.. sorry Fringe fans, but it’s most likely over.

    (Of course, Fringe could be really lucky and get the Chuck treatment, I’m just saying, it’s very unlikely, it’s good to dream, but don’t live in denial)

  • JR

    I believe What Would You Do was a rerun- at least that’s what the schedules indicated.

    On Shark Tank, that dopey wine guy from last season returned and- yet again- didn’t take a deal. What a tool.

  • AlcoholicsAnonymous


    That article is nothing more than an opinion page like the peeps here commenting thinking there will be a 5th & final season.

  • senor chang


    The Finder is a given, but Fringe has syndication and Warner Bro’s super-low fees in its favor. At this point the ratings are just a miscellaneous factor to negotiate.

  • Ultima

    The fans of it are not loyal, they are hugely declining.

    Fringe had been extremely steady this season prior to the start of DST and spring (which resulted in declines for most shows). Are you suggesting that no show on TV has a loyal fanbase?

  • Naemeth


    I may have to eat my words, Touché ;)

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