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

Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2012 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.

NOTE: All ratings are "live plus same day" from Nielsen Media Research unless otherwise indicated.


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  • dana

    Too bad people don’t realize how rude and hurtful it is to say that a show deserves to be canceled. And to say it about a show like Fringe means they couldn’t have possibly ever seen it, b/c it is a superb show that makes other network shows look second rate.

  • Tessa

    Personally I want Fringe to get that final 5th season, for selfish reasons. Fringe in a low rated genre show that shares the time slot with my favorite low rated genre show Supernatural. I don’t want them to replace it with some reality or cooking show that does better and leaves SPN the only lonely orphan there.

  • Ultima

    It pretty much has the required episodes for syndication, and will be 1 short by seasons end.

    For people who can actually count, it will have 88 episodes at the end of the season.

    WHY would Fox give Fringe a final season unless it gets the rights for free?

    They wouldn’t, but then again, no one is suggesting that. While not free, Warner Bros. will drastically cut the licensing fee if it comes back, with the intent of making it profitable for FOX.

  • Gary

    Bye Bye Finder. Its time you found the cancellation bear and be all found out. Fringe needs to go too. I have been a huge fan of this show but this season has been a real let down.

  • Dennis

    @Tessa you should give Grimm a go.
    Its nowhere near the quality of Fringe,
    or the 1st Season of Supernatural… but its better then seasons 6 and 7 of Supernatural

  • alexjones

    shame for fringe but as has been stated before, ratings mean very little as WB are willing to lower the licencing fee to give it a 5th season in hopes they can squeeze more money out of it in syndication, neither renewal or cancellation would surprise me at this point, well I guess we’ll find out it’s fate soon enough.

    And good for grimm, I was worried with it’s ratings the past couple of episodes but now it shows it deserves the second season it got.

  • Michael

    Matt, even assuming that article is correct, there’s a difference between “a deal is expected to be reached” and “a deal has ALREADY been reached”. If the deal hasn’t actually been signed yet, Fox could take a look at last night’s ratings and decide they don’t want to renew Fringe after all.

  • Brian

    WHOO HOOO!!!!

    Grimm is back up! GO GRIMM GO :)

    This show and it’s counterpart OUAT are awesome and always will be :)

  • Naemeth


    Sorry, Wikipedia isn’t great.

  • Bashok

    @Robert, how come you don’t but the logos on the table anymore? I don’t like the new table you copied and pasted from excel 2010 (well that’s what it looks like….)

  • Jon7641d

    @Ultima If Fringe was as good as you say, it wouldn’t only be getting 0.9 and getting series lows all season. It is a poor show which is overhyped by a vocal online minority.

  • OMG

    I think people who hate other shows, probably did not watch these shows regularly, some not at all. I cannot figure out why after watching one episode or even just promotions, people can get upset by Whitney or GCB and want them to be cancelled and continually express their wish for cancellation every opportunity they have.

    But I guess this may be human nature. Personally when I hate someone, even when that someone did something better, I will somehow find a way to convince myself that they are still as bad as ever. I am trying to change that mindset now though.

  • BJH

    Repeats of Vampire Diaries & Supernatural performed equally or better than an original of Gossip Girl. Hmmm…

  • Justin121

    Grimm ratings further prove what consecutive airings can do. The Pretty Little Liars Model.

    Everybody tell your friends REVENGE is coming THIS Wednesday.

    It’s essentially a new season and you can jump right in from this episode.

    Revenge is HOT.

  • MattM

    @senor chang

    Who’s gonna air repeats of Fringe? SyFy? FX?

    And how is the Finder a given, it’s under-performed in every timeslot.

    No disrespect to the people that enjoy these shows but they will do very little to bring extra eyeballs and ad revenue to the network if brought back.

  • AZgirl

    Enjoyed Fringe last night wonderful episode! Its all about social media eg: twitter campaigns with the network supporting the hashtags aswell as get glue check in’s…It all counts for something other than Nielson box ratings. Does anyone even know someone with one?

  • Naemeth


    We obviously don’t know how cheap FOX got the last season of Fringe, but I can speculate it’s got to be quite cheap, and thus I went for the example of them giving it away for free.

    If Fringe has reached 88 anyway, there is no point in Warner Bros cutting the free it charges FOX as it has all the episodes it needs for syndication.

  • Dennis

    @Jon7641d Ratings mean nothing in terms of if a show is good or bad!

    Look at Firefly, Arrested Development etc

    And u are just a troll anyway who claimed in another thread you were a “true Fringe fan”

  • BJH

    Fringe is a fantastic, intriguing show. I hope it’s renewed. Storytelling shows are a favorite for me. They complement structured procedurals (Bones) very nicely. It’s too bad FOX can’t pair Bones/Fringe again. It worked for me. :)

  • Naemeth


    I agree that Ratings mean nothing in terms of quality, just look at Firefly ;).

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