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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  • Tested

    Fox is burning off The Finder on fridays. Fringe will be cancelled unless Fox can get 13 episodes for free from WB. Fox has changed Saturdays to sports programming. One wonders if Friday might be next for sports on Fox.

  • DougF


    Wow haven’t heard that before. A show someone likes in its first season is better than a show in its 6th & 7th season.

    Don’t worry Season 8 of SPN will be better than Season 2 of Grimm now with Jeremy Carver running the show.

  • Petar

    Fringe is a wonderful show consisting of amazing actors and great story telling with a very loyal fan base worldwide! Best network tv drama and sci fi show on TV currently! I hope this year will take EMMY awards at least for best drama and may be John Noble for best actor!

    And people who wants new show in friday grom FOX…..the finder is new show…..after Idol The finder hits touch ratings! Watch the finder! Or FOX to move touch in friday to see what ratings will hit! Fringe was with 1.9s when was move to friday! unscriptd shows on fox hit the same ratings! So guys if you are shearholders in fox(news corp) dont worry its the same ratings in all shows in friday! Thats for this people who make the math wich show is too expensive and will hurt fox budjet! But its good to know how many people think for FOX budjet! Almost laughable!

  • 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.

    Could you please illustrate where I said Fringe was good, or commented on its quality at all?

    I won’t hold my breath.

  • Dee

    If Supernatural had been new, Grimm wouldn’t have gone up, not at all! Let’s see what happens next week!

  • beckstar78

    Fringe fans prove we exist in other ways. Fox and WB know we are watching and a final season 5 will be imminent. I just hope we get a FULL season!! That would be amazing :)

  • tvfreak

    I just hope Fringe can come back and give the fans a proper ending, plus make part of my hoped-for Fringecatraz Fridays.

    And meanwhile…The Finder below a 1.0 – bad by any reckoning. Fox should have just kept that one for summer burn-off, like IHMTD. It’s not like there’s any chance of it coming back for a season 2 now. :)

  • Petar

    This is most reliable news from last night!

    Fringe with two endings! Series finale or final season with short 13ep that is the question!

    “We’ve shot two [endings],” John Noble told TVLine at the opening of the Beverly Hills Paley Center’s “Television: Out of the Box” exhibit, which was created in conjunction with Warner Bros. TV.

    Noble says many “big questions” will be answered in the season finale airing May 11 — including the matter of Olivia being fated to die (and whether the animated episode’s “Mr. X” figures into it) and Walter shouldering the burden of responsibility for the warring universes. Viewers also can expect a surprise on the villainy front (David Robert Jones plays “a very big part, but not as big as you think,” Noble teased. “There’s something bigger.”)

    But as Joshua Jackson told us Thursday night, “The writers have given themselves a device by which we can tell a fifth-season story without having to leave this season’s story open.”

    Although Lance Reddick, who plays Broyles, could not elaborate on the alternate endings, he did affirm, “The way [Season 4] ends could function as a series finale, but there’s one storyline left open that could end up as a cliffhanger for the beginning of the fifth season…. We’ll see what airs depending on what [Fox and WBTV] decide.”

    If Fox does pull the trigger on some semblance of a Season 5 – be it a truncated 13-episode order or what have you – viewers will get a clue as to that new storyline much sooner than they may think.

    “The door to the fifth season is opened in Episode 19 (airing April 20),” Jackson told us. “If you watch that, you’ll have an understanding of where they want to take the series.” (Possible clue/spoiler alert: Episode 19 takes place in the year 2036 and features a “game-changing battle” between the Fringe team and the Observers.)

    But as for where things currently stand with the renewal order…. “I hear warm and fuzzy things — but I’ve been hearing them all the time,” Noble said. “We just picked up [TV Guide Magazine’s] fan award for Best Drama and so forth, and the fans have always been very supportive… [and] I know the Fox executives actually like Fringe very much. But they run a business. I think we’ll be back, but we’ll wait and see.”

  • Jon7641d

    @Dennis I have never said I’m a Fringe fan, far from it, I hate it. I hate it exists to a vocal minority instead of another show being in its timeslot which could be more popular.

  • violincatherine

    Hey guys. Do some research on the Nielsen system before you go bashing Fringe’s quality. Then tell me that all bubble shows are low quality. I’m a BIG supporter of NBC Community, and thus a new expert on the Nielsen ratings system and its woes. The Fringies are some of the nicest, sweetest fans in the world. I’m actually going to find the pilot/S1 DVD soon because of them. Fox notices the fans. I’m here waving the S5 flag for them. They dominate twitter because there are NONE of them? RIGHT. Friday is a brutal TV night. Give the Fringies a break.

  • senor chang


    First of all, poor wording re: Finder. I meant that it’s a given it’ll be cancelled.

    As for Fringe, it doesn’t matter what network the show will be syndicated to. What matters is that some network will pick it up (which is why even awful shows like ‘Til Death got syndication benefits–FOX/Sony just wanted to pack it up and sell it as painlessly as possible). Local networks in particular aren’t picky about what they air as long as it fills time (at least I think that’s how it works, feel free to correct this if I’m factually incorrect).

    And on a final note, I do think SyFy would be a nice fit for Fringe. Cult shows have audience devotion going for them, so it’s not too hard to envision a scenario where Fringe could enjoy a nice run somewhere.

    I don’t watch the show, so take my opinion at face value. Just here for the analysis.

  • davie

    What’s a shame is that that 0.9 for Fringe will be a 1.8 after 7 days of DVR. On the last DVR+7 List it added 100% of it’s live audience. It’s sad really. If only have those people would watch live, we’d be getting 1.4-1.5’s..which we might’ve already been renewed with. Sucks a big one.

    And to answer the question as to why FOX would renew Fringe with a .09 when it can put a repeat that can get the same viewing numbers is because they’d still have to put up money to air a repeat…they’d only be able to charge so much for advertisers to put their commercials during an hour of repeats. WB will make it worth their while to where they’re gaining profit from the $$ they put down on Fringe’s Final Season. & if WB is confident that it’ll get that money back with DVDs, Syndication and International Distribution Fees…then we very well may see Season 5.

    Last night’s episode was so good, too. I love the episodes that switch back and forth between the 2 worlds…and last night was DOOZY :P

  • nyclover

    I’m sorry but Fringe is dead. You can say ratings are irrelevant. I know you’ve invested four years into the show and don’t want to see it go. I don’t believe a network, even Fox, would renew a show that has been hovering below the 1.0 mark. It pulled a 0.9 with a rerun of it’s competition. If it somehow does get renewed (it probably won’t be very good because of budget cuts) it will definitely get a 13 episode season. But i mean, next season it will probably fall to 0.7 or 0.6. It wouldn’t look good for Fox, especially with the state of their scripted dramas right now.

  • davie


  • KevinSW

    why is everyone talking about Supernatural repeat helping Grimm……Supernatural was a repeat last week and the ratings were low.

    Grimm has surprisingly performed vs. Supernatural in the past. Grimm won’t go lower than a 1.5 next week or shock us and go up….which would actually surprise me lol. but 1.6 has basically been it’s Season average.

  • DougF


    Yep especially with it being the first episode of Bobby being back and the brothers finally seeing him. (

  • cc

    Grimm gets better each week. I enjoy that show.

    Why is Titanic listed as a new show for tonight? 1st time on network tv?

  • MJDB


    Primetime: What Would You Do? was a rerun last night.

  • Dennis

    Let the haters hate, and get back to their Gossip Girl and America’s Next Top Model :)

    Fringe is getting a 5th season….renewal will be announced within the next week :) :)

  • senor chang

    oshi Titanic tomorrow

    who’s going to sing the next line?

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