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


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  • Lizzie

    I’m actually waiting for Richard Steven Hack to show up.

  • Dennis

    Fyi to all americans, Titanic is absolute rubbish, its already aired 3 episodes (the ones that are on abc tonight) and its getting awful reviews and has tanked in the ratings on ITV

  • John A

    Half hours for fringe and Grimm?

  • Ultima

    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.

    Warner Bros. has obviously known all season that if it wanted more episodes, they would need to drastically cut the licensing fee (to free or virtually nothing). Since they’ve gone ahead with the attempt to hit 100 episodes, I have to assume that they’ve crunched the numbers and actually think they can turn a profit by extending it. There’s clearly a lot of good will towards the show from FOX, and maybe there’s enough that they’re willing to take a small hit in the fall with it.

  • Nick

    Go Grimm!!!! Too bad for the finder though :(

  • CarZ

    @davie all network licenses come with 3 free repeats, so no Fox wouldn’t need to ” put up money to air a [Gordon Ramsay] repeat”, they paid for the original, they get to air 3 repeats of it for free.

  • Mickey 1.0

    Dammit, that’s the opposite of what I wanted to happen! I want Fringe and Finder to go up and Grimm to stay down.

    The good news for Fringe fans is that at least they should get a satisfying ending either way. They have shot two alternate endings. (Kinda fitting for a show about two alternate universes. :) )


    I really like the Finder, too bad they didn’t give it a chance on Thursdays. When a show is moved to Fridays that soon, it sends the message it’s halfway to being cancelled, and then why keep watching it and get attached?

    Grimm is really bouncy. After a couple of weeks of 1.2 and 1.3 it goes back up to 1.6. It’s been going up and down all season, and it doesn’t correlate with breaks between episodes.


    Actually, it would be to Supernatural’s advantage if Fringe were cancelled. A lot of fans watch both, so more viewers would likely watch Supernatural live if they didn’t have to DVR it while watching Fringe.

    I just want Fringe to get a proper ending so I can keep watching it on DVD.

  • Ultima

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

    It isn’t James Cameron’s “Titantic”; it is a new miniseries.

  • Ultima

    Titanic even.

  • Anthony M

    Jon7641d, how does it feel to have no life? Your hate for Fringe is laughable. It is coming back for 1 more season, that is a certainty.

  • tvfreak

    @violincatherine: Me too, I wanna start watching Fringe but haven’t had the chance to start it up yet.

    @Dennis: Whoa whoa whoa…you’re saying the Titanic airing on ABC tonight is NOT the actual movie? Okay then, everyone, don’t watch ABC tonight. If you wanna see Titanic, watch the James Cameron masterpiece. Like I did last night. (Not in 3D, though…just the DVD.)

  • Tessa

    @Tessa you should give Grimm a go.

    I actually did, when it first started airing. But I couldn’t warm up to the characters. I’m planning to give it another try because I never love a show from the pilot. I didn’t like Supernatural until the season one finale and was only watching because I was bored. If Grimm gets better as it goes I’ll definitely add it to the list of the shows to watch, especially since it did so well.

  • s0303

    i don’t hate fringe, i’ve seen it a couple of times and it looked pretty good…but with those numbers, it deserves cancellation.

    happy grimm went up, it took me awhile to get into this show, but now i love it…

  • Dennis

    @Tessa Grimm definitly has gotten better, |I didn’t like the first couple of episodes but I’m glad I stuck with it

  • KevinSW

    Is NBC working it’s way up slowly with scripted shows?

    They finally have a friday show performing on the level of the other friday shows and actually winning it’s time-slot.

    Smash is performing on the level of Castle and Hawaii Five-O on monday’s. Sure it’s not winning it’s time slot, but like Castle and Hawaii Five-O it’s constantly above the 2.0 line, much like most 10 PM shows.

    Now time for the comedies…at least 2 comedies performing above the 2.0, you can do it NBC…slowly but surely.

  • Kyle R

    Oh crap..um….um….Cabin in the Woods! It was Cabin in the Woods’ fault!

  • Wagner

    I think The Finder is a goner, on thursdays even with the lead in of American Idol, the show couldn’t score good ratings, I think if the show fall more will be canceled, so if got cancelled, Fringe will have a chance to get renewed to a last season with 13 episodes.

  • tvfreak

    @Kyle R: Let’s see…how valid will the Joss Whedon excuse be when the box office numbers for Cabin in the Woods come out? Probably not as valid as the Hunger Games excuse, since THG might very well dominate the box office for the fourth weekend in a row. Of course, when The Avengers comes out, then it’s a different story, because not only does that one have the Whedon name attached to it but it also has the same kind of extreme buzz as THG.

  • david

    I know Fringe is beeing sold in to broadcast sindication for this fall. I have not heard if it is or has been sold to a cable network yet thow.

  • Mike J

    This seems a lot like last year, with haters going on about how Chuck will not get a final season.
    Fringe will be renewed

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