TV Ratings Friday: 'Fringe,' 'Finder' Rise; 'Nikita,' 'Supernatural' At Lows; 'Grimm' Falls

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April 21st, 2012

Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 1.2/4 1.2/4 1.1/4 0.9/3 0.5/2
Total Viewers (million) 4.821 4.524 3.647 5.418 1.490

The Finder was up three tenths to a 1.2 adults 18-49 rating, vs. last week's series low 0.9 adults 18-49 rating. Fringe was up a tenth to a 1.0 adults 18-49 rating, versus last week's series low 0.9 rating.

Primetime: What Would You Do? was down a tenth vs. last week's 1.4  and was the only original episode on ABC

NBC's Grimm was down three tenths vs last week's 1.6 adults 18-49 rating. Dateline  was up four tenths to a 1.4 adults 18-49 rating compared with last week's 1.0 18-49 rating.

CBS was all repeats for the evening.

The CW's Friday night returned from repeats this week. Nikita was even with its series low 0.4 adults 18-49 rating three weeks ago, while Supernatural fell back tenth to a series low matching 0.6 adults 18-49 rating, compared with the 0.7 rating in its last original episode.

Late night ratings below the primetime table.

Overnight broadcast primetime ratings for Friday, April 20, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM ABC Shark Tank -R 1.2 4 5.049
FOX The Finder 1.2 4 4.206
CBS Mike & Molly -R 0.9 4 4.249
NBC Who Do You Think You Are? -R 0.8 3 4.194
CW Nikita 0.4 2 1.497
8:30PM CBS Rules of Engagement -R 0.8 3 3.554
9:00PM NBC Grimm 1.3 4 4.462
ABC Primetime What Would You Do? 1.3 4 4.383
FOX Fringe 1.0 3 3.089
CBS CSI: NY -R 0.8 3 6.169
CW Supernatural 0.6 2 1.484
10:00PM NBC Dateline NBC 1.4 4 5.808
ABC 20/20 -R 1.3 4 4.138
CBS Blue Bloods -R 0.8 3 6.182

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," 2.4/6 with an encore telecast; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 1.9/5 with an encore; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 2.8/6; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.4/4 with an encore.

In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 0.7/3 with an encore; "Late Show," 0.4/2 with an encore; "Nightline," 0.8/4; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.5/2 with an encore.

At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.3/4 in metered-market household with an encore) beat CBS's first-run "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.1/3). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.5/3 in 18-49 with an encore) topped "Late Late Show" (0.3/2).

At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.8/3 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.3/2 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

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  • Dennis

    Bad ratings all round

    Nikita is getting canned

  • Shaula

    Awwwwww, Supernatural. :(

  • KS

    No, what happened to Supernatural?

  • Sid

    Nikita,SPN&Grimm= :(

  • Kat

    Blast. I was hoping to inch up to a .5. Maggie Q was absolutely Emmy worthy last night (not that I’d ever expect an Emmy, ’cause, you know, CW, genre show, etc). Quality wise Nikita is brilliant and more worthy of a next season then any other show on the CW. But those ratings. *cries*

  • John A

    Ringer beat Nikita. How does a Nikita repeat get a 0.3 and original get only a 0.4.

  • AlcoholicsAnonymous

    Anybody else think FRINGE sucks? I think so.

    (instigating a comment war here…)

  • KS

    I wouldn’t mind this Supernatural low because, TSC has hit 0.5 on a Thursday night. No show can get any lower than that.

  • SmG

    SPN hits series low in total viewers if its not adjusted up over 1.55 mil in the final numbers.

  • AlcoholicsAnonymous

    @John A

    Because Nikita has gone down hill in writing for season 2. Amazing 1st season, terrible 2nd season. I stopped watching back in October or November. Can’t remember.

  • robin
  • DougF

    Outside of Vampire Dairies everything was 0.6 or below on the CW.

    SPN 0.6
    GG 0.6
    HOD 0.6
    ANTM 0.6
    SC 0.5
    Ringer 0.5
    Nikita 0.4

  • AlcoholicsAnonymous


    Total viewers doesn’t mean a damn thing.

  • Kie

    Grimm wins the 9pm hour with a 1.3, joint 2nd best of the night.

    I still would never have believed this possible before its premiere. It’s like a crazy dream or something.

  • Bunny

    Happy for Fringe.

  • Dillan

    so, Nikita and Ringer are 100% getting cancelled.

  • Sara

    Nikita beats spn in total viewers.. interesting

  • Hades

    As long as SPN doesn’t get adjusted down I’ll take that, it could have been worse. Its still going to be renewed.

    Still think Nikita will be cancelled along with Ringer and probably HOD. Everything else gets renewed. Sorry Nikita fans but it doesn’t look good.

  • Dennis


    Yup you are the only one

  • Simon

    HA! 0.8 for a CSI:NY repeat, so much for Fringe being beaten by it

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