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.

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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  • Kat B

    20/20 was new. It was all about sex.

  • AC75


    “Who says, if you hate something, you shouldn’t talk about it? I still support Supernatural’s renewal, even though its quality is not as good it used to be.”

    You’re free to talk about what you want, but I just don’t know why you do. You said the show was over for you two seasons ago, after the 5 season arc concluded. So, I just don’t understand why you’re so worked up now.

  • pandorajinel(formerly Erin)

    Given that the usual suspects have popped in, commented on the craptacular ratings across the board, and popped back out, I don’t think we are hijacking the board at this point. But you could just skip over our comments. Maybe everyone should start tagging non-rating post so that those who don’t care can skip them. I though we were doing that by @-ing, but I guess not.

  • Jac

    Ouch Supernatural seems to have gone from super to Cancellationnatural.

    0.6 is bad even for a CW show.

    But honestly it also seems that the writers have drunk something bad this season, espcially in the last few episodes.

  • KS


    Call it post-effect.

  • KJ

    Chill out guys. It’s Friday night! People, especially in the 18-34 group, are out partying.

  • Freyja

    I am still waiting on why people think she show should have ended after Eric said that arc was completed. Why can’t a new arc be started? People say the quality of the show is bad now, I see no difference from now or when Eric was in charge. ;)

    As I’ve said before, there are people who thought Eric was perfect and could do no wrong, and the show should have ended no matter what…

  • djc

    I love csi ny.
    dont like the 18-49 rating system.
    seems unfair to all other age groups,including me.
    can anyone explain why 18-49 age group is so important?

  • Tessa


    I don’t know what you are trying to convince me of: The fact that Castiel got a crappy storyline (hot sexy wife? Really? You mean the one they threw in to piss off the Dean/Castiel fans? “taking on Sam’s pain”? Yeah and having Dean leave him without so much as a “Aw, thanks!” or goodbye? Are you saying those storylines were in favor of Castiel fans? Trust me when I say this side of the fence hated Castiel’s treatment as much as your side, and as early as season 6,) or the fact that you are a hypocrite? So there are bad apples among the Cas fans. No one denies that and I wouldn’t be surprised if they wanted the show to fail because Cas wasn’t there. They are losers after all. Doesn’t change the fact that those Castiel haters who campainged to vote against Dean and Cas in the couples poll did exactly the same thing. it’s comical that you point finger at people who do the exact same thing as you do only on the flipside. Two tiny groups that are two sides of a coin. Meanwhile the rest of us just support the show and wish for EVERY episode to have high ratings. I wouldn’t smile at any dip in my favorite show no matter who is or isn’t in the episode or what is happening in it. I want the show to succeed even if it commits the grave mistake of destroying a fan favorite by making him a rebel without a cause and insta-fixing him with no pay off. To me that’s the definition of a true fan not how much you’re dedicated to the brotherly relationship and whether or not you see it as the core of the show.

    People like Castiel because people have different opinions from you. Strange, I know. I don’t mind if you don’t like the character, it’s a matter of taste and yours is that, but stop with the actor bashing. If there is one thing both sides of fandom frown upon, even those who don’t like certain characters, it is that.

  • Freddy Arrow

    @Patrick G.

    “@ Freddy Arrow…what’s so “terrible” about the commenting system here?”

    I realize I’m responding super later and Patrick will likely not see this, but that kinda plays to my point. I would enjoy this site much more if we could reply to individual comments (and have the comments show with the message you’re responding to) and if we could get notifications (if we chose) when someone replies to one of our posts.

    Having said that, I don’t expect Bill and Robert to go through a lot of trouble just to make me happy.

  • Katie1227

    ^^; Why was everyone so surprise to see a little less the boys friday in SPN? We already knew that Jared would get a couple of days off in the first weeks of march cause of his pregnant wife. In the first weeks of march they filmed episode 19-20 and started the 21th episode.

    I feel like everyone will always complain no matter what something (I’m not pointing anyone). If the writers let go of something, forget a story along the way (like the heavenly weapons, the monster war..etc), the fans comaplain (and they have every right to do so), but the day they continu a story (they’ve been teasing us for almost half a season about the possibility of Bobby being a ghost(), fans complain again.

    I was sad to see Bobby go, but I don,t go run around that the serie suck cause of it. Great tv make me *Feel*, if it make me sad,its cause I’m attach to the characters, doesn’t need to always have a happy ending to be great tv. I see comments time to time about people saying the boys don’t act as themself since years, is that possible that they just change and the serie just changed and evolved?

  • tvfreak

    @Dahne: Finally got through the Asylum-Scarecrow-Faith trifecta…you were right, those were great episodes!

  • Tessa

    Great, but prepare for a dip. Rout666 that comes next is one of the bad episodes of the series. Just wanted to let you know it’s a misstep that won’t become a trend. When the main arc kicks in it will be smooth sailing all the way.

  • tvfreak

    @Tessa: Yes, after the three episodes I mentioned above, anything that follows it will no doubt seem sucky in comparison.

  • Percysowner

    @Tessa I refuse to say I’m a hypocrite because in a couples poll the only couples I voted for were REAL CANONICAL couples (Brittany/Santana forever!!). When I want non-canonical pairings I hit the Internet (GO, Jim/Blair, Clark/Lex!) I don’t try to convince the world that they will ever become canon. The poll you are referring to became all fantasy couples and I stopped voting for non-real couples.

    I’m not trying to convince YOU of anything. I’m just making it clear that 1) I never blamed Cas for the fall in ratings (which you claimed was happening) and 2) that there are reasons people dislike Castiel other than because he “comes between Sam and Dean” which, again, was your accusation. I hate Castiel on his own merits, you don’t. That’s great. Just stop accusing everyone of something that is your interpretation of why we hate Cas. You made the accusations, I simply pointed out that although some fans dislike Castiel for the reasons you stated, others of us just plain dislike him. I’m not going to convince you to dislike him. There is way to do that and no reason to. But you can’t convince me to like him and if things happen to make it less likely that the character comes back, well that doesn’t break my heart.

    I want Supernatural to continue. I don’t want the ratings to drop, but if they have to drop I’d rather have it happen when a character I dislike is on. If Castiel is brought back, I will enjoy the show less. You will enjoy it more, one of us will be unhappy whether he comes back or not. Such is life.

  • Dahne

    @tvfreak – You are moving through season 1 pretty quickly. That’s awesome! I’m glad you liked the trifecta. I think it was great timing because Bugs and Route 666 are almost universally considered 2 of the worst episodes of the entire series. I was glad to go out of Bugs and Home into the awesome 3 and was able to skate through Route 666 because I was riding the high.

    You are getting ready to enter the mytharc part of SPN, which will also be more prevalent in season 2. Also, you will soon get to one of the creepiest episodes, an early funny episode, one of the best kid episodes, and a highly popular standalone. Plus the finale is tied with Faith as my favorite episode in season 1. In my opinion, you’ve gotten through most of the downside of season 1 and are entering the upswing to season 2.

  • tvfreak

    @Dahne: Agreed, Bugs was just plain GROSS! Route 666 (which I just finished), wasn’t all that bad, just unmemorable. Oh well, the quality can only go up from there from what I’ve been hearing from you and everyone else… :)

  • Tessa

    @Dahne – Great summary, agree with everything you said about season 1. It’s a rough and bumpy season but the last three episodes and the lead in to season two (one of my favorite seasons of the show) really make up for it. It’s when a non-fan (Me) who was only watching to fill time became a die hard. And then season 2 happened, and then season 3 happened. And just when I though it can’t get better in came season 4 & 5 with their cosmic arc and swept me away like a tornado.

    Ok, I’ll stop fangirling.

  • Tessa


    I wasn’t talking about you when I brought up the couples poll. You mentioned the PCA and Cas fans voting for the Vampire Diaries, I raised you the couples poll and the fact that some people on your team actively “campaigned” against the only SPN couple on the poll. Let me know if you want proof and I’ll post the link to them bragging about it on spnanonhaven.

    I personally find this all very childish. I thought since the show didn’t get enough promotion from the network the general consensus was to vote for it in online polls to create publicity. You talking about canon couples and such is losing sight of that goal, otherwise I don’t care either if Dean becomes the sexiest character on TV or Jared becomes the hottest actor under 30. All I care, and the reason I vote for the show on those polls, is the possibility of some Nielsen viewers seeing the show on the poll and getting curious about it. I’d do it if Becky was the subject and I HATE Becky.

    Saying Cas haters hate him because he came between Sam and Dean was meant as a joke, although only partly because I’ve seen how your camp oscillates between spitting insults on him and praising Sam in the same breath. In fact, I think it’s this habit that is fueling the Sam hate in the Cas-crazy camp, just like the Sam hate on their side fuels the Cas hate on yours. It’s a never ending cycle. You hear a group of fans (ECGs as you so endearingly call them) talk smack about Sam and brand themselves as Cas lovers, you feel hurt because you like Sam and you project that hurt onto the character they love. They see the Cas hate coming from your side the get pissed and increase the hate on Sam. Lather, rinse, repeat.

    In reality neither Sam nor Cas are horrible characters. Castiel died twice to save Sam and Dean, he rescued both brothers from hell and stood up to Anna and Lucifer in defence of Sam. He made mistakes when he thought he was doing the right thing much like everyone else on the show. Yet he is the one who has a dedicated faction against him that dismisses everything good about him and highlights all his missteps. I’m not expecting any sort of resolution to this and I’m not planning to convince any of you to change your stance because I’m seeing it for what it is. You guys hate the Cas fans who hate Sam and by proxy you also hate the character they support. It’s like the fight between the Montagues and the Capulets. It’ll never go away unless Sam and Cas die in each other’s arms in a poison induced eternal slumber (I hope Sera didn’t catch that. Bad idea, Sera! Bad idea!)

  • Freyja

    Glad you are enjoying it tvfreak :) and like others said you are now getting into the juicy stuff.

    But let me just say this- I don’t hate Cas just the rabid fan base that wanted the show to die because they dared to get rid of him. The constant fanwank they brought into every TV line post about SPN was pathetic. No one could say anything bad about Cas without being labeled, insulted or attacked.

    Mind you the same people that said Cas needs to be forgiven for everything, yet they refuse to forgive Sam for his mistakes.

    To be honest, I don’t like the rabid fan base period on any side, because it makes the entire fandom look bad.

    I like the show for what it is pure entertainment, sure I have issues with plot holes, dropped plots, and certain characters, but I don’t let that ruin my entertainment. (Maybe I am just weird that way)

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