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

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April 21st, 2012

Scoreboard NBC ABC FOX CBS CW
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

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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
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8:30PM CBS Rules of Engagement -R 0.8 3 3.554
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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
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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

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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.

Definitions:

Rating: Estimated percentage of the universe of TV households (or other specified group) tuned to a program in the average minute. Ratings are expressed as a percent.  More information on ratings is available here.

Share (of Audience): The percent of households (or persons) using television who are tuned to a specific program, station or network in a specific area at a specific time. (See also, Rating, which represents tuning or viewing as a percent of the entire population being measured.)

Fast Affiliate Ratings: These first national ratings, including demographics, are available at approximately 11 AM (ET) the day after telecast, and are released to subscribing customers daily. These data, from the National People Meter sample, are strictly time-period information, based on the normal broadcast network feed, and include all programming on the affiliated stations, sometimes including network programming, sometimes not. The figures may include stations that did not air the entire network feed, as well as local news breaks or cutaways for local coverage or other programming. Fast Affiliate ratings are not as useful for live programs and are likely to differ significantly from the final results, because the data reflect normal broadcast feed patterns. For example, with a World Series game, Fast Affiliate Ratings would include whatever aired from 8-11PM on affiliates in the Pacific Time Zone, following the live football game, but not game coverage that begins at 5PM PT. The same would be true of Presidential debates as well as live award shows and breaking news reports.

Time Shifted Viewing – Program ratings for national sources are produced in three streams of data – Live, Live+Same Day (Live+SD) and Live+7 Day. Time shifted figures account for incremental viewing that takes place with DVRs. Live+Same Day (Live+SD) include viewing during the same broadcast day as the original telecast, with a cut-off of 3:00AM local time when meters transmit daily viewing to Nielsen for processing. Live+7 Day ratings include incremental viewing that takes place during the 7 days following a telecast.

For more information see Numbers 101 and Numbers 102.

 
  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “Such a shame nobody cares about total viewers anymore”

    Nobody has cared about total viewership in broadcast primetime since at least the 1970s.

  • Adrian

    NOOOOO Grimm :(
    At leas tied for first in its timeslot AND it’s already renewed. But as a fan, I want to see it go up not down.

    Damn Nikita and SPN back to series’ lows. I don’t worry about SPN but Nikita’s a goner. Too bad.

    The CW is deader than dead. Only one show above 0.6

  • Dennis

    @Sara

    Well a much better example then would be Harry’s Law

  • Justin121

    Glee 2.4, House 2.0, Bones 2.1, Raising Hope 1.8, Touch 2.1.

    1.2 on Friday with the possibilty of growth over summer is good.

    The top rated show on Friday is 1.4.

  • DougF

    @Sara

    Yet still beats it by two tenths of a point in 18-49

  • John A

    Time to end SPN next year.8 seasons is a good run to end on.

  • jr

    Ghost Bobby is more realistic than Nikita being able to fight after being electrocuted multiple times

  • Tod

    thanks bill :)

  • KS

    Nielsen system is the most inaccurate system. Last time I checked USA is advanced in many aspects. Can’t they advance the methodology of TV viewing. For instance, I watched the show. But I am not counted. What the hell is this? These numbers are only for office purposes. The real scenario is entirely different. Millions enjoyed Supernatural episode all across the world and U.S.A. Once again, go to hell, you bloody Nielsen system:evil:

  • IwuvDean

    any chance of an adjustion for SPN…?
    fingers crossed!

  • Dennis

    “Ghost Bobby is more realistic than Nikita being able to fight after being electrocuted multiple times”

    Best comment I’ve read today! :) :) :)

  • James Sample

    I’m talking about it in comparison to the UK ratings system.

  • KS

    @John A

    Not a good thing to end, if its the second highest rated show on the network.

  • Dennis

    @Fred or should I say Mickey

    Nikita is getting canned

  • were123

    Happy for Fringe being up, but hopped it was higher (1.2) and dreamed it would be even higher (1.5)

  • KS

    Supernatural 0.6/0.6.
    @Iwuvdean
    There is a chance of upward adjustment.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “Nielsen system is the most inaccurate system. Last time I checked USA is advanced in many aspects. Can’t they advance the methodology of TV viewing. For instance, I watched the show. But I am not counted. What the hell is this? These numbers are only for office purposes. The real scenario is entirely different. Millions enjoyed Supernatural episode all across the world and U.S.A. Once again, go to hell, you bloody Nielsen system:evil:”

    Why should US advertisers care if people outside the US watch a show without their ads in it?

    Answer, they shouldn’t.

  • KS

    @Bill

    Why can’t they collect money from Local advertisers then?

  • Dahne

    I was worried after seeing the numbers for Vampire Diaries and Secret Circle that Supernatural and Nikita may be down. Here’s hoping for a rise in the finals. I know that Mark Pedowitz wants to have fewer breaks in season next year. Here’s hoping they have the money to actually see that happen.

  • Tessa

    I expected the Supernatural fall after what happened to the rest of the CW lineup over the week. Every show that came back from hiatus was down and not just on CW. Fringe and Grimm suffered the same fate in the first episodes of their return. We’ll need to wait and see what will happen next week.

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