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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  • AlcoholicsAnonymous


    The Finder is dead. Don’t get ya hopes up.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

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

    Why can’t money grow on trees?

  • Jackie

    Yikes at 0.4 BYEEEEEEE Nikita!

  • KS

    The latest episode was really awesome. But, I don’t want Bobby to stick around for more time as a Spirit. I hope they would do something with something with character of Bobby.

  • Melanie

    @KS Do you not understand ratings at all? You watching Supernatural illegally doesn’t help the show – at best it doesn’t matter how many millions of people outside the US are ‘watching’. Advertisers are looking for a US audience in the 18-49 demo and that is what Nielsen measures.

  • Mon

    The 10pm hour had higher overall 18-49 than the 9pm hour. Has this been the case most Fridays nights or just last night? I bet it rarely happens from Monday-Thursday and Sunday.

  • Jake

    Gosh I actually enjoyed Supernatural last night! Too bad no one knew it was not a repeat! Hopefully it will get adjusted up on Monday!

  • Tested

    There’s no question it would be better if Nielsen could measure everyone, but they can’t. This system is flawed but better than what they used to have. Deal with it.

  • Kevin

    Complaining about Nielsen is redundant imo… I don’t see anything new coming along for at least another 3 or 4 years. It is what it is.

  • beatrix~

    Fringe please adjust up and …
    Finder,… I don’t care (sorry Finder fans)

  • AlcoholicsAnonymous

    It’s amazing I’m posting more than @One on these comment threads… Unless he doesn’t care about Friday nights.

  • Dean_W

    My Guess for the 2012-2013 CW Shedule:

    8:00PM – Gossip Girl (13 Episodes order, Finale Season)
    9:00PM – NEW DRAMA

    8:00PM – 90210
    9:00PM – Ringer

    8:00PM – NEW REALITY
    9:00PM – America’s Next Top Model

    8:00PM – The Vampire Diaries
    9:00PM – NEW DRAMA

    8:00PM – Arrow
    9:00PM – Supernatural

    The CW will put ‘Arrow’ on the ‘Nikita’ timeslot to get a Strong Friday Night.

    ‘Ringer’ will get a Second Season because of the “Sarah Michelle Gellar factor” (like ‘Blue Blood’ with Tom Sellec) and because the Show have a big fan community all around the World.

    ‘Nikita’, ‘The Secret Circle’ and ‘Hart of Dixie’ will be canceled.

  • AppleStinx

    They can’t cancel ‘Supernatural’. It’s huge in Timbuktu.

  • MattG

    Well… a bad day for ratings ;).

    I’m more and more curious what shows CW will renew (no doubt about SPN, but Nikita is difficult. The total numbers are good though).

  • psychic

    You’re the only one. Fringe is amazing.

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  • gary

    fringe sucks!!!!!!!!!

  • Khan

    it seems tht Fringe might as well have shared some audience with Kitchen Nightmares, whereas it shares none with the Finder i’m afraid… The Finder has dragged Fringe down with it, and now a 1.2 lead-in cannot help.

  • Dennis


    No, no it doesn’t

  • Beth


    In general, is 1.2 bad even for Fridays? Just curious.

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