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


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  • Theoacme

    @Khan – oh…my…!!!

    A crossover between Fringe and Hell’s Kitchen (and also Kitchen Nightmares) – that is so inspired, so crazy, it deserves to work :)

  • KS

    @Melanie & Bill
    I would certainly watch Supernatural if it were aired on my television. I am only forced to download illegally and I hate waiting hours for the episode to download. I am sure there are millions like me. Don’t you think all the viewership outside U.S.A. is going into garbage bin? Why can’t they at least make the online viewing on their official website accessible to all the countries? Why don’t these p00p heads even try to make some revenue out of this? Seriously, networks doesn’t know how to dig gold out of the mine outside U.S.A.? All that U.S.A. networks do is, look at the not-so-accurate numbers given by Nielsen and start crying that their shows has hit lows, when there are amazing number of viewers watching the shows outside U.S.A.

  • Jack S

    A “Sarah Michelle Gellar factor” is getting Ringer renewed? You mean the same factor that has drawn LOADS of viewers to watch the show…?

  • Andrew

    I don’t think Hart of Dixie is in the danger that it could be in anymore.
    things are definitely looking a little bit up for my favorite show if it continues to grow.
    The CW is probably going to axe Ringer, Nikita, & possibly The Secret Circle if it continues with it’s downtrend.

    Ringer & Nikita have both brought in 0.4s more than once. they are both toast.
    The Secret Circle might start rating with 0.4s too if it continues dropping.

  • Sammy01

    If i was Fox i’d order 13 eps of The Finder for next season. Given Touch is bombing and everything else bar Bones is struggling it could be a good filler next season for a night if something really bombs hard. Plus could always keep on Friday if Fringe does get 13 eps next year to either pair with it or to make a ‘full season’ of 26 eps for Friday.

  • Khan

    @Theoacme Well, sometimes crazy things have a way of working ;)

  • pandorajinel(formerly Erin)

    Supernatural will either be adjusted or it won’t. Chances are the decision about its renewal or cancellation have already been made, just not announced. Belly aching about the ratings system on a ratings site doesn’t do anything to change that and it just perpetuates SPN fan’s bad reputation here. Knock it off.

  • Dennis


  • beatrix~

    Fringe really sucks………….in its rating after the move to Friday
    except that, Fringe is phenomenal, fabulously amazing and terrifically awesome. (please someone help me continue to describe :D)

  • Theoacme

    @Beth – for news / reality, with lower budget lines than scripted, 1.2 is (almost always) perfectly acceptable, but I am sure every network would be ecstatic about 4.0’s, and be very happy with 2.0’s…

    …for scripted, 1.2 – not so much – of course, it depends on the shows’ budget lines, pilot development at the shows’ network, development deal contracts, syndication and whether the production studio will give huge discounts to the network, and whether the executive VP at the network was drunk when s/he was using the Ouija board on the morning of upfronts…

  • Bunny

    What is ABC taking so long with their renewals??

  • Dennis

    Interesting fact,

    In the UK

    Ringer, Nikita and The Secret Circle all get higher viewers then Supernatural on “SkyLiving”

  • livvy

    Usually after a break, the ratings for shows fall.
    Last week Dixie had a .5, this week it had a .6.
    I think SC and VD will be up next week.
    Same with Supernatural.

    I hope they renew Dixie
    and cancel Nikita, SC (I stopped watching after the first episode of 2012, it got really bad), Ringer and GG

  • s0303

    that sucks for grimm…the ratings and the show have been so good the last couple of weeks :(

  • z00t


    Cause Warner Brothers wants to sell the show to the networks in your country. If they let everybody in the world to watch online their international sales would devalue.
    Cause it’s impossible to find local advertisers for 190+ countries
    Cause if they charged you $5 to watch the show online while it aired in the States you wouldn’t pay it

    Why don’t you go harass the networks in your county to PAY Warner the money to air Supernatural concurrent with the US like Canada does for example? I tell you why. Cause there aren’t enough viewers to justify the expense.

  • Theoacme

    @KS – out of USA viewers do not matter, ever, at all, to US broadcast or cable networks – period.

    Out of USA viewers do matter to the production studios – but, since the US is such a huge market, if the US network for a show cancels it, it will be much more difficult for the studio to keep production going.

  • Melanie

    @KS Its not accessible because there’s no content sharing agreement with the various countries that will make the CW (or the ad sponsors) any money.
    Making the show available in foriegn markets is like syndication – its Warners (the production company) that would make the money from the licsensing fees and the local broadcaster makes their money from the ads in their own country (or from the gov’t or however it works for them). Certainly, it might behoove the production companies to get the content out internationally quicker – the time lag is one of the things always sited by people pirating content — they don’t want to wait to get content that’s already available in the US.

  • Theoacme

    @KS: caveat – certain Canadian viewers in range of US broadcast stations may matter, but only if Nielsen samples from them as part of their process (Bill, Robert, does Nielsen do that?)

  • Petar

    Friday ratings this spring are really terrible! For all network!

  • z00t

    the time lag depends on the local networks not the producer. The producer is happy to sell any show to India to air concurrently with the US. The problem is the Indian networks aren’t willing to pay the license fee for it and they prefer to pay the much lower syndication license fee to air it six months or a year later than the US.

    In the UK for example Sky picks up many first run series, in a couple of occasions it has even aired episodes before they aired in the States. But Sky is a subscription service. And Sky only pays the high fees for popular shows. Not shows that will get it 200,000 viewes.

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