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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  • Kevin67

    Holy moy last Fringe Episode was simply amazing. So much better than Touch, Awake, Alcatraz, Dinoland, etc..

    I smell a 5th Season coming…

  • Anas

    well i don’t care now about Grimm ratings cuz it has been renewed to a second season

    and i don’t think supernatural will be cancel , i guess it will get a 13 episode final season :)

    sorry for the bad English

  • KJ Styles

    Fringe is an awful show, and with those ratings it deserves to be cancelled. They’re bad even by Friday standards. Even NBC would cancel it. If Fox renews it then it’s credibility is shot to hell.

  • Petar


    Nope! I respectfully disagree! In first and second seasons had killing ep! I mean really unique! FOr example when they found parallel universe is there etc! Was great!

    ps Bill help us to orient ourselves wat is good and what bad now in friday spring ratings? Or all is bad? Cause the margin now is so small 1 to 1.4 and you are kidding which network is ok with these ratings!

  • AC75

    Fringe is awful and I’m glad to see it continue to suck in the ratings. It deserves it for the nonsense they keep spitting out. This Observers in the future thing is insanity and I see no reason why it would excite anyone at this stage. For the record, I am a Fringe hater. But I wasn’t always, so I still sometimes take a look. I mildly enjoy Walter, but I have to switch off or mute the sound when Olivia is onscreen. Dreadful. The bad writing and terrible acting always chases me away from this show every time I give it another chance.

  • joko ono

    So,now what? Is Nikita realy getting canceled?
    Note: I want the answer from the people who love this show.

  • Petar

    @Kevin67 who just said:
    Holy moy last Fringe Episode was simply amazing. So much better than Touch, Awake, Alcatraz, Dinoland, etc..
    I smell a 5th Season coming…

    And i don’t! I mean the best episode of the season(i think we all will agree) and get only 1.0! But for quality i agree! Still big and beat these you write!

    PS At least hope john nobel will take one Emmy in the and! He so much deserved it!

  • Anas

    @Dennis- that’s because the secret circle is better than supernatural
    i like supernatural, really!, but the secret circle is much better :)

  • Tony ^_^

    Fridays are full of terrible ratings. Glad “Fringe” is up, even if it’s by a tenth. Anything above a 1.0 is good.

    “The Finder”, for some reason, went up a lot and pulled in 4 million viewers. But the ratings of one episode aren’t enough to determine whether it will be cancelled or not…

    “Grimm” is down again! :o It’s strange how it falls, rises and then falls again…

    CBS shows don’t repeat well on Fridays. Yet their repeats on other nights pull above a 1.5 (higher or equal to most shows on NBC…).

  • Gleebo

    Supernatural’s schedule seems to be spottier than usual. I don’t think they took as long of a midseason break as they did in years past so that made more gaps between new episodes from Jan through May. Serialized shows do better when a larger chunk of the season is aired in consecutive weeks (24, Lost)

    But with Supernaturals rabid fan base this is really not a reliable excuse. It is not a show that will pick up random viewers tuning in for one episode. Anyone who likes the show is gonna watch it live or on DVR within a couple days of airing. The reason for the decline is probably more to do with it being an aging show losing longtime viewers in its 7th season.

    As a big fan of the show I can see it lasting 2 more seasons at the absolute most. If the CW has even one or two shows performing near it to start the fall 2012 season it will probably announce that Season 8 will be its final one before the second half of the season starts. With the lack of success the CW has had launching new show their is more than likely a better chance of seeing 9 seasons instead of ending with 8.

  • JeffinChicago

    Grimm, grimmer, grimmest. Pretty much sums up all the ratings this Spring of Ratings Discontent.

  • DougF

    @Thomas Deyvson

    suck what? being the 2nd highest rated show on the network for the week

  • Patrick G.

    Just like Warner Brothers’ “Chuck” on NBC last season, I expect “FRINGE” will get a formally announced “final season” of 13 episodes. Tonight’s wild episode in 2036 shows where that last season will be going if it’s renewed, with Peter and Olivia’s daughter, Etta, leading the new Fringe team. This show truly is the most unique thing on television. But, if FOX does cancel it this year, I read that the alternate ending the writers and producers filmed to conclude the series will knock our socks off! I look forward to seeing how all the twists and turns finally end ;)

    On a corrective note, it’s a shame the FX team screwed up last night for not only getting the new One World Trade Center Tower wrong (in the first primary shot zooming in over the East River, the Tower’s signature antenna is missing, only to have it suddenly appear in the final shot outlooking the subway), but the rest of the new World Trade Center Towers are totally missing (Towers 2-7). The blueprints for the new World Trade Center have been public record for many years now, and Towers 2-4 are already under construction, with 7 having been completed years ago, so the Special Effects team should have gotten this right!! :(

  • Julie

    I’m in the 18-49 demo and watch Supernatural in Canada – live at 9pm – on the CW…a choice of either the NY or Chicago CW stations, even though it’s on at the same time on one of the two Canadian channels that air it – with the American ads, most for products that are also sold here. (For some unknown reason CW is the only US network my cable company doesn’t regularly ‘simsub’ for the Canadian commercials, fine with me.)
    Then I usually watch it again at midnight my time on the LA CW station, again with American ads. (And for good measure, often as well on Sunday nights on the other Canadian station.)

    But I don’t count. lol

  • HB

    OMG SPN and Nikita????? :O :O

  • Freyja

    Eh, I expected much worse given the headline ;)

    I wasn’t surprised considering TVD and TSC both fell this week, I figured we would fall as well.

    But we’ve had 0.06 before so no big deal, it’s not the end of the world. LOL

  • Petar

    It’s your opinion and i respect it! I hear this arguments and from other people espessaly for Olivia(really a whot of people don’t like it) But i am glad that you respect Walter(john nobel ) cause he is truly amazing!

    @Tony ^_^ who just said:
    Fridays are full of terrible ratings. Glad “Fringe” is up, even if it’s by a tenth. Anything above a 1.0 is good.
    CBS shows don’t repeat well on Fridays. Yet their repeats on other nights pull above a 1.5 (higher or equal to most shows on NBC…).

    absolutely agree! For first time this season i see CBS repeat with less than 1.5!
    And for Fridays….i think that is big mess right now! And really don’t know what network with what rating will be happy at friday! And NBA playoffs start soon! After 7-8 days i think! So mat be will go worse for the networks!

  • Kyle

    Can anybody please tell me the W18-34 ratings for Nikita and Supernatural?

  • KS

    By the way, why are A18 – 34 not given only on Friday?

  • TheOneAndOnly

    Can some1 tell me if the CSI NY ratings are good or bad?

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