Friday Final TV Ratings: 'Grimm', 'Supernatural' Adjusted Up; '20/20' Adjusted Down

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April 23rd, 2012

Both Grimm and Superatural were adjusted up a tenth among adults 18-49 versus Friday's preliminary ratings. 20/20 was adjusted down a tenth.

Final 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 4.940
FOX The Finder 1.2 4 4.310
CBS Mike & Molly -R 1.0 4 4.180
NBC Who Do You Think You Are? -R 0.8 3 4.100
CW Nikita 0.4 1 1.390
8:30PM CBS Rules of Engagement -R 0.8 3 3.400
9:00PM NBC Grimm 1.4 4 4.560
ABC Primetime: What Would You Do? 1.3 4 4.280
FOX Fringe 1.0 3 3.030
CBS CSI: NY - R 0.8 3 6.100
CW Supernatural 0.7 2 1.570
10:00PM NBC Dateline NBC 1.4 4 5.810
ABC 20/20 1.2 4 4.090
CBS Blue Bloods -R 0.8 3 6.160


Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2012 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.

  • Val

    Poor Nikita does so bad with such little competition. :(

    It’s great that Fringe/SPN/Grimm basically stay pretty steady against each other. None of those shows seem to drop too much week-to-week. Good for them!

  • Mickey 1.0

    If Supernatural can air at 8 in central time zones, surely it can air at 8 in eastern ones?

    I’ve wondered about that. The thing is, if you move it to 8 pm in the eastern and western time zones, it’s now at 7 pm in the central timezones. And we’re talking about a show that cuts off a man’s hands and feet (while he’s alive and conscious) before the opening credits even roll.

    I think the fact shows better suited to 9 pm play at 8 pm in central time zones is something they just have to live with even though it’s not ideal, because they don’t have any choice. But I think deliberately putting it at 7 pm for central and 8 pm for the rest of the country is a different story. I’ve looked at all the shows with comparable levels of gore, horror and violence, and they’re all on at 9 or 10.

    Like I said, moving it to 8 pm is the logical thing to do in terms of ratings, so if they don’t do it we’ll know it’s because they can’t.

  • DougF


    Ya but I think that has alittle bit to do with the lead in.

    Last year April 21st
    Smallville 1.0/2.35 million viewers
    Supernatural 0.9/1.90 million viewers

    This year
    Nikita 0.4/1.39 million
    Supernatural 0.7/1.57 million

    The DVR ratings are still roughly the same. Just looked at a few from last year and they all had a 0.4 increase. Which is exactly what the average is this year.

    So the combination of a weaker lead in, the network being down across the board from last year and some fans deciding to stop watching only has it down two and a half tenth of a point.

    Not too bad if you ask me

  • Tessa

    Agree with DougF. IMO Smallville/Supernatural fans thought it was worth staying in on a Friday to watch the double bill. With Smallville gone a portion of the audience moved to DVRing.

  • robin

    wow I bet the CW wished they still had smallville right now

  • Lex

    Smallville in there 9th season was getting some 0.8 demos in drop pretty hard.
    So if SV was still on it will pretty much be doing the same as SPN right now.
    I think Fridays just eat away shows faster.

    CW was just dumb by moving there #2 and #3 show there first place.

  • Nick

    Am I seeing this right? Did Dateline really beat 20/20?
    ABC or NBC should move one of these to earlier in the night or Saturday. I believe that’s in Fan Excuse Bingo: Bad time slot ;-)

  • Jase

    Good news for Grimm (one of my favorites). Maybe FOX will find a way to keep the Finder (it’s starting to grow on me a little bit).

    Despite the relative consistent #s SPN is bringing in, I hope that the writing gets better. I’m just not feeling the direction the show is going in this season.

  • Tessa

    Smallville’s strong ratings last year were partly due to it being the last season. I’m sure if it was airing this year without a final season announcement it would’ve pulled similar numbers as the rest of the lineup. Still, it doesn’t make me not wish SPN had a better lead in.

  • Geordiegirl1967

    @Doug F
    The DVR ratings are still roughly the same. Just looked at a few from last year and they all had a 0.4 increase. Which is exactly what the average is this year.

    The DVR % is definitely up this year for SPN. It averaged 40% last year. This year it is 55% on average. And the increase in DVRing of this show has been huge over the years. Back in 2009 for s4 the average was +13%, for s5 +20% (from memory – will have to double check that one), for s6 +40% and for s7 (sp far) +55%. So a lot of previous live viewers now watch on DVR. The biggest increase, unsurprisingly, was between s5 and s6 when the show moved to Fridays.

  • Geordiegirl1967

    @ Lex

    CW was just dumb by moving there #2 and #3 show there first place.

    Agreed – but hindsight is a wonderful thing. From where CW sat at the time they had two ageing relics from a previous era and thought they’d stick them on Friday nights while they poured all their energy into developing loads of great new shows that would soon take SPN and SVs crowns as top performers for the network away from them. But most of their new shows have tanked, while the continuing high quality and loyal fanbases kept SV and SPN from being beaten by the Friday factor.

  • Mike S

    @Michael. I know viewers are irrelevant on all the major networks, but for a network as pathetic as the CW, I wonder if total viewers do matter more than we think. All the demo ratings including VD suck compared to other networks. I guess, me as a Nikita fan does hope that viewers will matter. And Nikita was the 3rd most watched show on the CW this week.

  • Teag

    Dang, wish Fringe adjusted up.

  • luisl

    The Secret Circle is going to be moved to Fridays and die. Just like Nikita.

    Supernatural i don’t know if it’s going to be the final season. I mean a new showrunner for only a season…

  • Observer

    Yay Grimm!

  • Dahne

    Glad to see Supernatural adjusted up. That makes it the second highest show for CW this week and keeps the 0.6 a one-time fluke. Looking forward to seeing Felicia Day on this Friday. I doubt it does anything for the ratings but it’s nice to gets some promotion out of it.

  • 1454

    SPN go on! It’s great show!

  • Dean_W

    I think the Only Shows that The CW will cancel are ‘Hart of Dixie’ and ‘Nikita’. The other (including ‘Ringer’) have Renewal Chances.
    Plus, the new Show ‘The L.A. Complex’ (premieres April 24) will be canceled because its Premiere is at the End of the Season, the lead-In is not strong enough and if ‘Ringer’ hadn’t succeed a Show Starring “Strangers” has no chances.

  • Geordiegirl1967

    Plus, the new Show ‘The L.A. Complex’ (premieres April 24) will be canceled

    CW might drop it, but it won’t be cancelled by them. It is a Canadian show they have bought. It will be up to the Canadian channel whether it gets renewed. I have heard good buzz about it, and it sounds like a good fit. But you are right. Its a bad time of year to launch anything new. I’m not optimistic for its ratings.

  • buddhaboy

    so happy for the SPN adjustment. While the writing is a little off this year it’s still one of the best shows on tv!

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