TV Ratings Friday: 'Fringe' Up, 'Finder', 'Supernatural', 'CSI:NY', & 'Blue Bloods' Down

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April 28th, 2012

Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 1.5/5 1.3/4 1.2/4 1.1/4 0.5/2
Total Viewers (million) 8.781 4.804 4.597 3.541 1.422


CBS won the night for 18-49 ratings and total viewers.

The Finder was down a tenth to a 1.1 adults 18-49 rating, vs. last week's 1.2 adults 18-49 rating.  Fringe was up a tenth to a 1.1 adults 18-49 rating, versus last week's 1.0 rating.

Shark Tank returned from a week-long break and was down two tenths to a 1.4 vs. its last original's 1.6 18-49 rating. Primetime: What would You Do? Earned a 1.1, down two-tenths from last week's 1.3 adults 18-49 rating. At 10PM, a new 20/20 earned 1.4, up two-tenths from last week's 1.2

On NBC, Who Do You Think You Are? returned from two weeks off and was up two tenths to earn a 1.0 compared to the 0.8 its last original earned April 6.  Grimm was flat with last week's 1.4 adults 18-49 rating. Dateline  was down three tenths  to a 1.1 adults 18-49 rating compared with last week's 1.4 18-49 rating.

CBS was all-new for the first time in three weeks. Undercover Boss returned down a tenth to a 1.6 vs. its last original (April 13) which earned a1.7 rating.  CSI: NY was down three tenths and earned a 1.4 compared to its last original which earned a 1.7 three weeks prior. Blue Bloods also returned from a three-week hiatus and was down three tenths to a 1.4 vs. the 1.7 its last new episode earned.

On The CW, Nikita was even with last week's series low-matching 0.4 adults 18-49 rating. Supernatural shed a tenth from last week's 0.7, earning a 0.6 18-49 rating.

Late night ratings below the primetime table.

Overnight broadcast primetime ratings for Friday, April 27, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM CBS Undercover Boss 1.6 6 7.148
ABC Shark Tank 1.4 5 5.412
FOX The Finder 1.1 4 3.941
NBC Who Do You Think You Are? 1.0 4 5.211
CW Nikita 0.4 2 1.315
9:00PM NBC Grimm 1.4 4 4.490
CBS CSI: NY 1.4 5 8.895
ABC Primetime: What Would You Do? 1.1 4 4.039
FOX Fringe 1.1 3 3.142
CW Supernatural 0.6 2 1.529
10:00PM ABC 20/20 1.4 4 4.967
CBS Blue Bloods 1.4 4 10.210
NBC Dateline NBC 1.1 3 4.089

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," 2.9/7; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.4/6; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 3.2/7; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.6/5. 

  • In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 0.9/4; "Late Show," 0.6/3; "Nightline," 1.0/4; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.5/2.

  • At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.6/5 in metered-market households) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.2/4).  In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.6/3 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.4/2).

  • At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.9/4 in metered-market households and a 0.4/3 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

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  • Chicc_o

    I love more than half pf TheCW line up , but if they are going to cancel all these shows to launch new better shows , why not ? I am on board

  • Psycho Bob

    all you big mouths yapping about how Secret Circle is doing sooo much better than Nikita should shut it and take a look back at last year. What was after the Vampire Diaries last year? and what were the ratings? yes thats right Nikita had better ratings last year than TSC has this year and the CW stupidly moved it to Fridays.

    You want to see Nikita get an 0.3? why to prove how bad the Friday 8pm slot is? So I ask you smart people again: what was on after TVD last year? and how much better were the ratings compared to The Secret Circle? yeah that’s what I thought, you peeps seem to have forgot about that. So shaaaaduup.

    if Nikita had moved to another night it would have pulled better ratings. Supernatural continues to have steady and solid numbers because its been on for 6 years and has the biggest fanbase on the CW next TVD.

  • KS

    @Mickey 1.0

    I am being [I forgot what word to use – Realistic? Practical?]. I am not judging him. But I firmly believe both Sera and Carver have equal show running abilities.

  • Psycho Bob

    yeah I’m a fan of Nikita, I’m not psychotic like mikey/bondoel or whatever his name is but I am a fan. For CW I watch TSC, TVD, SPN, Nikita and Ringer. That’s it. Everything else is not for me.

    Vampire Diaries is starting to blow big time, this season has been awful, no wonder the numbers are dipping.

  • Joseph

    I wonder if “Fringe”s slight uptick in the ratings was caused by the recent announcement of the show’s renewal??

  • Alan

    lol Nikita. At least TSC and HoD hit 0.5’s.

  • Joseph

    I suspect that with “Marvel’s Avengers” opening in movie theatres next Friday (May 4th), not to mention local basketball or hockey playoffs in some cities and local baseball in a lot of major cities, the TV network ratings might be badly wounded that evening.

    We may well see the fewest number of people watching prime-time network television on the first Friday in May since the 1950’s

    It has the potential to get that ugly!

  • Ashley

    Jeremy needs to approve his writing staff, because alot of writers from the past is not there anymore. If he goes in with the same then yeah it probably won’t be much improvement. But I think he knows what he’s working with, and will try to jump on a few new writers that he knows can balance a script.

  • Rich

    Yay,”Who Do You Think You Are” up two-tenths! Whoohoo. And being in third for the hour(in total veiwers)isn’t bad. Buh-bye,”The Finder”

  • KS


    Thats a good point.

  • Tessa

    @KS: But you need to explain why you have hopes on Carver?

    a) Because he has show running experience from “Being Human.”
    b) Because I like how most of his episodes are mytharc episodes that advance the story forward.
    c) Because that’s whom we got and I want to be positive.

  • Restless

    I can understand you not wanting to get your hopes up. I keep listing off all the reasons Carver might be a bad show runner in my head, just so I won’t be disappointed. :P

    But Carver has the advantage in that his show focuses on all three of his main characters (and a few important sides). They all have a story arc. So surely Carver can drum up some decent stories for all the Supernatural characters. I mean, if he’s coming back, he must have some ideas, right? I feel like we should at least take heart in that.

    Honestly, I liked season six well enough, but season seven has done a good job trying to bury my love of this show under melodramatic filler. So I’m thankful for the show runner shakeup, and despite all my efforts at pessimism, I am excited for season eight.

    Very good points hehe xD

    I think so too. x_x I fear possible new lows which won’t really much matter this late in the season, but I really don’t want to see Supernatural joining the 0.5 club next week. If nothing else, it’s a Ben Edlund episode so is bound to be wild and not deserve a series low rating.

  • Mickey 1.0

    I am being [I forgot what word to use – Realistic? Practical?]. I am not judging him. But I firmly believe both Sera and Carver have equal show running abilities.

    I personally don’t feel it is realistic or practical to judge somebody on something they haven’t done yet. It’s like giving someone a grade before they have taken the test. Sera has had two years to prove herself as the showrunner of Supernatural. Carver has not worked a single day yet as the showrunner of Supernatural. Let’s see what he can do before we rate his performance.

    I personally love Sera, though I’m ready for a change from the emphasis on angst and drama. I don’t know for sure if Carver will do better or not as showrunner of Supernatural, but I do know:

    1) I LOVE his writing and storytelling;
    2) I really click with how he can make things both hilariously funny but also intensely poignant;
    3) and I know he has already run a show for two years which has done really well–experience that Sera did not have when she took over, it was her first gig as showrunner.

    This all gives me plenty of reason to have high hopes for Carver.

  • Kate

    Just because 6 pilots are “receiving buzz” for The CW doesn’t mean they’re going to pick them up. One, they probably don’t have the funds to launch more than 5 (with two being 13 episode seasons). Two, they get more money from the older shows so they’re going to want to put out as many episodes of possible of those. Plus, don’t they usually screen the pilots for test audiences to see how they score? Just because the executives like it doesn’t mean the audience will. I’m assuming that they’ll do that within the next week or two.

    Regardless, Nikita is done with those numbers.

  • KS


    First of all, There are ONLY TWO MAIN CHARACTERS IN SUPERNATURAL. Third one is now way in heaven or hell, he is main. I agree with you for the rest of the post.


    a) Sera also has show running experience running Supernatural.
    b) So are, Sera’s episodes. Just in Bello, The song Remains the same, All the Hell Breaks loose part-1, etc to name a few.

  • luisl


    Yeah they get more money from the older shows. Except Nikita, HoD, Ringer and TSC aren’t older.


    Adam Glass needs to be fired. Also the wife of Robert Singer.

  • Kate

    Luisl – Oh no, I wasn’t referring to those shows. I should have clarified. I meant I doubt they’d give give shows like Supernatural and 90210 half seasons in favor of a freshman series when the former two make them more money.

  • Grace

    I can not believe that CSI:N.Y. came in first place in viewers and demos and CBS is STILL thinking about cancelling it!!!
    Also CBS, Bring back A GIFTED MAN!! LOVED THAT SHOW!!

  • Percysowner

    I will admit I don’t connect with Adam Glass as a writer and Dabb & Loflin have also written scripts I don’t care for. The thing is, I don’t know who else is out there to replace them.

    I’m certainly going to give Jeremy Carver a chance. I didn’t hate SG’s show running. I actually liked last season. This season is more problematic for me, but it could wrap things up and make me like it more in retrospect. Heck there are seasons of Kripke’s that I’m not fond of either.

  • Grace

    WHEN is SPN going to bring back THE TRICKSTER/GABRIEL (RICHARD SPEIGHT JR.)??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

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