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


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  • Vilos Cohaagen

    I liked SPN season 6. This year, not so much. Last night’s episode was enjoyable, though.

    I don’t know much about the TV business, but SPN seems to be one of its network’s higher rating shows. Why keep it in what is, during the best of times, a death slot, competing against similar genre shows? I’d watch it live were it on another night.

  • Mickey 1.0

    What ever statements you give in favor of Carver, they are also applicable to Sera.

    Sera have equal show running experience as Carver.

    Um no. Sera had zero years of experience when she took over as showrunner of Supernatural. Carver has two years of experience now he is taking over. What counts is the amount of experience they have before going in, not how much Sera has going out and Carver has going in.

    Also, as I mentionned, I have more affinity for Carver’s style, his mix of funny and moving. Sera is also a brilliant writer, but she’s too heavy on the drama side for my tastes, if it’s more than a single episode here and there. I have seen comments from many others who are ready for more lighthearted fare after the past two seasons, and that is one reason people are embracing Carver as new showrunner.

    On top of all these, the fact that the original story line of the show has already ended concerns me the most.

    Kripke pretended to have a five-year plan to coax the network into renewing the show for a couple more seasons. He did this because he thought they’d be lucky to even get five years, and he never expected for a second they’d get more. That’s television for you–you never know exactly how much time you’re going to have to tell your story. Hey, his ploy worked. For all we know, the show might otherwise have been cancelled after season 2 or 3 and we never would’ve seen the end to the story. Having more seasons to tell more stories is a good problem to have!

    Personally, I was done with the angel-demon war and ready to move on to other things. I still love the characters as much as ever, it still makes me laugh, cry and whiteknuckle the edge of my seat, and it still captivates me with its stories and helps me escape real life for a while.

    But if you can’t get past that five-year hoax, and keep insisting that it’s all doomed to failure from now on, then maybe, as others have suggested, you would be happier if you just stopped watching.

    The funny thing is, people who don’t know about the supposed five-year plan don’t even notice.

  • Vanessa S.

    I actually enjoyed last night’s episode of Supernatural very much. I’d love to see it go on for quite a few more seasons.

  • Tessa

    @Vilos Cohaagen
    I don’t know much about the TV business, but SPN seems to be one of its network’s higher rating shows. Why keep it in what is, during the best of times, a death slot, competing against similar genre shows? I’d watch it live were it on another night.

    My guess is because the CW knows if they take it off that slot they cannot fill it with anything else. All their other shows are doing worse on better nights. God only knows how badly they would crash and burn on Friday 9:00 pm. And they would never condemn TVD to that slot. So SPN stays there like a battle worn soldier and leaves the “good spots” to CW to fill with new shows that eventually will fail.

    The real question here is what on earth compelled NBC to debut a similar genre show (Grimm) on this death slot to compete with Fringe and SPN. I know it’s considered a success but I would bet that one would’ve had a better rating too had it been on another night.

  • USAmerica1st

    I hope the Fringe producers heed the lesson taught by the great J. Michael Straczynski who had the final episode of Babylon 5 “in the can” long before the show ended. And JMS uncorked a winner of a final episode. I still remember the final seconds of the final scene.

  • Anthony M

    Drew, hard core science ficton fans are not the type of viewers that are going to allow a Nielsen box to be in their home and keep them in the house on a Friday night. Real Fringe fans are watching in droves on the internet and on DVR. They buy DVD’s and digital downloads. Don’t you worry, they are out there watching and they got a season 5 baby..ya baby ya..

  • Sid

    “Man the cw ratings are abysmal have any shows on cw ever gotten to a 2.0 or better”

    90210 scored a 2.6 with A18-49 for its Series Premiere:http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/2008/09/03/ratings-monday-september-2-viewers-return-to-90210/4893/

    TVD scored a 2.1 with A18-49 for its Series Premiere as well.

  • Fringe Fan

    That final episode of Babylon 5 was immense! Still remember feeling a chill down my spine as the station was blowing up. Really felt like a moment in history. Awesome stuff!

  • Marcos

    shocked at 90210 old ratings

  • suzie

    Its to bad 90210 turned out to be a bad show and couldn’t keep those numbers, if they had actually made a quality show the CW could be in a very different situation right know.

  • Richard Steven Hack

    “Finally someone mentioned Nikita airing in canada a day earlier. Fan Excuse Bingo Lol”

    So that’s how I managed to download it on Thurdays night… My guess is a lot of other people did, too – although that shouldn’t affect the ratings because I doubt most of those downloaders ever watch live anyway.

    It was a great episode. Aaron Stanford was superb. Lot of great lines including a whole back and forth between Shane and Lyndsy over “The Italian Job” movie bit. A little lighter episode with more humor in prep for the upcoming final episodes.

    Supernatural was a great episode last night. They finally got back on the Leviathan story arc – I was getting tired of the lame ghost procedurals. And Felicia Day was awesome as always. The only way Supernatural could top her would be to put Summer Glau on the show. :-)

  • Fringe Fan

    I noticed that Nikita was available Friday morning (UK time) too! Didn’t risk downloading though because I figured it must be fake. Wish I’d known about the Canada thing now!

    Summer Glau on Supernatural has to happen! With all the Whedonverse guest stars we’ve had so far, it seems inevitable! Wouldn’t mind seeing her in action as a hunter, actually!

  • Richard Steven Hack

    I don’t see the CW picking up six new shows. That’s nuts.

    At most four, and probably three.

    Which means Ringer, Nikita and probably Hart of Dixie are doomed. Supernatural, TSC and Vampire Diaries are safe, as is 90210. If the CW DOES pick up FOUR new shows, then 90210 or TSC will be at risk. Gossip Girl SHOULD be at risk, but the assumption appears to be it isn’t for no known rational reason.

    Odds are very good TSC gets moved to Fridays for a final season, replacing Nikita. And it will do Nikita numbers there, probably, as well.

    What really gripes me about Fringe’s renewal is that Nikita is an equally good show (albeit totally different) – the best action show on TV bar none – and is going to get canceled just because it’s on the crappiest network. All the actors on Nikita are as good as the ones on Fringe – with the possible exception of old hand John Noble – but the characters just aren’t as engaging as the Fringe characters due to the roles they’re playing. The dialog is just as good. The action scenes are phenomenal. The plot complexity is just as good. The human interaction is just as intense. And it all makes SENSE, as opposed to nonsense like the Human-Observer war.

    Really a travesty that Nikita is going to be canceled. If I ever wanted to be wrong on a prediction, it’s this one.

  • Dahne

    @Richard Steven Hack and @Fringe Fan – Just say no to Summer Glau! I really want Supernatural to get to season 10.

  • Jase

    Hopefully Carver can turn the ship around at SPN and undo the damage done by Gamble. He, no doubt, has his work cut out for him because next season could be a ‘do or die’ situation for the show.

  • Percysowner

    I liked season six. I am less happy with this season, but I’m not certain the blame lies with Gamble. Robert Singer has always been the co-Executive Producer since season six. He has been doing all the promotional work for months. Yet he gets absolved of any blame. We will probably never know how this season came together and who had the final say in storylines. Right now, Supernatural is the 2nd or 3rd highest rated program on the CW. That doesn’t scream DAMAGE to me. Some people are unhappy. It is likely that Jeremy Carver will change things up. It may be better or it may be worse and honestly, differing parts of the fandom may well not agree on whether it is better or worse. We really can’t know for certain. I give Sera Gamble credit for keeping Supernatural at steady, reliable ratings that are high for the network. I think it is wrong to denigrate her contributions. She kept the viewers watching and the show reasonably well rated. JC will come in and deal with the show next season. I hope he can keep a contentious, dedicated fanbase happy. I don’t envy him and I didn’t envy SG. I do admire her for what she has done in the face of fan hatred that has been directed solely at her and not at the other person responsible for this season.

  • Ashley

    I think it would be gutsy to pick up 6 pilots (and if Cult is really only 13 episodes, they could still renew GG for 13 episodes and they can share a timeslot). I mean, forgetting the LA Complex debacle for a second, a new show with decent buzz and some good marketing can’t do worse than what Ringer is pulling

  • tvfreak

    @Dahne: Don’t tell me you believe in that Summer Glau curse crap too! I would love for SPN to get Summer Glau. She’s my favorite Terminator: TSCC star! I wanna watch Firefly and Serenity just to see more of her.

  • pandorajinel(formerly Erin)

    @KS Wow. You are one of the few people I’ve seen say they hated last night’s episode. Most people liked it or loved it and thought it was a good way of doing a myth arc episode that didn’t reduce everyone to tears.

    @PErcysowner not to worry. There are plenty of writers in Hollywood just itching to get a on a show. They may even promote from within (one of the story editors or interns). Don’t scoff, Sera started as a story editor.

    I see no reason to be pessimistic about someone who hasn’t even worked a day on the job yet. Right now all SPN crew (actors, preproduction and writing staff) are on vacation. The only people still “in the office” are post production and so by extension probably Sera and Bob Singer. And a correction, Bob Singer has been EP since season 1 episode 1. He was brought on by the network because Kripke had zero show runner experience. In fact if you look back to Paley Fest 06 Kripke actually says that he and Singer shared show runner duties. That probably continued with Sera Gamble and may or may not continue with Carver.

  • KS

    @Fringe Fan

    The reason I don’t use words other than “hate” is that my English Vocabulary is poor. I doubt if the sentence would be right if I use some other words whose meaning I am not very sure of. But, I do hate a lot of things – Ex: Castiel. I am 19, and I am not hating Jeremy Carver, I am fearing to have high hopes on the next season and clearing my doubts about show runner with other posters. Please, tell me some other words, which I can use other than “hate”, if you can.

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