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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  • just an ordinary SPN fan

    still no sdjustments?
    now i’m worried about next week…

  • pandorajinel(formerly Erin)

    Final ratings for Friday shows don’t come in until monday. Get comfy.

  • just an ordinary SPN fan

    thanks for the info~ pandorajinel(formerly Erin) :)

  • DonnaT

    @ just an ordinary SPN fan

    “Friday” adjustments don’t come out until 5 pm or later on Mondays, and on Tuesdays if there are “Holiday delays”.

    I’m mildly worried for the next three weeks but hopefully we will hear some “early” renewal news this upcoming week and that will ease the pressure :).

    @ KS
    “Dislike” is a milder, more acceptable word than “hate”. As in “I dislike Castiel” “Loathe” is stronger word, as in “I loathe Castiel”. I “loathe Castiel”, too.

  • Johnny

    I know you guys don’t think too fondly of TVline’s “Renewal Scorecard” around here… but maybe you should? They were right about Fringe… so are they right about Nikita? They’ve upgraded it to “A Safe Bet”.

  • just an ordinary SPN fan

    Yeah, me too. Fingers crossed for an upward adjustment, a renewal and a better season!;)

  • Boyd

    Is that a series low for BB? Not surprised, since I predicted months ago that it would be down to 1.4s by season’s end.

  • Tessa

    As long as Jeremy Carver gives next season a focus I’m fine. I know the blame for everything that went wrong these past two seasons isn’t on Gamble alone but as showrunner she had the ultimate say in what the show was about. And she did it like a person suffering from ADHD. Honestly I still don’t know what S06 was about: Sam’s soul, Castiel going dark side, the Alphas, the Mother of All Monsters? And what was this season about? The Leviathans? I can name five other stories that got more attention than that. So as long as Jeremy Carver comes in and says, “Season 8 is about *” and sticks to it I’ll be fine.

    That and not sideline Dean. That’s another crime I put on Sera.

  • Fringe Fan


    Fair enough. In your defence, I wouldn’t have been able to guess from the majority of your comments that English wasn’t you first language. You use it very well indeed. Better than a lot of English people I know! ;)

    That said, using ‘hate’ as much as you do does come across as pretty extreme. As DonnaT said above, ‘dislike’ is a milder way of getting your point across, or simply ‘don’t like’, if you prefer. Loathe is a stronger term again, but not nearly as provocative as ‘hate’. I tend to think that when you use the most extreme language possible all the time, it lessens its meaning. I mean, I genuinely ‘hate’ racism but then if I say that I also ‘hate’ something on a television show then it makes my feelings toward racism seem less important, y’know? I just think if you’re going to hate something, make it something really worth hating!

    But yeah, your English is actually really impressive! Definitely better than my use of any other language anyway! :D

  • Fringe Fan

    @Everyone else

    Don’t worry about adjustments (as long as it doesn’t adjust down ;)) because short of The CW feeling like they want to start a whole new schedule and cancel everything, Supernatural is coming back next year.

    My only question is why haven’t The CW made any renewals at all by now? I mean, I know a lot of their middle-rated shows might have required some last minute thinking but surely by this point they could have put the worries of the fans of TVD and SPN to rest. Even so, the cast and crew of both shows seem to be proceeding and talking as if a new season is a done deal, so I’ll take that as shaky confirmation.

  • KS

    @Fringe Fan

    Thanks a lot. I am happy that you are actually impressed. I should thank all the posters on this website, especially Tessa and other SPN fan posters for this. My English has actually gotten better after I started posting here. I actually post on this website to learn better English.

    Thanks for all those “hate” words.(@DonnaT Thanks for you too!) Also congratulations on Fringe renewal.

    I am not boasting about myself, but I can speak three more Indian languages.

  • disney rocks

    CW schedule next season-


    7-7:30= NEW sitcom
    7:30-9= NEW sitcom
    8-10= CW Sunday night movie/ Midseason- GG (8-9; 13 episode final season); HOD 13 episodes (9-10; 13 episodes)


    8-9= The secret circle
    9-10= NEW drama


    8-9= NEW drama
    9-10= NEW drama


    8-9= 90210
    9-10= America’s next top model/ NEW drama (8 episodes)/ America’s next top model


    8-9= TVD
    9-10= NEW drama


    8-9= NEW drama
    9-10= Supernatural

    NEW shows-

    Dramas- 6

    Sitcoms- 2

  • Fringe Fan

    @disney rocks

    Eight new shows in one season covering a total of seven hours of the schedule?

    No network is THAT suicidal! ;)

    Seriously, The CW would be attempting to hold on to existing viewers with a grand total of four current dramas (two of those you suggest already getting only so-so ratings) and a reality show that is has seen better days too. That’s a hell of a risky call to make. I know that I wouldn’t want to be the guy who gave it the nod.

    Throw in a couple more existing dramas (my guess being Gossip Girl and Nikita, based on current speculation) and you’re closer to the truth, I’d imagine.

  • Fringe Fan


    Boast all you want! I’m always impressed by people with an affinity for languages. I’ve got a bit of French and some German under my belt but that’s about it. Although I am pretty good with Latin, as useless as that might be these days! Love the language though, so I don’t mind wasting my time learning it.

  • KS

    In one of my previous comment, I said Season 7, Time for A Wedding, thats actually Plucky Penny-whistle’s magical Menagerie.

  • Dean_W

    ‘CSI: NY’ already had a 1.4 this Season that’s why I’m still optimistic about a Ninth Season Renewal (‘Blue Bloods’ has exactly the Same Ratings).
    Plus, I hope the Show will be ajusted up to a 1.5 or 1.6.
    CBS killed the Show when they put it on hiatus during six weeks.

  • Dahne

    @tvfreak – Not so much a believer in the curse. Just having fun with that. My general feeling is that while I do not like Summer Glau as an actress (I thought she was the worst part of Firefly), if she brought in higher ratings, something no guest no matter how touted has done this year by the way, then bring her on.

  • Mickey 1.0

    Honestly I still don’t know what S06 was about

    S^ was done as a film noir. The problem with that is you had to know film noir, perhaps even be a fan of film noir, to really appreciate it. The plot and the way it unfolded was very typical of film noir: very twisty and turny, constantly pulling the wool over the audience’s eyes and the carpet out from under their feet. The film noir style of that season was amazingly well done. But that doesn’t help the viewers who aren’t film noir fans. I strongly recommend this brilliant meta to anyone who would like to gain a better appreciation of S6. (It’s chockful of spoilers if you haven’t seen S6 yet.)


    Also, if you read the description of the noir genre, you can see why Sera chose it as her theme, as it embodies her fascination with death and despair.

    This makes me realize another difference between Gamble and Carver. I intellectually appreciate Sera’s episodes, but I viscerally enjoy Jeremy’s. With Sera’s writing, I go, that was brilliant. But with Jeremy’s I go, I LOVED THAT!

  • Mickey 1.0

    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.

    I’m hoping they will at least move it to 8 p.m. Grimm is considerably less gory and could go on earlier. It would be a low risk move because people wouldn’t have to get used to a whole new night. It would get it away from the glut of genre shows at 9 pm and might actually work in everyone’s favour. With a double feature of Grimm at 8 and SPN or Fringe at 9, genre fans would have more reason to make a night of it, get pizza, beer and a few friends together and have a genre night in.

    I’ve seen way too many people complain they want to watch all three for there not to be any effect going on, probably mostly at Grimm’s expense.

  • Kavyn

    Nikita did fairly ok compared to its past episodes considering it was already available online before the show.

    But if Deadline’s statement of the possibility of 6 pilots is true, all of the CW bubble shows are done, in which I say… I’m glad the CW will try it’s best to start fresh, even if we lose Nikita.

    I personally would rather see Nikita on another network or on Netflix. Most of its potential fanbase come from people who reject anything the CW offers for its typical viewers.

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