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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  • Dahne

    Here’s hoping Supernatural adjusts up in the finals again. I thought the episode was fun and was hoping Felicia Day would cause a few more eyeballs in the live showing. But really, SPN is predictable no real highs or lows. At least, unless it adjusts down, it will still be the second highest TV show of the week for CW.

  • John A

    That 1.4 i think has sealed CSI NY cancelation.

  • Mare

    here’s hoping Supernatural goes up to a .7 in the finals *fingers crossed*

  • rob60990

    Bad night all around. Those have gotta be series lows for CSI NY and Blue Bloods.

    Primetime What Would You Do starting to fizzle like it did last year.

  • Niki

    Half hours please?

  • hardline_pro

    Crap, that hurts for CSI: NY. But as I stated before, I think it’s fate has already been sealed. :(

  • Tibo18

    CSI NY is dead

  • Michael

    “Bad night all around”

    That’s pretty much said everyday of the week, lol.

  • Joe

    Supernatural is still one the best performing shows on the CW. I have no doubt that it’s renewal will be announced. Whether that’s next week or not until the upfronts, it will be.

  • Brian

    GO Grimm!!!!

    It always has the best ratings for Friday nights :)

  • Dennis

    There’s no way Nikita will get renewed now

  • Dahne

    @Nikita – TV Line keeps making less and less sense to me. How does falling ratings mean Nikita’s chances of renewal are increasing while 90210, which does better than almost everything on the CW, is on the bubble for them? Don’t get me wrong. I would much rather Nikita get renewed than 90210, but logically that doesn’t make any sense.

  • im14

    I hope that SPN would be adjust to 0.7 finally~

  • suzie

    Yay Grimm, I think it would get much higher ratings if it wasn’t on Fridays.

    As for Nikita its still dead, I dont care if its on a Friday a 0.4 should be unacceptable.

  • Franko

    Nikita would be a goner if other shows were doing great. However, when TSC is pulling 0,5 AFTER Vampire diaries, Nikita’s ratings on Fridays don’t look to bad. It’s fascinanting that it has more viewers then TSC, but lower demo. If they renew TSC for second season, they will move it from its timelost. And where will they put it? Friday. And it will pull even crappier rating than Nikita’s.

  • Phil

    SPN and Nikita still deliver better numbers than TSC. We all know TSC is a goner. Add Ringer to the mix, HoD and Nikita could be safer than we think. As a 90210 fan, I hope they’ll kill it too.

  • tvfreak

    Aww, poor SPN has to go down now…how sad. :(

    @Fringe fans: Soon you may count me as a member of your fandom. Barring any delays, by this time next week I should have the first season in my grasp and ready to watch! Last week I said I would stick to my chronological-order system for TV catch-up, but in the wake of Fringe’s final season renewal I have decided I must watch the final season as it airs if it kills me! :D Which means I will be spending the next few weeks in a whirlwind tour of Fringe and Supernatural catch-up.

    Thus far all I have seen is the first scene of the pilot, courtesy of YouTube. Since it is freaking GRUESOME and not to be viewed by under-12’s, I love it already!

  • Dillan

    Nikita will be cancelled.

  • FoxKID

    To those Fringe-haters, suck it! :P

    Because FRINGE WILL RETURN for a FINAL SEASON this fall no matter the ratings is!

    And FRINGE’s quality WILL never decline! :D

  • Michael

    Phil, Secret Circle scored a 0.5 rating, Nikita a 0.4!

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