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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  • Adrian

    Aw I wanted Grimm to go up. Well a 1.4 is good enough. Tied for first in its timeslot. Maybe it can adjust up like last week, same with SPN.

    RIP Nikita

  • charlotte

    Nikita come on……………it’s a friday nite put one of the other sucking cw shows see what it gets lower than them. season 3 you owe it to the fans that watch it……..come on. or again I’m done with cw forever…………..

  • Melanie

    So, at a .6 – SPN ties 90210 for 2nd highest rated show for the week — with higher total viewers — and does it on a Friday. With the possibility of an adjustment up to .7 where it would be all alone in 2nd place. (I suppose it could also be adjusted down especially if there were preemptions somewhere, but so far this season it never has and even if it did? A show in its 7th season on Friday doing as well as the rest of the network? Is doing OK)
    Overall, of course, the CW ratings just suck. Maybe they will pick up all six pilots – hard to imagine them doing worse than the current crop.

  • BoxMan

    “SPN and Nikita still deliver better numbers than TSC”

    SPN, sure. Nikita, absolutely not.

    TSC’s fall could affect Hart Of Dixie’s future, not Nikita’s, which is doomed for a long time now.

  • USAmerica1st

    Those Fringe numbers should make Fox shudder in the wake of their recent renewal announcement. A lowly 3 million is pitiful.

  • bluejays

    Wow CBS is dropping way more than usual this spring so far. And how does Blue Bloods get ten million viewers and a 1.4 it’s nearly at Harrys Law levels of viewership versus demo ratios isn’t it?

    Not too bad for SPN compared to what I was expecting. I thought it might go as low as .5

    Hopefully it will adjust up too.

  • Dennis

    Just know that the first half of season 1 is very different then the rest of the series :) :)
    If you find yourself not quiet liking it, stick with it! :)

  • John A

    Dont bother with Tv line for renewel decisions. Deadline and this site are the best.

  • Dillan


    LOL, TSC ratings are better than Nikita’s.

  • MarcJames87

    No real shocks this week! Here’s me still just waiting for any kind of renewals CW!!!!!

  • John A

    Why would fox shudder? FRINGE ratings has been worser and still its been renewed.

  • Fringe Fan

    Not worried about Supernatural at all. Even at Friday at 9 it still manages to be the second highest rated show on The CW. Not to mention that it pretty much always gets a 0.1 boost so I’m expecting the regular 0.7 once the finals come in on Monday. Supernatural will be back next season, guaranteed!

  • Jack

    One more reason for renewal for CSI: Miami!

  • Phil

    Sorry, but TSC airs after TVD. Nikita opens the Friday night. Sure, TSC is higher but looking at the facts, Nikita is just a tenth lower and still manages to get more viewers.

  • alex

    What’s the half hours for the shows.

  • tvfreak

    @Dennis: I’ve already heard that it starts slow. So I know to put up with it if it seems maddening.

    Then again, I did faithfully watch each and every episode of Alcatraz, so I think I can handle a slow-moving Fringe.

    Here’s to Fringecatraz Fridays!

  • Ben Thompson

    Those CBS dramas fell hard. Looks like the hiatus hurt them.

    Good that Grimm was steady.

  • tvwatcher

    All-round exciting news for Fringe! :) So happy to get another 13 and a planned goodbye to an all-time great show.

    Great for Grimm, Friday or not, it ties or beats NBC’s shows on other days! Ha! I wish it had gone up a little, the last two episodes have been awesome.

  • Brittney


    Looking at the facts, TSC is still getting better ratings than Nikita.

  • BoxMan

    And TSC has pulled 0.5 for two episodes only. That’s Nikita’s 4th 0.4 out of 5 episodes.

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