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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  • Fringe Fan


    What Dennis said. Fringe is something of a slow burner at the start but give it least until the end of the first season before making up your mind. That’s when it really comes into its own.

    That said, pay attention right from the start because a lot of what you see in the early episodes plays a part later on, so you’ll appreciate it more if you take it all in! ;)

  • Justin121

    Y’all surprised w/ Fringe renewal.

    Now FOX is renewing The Finedr and THAT’s how you pull-a-Dollhouse :D

  • Dennis

    I haven’t watched any on Alcatraz yet..
    and I am not going to unless it is renewed!
    Personally, I think Alcatraz would boost Fringe to a 1.2-1.3 for its final season and Alcatraz would actually do quiet well on a Friday.

    Here’s hoping its renewed so I have a new show to watch :)

  • sally

    i still watch csi ny and blue bloods nbc and abc shows stink

  • Phil

    Even if Nikita is axed, TSC will crash and burn on Fridays. FACT

  • FoxKID


    FRINGE WILL LEAVE A LEGACY!!!! Well written, perfectly acted and amazingly plotted!

  • Dan S

    Not 1 show cracked 2.0 last night & it’s now sweeps month. I’m thinking they need to end the season earlier & have a spring schedule with lower expectations. Tryout new shows as candidates for the fall lineup & this way shows like Revenge don’t have to drag out the season with reruns & preemptions.

  • Dennis

    You know, new viewers probably wouldn’t find it a slow burner,
    because when season 1 was first airing, It was immediately my new favourite show…. its just comparing it to later seasons that it seems slow

  • Dillan


    Lead in’s are completely irrelevant. At this stage, all the new shows have found their audience no matter what lead in it gets. And the facts show that TSC gets better ratings than Nikita.

  • cece

    there is any chance of adj. up for spn?? I’m just dealing with the end of it!

  • FoxKID


    NOT ALL nbc and abc shows stink! There are few but not all!

  • CrimTV

    Okay guys, yes I get it TSC got a 0.5 out of a 1.1 lead in from TVD, but saying that Nikita is doing *better* than TSC is crazy. Yes I agree that TSC should be doing better, but it’s not always about retention guys, Nikita is doing awfully and that’s reality.

  • Bunk

    People seem pretty certain about Nikita being cancelled, but the other CW shows on the chopping block (HoD, TSC, Ringer) get terrible ratings on nights where higher ratings are expected.

    Is Nikita getting a .4 on Friday nights really any worse than the other shows getting a .5 or .6 during the week? Just curious.

  • Tessa


    Uh, no! And before you yell hater I gave Fringe the same chance I gave TVD (i.e. way past their first and second seasons) and neither hooked me.

  • CrimTV


    *Even if Nikita is axed, TSC will crash and burn on Fridays. FACT*

    You are referring this as a FACT? What, can you see into the future or something?

  • Dennis

    I agree, Fringe is the best scifi series since x-files
    Nothing else comes close

  • KS

    Half hours for Supernatural?

  • Justin121

    Hart of Dixie > Nikita > The Secret Circle > Ringer.

  • Fringe Fan


    You may well be right! It’s definitely more procedural in nature during the first half of season one but it had me hooked right from the start so it can’t have been all that slow. Still doesn’t begin to compare with what comes later though!

  • Justin121

    Likely renewal: Hart of Dixie

    Could go either way: Nikita.

    Likely cancelled: The Secret Circle.

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