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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  • suzie

    I loved the x-files, but have never watched Fringe, hearing people compare the 2 shows makes me want to give Fringe a go.

  • suzie


    I hope you’re right, HOD really deserves a 2nd shot.

  • charmedcraft

    “To those Fringe-haters, suck it!

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

    And FRINGE’s quality WILL never decline!”

    What are you gloating about; a pity final season? The show is still over.

  • tvfreak

    @Dennis: As painful as it is to watch a show only to get burned by a cancellation (as happened to me with The Event, Surface, Rubicon, Threshold, Prime Suspect, Terra Nova – I know you’re not a TN fan, so please don’t flame me for saying this but I still haven’t quite recovered from that – and Jericho, TWICE!!!!), just because it’s cancelled doesn’t mean it absolutely is not worth watching. Alcatraz was just plain awesome, but for some reason it just never took off. My guess is that people were being rude and complaining about Alcatraz being largely procedural, bad-guy-of-the-week. I say, any show with sci-fi/fantasy elements automatically transcends any other genres to which it’s attached (except the ever-cloying romance, but that’s another story). Therefore, I would call shows with unconventional but still sort-of-realistic elements like The Mentalist and Unforgettable “procedurals with a twist,” but not Alcatraz or Awake as so many people have done. The latter two are, in my book, “sci-fi crime thrillers.” Plus, Alcatraz has the double benefit – for me at least – of not only taking place in my homeland of the SF Bay Area, but also being a JJ Abrams production. Abrams is one of my favorite producers out there.

  • John

    Good that Fringe went up but with the Avengers next weekend it will most likley go down.

  • DougF

    Half Hours

    SPN 0.7/06
    Grimm 1.4/1.3
    Fringe 1.1/1.1
    Nikita 0.4/0.4

  • Dennis

    So I’m just after finishing last nights Fringe….
    I really hope the bridge is re-opened
    It cannot have been the last time we seen Lincoln, Walternate, Fauxlivia and Fastrid

  • alexjones

    supernatural should be okay, aside from the vampire diaries, and one tree hill which has already finished, it’s the only CW scripted show that has yet to fall to a 0.5 , it’ll get renewed though i’m hoping they announce season eight as the final season, since the show is well past it’s prime but it should get 1 last season to wrap everything up.

  • KS

    Half hours for Supernatural?

    Anyways, last night episode was all crap, except they revealed something about leviathans. I am hoping better episodes to come.

  • DougF


    Like I posted


    Supernatural only dropped 100k viewers in the half hour. So decent chance it could be adjusted up in finals

  • FringeFan

    That’s not too bad for Fringe considering it was renewed for a final season. However, I was thinking that since that announcement a step decline in ratings would occur. Then again, last nights episode was fantastic and there is only two episodes left of the season so… that’s a reason for the slight increase possibly.

  • Dennis


    Oh most tv shows I watch that have finished airing have been cancelled.
    Most recently, I ‘ve watched Terminator TSCC and Invasion, knowing that they had no ending, but I’m getting a little sick of it tbh… thats why I’m so glad fringe was renewed. Less then 25% of tv show’s I have watched have had a proper ending, but I am rooting for Alcatraz just because Fringecatraz sounds so awesome :) :)

  • NBC Hater

    It seems SPN is gonna get renewed. But i don’t know, i just like 0.7 more than 0.6.
    Finder can do better.
    Seriously?Grimm tied NY with a 1.4?!Come on people!I guess nobody’s nostalgic nowadays. Sigh~

  • KS


    Sorry, I didn’t see that. How could you possibly have that info? Are you a Nielsen Executive?

  • disney rocks

    Bet Blue Bloods goes up a tenth in finals. Even for it, it skewed older than usual. Now the only hope of NY is Saturday @9.

  • Fringe Fan


    We probably should have come up with more inventive usernames here. Might have avoided the near clash! ;)

  • Melanie

    Both Nikita and TSC are doing crappy. Nikita at least has been steady .6 & .5 in the Fall / Winter and .5 & .4 in the spring – similar to SPN .8 & .7 in Fall /Winter and .7 & .6 in the Spring.
    TSC started at 1.3 and dropped to .8 in the Winter and now .5 in the Spring. TVD has gone back & forth in the 1.5 to 1.2 range with only the very recent drops to 1.1. & 1.0.

  • Tessa

    @FringeFan, I thought so too (about the decline in ratings.) But it’s really hard to say what would happen because on one hand Fringe fans would relax and not fight so much for the ratings, some might even switch to DVR, yet on the other maybe some fans who had stopped watching out of worry they’d get burned by cancelation might come back and start watching the show again.

    Also, Bill/Amanda/Robert, now that Fringe is safe, can we please have a different picture once in a while? Fringe got the picture for the “Fringe/Finder” article and again this one. Even if it’s the Undercover Boss logo it’d be better. I’m slightly sick of looking at Fringe cast every Saturday, aside from random articles and polls about it during the week (one thing I wouldn’t miss once the show ends next year.)

  • rob60990

    The CW is thinking about picking up 6 dramas next season according to deadline. Every show except ANTM, 90210, Vampire Diaries, and Supernatural are in some danger of being cancelled.

  • Poweranimals

    You guys are crazy. TSC isn’t going anywhere.

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