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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  • John A

    SPN will adjust up. It nearly always does. No one comments on Blue Bloods and it is the highest rated show.

  • FringeFan

    @FringeFan @Fringe Fan

    Ditto :)

    lol jk

  • glover

    I want to see Nikita with a 0.3.

  • Dennis

    Ya I read that the cw could pick up 6 new shows

    Bad news for Nikita, HoD and Ringer fans

  • Dahne

    @tvfreak – “A whirlwind tour of Fringe and Supernatural” sounds like an excellent way to spend the next few weeks. Enjoy!

  • DougF


    No. One of the sites I frequent posts Half Hours both 18-49 & overall viewers

  • King

    “I want to see Nikita with a 0.3.”

    me too.

  • Poweranimals

    @Dennis – Where’d you read that?

  • Dennis

    There is an article on Deadline about it

  • alexjones


    6 new dramas? if that rumour is true, there’s gonna be a bloodbath with the CW’s lineup come the upfronts

  • RMH

    Not surprised at CSI: NY. CBS didn’t really promote it at all this week, or the last time it was on for that matter.

  • jr

    In recent weeks Nikita was shot, deprived of oxygen, repeatedly electrocuted and shot again and is still able to fight. The writers have given Maggie paranormal ability

  • IwuvDean

    It probably won’t make any difference but still,fingers crossed again for an upward adjustment for SPN!

    And there goes my fav CSI…

    For SPN&CSI:NY, both shows that never got the promotion/attention they deserved.
    I’ll miss NY?

  • HotLatino4GayMarriage

    If you’re a true Grimm fan you don’t want it moved to another day, the expectations are lower on Fridays so I hope NBC leaves it there, I love Grimm!!!!

  • Michael

    DougF, Bill has said several times that you can’t predict if a show will rise or fall in the preliminaries with the half hour ratings. For instance, Vampire Diaries and Secret Circle were preempted Thursday night, due to a baseball game in Chicago. Everyone was freaking out about TVD falling in the demo, but it actually rose a tenth in the finals.

  • A

    Wow. The average demo for the CW is officially 0.5. Sad.
    Even GG manages a steady 0.5. I think they have to cancel everything if they cancel one of their shows cause they’re all doing horribly.

  • Andrew

    The CW is in such a state where the bottom is just this black hole.

    what we know for sure is that anything that hasn’t hit a 0.5 yet this season will most likely be back.
    so: The Vampire Diaries, 90210, & Supernatural. I am sure those three are coming back.

    now you have the ones who have hit a 0.5 more than once:
    Gossip Girl, The Secret Circle, Hart of Dixie, America’s Next Top Model.

    & those who have even gone lower:
    Ringer, Nikita, Remodeled, The LA Complex

    But what people are forgetting is that One Tree Hill is not coming back.
    So there is one spot for a new program.

    With America’s Next Top Model already renewed, they could have another show debut midseason.
    So that’s room for two new programs.

    & then Ringer’s cancellation allows room for another new show in the fall. So there’s three spots.

    I only see them realistically canning one more show & I think it might be Nikita to ship The Secret Circle to Friday.

  • Darell

    I’m very glad for the Fringe renewal. BTW, Walter LOVES LS+D! :)

  • tvfreak

    @Dahne: Sadly, this week is not included. I still have to wait for Fringe S1! But at least I can content myself with second seasons of NUMB3RS and 30 Rock until Fringe comes in for me.

  • Michael

    I know overall viewers do not matter. But it should be put out there that Nikita got a 1.315, that beat TSC 1.150 and all shows m-w. The only shows it did not beat in overall is TVD and SPN.

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