TV Ratings Friday: 'Fringe', 'Grimm, 'The Finder', 'Blue Bloods', 'CSI: NY' Down; 'Shark Tank' Up as Entire ABC Line Up Rises

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May 5th, 2012


Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 1.5/5 1.4/5 1.2/4 0.9/3 0.5/2
Total Viewers (million) 5.27 8.45 4.87 3.41 1.41


ABC was the top  network among adults 18-49, while CBS was the number one network in total viewers. The Avengers earned 80.5 million dollars on Friday, so feel free to blame it for your favorite show's ratings decline. All scripted shows on the Big 4 networks dropped, while The CW's genre shows held steady.

On ABC, Shark Tank garnered a 1.7 among adults 18-49, up from last week's 1.4. Primetime: What Would You Do? earned a 1.4 adults 18-49 rating up from  a 1.1 last week. 20/20 got a1.5 in adults 18-49 up from last week's 1.4.

On CBS, Undercover Boss earned a 1.4 in adults 18-49, down from last week's 1.6. CSI: NY scored a 1.3 adults 18-49 rating down from last week's 1.5. Blue Bloods got a1.4  among adults 18-49 down from last week's 1.5.

On NBC, Who Do You Think You Are? scored a 0.9 in adults 18-49 down from a 1.0 last week. Grimm earned a 1.3 adults 18-49 rating, down from last week's 1.4. Dateline got a 1.3 among adults 18-49 up from last week's 1.1.

On FOX,  The Finder got a 1.0 among adults 18-49, down from last week's 1.1. Fringe earned a 0.9 rating among adults 18-49, down from last week's 1.0.

On the CW, Nikita got a 0.4 in adults 18-49 even with last week. Supernatural scored a 0.7 adults 18-49matching last week's performance..

Late night ratings below the primetime table.

Overnight broadcast primetime ratings for Friday, May 4, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
8:00 ABC Shark Tank 1.7/7 5.96
CBS Undercover Boss 1.4/6 6.29
FOX The Finder 1.0/4 3.96
NBC Who Do You Think You Are? 0.9/3 4.90
CW Nikita 0.4/2 1.24
9:00 ABC Primetime: What Would You Do? 1.4/5 4.69
CBS CSI: NY 1.3/4 8.95
NBC Grimm 1.3/4 4.70
FOX Fringe 0.9/3 2.85
CW Supernatural 0.7/2 1.58
10:00 ABC 20/20 1.5/5 5.17
CBS Blue Bloods 1.4/4 10.10
NBC Dateline NBC 1.3/4 5.03

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," 2.7/7; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.5/6; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 2.9/7; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.5/4.
  • In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 0.8/4; "Late Show," 0.5/2; "Nightline," 0.9/4; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.5/3.
  • At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.5/4 in metered-market households) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.3/4). 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 0.9/3 in metered-market households and a 0.3/2 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

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  • Liz

    lol at Nikita holding on to its 0.4 for dear life

  • Michael

    half time for Nkita?

  • danny94

    Fringe is just an embarresment smallville was getting better numbers then that in its tenth year!!

  • IwuvDean

    still 0.7?! wow~

  • S.

    It is still embarrassing that The Finder manages to beat Fringe airing at a lower HUT hour and being The Finder.

  • cece

    SPN has such a loyal fan base!!

  • Tom

    CSI:NY is so going to be canceled.

  • James Sample

    I know a 0.4 is still not good. But glad to see Nikita not going lower. Would love to see a rise but this hardly ever happens. Would love to see a Season 3.

  • KS

    Supernatural, strong as usual.

  • kill00

    Hope Grimm and Supernatural are bith ajusted up dont really care for nikita or blue bloods

  • Ram510

    I was really hoping Nikita would be back to a .5

  • Peeta

    A 0.4 is dreadful, but considering The Advengers premiere on a Fridays deathslot, it only got a tenth less than TSC on Thursday after TVD. Yeah, TSC is getting canned after all.

  • s0303

    hopefully grimm will be adjusted up again…

  • Justin121

    Nice for Supernatural no need for fina adjustments even.

    re: you poll. Grimm and Fringe lost a tenth. SPN and Nikita even. SO The Avengers didn’t affect much.

    CSI: NY and Blue Bloods must’ve had a lot of 49-year-old watchers last year because the TTL # is even while demo way down.

  • Tony

    S. SO you think its embarassing for Fringe (A show in its fourth year) to be beating be a show (in its first year) by 0.1 demo point?

  • KS


    Half Hours for Supernatural?

  • Hades

    SPN is so steady, 0.7/0.8 all season other than that one 0.6.

    Nikita still a 0.4, there is no way the CW can justify renewing this show.

  • danny94

    @tony- I think a show getting less then 3 million and a 0.9 is embarrising but for some reason fox seems to be in love with so w/e

  • DougF

    Half hours

    Grimm 1.4/1.3
    The Finder 1.0/0.9
    Fringe 0.9/0.9
    SPN 0.7/0.6 (Exactly the same as last week)
    Nikita 0.4/0.4 (Same as last week)

  • KS

    Good to see Supernatural steady even after its renewal. I hope it always maintains 0.7/0.8 all through the season.

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