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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NOTE: All ratings are "live plus same day" from Nielsen Media Research unless otherwise indicated.


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  • Lolly


    I’m not sure if this was clarified for you, so I just want to make sure it’s clear.

    The CW will begin repeating S7 of Supernatural starting at the end of this month. TNT never gets the most recent season until late summer at the earliest (and even then it doesn’t always receive all the episodes at once).

    @those complaining about the non-Kripke writers on the show, Kripke is the writer of this coming Friday’s episode. If you don’t like it, what will be your excuse then?

  • Justin121


    I was asking HOW.

  • Shaula

    Late, but here to say I’m glad that Supernatural didn’t drop. I hope it won’t be adjusted down tomorrow.


    I would love to have Kripke’s writing back, but the official description has Andrew Dabb and Daniel Loflin as the writers for next episode. What’s your source?

  • pandorajinel(formerly Erin)

    @Shaula you beat me to it. Kripke’s pilot got the go ahead to start staffing, so I am guessing that we probably won’t see any more kripke penned episodes of Supernatural.

    Do we have any theories as to why Grimm and Fringe returned down a tenth but SPN didn’t? Do Fringe and Grimm attract more male viewers, maybe? I don’t think it was the midnight showings that had an effect because I am pretty sure Hunger Games had midnight showings as well.

  • nate garner

    I believe if nikita was on another station like tnt or usa it would do well. Remember southland it began on nbc or abc and they cancelled it and tnt picked it up and it still going strong now!

  • Melanie

    I’m so glad to see SPN at .7! I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed that neither Nikita nor SPN get adjusted down in the finals.

    Insofar as the discussion regarding SPN other than ratings–
    @SarahL: I’d rather be “cra cra” than obnoxious and rude. Stay classy.

    Bill and Robert (especially Bill) like to play with ‘crazy’ fans, why would they try to direct the comments? Bill has also said that the majority of their page hits comes from people who read the posts and don’t comment or even read the comments. Maybe they’ll change the rules and limit discussion (I doubt it!) at some point, but around TVBN, sockpuppetry seems to be the only felony for commenters.

    @Shaula & @Lolly I saw that about EK writing an episode too. I’m trying to remember where I saw it, but I think its not next week’s episode (#22) that was listed as being written by EK (EK & a new name), but the finale (#23). Where the heck did I see that? TV Guide online maybe?

  • Shaula


    Stop getting my hopes up! I want Kripke back so bad. :P

    From the info I got and the official description, the season finale was written by Sera Gamble.

  • Sports Preemption

    As things stand, everybody who voted Fringe in the poll was correct. We know our stuff.

  • KS

    @Shaula, Melanie

    Kripke is not writing any episodes this(7th) season.

    Just check the Wikipedia entry for more info on directors and writers of the episodes.

    I hope he writes one episode in season 8 or I want him to write Series Finale.

  • pandorajinel(formerly Erin)

    Take the wiki with a grain of salt. For a long time it said the finale was called “Get Dick” when official channels said it hadn’t been named yet. As for season 8? I doubt it. His series seems to have been all but officially picked up by NBC, so he’ll probably be a show runner again. For story and tone continuity, I would rather whoever the show runner is at the time write the series finale. Kripke had his crack at it and he gave us swan song. That’s enough.

  • Melanie

    @Shaula Sorry! I did see that somewhere and I thought it odd at the time. Probably wishful thinking on the part of a lot of people! It makes MUCH more sense that it would be Sera writing the finale!

  • Melanie

    @pandorajinel I’m with you! One ‘Swan Song” was more than enough. (One of my least favorite episodes of the entire series – and that’s putting it mildly.)

  • KS


    1. Fringe, Grimm, Supernatural – All the three are renewed.
    2. Every Saturday, the fans Fringe, Supernatural and Nikita ‘usually’ post here in this thread.
    3. I don’t think ratings are of any interest to Fringe fans, anymore because of its final season announcement. Supernatural is remarkably steady and it was renewed just a couple of days back – there is not much need to discuss about its ratings now. The same explanation holds good for Grimm. Nikita is the only matter of interest to the fans at this point of time.
    4. Most of the posts in the first 5 pages are about ratings. There’s nothing more to discuss about the ratings.
    5. If you have anything more to discuss about the ratings and if you find our stuff disturbing, I on my side can help you by adding a hash tag at the beginning of every post. Eg: #Supernatural. So that you can read the posts which are only about ratings. I hope others follow the same thing, so that the issue can be solved.

    Please try understanding my not-very-accurate-English.

  • tvfreak

    @Lolly: Thank you very much. Now I know to set up a different “series record” on my DVR so I can get in all of S7.

  • KS


    No, it was there on CW official website too. Sera has written the last episode of this series and I am expecting a lot from her, because that’s probably her last episode on the series.

  • KS


    I did send you the request. I am surprised u didn’t get it. I have sent it to you on my yahoo messenger with the name KS.

  • pandorajinel(formerly Erin)

    @KS still haven’t received it. Maybe just email me instead?

  • sally

    they should renew csi ny and cancel undercover boss,that show is phony

  • farrah!

    UB finally goes down!

  • DANA


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