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.

Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2012 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.

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


Rating: Estimated percentage of the universe of TV households (or other specified group) tuned to a program in the average minute. Ratings are expressed as a percent.  More information on ratings is available here.

Share (of Audience): The percent of households (or persons) using television who are tuned to a specific program, station or network in a specific area at a specific time. (See also, Rating, which represents tuning or viewing as a percent of the entire population being measured.)

Fast Affiliate Ratings: These first national ratings, including demographics, are available at approximately 11 AM (ET) the day after telecast, and are released to subscribing customers daily. These data, from the National People Meter sample, are strictly time-period information, based on the normal broadcast network feed, and include all programming on the affiliated stations, sometimes including network programming, sometimes not. The figures may include stations that did not air the entire network feed, as well as local news breaks or cutaways for local coverage or other programming. Fast Affiliate ratings are not as useful for live programs and are likely to differ significantly from the final results, because the data reflect normal broadcast feed patterns. For example, with a World Series game, Fast Affiliate Ratings would include whatever aired from 8-11PM on affiliates in the Pacific Time Zone, following the live football game, but not game coverage that begins at 5PM PT. The same would be true of Presidential debates as well as live award shows and breaking news reports.

Time Shifted Viewing – Program ratings for national sources are produced in three streams of data – Live, Live+Same Day (Live+SD) and Live+7 Day. Time shifted figures account for incremental viewing that takes place with DVRs. Live+Same Day (Live+SD) include viewing during the same broadcast day as the original telecast, with a cut-off of 3:00AM local time when meters transmit daily viewing to Nielsen for processing. Live+7 Day ratings include incremental viewing that takes place during the 7 days following a telecast.

For more information see Numbers 101 and Numbers 102.

  • Mickey


    At some point in the not-so-distant future, you may wish Grimm had a fandom as crazy as ours.

    That kind of passion is a double-edged sword, it’s true. But the same fans who care about the show so much they endlessly discuss and debate it, are the same fans who win People’s Choice Awards and TV Guide covers and countless polls, tirelessly promote and support the show, keep watching even though it moved to Fridays or a big genre movie just came out, etc.

    The cast and writers and creator of the show have credited the passionate online fandom for keeping the show on the air when it was on the bubble back in the early years.

    Grimm has done unexpectedly well, given how NBC mistreated it and the pundits were declaring it DOA before it had even premiered. But nonetheless, it is ranked 10 out of 20 for ratings on NBC in its first season. It has very little leeway to fall before it’s on the bubble, just as Supernatural was in its early seasons, and shows tend to fall from one season to the next.

    Grimm is at 0.93 on NBC’s R/C Index; the next show after it is Are You There Chelsea? with a 0.90 and a Likely to Be Cancelled. Grimm got early renewal probably because of a Friday Factor boost and the fact NBC wanted to put as positive a spin as possible on its disastrous crop of new shows. But the fact it got early renewal this year doesn’t mean it’ll be safe next year.

    And the support of a crazy passionate fandom can mean the difference between getting the axe after season 2 or 3, or given a chance to keep going and rise to the second highest rated show on the network and get early renewal for season 8.

    And look at that, my post was TOTALLY about ratings! ;)

  • pandorajinel(formerly Erin)

    Numbers are in for Avenger and they are now calling it the biggest opening weekend ever. Let’s take a moment to be thankful that the genre shows didn’t crash and burn.

  • AC75


    “Or I HATE THE SUPERNATURAL FANDOM; ESPECIALLY FANGIRLS! is annoyed because he/she came to a ratings site to discuss you know, “ratings,” but instead encountered pages and pages of repetitive inane chatter about the content of one show.”

    Yup, this isn’t the place for all this Supernatural chatter, but others have suggested it be taken elsewhere too, which is only right. But this user went about it differently – insulting the posters, name calling, and baiting them. The three posts @I HATE THE SUPERNATURAL FANDOM; ESPECIALLY FANGIRLS! created were inflammatory, quite obviously meant to get a rise out of the 2 or 3 posters who were continuing the lengthy SPN discussion. I suspect it was more about upsetting folks than ending the fan chatter.

    And, unless I missed it, @I HATE THE SUPERNATURAL FANDOM; ESPECIALLY FANGIRLS! never did take part in any ratings discussion or commenting. Only stopping long enough to drop those 3 insulting posts and leave again – unless he/she is a sock-puppet?

    So, while we would like to assume he or she came here for a ratings discussion as you noted in your post, the evidence suggests otherwise.

  • curtisfiles

    I blame the ancient Nielsen rating system. Not anyone here, but TVBN’s does seem to get a hard on in watching Fringe and it’s low ratings go lower than 1.0. How can a cheap ass show like What would you do? beat Fringe or even Grimm for that matter, it just does not make any sense.

  • pandorajinel(formerly Erin)

    It seems like those of us who most want to chat are trying (although not succeeding ^_^) to move the discussion to other avenues. I think that part of the reason the conversation changed to more story and less ratings is…well…the ratings weren’t that interesting this week. We were all expecting a blood bath, that didn’t happen. Everything is more or less the way it usually is. No big shockers aside from the lack of significant losses, which everyone who typically comments already commented on. Also the fall/Spring season is winding down Most of the networks have announced their early renewals and upfronts are right around the corner. There’s less to talk about. Finally Friday night returns almost always end up dominated by the CW crowd. So I guess what I’m getting at is, what were they expecting? I also second KS’s comment, if you don’t want to read about the show then just skip our comments. It’s fairly easy to identify when we have gotten off the rating track. If all you want is ratings comments, stop around page 2. Nobody is forcing anybody to read the other comments.

  • AC75

    @pandorajinel(formerly Erin)

    Me? I’m not complaining. It’s not really the best place for the fan chat, but it doesn’t bother me. If I don’t want to read I do just jump over it. I can’t imagine the owners of this site are too upset with the long discussions either. If they tell people to shift out, they may not return and that means less traffic.

    As for the bloodbath ratings… we’ve not seen the finals yet. There could be downward adjustments across the board. I’m just hoping for stability, but I’m worried we’re in for a shock tomorrow.

  • Tessa

    Like everyone else said, when all is said and done about the ratings, what else is there to talk about? The only reason this post got to 16 pages was because of the Supernatural chat. Those who are unhappy with it just pretend it stopped at page 5 (which is what would’ve happened had the Superantural fans not been chatting.)

    We are not blocking fans of other shows to talk about their shows. SarahL is a fan of Grimm, but I hardly ever see her talk about the show’s ratings or content. All she does is call the Supernatural/Fringe fans “cray cray.” I’m sorry I can’t leave the floor to you if you don’t have anything worthy to say.

    Guess why I wasn’t around that much in the last couple of pages? I was discussing the episode on an actual SPN forum. So, you see? I do know the right thing to do and that’s the result. Sticking to the topic makes me not have much to say here.

  • KS

    @pandorajinel(formerly Erin)

    I have just sent you the email. Please, reply to that if you get that.

  • jane toscano

    Grimm is the best!!!!! Supernatural is killing off their best characters and following that dud storyline with those angels again. Rufus, Bobby, Ellen its their writer Sera Gamble she’s going to write this show off too if she continues her arrogance in handling a once superb show.

  • tia

    ummmm jane toscano-sera’s gone-spn finished shooting a couple weeks ago-sera wrote the season finale and now she is gone. now we spn fans are gonna wait until june maybe to find out what carver has in mind for season 8-we will have our cliff hanger as usual-but anything can happen with a cliff hanger. so off we go!!!

  • Matt Cannarsa

    I’ve been reading this blog for years, and I cannot fully comprehend why writers (and TV critics) are so concerned about how\why a particular network cancels or renews a show.
    I understand if you watch and enjoy a show, you would want it renewed – that makes perfect sense. But, why do people get so frustrated and seemingly angry when a show they don’t like or watch is renewed? The network has the right to decide what show’s they produce. If you don’t watch that show, why would you care?
    For example, I watch Fringe. I think it’s a very different, interesting show that has some unique plot lines. Others here obviously hate it. But, if Fox had decided to cancel it, so be it. I would miss it, but I wouldn’t lose any sleep over it. Why all the consternation over something so insignificant in our daily lives? Don’t we have more important things to debate than a single TV show? IMHO.

  • Chris

    Good point, but by taking the time to post on Page 16 of this thread, you’ve kind of undermined it. I mean, do you lose sleep over other people wasting their time on the internet? :)

    It is bizarre that this thread is so long, when we already know the ratings being discussed make no difference to anything.

  • Helpdesk

    @tvfreak @Lolly

    TNT just did a reboot on SPN last month, so they are only on Season 2 episode 3/4 tomorrow. It will be at least late sumer before its gets to Season 7 anyway.

  • curtisfiles

    Yes good catch with @Matt Cannarsa though Chris did make a very good point. If they cancel a show that I don’t watch or renew it who cares? I love Fringe but it just will not go on forever except in reruns.

  • AC75

    @Matt Cannarsa

    “Why all the consternation over something so insignificant in our daily lives? Don’t we have more important things to debate than a single TV show? IMHO.”

    We have nothing.

  • Dean_W

    When I saw the catastrophical Ratinds of ‘CSI: NY’ I decided to create a petition for the Show’s Renewal.
    This is the webpage to sign the petition:
    If you are a fan of CSI: NY or if you just Love watching Gary Sinise, Sela Ward and the other sign this petition. I Think It can help the Show to be back this fall.

  • Lolly

    I guess I was wrong about Kripke writing this week’s episode. I had heard that from several people, but apparently it was just a false rumor. Thanks to those who corrected me. :)

  • Matt Cannarsa

    @Chris and @AC75

    Yes, I did post on page 16 – but that was the point! The length of this thread IS unbelievable. WHY are these people so obsessed with this issue? That’s the question I’m asking. No, I don’t care how much time people spend on the internet – that’s their business. I just have a hard time understanding HOW and WHY TV Dramas have so much importance in people’s lives. I can’t believe people ‘have nothing’ more to do!
    To put a fine point on it, this is the first time I’ve posted here. I’m just curious to have someone try to answer that question for me. Any psychologists on this Blog?

  • Jared

    [b]Those numbers may be low, but as many have noted, they no longer really matter. Glad Fringe will get a proper conclusion. [/b]

  • AO’s Sock Puppet Account

    @ Matt Cannarsa,

    Some people just like to track and try to guess ratings, like Fantasy sports. It can be a hobby.
    Other people don’t like a show because it competes against a show that they do like (either in a time slot or for a renewal slot).
    Other people might not like a particular actor or employee involved in a show.
    Some other people just like to troll.

    There are likely other reasons as well, but those are some explanations.

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