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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  • Tony

    How many episodes of Nikita are left?

  • Jay S.

    Just terrible numbers all around. Embarrassing.

  • Mickey 1.0

    Ooh nice surprise! Guess Avengers didn’t go all Hulksmash on Supernatural after all!

    That’s good, it was a great episode! Loved Looney Tunes Cas. “Pull my finger.”:D

  • Jenny

    Now I have to hold out for the effects of the Super Moon Saturday night to drop TV shows ratings even further. I think the Super moon will make everyone go to the movies to see the Super hereos The Avengers breaking all records.

    The Super weekend will still be enough to send all the TV shows ratings down.

    When you take the combination of the Spring Weather, the Super Moon and the movie hit “The Avengers” the super heroes. Nothing will stand before the Super weekend. All Television Shows will fall.

  • Charmed

    Lol at Fringe

  • KS

    @Mickey 1.0

    True. Watching Castiel was really great fun yesterday.

    Angels + Demons + Leviathans + Winchesters + Ben Edlund = Priceless

  • KS

    Considering this, TSC is bound for certain cancellation.

  • DougF

    For those who want to know the overall viewer half hours

    Grimm 4.837/4.563 million
    Finder 3.938/3.982
    Fringe 2.939/2.763
    SPN 1.635/1.531 (Last week’s preliminary was 1.583/1.474)
    Nikita 1.261/1.226 (Last week’s preliminary was 1.297/1.333)

  • Danity

    Could the fact that Nikita aired a day early in Canada have any effect at all on its ratings? I’m kind of worried it’ll end up dropping to a 0.3 at some point.

  • Patrick G.

    I am a bit surprised that “FRINGE” wasn’t higher, since last night was part 1 of it’s season finale. Though, was Leonard Nimoy’s return any real surprise since we saw him frozen in amber in the 2036 episode?! And based on what was said in that story, something really awful is going to happen to Olivia. Though when she will be able to give birth to her and Peter’s daughter is anyone’s guess? What I want to know is how did they lure Nimoy out of retirement?! He said he was totally done with acting. I guess the idea of playing a bad guy in this altered reality from his previous role was too enticing to pass up?!

    As for the “FRINGE” haters, give it a rest already. The show could drop to nothing now, but it’s already been renewed with its final season announced. Your arguments are tiresome!

  • S.


    It is embarrassing because it is a show that got renewed versus a show that will get canceled. It is embarrassing because The Finder is a piece of crap, and Fringe fans claim Fringe isn’t.

  • Danimals

    I know a .4 is still bad, but considering the avengers came out, I think it did well, if it were any of the other CW shows (Heart of Dixie, secret circle, gossip girl, or 90210) they would of fell to a .3/.2 if they were in the same position of Nikita.
    Very happy that Supernatural didn’t fall and remain steady. Would be surprised if were adjusted in general on Monday. and hope Nikita doesn’t get adjusted down.

  • Lisa

    LOL, Nikita. That’s pathetic, and then there’s something lower than pathetic, which is what happens when your lead-out gets a .7 to your .4.

    Goodbye to CSI New York. Will Miami go with it?

  • Dillan

    Another 0.4 for Nikita = cancelled.

    Impressive that Supernatural stayed steady.

  • John A

    Nikita loses viewers every week but that 0.4 isnt good. It doesnt grow to a 0.5 anymore.

  • Tony

    Thats because Fringe isn’t crap?
    Simple as that really….

  • zerg

    Csi:NY bye,Shark Tank top for the first time Undercover boss

  • Bad Wolf

    Ding dong ! CSI : NY’s dead ! And Blue Bloods must skew as old as NBC’s Harry’s Law. CBS’s Friday lineup is really pathetic when you think that just 2 seasons ago Ghost Whisperers, Medium and Numbers were labeled as losers with demos between 1.6 and 2.0 at this time of the year…

    Nikita’s life is hanging by a thread, but I may be a little optimistic here.

    Fringe hits lows again but who cares ? The show is renewed, guys, r-e-n-e-w-e-d !!! It doesn’t deserve its 5th season ratings-wise, but it so deserves it quality-wise !

  • John A

    Why didnt fox or fringe promote Nimoy being back? Its ok to keep it a secret if u have good ratings but when u dont viewers might increase knowing he would be back.

  • Rob123

    Hope Nikita is renewed for season 3! Plus there is more than that watching because people in other countries like UK have to watch it online!;(

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