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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  • Petar

    The Avengers win the night!!!

  • DougF

    @Jay S

    Guess you never heard the phrase “Friday night death slot”

    Although Grimm does as well on Friday as the majority of NBC M-Th and Supernatural is the second highest rated show on the CW (I know not saying much, but it does it on a Friday against the only two shows that are considered in the same genre)

  • alexjones

    just two episodes left.

  • Dillan


    That can be said for every other show, and makes no difference to US ratings.

  • atlanta

    @S I have to agree about Finder. While I am generally a Hart Hanson fan, this show is just terrible. I have tried every week to watch and never make more than 10-15 minutes. Just cancel it and let him direct his talents to something worthy of him.

  • rob60990

    Way to go Shark Tank beating Undercover Boss for the first time. :D

  • Fringe Fan


    Ratings have absolutely no relation to quality. Fringe is a quality show regardless of how many people choose to watch it. You saying otherwise only goes to prove that you’re one of the many that judge the show based on nothing but assumption. I’d say watch and learn but what would be the point?

  • Jenny

    from http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/box-office-avengers-joss-whedon-chris-evans-samuel-l-jackson-biggest-friday-opening-320563

    Box Office Shocker: ‘Avengers’ Scores $80.5 Million, Second Biggest Friday Opening of All Time

    has a shot at debuting to $170 million, the biggest opening of all time in North America.

  • cece

    i think spn adj up and nikita adj down…

  • Rob123

    Nikita deserves to be renewed! The show is so hocking!! Hope the ratings go up and more people need to watch it!! Trust me!!

  • Fringe Fan

    I’ve been seeing a lot of promotion for Nikita this last week or so across the various sites I check out. Would The CW really be wasting their time, money and effort pushing a show that only had a couple of episodes left? Seems to me like they would spend their money on shows that needed a boost but were coming back next year.

  • KS

    ..angels bleeding black goo.. Strange, isn’t it? :?

  • Kate

    Good thing Nikita only has an episode or two left, it could be hitting LA Complex demo levels if it had more epis

  • pandorajinel(formerly Erin)

    Wow SPN stable. I wasn’t expecting that.

  • DougF


    Doubt it, both should be the same in finals

  • were123

    Really bad numbers for CSI, it got steady at the first half of the season with 1.7s, but now it dipped to 1.3??? Ok, it could be just temporary, but that’s sad. And Blue Bloods had got lucky for getting its renewal announcement along with the other 18 shows! Surely it will do better next season.
    As for Fringe, I think 0.9 is as far as it’s going to fall, and the same goes for SPN with 0.6s, which could be considered as gold if you think of how bad the CW is doing lately. As for Nikita, sadly, I could see it going down to 0.3, but I hope it isn’t the case.
    Grimm has plenty room to fall, but it was already renewed, so fans can rest assured THIS SEASON. If they want to see the show alive next season they need to mantain at least this 1.3 (as it’s on Friday) and if it’s get renewed for a third season, you have already assured the 4th. So keep it up Grimm fans, the fate of this show is on you and on how long you want to see it, may it be 2 years, 4, 6 or even more. In my oppinion, Grimm is likely to end next season, but it also can be around for 4 years, and- if lucky- 5. It doesn’t strike me as the kind of shows that live as long as SPN

  • DougF

    And when I mean the same I mean 0.7 for SPN and 0.4 for Nikita

  • The Mike Factor

    I think this shows how foolish it’d be for ABC to return to its TGIF lineup. These unscripted Fridays are a gold mine for them.

  • OMG

    I wish CBS did not cancel Ghost Whisperer. 4 years of being the highest rated show on Friday, getting over 2.0s, one year of slightly lower ratings and it didn’t even get a proper ending (though it did not exactly end off with a cliffhanger).

    Either way, that was the point where I really become scared to watch CBS shows, because there is no loyalty at all. At least ABC lets Ugly Betty, Desperate Housewives, LOST , have proper conclusions with FOX with House and Fringe, NBC with Chuck. CBS has been the most successful network, but it never really reward fans, like how it would mostly likely leave CSI:Miami or CSI:New York fans hanging after this season.

  • John A

    Yet the promotion for nikita isnt helping at all.

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