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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  • Rob123

    Please start watching nikita!!!! Its very hocking! Hope the ratings go up for nikita! CW can’t cancel the best show on
    tv! Please CW renew Nikita!

  • Rob123

    I think Nikita is on the wrong channel!!!

  • Jeremy

    Nikita is holding on alright. It might get renewed if it doesn’t drop to 0.3. Supernatural is steady as always! The Cw should be happy that their shows numbers held against the Avengers.

  • Chelsea

    I don’t get the hate towards Fringe, if you don’t like it don’t watch. I like both Fringe and Supernatural, I hate that their on Friday nights I never have time to watch them then.

  • S.


    Fringe fans say so. Doing worse than Finder says they are delusional.

  • Chelsea


  • Lindsay Fang

    SPN has the most loyal fan base!
    Ben did a good job, but I expected more from him.
    So leviathans cannot see ghosts but they can kill angels…?
    And angels bleed black goo/blood…?

  • Fringe Fan

    @John A

    Isn’t it? Because I was expecting a 0.3 for Nikita this week and yet (so far) its held steady. Would be nice to have seen an uptick because of the promo but this weekend especially, I’d say that any genre shows not taking a hit are doing very well indeed!

  • Kellz

    No boubt Nikita is a certain cancellation

  • Kellz

    No doubt Nikita is a certain cancellation

  • AlcoholicsAnonymous


    CSI NY and Miami will end up how Without A Trace did = Canceled.

  • Fringe Fan


    You’re nearly correct, but you’re missing the point a little.

    Fringe fans know that Fringe is a quality show BECAUSE they watch it. Therefore they are the ones that are actually going to have the more credible opinion about how good it is. People who aren’t Fringe fans and don’t watch the show are simply making assumptions based upon the ratings or the fact the random odd episodes they have caught five minutes of made no sense to them. Not surprising, given how continuity heavy it is.

    The point being that it’s only the people who watch every week (the fans) that can really judge its quality. Anyone else doesn’t really know what they are talking about.

  • SarahL

    Nice job, Grimm. It was pretty steady given everything going on.

  • cece

    @Lindsay Fange angels have black blood because of the leviatan’s hand in their chest rewatch the episode…

  • Justin121

    “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).”


  • Phil

    TVLine and Deadline say Nikita’s a toss up, while TSC and Ringer are likely cancelations. Well deserved though. Nikita stays strong on Fridays against the Advengers and no lead-in.

  • AC75

    Really shocked that SPN pulled in 0.7. Watch now, it gets adjusted down come Monday. Hope not. Enjoyed the episode regardless.

  • KS

    @Lindsay Fange

    Where is that mentioned that Leviathans can’t see ghosts?

  • Val

    No dramatic drops for any shows like many people were expecting! That’s great that the movie didn’t really effect the ratings.

  • Pete

    I cant believe some deluded people think Nikita will be renewed over TSC after yet another 0.4 LOL

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