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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  • Captain

    It probably doesnt help that the Nikita episodes leak online since they air in Canada first and it’s going up against the Avengers premier. I’m actually shocked it didn’t decline. It’s still getting cancelled though.

  • Poweranimals

    Hopefully Nikita gets adjusted down.

  • Brandy

    I like Nikita, think Maggie Q is great and will be sad if Nikita’s cancelled but I don’t see how CW can renew it.Deadlines promoting it, there a lot of cw comercials for it Thurs & Fri,, the spy puzzle game, the convention it’s at,the cw prez is a fan,the set tour contest set for fall 2012, deadline reporting Nikita is on the bubble but still has a shot at renewal, tvline a couple weeks ago upgraded Nikita’s status to safe bet for renwal,the budget cuts this season may to be to make Nikita cheaper to make so it can come back next season all this makes me think it maybe renewed despite it terrible ratings.I don’t understand why they’d renew it:demo is terrible,demo second lowest rated on cw, it’s ratings won’t get better next season-they’ll continue to crash(I predict 0.2 or lower next season if renewed,it’s ad rates were the lowest last season and they’ll be much lower this season as they’re based on ratings, it’s loosing viewers very week,it’s total viewers are now about what the other cw shows do in total viewers,Nikita is one of the most expensive cw shows to produce according to Variety a few months ago,it isn’t a good fit with a cw show(Ringer or Arrow would be the match for it),it barley got renewed last year(a last minute renewal),it was on the bubble all this season, it doesn’t do good in DVr. I hear it does well internationally, but I’ve also heard in some countries it was cancelled or moved to very late night timeslots(11pm-2am).I ve head it does well in Netflix.I think the two reasons it got a season two are:1. Mark Pedowitz is a fan iveheard &he helped Dawn Ostroff pick this years shows 2.Hellcats, Life Unexpected,Shedding for the wedding got cancelled. People bash Dawn Ostroff for renewing GG despite declining ratings and are laughing at CW now cause GG will most Likley get a shortened final season but GG has yet to hit 0.4 and is in season five while Nikita has five 9.4 now and is in season two so I believe people will mock, laugh at, hate CW if Nikita gets renewed.Nikita had a second chance and bombed.While I think it’s a good/decent show, it dosent make business sense to renew it,especially since its still far away from syndication and would have to be renewed for two more seasons or if they renew it again but cancel it next year, why renew it?

  • Dahne

    Arguing about the quality of a show is pointless because it is all opinion no matter how much people want to pretend it is fact. And yes, I like Fringe so for ME it is a quality show. I know others who tried it and didn’t like it so for THEM it is not a quality show. All a matter of perspective.

  • Petar

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


    friday is graveyard! So movies effect the ratings a lot!

  • robin

    especially when TSC has been performing way better than nikita the whole season. it’s like nikita fans think that they won’t look at the entire season’s ratings before cancelling or renewing a show instead of only the past few episodes

  • oo

    CW viewers this week

    The Vampire Diaries  


    Hart Of Dixie


    The Secret Circle


    Gossip Girl


    L.A. Complex

    L.A. Complex

  • oo

    ^ (from most viewers to least viewers)

  • Lindsay Fang

    I did rewatch the episode, twice!
    And I noticed the hand in chest/stomach thing.
    I thought angels were suppose to die with the white light and the black wings…Guess that only works with the angel’s blade or something.
    That black goo still baffles me, must be catchy.

  • psychic

    Who even cares?
    Fringe is renewed! No need to stress!

  • Dillan

    There’s no way Nikita will be renewed over TSC.

  • Petar

    “All scripted shows on the Big 4 networks dropped”

    hulk win again(smile)

  • Adrian

    Thank God Grimm didn’t drop to new lows, maybe it’ll be adjusted up like last weeks. Last night’s episode wasn’t as good as the last 2-3 weeks, but very good nonetheless.

    Awesome to see SPN go up, if it gets adjusted up as well it will be the first show (other than TVD) to get a 0.8 since February.

    I’m not worried since they’re both renewed but I want to see them go up not down.

  • peter

    Fringe is awesome. i dont care about the ratings.

  • Lindsay Fang

    Episode 20.
    Ghost Bobby was totally kicking Dick’s ass.

  • Dennis

    Great to see Rebecca Mader AND John Noble’s daughter AND Jared Harris AND Leonard Nimoy in FRINGE last night :) :) :)

    Poor Astrid got shot :(

  • cc

    Love Grimm. That’s all I got.

  • John A

    CW should cancel Nikita and TSC. Maybe give HOD the 13 episode pity season 2 renewel.

  • Brandy

    Also, like Fringe Fan said:ive seen lots of promotion on websites.Why would CW waste the money,time, effort, energy promoting now more than have all season if theyre going to cancel it?Im confused.

  • charlotte

    nikita………..wow people on here are stupid if you don’t watch the best show on cw…………with that said if nikita is cancelled I’m done with cw too…………………………

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