TV Ratings Friday: 'Fringe' and 'Finder' Finales Rise, as 'Grimm', 'Shark Tank' and entire CBS Lineup Fall

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May 12th, 2012


Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 1.5/5 1.2/4 1.1/4 1.1/4 0.5/2
Total Viewers (million) 4.994 8.447 4.619 3.660 1.528


ABC was the top  network among adults 18-49, while CBS was the number one network in total viewers. 

On ABC, Shark Tank earned a 1.6 among adults 18-49, down two tenths from last week's 1.8. Primetime: What Would You Do? also earned a 1.6, which was up from last week's 1.4 adults 18-49 rating.

On CBS, Undercover Boss earned 1.1, down four tenths from last week's 1.5. CSI: NY scored a 1.1, down three tenths from last week's 1.4. Blue Bloods drew a 1.3 18-49 rating, down a tenth from last week's 1.4 rating.

On NBC, Who Do You Think You Are? scored a 0.8, down a tenth from last week's 0.9 in adults 18-49. Grimm earned a 1.2 adults 18-49 rating, down two-tenths from last week's 1.4. Dateline matched last week's 1.3 rating.

On FOX,  The Finder's series finale earned a 1.1, up a tick from last week's 1.0 rating. Fringe's season finale was also up a tick, earning a 1.0 compared to last week's 0.9 rating.

On the CW, Nikita was even with last week's 0.4 rating. Supernatural also matched last week's 0.7 rating.

Late night ratings below the primetime table.

Overnight broadcast primetime ratings for Friday, May 11, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM ABC Shark Tank 1.6 6 5.545
CBS Undercover Boss 1.1 4 5.753
FOX The Finder 1.1 4 4.156
NBC Who Do You Think You Are? 0.8 3 4.760
CW Nikita 0.4 2 1.376
9:00PM ABC Primetime: What Would You Do? 1.6 5 4.794
NBC Grimm 1.2 4 4.457
CBS CSI: NY 1.1 4 9.028
FOX Fringe 1.0 3 3.164
CW Supernatural 0.7 2 1.680
10:00PM ABC 20/20 1.4 5 4.642
CBS Blue Bloods 1.3 4 10.560
NBC Dateline NBC 1.2 4 4.639

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," 2.5/6; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.4/6; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 3.0/7; 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,” 0.7/3; "Late Show," 0.5/2; "Nightline," 1.1/4; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.6/3.

  • At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.5/5 in metered-market households) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.2/4).  In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.7/4 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.3/2).

  • At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.9/4 in metered-market households and a 0.4/3 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

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  • SmG

    SPN, always steady at 0.7 :)

  • Dennis

    Poor Grimm

    Fringe was epic last night as usual

  • DougF

    Half Hours for the fan bases

    Grimm 1.2/1.2
    Fringe 1.0/1.0
    SPN 0.7/0.6
    Nikita 0.4/0.4

    Overall Viewers
    Grimm 4.47/4.48
    Fringe 3.06/3.27
    SPN 1.71/1.65
    Nikita 1.39/1.36

  • DougF


  • Brian

    Grimm’s still great :)

  • pandorajinel(formerly Erin)

    SPN was preempted in Chicago this week.

  • Dennis

    I honestly don’t think Nikita deserved to be renewed, especially now that it was basically a 2 season renewal

  • enes

    0.4 and Nikita got renewed thats pathetic ! Renew The Secret Circle !

  • Ram510

    Nikita will be up for its finale!

  • Dennis

    @Ram510 thats what they said about Secret Circle..
    I think it will get another 0.4 for its finale

  • Tessa

    I am cautiously happy for Supernatural. I know for a fact it was preempted in Chicago by baseball (that’s my HD affiliate; I couldn’t watch last night’s episode live) so it may adjust down, although I hope it doesn’t.

  • bBop

    CSI: NY WTF? my favorite of the CSI’s and now it’s definitely a goner

  • Baqinardo

    Nikita was awesome last night.
    Cant wait for finale!!! SEASON finale ;)

  • Ben

    Blue Bloods is becoming the CBS version of Harry’s Law.

  • DougF

    Oh and the big rumor now going around is that Nikita will be moved to Wednesday at 9 next year, while ANTM is moved to Friday at 8.

    But yet SPN which would have a shot at getting back over 1.0 in 18-49 demo on say Wednesday at 9. While Nikita has a shot at getting what back up to 0.6

  • Sandy

    Supernatural is AWESOME!!!!!xD

  • Hades

    SpoilerTV has posted some ridiculous mock schedule someone sent them with Nikita apparently moved to 9pm Wednesday and ANTM moving to 8pm Friday ahead of SPN. Apparently Nikita is popular with some affiliates and they want it to air at 9pm. All I can say is WTF?!

  • Dennis

    Overall Viewers
    Grimm 4.47/4.48
    Fringe 3.06/3.27
    SPN 1.71/1.65
    Nikita 1.39/1.36

    Everything went down in its 2nd half.. except for Fringe which rose

  • Mike

    Shark Tank killed Boss!

  • John A

    Ugly ratings all round.

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