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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  • KS

    a huge crowed*

    a huge crowd

    I want edit button so badly. :|

  • Freyja

    I watch Supernatural to be entertained not to pick a show apart and then bitch when it doesn’t meet my standards. So I don’t care about detail, to me that ruins the enjoyment.

    TV is fantasy it doesn’t need to be perfect or correct in detail, that is why we loose ourselves or supposed to when watching TV, it’s not supposed to be taken as reality.. (That’s how I look at it, and my opinion)

  • KS


    But, whatever is happening on Supernatural, there seem to lot of flaws. They are not minute things. I am sure, every viewer of last night’s episode have some doubts in their mind about leviathan activities. Had these flaws been minute, even I wouldn’t care.

    On a positive note, Supernatural so far has never committed major mistakes. So, I am hoping they would correct themselves in the finale.

  • John A

    Just to point out Nikita does have a lead in with syndicated shows like two and half men and the repeat beats nikita. Im not hating but to say it dont have a lead in is wrong.

  • Christy

    I really like watching CSI Miami. I don’t see anything wrong with it.

    I don’t understand why the ratings have gone done on some of the shows. Because
    they were getting higher ratings. I wonder if the time of the year have anything
    to do with it.

    Person of Interest and The Mentalist were both getting high ratings. and now the
    ratings have gone a lot lower. It’s like people don’t want to watch the show anymore. It’s to bad to give up on a show. There not very loyal people.

  • John A

    Where are all the SPN fans this week? They normally over take this page with big SPN discussions.

  • Katie1227

    John A
    ^^;My guess is that they’re just happy the show’s renewed and care less about the ratings ’til next fall

    And/or they go tired of all the haters

  • Unexpected

    BTW I noticed that Nikita started to get 0.4 since CTV two in Canada is showing the episodes on Thursdays, a day ahead of the US, that’s gotta hurt the ratings.

  • Sid


    I think it does hurt the ratings to a certain extent. A lot of fans on twitter have mentioned that they end up watching the show online instead of waiting for the new episode to air on The CW.

  • Andy

    Don’t worry Nikita fans. We’re getting treated next season with a move from the dreadful Friday timeslot. It doesn’t even matter what Dillan/Brandy/Pete say. Nobody cares about TSC, and I believe those haters are the same persons. Plus, I believe Britt Robertson and Gale Harold jinx their shows.
    Britt’s LUX & TSC
    Harold’s Hellcats & TSC
    Lol. These people can’t get a break

  • Freyja


    What makes Nikita so special it needs a move, Don’t give me the whole I have inside information crap either. If Nikita gets moved I hope it does a 0.03 on whatever night they put it on.. (because it doesn’t deserved to be moved, especially over SPN)

    So freaking sick of Supernatural being treated like the read-headed step child of the CW. It deserves better than Nikita.


    But, whatever is happening on Supernatural, there seem to lot of flaws.

    It’s fantasy TV KS it can have all the flaws they want, it doesn’t need to be perfect…

  • KS

    I don’t understand why, many posters here use my “name” in the middle of the sentence. I don’t see it happening to any other poster.

    Is this a good sign or bad sign. Or I have gone crazy?

  • Kavyn


    What? SPN’s doing really well on Fridays, why move it if Nikita would benefit from the move much more? I don’t think it has anything to do with what deserves it more…


    I don’t know :)

  • KS


    But, they can’t disobey the rules, they themselves have built in the past. This is unacceptable.

  • Freyja


    Sorry I probably did it by accident lol I have a headache and I am completely bitchy today…


    Because it’s a waste Nikita won’t benefit from the move if they did it anyhow, in fact I think it would sink even further. Come on it got another 0.04 this week.. I don’t think it will suddenly go back up..

    Personally I would just rather keep Nikita and SPN together on Friday…

    And there is no evidence to back up the whole affiliate rumor going around anyhow it’s just a rumor. Besides the networks never listen to the affiliates anyhow.

    (Look I like Nikita, I just think it should stay where it is)

  • AC75


    To be fair, I think you’re overly critical of SPN these days because it doesn’t fit with what you think it should be. Many still enjoy it, and so you’re comments regarding small matters of the plot etc. gets on peoples’ nerves. You’ve said that you’re done being negative, but you just keep it up.

    I think that’s why people single you and your comments out.


    Don’t worry Nikita fans. We’re getting treated next season with a move from the dreadful Friday timeslot…

    Who said this was happening?

  • Freyja


    But, they can’t disobey the rules, they themselves have built in the past. This is unacceptable.

    Yeah they can, in fact they can change the rules anytime they want. Again it’s fantasy TV not meant to be taken seriously and has to be perfect.

  • AC75


  • Billie

    I am seriously considering quitting television altogether. There were only 6 shows I bothered to watch this season and two of them were cancelled. Television has turned to crap and the individuals who are choosing what goes and what stays are over paid idiots with no idea what they are doing and frankly I would love to spend an hour in one of their meetings to tell them just how badly they have destroyed the entertainment value of television.

  • Joseph

    Agree with some of the other comments , I really am liking SPN , and look forward to next season :)

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