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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  • larenz

    @ben CBS is becoming that they are like that with almost all there shows!

  • KS


    I was only clearing my doubts, not talking anything negative. In the previous post of mine I made it clear, that I am expecting to give answers in finale.

  • Mickey

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

    The problem isn’t the show. The problem is you. You are nitpicking to the point of picking nits that aren’t even there. You are fabricating the nits to pick.

    Two examples from earlier in the thread.

    You said:

    “And also, why can’t they just copy Kevin Tran as leviathans always do?”

    Pandorajinel replied:

    “covered in Girl with the D&D Tattoo, some people they just can’t copy effectively.”

    I replied:

    “Not just that, Kevin isn’t a regular human, he’s a Prophet of God. Sure Leviathans can clone flesh and blood, but there’s no reason to think they can clone powers bestowed by God (seeing as they can’t even clone talent or “spark”)”

    You said:

    “One more doubt!

    Angels cannot beat Leviathans, but Witches can? If you notice, angel mojo never seemed to work on Leviathans. The angel beside Kevin(Episode 20), was “rotating” his hand in order to take on Leviathan, but it didn’t work. When the witch(Shut up Dr.Phil) managed to temporarily free him. Can anyone explain me this?”

    I replied:

    “They had already established that pagan magic can trump judeo-christian creatures. In Clap Your Hands If You Believe, the leprachaun offered to get Sam’s soul out of the cage, explaining that his magic allows him to do things angels cannot, even against Lucifer himself.


    It’s locked in a box with the devil.


    Your devil. Not mine.


    There’s no freaking way a leprechaun can do what angels cannot.


    Angels. *laughs* Please. I’m talking about real magic, sonny. From my side of the fence.

    They have already also established that God locked the leviathan away in purgatory because they were too powerful and destructive and would destroy all his other creations.

    So it makes sense in the world they have constructed that leviathan can beat angels, but witches can use their pagan magic to cast a spell on leviathan. (Couldn’t kill them, mind, could only incapacitate them for a little while.)

    They build the world, they make the rules, and there was nothing about that that contradicted rules they had already made.”

    So where you see holes and contradictions, they are actually being consistent and logical within the world they have created.

    I was only clearing my doubts, not talking anything negative.

    Nitpicking, especially gratuitous nitpicking, is negative. And you weren’t just clearing up doubts, you were saying things like “But, they can’t disobey the rules, they themselves have built in the past. This is unacceptable.” That’s negative. Just because you call them “doubts” instead of “complaints” doesn’t make them less negative.

  • Mickey

    While I’m at it, this one is bugging me too:

    Speaking of the episode, there was a big whole in its logic that I couldn’t get over. They threatened Kevin’s mom so he would translate the tablet for them. But what stopped Kevin, a genius student with super high IQ, to give them some bogus translation that had nothing to do with the actual writing? How would they know? It’s not like they have another Metatron expert at hand that could tell them. And isn’t Kevin a prophet and hence supposed to be protected by an archangel? Or are they all dead and heaven is lacking its highest ranking generals so it wouldn’t send a lower ranking one to do their job?

    1) Kevin is a 16-year-old teenager who is terrified out of his mind. One minute he was studying for a test and the next was plunged into a world-ending sturggle with angels, demons and leviathans. He is so far out of his depth he is beyond completely overwhelmed. He had a panic attack and hyperventilated just from translating the tablet when he was with people who were protecting him.

    So what makes you think he would have the wherewithal to make up a fake translation on the spot good enough to fool the Leviathans? He was pulling a blank just trying to write an essay.

    How does he know how much they know, and whether or not they would be able to tell if he’s lying? Would he want to bet his mother’s life on his poker skills? He didn’t seem to have much of a poker face at all.

    2) Michael was the archangel who guarded prophets, and Michael is locked in the cage with Lucifer. Lesser angels were sent to watch over Kevin, and the Leviathan killed them. There is no reason to believe other angels have the same telepathic link to prophets that Michael had and would automatically know when and where the prophet was being threatened.

  • Geordiegirl1967

    @Tessa and KS

    “Speaking of the episode, there was a big whole in its logic that I couldn’t get over. They threatened Kevin’s mom so he would translate the tablet for them. But what stopped Kevin, a genius student with super high IQ, to give them some bogus translation that had nothing to do with the actual writing? ”

    We don’t know that he did accurately translate it. He may have tricked Dick. We’ll see next week. Anyway he is only a kid. If he did as he was told because his mum was threatened that isn’t a plot hole. It is consistent with his character – a clever but nerdy kid who is totally overwhelmed and terrified.

    “And also, why can’t they just copy Kevin Tran as leviathans always do?”
    Because some humans, special people, just can’t be copied. We know that from TGWTD&DT because Dick said that they couldn’t copy Charlie and if they did the copy wouldn’t be able to do what she could. I’d imagine the keeper of the word of God would fall into that category.

    I enjoyed the ep. Of course it felt like a build up to something else because it was. Penultimate eps often tend to feel like that. I can barely remember what happened in 2MtM in s5.

  • KS


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

    This was a generalized statement for all the shows on Television. This was not in reference to Supernatural alone. I am satisfied with your answers. We were in conversation about the whole of Television and it is a reply to @Freyja’s post that s/he doesn’t care and don’t raise doubts if there are flaws on Television. I suggest you to read the posts and then you will understand that my post was not against Supernatural, and it was an answer as to why I raise doubts and care about flaws.

    I don’t understand why this “sweetener” is a minute thing to you guys. They have put a dangerous ingredient, into the most commonly consumed food stuffs and a lot of people are affected by that with in a few hours. How can that escape the eyes of authorities? Anyways I will watch until final episode before commenting on this part anymore. For the record, I got this doubt since the beginning of episode, when Dick announced that, they are gonna add this to most of the ingredients.

  • KS


    when Dick announced that, they are gonna add this to most of the ingredients.

    when Dick announced that, they are gonna add this to most of the food items.

  • Geordiegirl1967

    @sarasota bob
    “It is amazing how Supernatural remains steady in the ratings despite how stale the show has become. It is remarkable that viewers are satisfied with such pablum.”

    Is there not a more plausible explanation for SPNs continued popularity? That your opinion is yours alone and is not shared by the vast majority of SPN fans? People stating their own opinions as if they were facts that everyone else accepts is extremely irritating. Almost as annoying as people who want a show to end when {b}they{/b} fall out of love with it, regardless of how many others are enjoying it.

    Sorry for the apparent repetition of your points. I responded before I’d got to the last page of comments. I agree entirely with the points you are making.

  • Geordiegirl1967

    Ooops forgotten how to [b]bold[/b]

  • Geordiegirl1967

    Nope. Still can’t remember. Anyone shed some light?

  • QMOS

    Secret Circle would’ve been a smarter choice for renewal than Nikita.. Just sayin’

  • KS



  • KS


    What the hell happened, to my earlier post.

    Use instead of []

  • KS


    Comments are playing with me apparently.

    Use, > and < symbols instead of ] and [, while enclosing , instead of [b] and [i]. Hope this one gets right.

  • Matto

    The CBS procedurals are horrible in the dem, but, in some bizzare way, they get like 11 million viewers per epp.

    I hope ABC puts How To Live With Your Parents…, The Neigbors, The Family Tools, and then maybe moves either Apt. 23 or Happy Endings from Wed. to Friday at 9:30. Then, they can always put Shark Tank at 10.

    NBC’s Friday schedule will be this next year…

    8:00 Grimm
    9:00 Hannibal
    10:00 Dateline

    I think Hannibal and Grimm would be a good pair because theyre both ver dark thriller-procedurals.

  • Matto

    FRINGE is a DSA. Even though they do deserve a proper send-off. Im pretty sure they’ve only averaged 3.2 million viewers and 1.0 in the de, this season. pretty sad.

  • LisaM

    Last week, someone here said Arrow might precede SPN but a friend, this week, said Nikita was staying put. What has anyone heard?

  • AC75


  • LisaM

    Reading the fantasy lineups people posted. No no no SPN at 8:00/7:00pm. For one thing, it can tend to be violent. For another, I work late nights and I would miss my favourite show with no way to tape it. Hate watching shows on my laptop. I was wondering if a different night would help though.

  • One

    What the hell is happening to CBS Fridays?! They’re flatlining faster than Jeff Gordon’s season!

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