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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  • Hugh

    All these old skewing shows can lose 40 percent of their demo, but only lose like 10-20 percent of total viewers.

    Bad for CSI NY

  • Restless

    My sister wants to say, again, that she agrees with KS. (She’s not posting, by the way, because she’s here with me and we don’t want to appear to be using sock puppets.)

    I also don’t think KS is nitpicking. It’s a valid point. But since zombie movies have even stupider epidemics, I don’t actually think Supernatural has to do better. But it still is a valid point. A cop driving down the road using his siren to play along to ‘Why Can’t We Be Friends’ and people walking around in a drug haze should be noticeable. I’m going to assume Dick has taken over the government though, because why wouldn’t you take over the president and other government officials. In show confirmation would have been nice though.

    Rude! Don’t ignore my post! :P I still say the leprechaun was all talk and since when where the leprechauns using the magic of witches anyway. As I said, we don’t actually know if that leprechaun could have really broken into the cage, very likely he was just lying to stall Sam. Besides, if he was cool like the evil leprechaun from the “Leprechaun” movie franchise, any wish granting for Sam would definitely have backfired.

    So yeah, I do think the witch taking out the Leviathan was silly and just done to prop up the special Buffy guest star some more. Otherwise Sam and Dean should have been contacting a white witch or learning the spell themselves. And to be even more negative about them, these Leviathans have shown nothing spiritual about them except maybe the ability to eat themselves and shape shift; they’re very physical beings. Them taking out a spiritual being like an angel, when Dick couldn’t even fend off ghost Bobby, annoys me even if it’s not going against previous canon because they’ve not shown the ability to do anything metaphysical like that before. Though I guess being able to find a newly minted prophet and wait at said prophet’s house is a metaphysical ability.

    Anyway, plot’s never been Supernatural’s strong suit. I find other things to enjoy about the show. Characters, mostly.

    That reminds me, Edgar, noooooo! :C How could they, he was such a BAMF. “How kind of you,” such fantastic delivery. Prayer circle for Edgar!

  • pandorajinel(formerly Erin)

    @Restless and KS
    You are absolutely right, except that nobody is noticing because everyone is being effected.HFCS is so wide spread that it probably took only a few weeks for it to be in grocery stores all over. Come to think of it, other than the maid I don’t think we saw any people who weren’t the boys who were behaving normally.

    On the subject of the leprechaun…I think he was bluffing. But the point is we’ll never know. Once again Dick didn’t take out Bobby because he couldn’t see him. Know that Bobby’s got a body its a whole other ball game (hopefully he ditches it soon). And we have absolutely seen the Leviathans do something like poisoning another being. Their taking over of Castiel is very similar to how a virus acts in the human body. In the case of humans they can hijack bodies although we have no evidence tat they can hijack a body once they are already in one (such as the difference between how Edgar and the little girl were infected versus how the doubles of Bobby, Sam, and Dean came about). In the case of monsters and other supernatural beings, they destroy the host. Why the difference? Who knows. That isn’t something the boys are likely to find out (being that they are not either of them very scientific minded) so it will probably never be addressed in story.

    As for Edgar, good riddance to bad rubish!

  • pandorajinel(formerly Erin)

    the fact that it is so wide spread is what makes it unlikely to be detected by anyone who isn’t looking for it. We aren’t talking about something that makes people drop dead. We are talking about something that makes people fat and loopy. And it’s making EVERYONE fat and loopy. Really not that different from what is currently happening over here (albeit ramped up for drama and sped up for dramatic tension).

    Dude, I’m a nurse(well I will be when I pass my boards). If you are pulling the CDC card I am pulling the “um things like that actually happen and the symptoms they are showing aren’t that far off of what a person with a crappy diet would normally have” card.

  • pandorajinel(formerly Erin)

    People are using your name often because you are nitpicking. Nitpicking is not always a bad thing, but when someone calls plot hole and there isn’t one, expect it to be clarified and your claim to be shot down. Welcome to the world of critical analysis of stories. IF you want to chat more go ahead and email me, I’m not sure why but I can’t seem to add you on yahoo messenger

  • pandorajinel(formerly Erin)

    To everyone else, sorry for so many posts in a row, I was out all evening.

  • Boyd

    So who recently posted that BB usually hits 2s? Since when? It has probably only gotten a 2 once (or maybe twice) since New Year’s. But I did predict last fall it would drop down to a 1.4-1.2 by the end of the season. With numbers like this to look forward to, next season will probably be its last. Tom Selleck should ask Kathy Bates, she should know!

  • Jen

    CBS renwed undercover boss thar had same as CSINY. I will wait for finals first

  • Geordiegirl1967

    SPNs audience skews very young in comparison to its competitors. Fringe’s total audience is ~2x SPNs, but its demo is nowhere near that ratio. It gets 1 compared to SPNs 0.7. And Grimm gets ~3x SPNs total audience, but not even twice the demo; 1.2 compared to SPNs 0.7.

    This is what CW wants, but I’m sure they’d like to get that demo ratio on a much higher total audience base.

  • mark

    CW = FLOP!

  • KS

    I would like to say that, in the previous posts of mine, I was only answering @Freyja’s questions. I was explaining why I raised the doubts in the first place.

  • KS


    The affected guys are behaving in a very weird way. An obese person is sane, not eating/drinking all the time and neurotic. You have seen the guy, whom they have taken blood from. Do you really think an obese person with metabolic syndrome, would behave that weird way? I don’t think so.


    I am having faith in Supernatural writers and I hope they would fill this CDC loop hole in the next episode.
    I have been thinking about whatever you said about that Leprechaun. He must have been telling truth about pagan magic, and that is the only way to explain the Levi getting in-animated by a witch.
    Pagan gods are obviously NOT POWERFUL than angels. May they know a few magic tricks, angels doesn’t know, but that doesn’t mean they are powerful than Lucifer and all the other angels. Pagan gods have the power of magic to temporarily affect all the creatures like angels, leviathans etc, for a few hours but not physical strength to kill angels or leviathans.

  • Leondre

    CSI: NÝ skews so OLD

  • pandorajinel(formerly Erin)

    You are comparing people in the real world to people in the fantasy world. Can’t be done. As I said before everyone in the country is behaving the same way. “Normal” is our perception of the world around us versus how it always has been and our place in it. You are basically asking why nobody is doing something because obviously those people aren’t behaving in a normal way. Except that they are because everyone is behaving that way. We recognize that its not normal because Sam and Dean recognize it’s not normal (and we follow the story mostly through their eyes). Nobody else in the story who isn’t connected to the boys recognizes it as abnormal, so it must be normal.

    the difference between the HFCS story line and say Croatoan is that in one people are not really causing trouble so the few people that are nromal at the beginning wouldn’t do anything. Nobody’s dying, nobody’s disfigured, nobody is commit crimes. More importantly everyone is becoming like that so it’s all very normal. Versus croatoan which made people insane people eating machines. Not CDC territory.

  • Alex

    Nikita just got renewed because their first season index was better than the first season of The Secret Circle.

    I’m sorry for my bad english. I’m brazilian.

  • kokkan


    All the people that were saying Nikita wasnt going to get renewed.Guess what?

    You obviously dont know as much as you think about tv.

  • Alejandro

    Let’s hope SPN has no downward adjustments!

  • Chris

    Go! Grimm

  • Lucazzy

    Grimm is looking grim.

  • Swan Lee

    How can so few people who have nielsen ratings boxes dictate what the rest of us watch. Reality shows, and canned laughter shows are not most peoples favorites, yet to hear the neilsen group say they are watched most. No one I know agrees with the ratings. The chew, the revolution and Katie Courik are not what people watching in the afternoon want to see.

    Pull your heads out of the sand people and listen to the real watchers, not the box people who leave the box on when not even watching TV, I know I was One of them

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