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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  • USAmerica1st

    So sad for Fringe, delivering Syfy numbers for a finale. Good episode, though.

  • Dennis

    Ah Grimm did go up!! :)

    Still .. I wish it was still pulling in 1.6 – 1.6.
    I hope it goes back up to 2.0 + when season 2 starts in August

  • Sports Preemption

    Wow, did CSI:NY really have a 1:1 retention rate with Undercover Boss. That’s kind of amazing. Not necessarily good, but amazing nonetheless. Unforgettable would totally have the leg up in the race for those last 3 yet to be decided dramas, but I doubt any of them are coming back. Still think RoE gets a yes and Rob a know, but we’ll wait and see.

  • zerg

    ABC tops :)

    CBS bombed just 0.1 from Fox and NBC…WTF @Undercover Boss wasn’t at 1.8-2.0

  • Michelle

    Wow what happened to CBS

  • Dennis


    I don’t think SciFi gets 3.1 million viewers does it?

    I’d be surprised if it does.. I would have thought it would get more like 1.5 – 2 million

  • MissJo

    It’s weird Undercover Boss and CSI:NY have the exact same result; 1.1 / 9.028 viewers

  • Rebecca

    Grimm was pretty good last night (I’ve seen them all) – next week’s season finale looks exciting. People in the demo might have been out to see Dark Shadows or Avengers (I’ll see it today, saving DS for a matinee next week) or watched a dvd at home. We watched some Alias on dvd after Grimm ended.

  • Petar

    I guess as a lot of us people and europeans we all watch playoffs last night! Was one game but what a drama! Today Lakers will go home(smile) May and june are bad months for tv shows cause sport is really big.

    So PLEASE don’t don’t spoil nothing from fringe finale cause some of us will watch it later. Amazing and epic is enough advertazing. One my friend said that was best ep from the season with shoking end!

  • Hades


    I understand what you are saying, basically it would shut people up one way or another. My guess is Nikita wouldn’t do much better than it does now if moved to a different night.

    Americas Next Top moving to Friday does somewhat make sense, it airs in the Fall to OK numbers usually hopefully it can get back those ratings in September to December. The CW then have CULT which would actually be a good fit for SPN which they could air mid season before the second cycle of ANTM. In all honesty I cant imagine either AMTM or Cult doing any worse than Nikita in that time slot.

  • Ram510


    Secret Circle was up in its finale to a .6

  • Tessa

    @Sports Preemption

    Your username is what was on my mind as I drove to the neighborhood coffee shop yesterday to spend my Friday afternoon/evening in the sun, for the first time in a long time, instead of in front of the TV. Of course it also meant my Friday night was spend trying to find a copy of the SPN episode online. ;)

  • Dennis

    I was refering to last nights shows… and total viewers in the 1st and 2nd halves

  • cece

    oh god please make spn steady at least!

  • Dahne

    @Petar – In my opinion, once an episode airs it is free to talk about. Perhaps it is better to avoid social media sites until after you have watched Fringe and then you don’t run the risk of being spoiled. You have less risk here because it is a ratings site but still.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Robert Seidman

    @MissJo: it is weird, and was…a typo. fixed!

  • KS

    Glad Supernatural is steady with 0.7 and I hope that the preemption, does not affect its ratings much.

    I would give 4.5/10 to last night’s episode. I hope I enjoy the next episode of Supernatural better, at least more than this one. And its probably Sera’s last episode on the series and so, she will obviously try to deliver her best. And some website reported that, the episode is going to “very satisfying”. I am expecting that the episode would be awesome just like 1st, 2nd and 21st episodes this season.

    all the shows renewed, I guess this thread is open for discussion today.

  • Stella

    Get over it, Nikita got renewed and TSC got cancelled stop complaining about it.

  • NYC_Lover

    Why do undercover boss and CSI NY have the exact same numbers in 18-49, share, and viewers?

  • NYC_Lover

    nvmd, after reloading its been fixed

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