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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  • s0303

    what happened to cbs…blue bloods did okay, but the rest sucked…

    hope grimm is adjusted up…i love that show…

  • Petar

    Now all CBS friday shows are REALLY below A Gifted Man!

    YES! But if AGM air in may, with playoffs will be below tham, again.

  • Brandy

    Cw is such a joke, la complex, h8tr,Remodeled all got 0.4 or worse but they havent pulled La Complex yet, Nikita gets constant 0.4s yet it gets renewed maybe for two more seasons during which it will get 0.1-0.0. and GG which has gotten under a million viewers 5 times I think is renewed. Lol. I guess CW won’t exsist after next season. Lol at Nikita’s 0.4 yet again, I guess it getting renewed didn’t help ratings. Nikita’s not going to gain new viewers as its already two seasons in and shows loose viewers as they age and first/second seasons are always the highest rated plus it’s very heavily searilized/episodic so you just can’t jump in.

  • cleon_girl

    Oh, Nikita got a 0.4, again. I totally understand now why it was renewed.
    Now, seriously, why¿

    Good for Fringe :D

  • Kenny

    The Finder was great last night…shame FOX cancelled it, any hope of USA Network picking it up?

  • KS


    That’s early in the morning at 6.30 am for us here in India, when it is 9.00pm in U.S.A. East. And I have to go to college at 8 am. By the way, I did try for the latest episode on TVPC.com and it turned out to be a horrible experience because, the clarity was awful with improper audio and static in between.

    And more importantly I don’t really understand the sentences when spoken in American accent of English. It really irritates, when you can understand only half the sentence. I require subtitles for almost all the American shows. I find it very problematic to understand especially when Dean uses movie references or idioms in his dialogues – me with a poor knowledge of English movies and idioms.

    I love watching every Supernatural episodes more than once.

    There are at least 10 friends of mine, who come to me every Saturday with a some memory storage device like a pen drive for taking the downloaded Supernatural episode, and they watch it on their computers.

    So, on a whole downloading seems to be better thing for me than watching it live.

  • DonnaT

    @AC75 and other Nikita and/or SPN fans: I’m cautiously optimistic that at most the Chicago preemption will only cost a scant number of viewers and not affect demo. TVD and TSC were preempted in Chicago several weeks ago and fans expected the worst but I think TVD actually gained 0.1 in the finals while TSC held. The SPN S6 final episodes were also preempted in Chicago last year and the show only lost a small amount of viewers but held the demo.

  • Rich

    I don’t give a spit about the 18-49 demo,of which i’m part of,all i care is that Who Do You Think You Are has killed The Finder and is putting a serious hurt on Nikita in total viewers. 4.7 million for WDYTYA vs. 1.3 million for Nikita.

    CW has big ones for renewing it.

  • Dennis

    Also, Rebecca Mader and Leonard Nimoy were both fantastic in Fringe last night!

    “My bicycle is blue and has a shiny BELL on it, Ding Ding” :) – Jessica Holt Fringe 4×22

  • A

    Wow and the piece of crap that is Nikita is still coming back.

  • Bad Wolf

    @ tvfreak

    Hi ! I’m not Rebecca (obviously), but when someone mentions one of my all-time favorite shows, I can’t resist.
    To answer your question : Yes. If you like well-crafted, well-acted and action-packed thrillers, just try it. The cast is mostly amazing, with Jennifer Garner, Victor Garber and Ron Rifkin delivering consistently staellar performances, and remember this actress : Lena Olin. One word about her : astonishing. Although primarily a spy series, Alias also focus on human and family relationships and easily succeeds with one of the best father/daughter story I’ve ever seen on screen. The action part of the show is also well done, with hundreds of countries visited all over the world and amazing fights. Last but not least : the mythology. Seasons 1, 2 and 3 (ep. 1 to 11) are a masterpiece of intrigues, revelations, twists and turns, crosses and double-crosses with a fascinating prophecy thrown in for good measure. Quality went downhill from the middle of season 3 onward, with the season 3 finale being, imo, the weakest and most disappointing episode of the entire show. It led to an ok but seriously unbalanced 4th season (ABC wanted a lot of standalones episodes, Alias was following Lost on Wednesdays). The 5th and final season is a return to Alias’s golden age with lots of returns from past characters and loose ends tied, it would have been perfect hadn’t ABC shortened it from 22 to 17 episodes. As a whole, Alias remains a very entertaining, bold and ambitious show, which never shied away from taking chances to reinvent itself (try it, and be prepared for the major shockers that awaits particularly in the famous post Super-Bowl season 2 episode and in the season 2 finale… beware ! Avoid spoilers at all costs !).

  • joko ono

    you’re a piece of crap!

  • sally

    i watch csi ny and blue blood but cant stand undercover boss

  • ragincajun

    CBS really need to yank Undercover Boss from its regular schedule. The companies that have been featured on the show this season have been absolutely horrible. If they can’t find anything better, the show needs to be cancelled. If they can find a few decent ones, they need to keep it as a limited run midseason show to cut down on repeats.

  • tvfreak

    @Bad Wolf: Thanks! I know, I can’t resist opportunities like that either. Like, if anyone expresses interest in Castle, The Mentalist, Touch, etc. I’ll give a crazy long list of reasons why they should watch that show.

  • Vasco Silva


    nikita .4 last episode
    TSC .6 last episode

    nikita renewed TSC cancelled

    Get over it! Nikita has no lead in and it is on fridays, TSC has the best lead and yet it is pulling worse ratings than HoD.

  • Tessa


    You had me at subtitles. :)

    Yes, I hate streams too. But a lot of people I know who are from other countries use them. Downloads have much better quality of course and if you require subtitles they are the only choice.

  • Justin121

    I’d hate for Supernatural to suddenly crter and get cancelled.

    It’ll take only a couple of tenths to get there.

    Please announce an end date.

    It’s not like it’ll run beyond season 10 anyway.

    SPN fans:

    Target the CW. Demand An End Date. Gossip Girl fans aren’t better than you :D

  • DGH

    At this point who really cares about Fringe’s ratings as long as they continue to put out episodes like they did last night. Just goes to show you sometimes this silly rating system we have gets trumped by quality.

  • KS


    What do you think of last night’s episode? I am not posting much because I promised earlier not to post anything negative about Supernatural. ;)

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