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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  • Andy

    Nikita is the new CW baby. Pedowitz really loves the series, and wants to give it another shot at weekdays. ANTM and GG should slowly die on Fridays. TSC & Ringer fans are so annoying! The shows were never buzzy on air, now they’re buzzy canceled! Who understands those kids?

  • Brandy

    Man, how far the cw has fallen to renew to renw a show pulling constant 0.4s in only season two and a show below a million viewers 5 times. I guess they don’t have standards or a bottom anymore. I remember Nikita barley getting renewed last season with a 0.7 for the finale ,this season it’ll be a 0.4 lol. I remember when Life Unexpected got cancelled at 0.7 cause that was considered low/the bottom then. Mark Pedowitz must WANT to get fired and drive the network to close.

  • Annie Orhan

    Nikita didn’t get 0.4 the whole season like someone above said. It just started getting them after the huge break for winter/spring..

    And if anyone hasn’t noticed almost every show across all networks are down…

    I’m sorry TSC got canceled I really am I know how it is when a show you like gets canned….

  • Master Moron

    Yes! It’s great to see CBS down. It’s especially good to see Bacon Bloods beaten by 20/20. Pathetic.

  • Mary

    I’m just praying for adjust up for CSINY and SPN to keep its .07 or go up. CSINY and SPN were awesome last night. I pray they don’t cancel CSINY. There’s a reason CBS was down all around last night.

  • Tessa


    I already posted my thoughts a few pages back. I guess you missed it. I thought it was a mediocre episode and in parts quite boring. That was a 10 minute story stretched to 45 minutes. At least there was no Dean abusing Cas which is a blessing. But pretty meh. Actually looking back, I think this whole season was meh. They had a good idea with “isolated boys running for their lives,” but the execution was a disaster, proving once again that you can’t apply a season one format to season seven. I hope things improve once Jeremy Carver takes the wheel.


    Thanks for the humor. Will laugh again. Come on SPN fans, lets start a campaign to END the show. :D

  • cece

    i’m just tryin to understand why spn take 0.7 while tvd take 1.2 in every episode…I think spn is more interesting than tvd..or I’m wrong? It’s not a negative point for tvd it’s just my thought about the poor ratings of Supernatural.

  • pandorajinel(formerly Erin)

    @Tessa and KS
    Actually I think it is still following some logic. Indulge me for a moment:
    Nikita, while low, has been steady. TSC has not, even though it ended above Nikita. In fact TSC kinda fell like a rock. So while Nikita’s ratings are low, they can be confident that it won’t fall too far next season. Not so for TSC. And finally, remember that the bubble shows were given a chance to “pitch for their life” last year and this year. It’s not unreasonable to believe that if the show runner can pitch well in a squeeze last season, he could do the same this season.

    Re last night’s SPN
    I wasn’t impressed either. After thinking about it, I realized that I never like the penultimate(that means one before the last) episodes.I’m not sure why but I think it has something to do with them being almost a calm before the storm. There usually isn’t a huge amount going on it’s just setting up the board for the final battle of the season. However, I always love the season finales so I’m not worried about anything next week except bursting into tears at the first note of “Carry on Wayward son”

  • Sid

    That demo rating can’t be right for CSI:NY, especially with so many total viewers?

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    @Sid, 1.1 is correct.

  • pandorajinel(formerly Erin)

    Oh one more thing, I think they didn’t ax nikita as well as TSC because (in addition to what I will now refer to as the hail mary pitch), cancelling Nikita would have given them 5 bear food shows. Wouldn’t that leave them with a gap in the schedule somewhere? And nobody say “they could just air re-runs”. The guy in charge has already said he wants to do fewer rerun blocks, not more.

  • A

    joko ono,
    aww you’re so mad. Lovely username. lol

  • Tessa


    Last night’s episode was a big setup for the finale which, judging from the previews, isn’t much to be excited about either. Except they bring back the Impala which ‘Yeay!’ but, why the heck did they take it out in the first place?

    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?

  • Freyja


    Mark also is really hooked on SPN and TVD as well, so he likes all three shows… Nikita is not the networks new baby ;) Maybe he likes SPN more enough to move it and air Arrow and SPN on Wednesday’s and leave Nikita on Friday with GG ;)

    We don’t know what Mark will do but rumors are they want to pair Arrow with SPN (so I am hoping for a move)

  • Tessa

    there was a big whole in its logic

    I meant *hole* damn it.

  • Sid


    I never thought CSI:NY would ever drop that low so it just seems weird.

    Looks like Pam Veasly will lose two shows this Season(NY& RINGER).

  • Fischer

    LOL @ CBS. Those are terrible numbers for them. Shark Tank is crushing UnderCover Boss :)

  • Dennis

    Just finished last nights Supernatural…. It was a very poor episode.
    The 9 o’clock Genre shows from best to worst last night were:

    1 Fringe – Solid 8/10 finale, the last scene with September pushes it up to 8.5

    2 Grimm 7/10 Good to see Juliet actually doing something interesting.

    3 Supernatural 5/10 It was a very bland episode that failed to keep my attention. I hope the finale is good

  • Justin121


    I haven’t read any of the comments.

    I don’t know if you’re being sarcastic or not, but as a former fan of SPN, I wanna catch up knowing it had a good ending.

  • KS


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

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