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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  • Poweranimals

    Is it too late for the CW to change their minds? Upfronts aren’t until next week.

  • pandorajinel(formerly Erin)

    ooh boy where do I begin.
    The removal of the Impala, in a meta sense, was to remove all of the boys comforts. It’s been fairly systematic culminating in the death of Frank (their substitute go to guy). Beginning with Cass’s return they have been slowly getting everything back, although so far nothing has been the same as it was when they lost it. In a meta sense Baby won’t be either, they new and improved her while she was gone (but I doubt that will be mentioned in story).

    In the case of the angels, as far as we know there are no archangels left until someone decides to introduce a new one. More than that, we know there aren’t any left for one very important reason: Kevin was in the room with a demon and no archangel ninja-ed into the room. Heaven sent who they had left. I’m willing to bet that Castiel would be one of if not the most powerful angel if he weren’t buckets of crazy. Kevin had angels protecting him and they did a p*** poor job against the Leviathan. That served two purposes: 1)Now Kevin knows exactly who he is dealing with and would be less likely to try anything heroic as he well…isn’t a hero (remember prophets in this mythos are just mouthpieces. They had literally drag Chuck to the fight with Lilith) and 2)Now we know that Cass won’t be able to angel his way out of the fight if he’s there when it happens (and all indications are that he will be) adding urgency to any encounter he might have with them in the finale. So the boys have everything back and know how to kill the big bad and they are STILL at a disadvantage. Meanwhile with choosing high fructose corn syrup as their new tainted product, the stakes have been raised. Turducken wouldn’t allow them to hit everyone (vegetarians for instance), high fructose corn syrup will hit almost everyone, even vegans.

    And for the record: yes, I analyze every show I watch to this degree and yes sometimes it sucks.

  • Tessa


    I’m just laughing at the idea that you think fans campaigning to END a show is any more effective than fans campaigning to renew one, or that you think any passionate fans would get behind such a campaign.

    I understand the value of a good ending as much as you. But this is a business for WB and the CW and they are not going to end one of their highest rated shows just to wrap it in a prettier bow. They will make it for as long as it is profitable, and once it isn’t they’ll announce a final season to milk it for what it’s worth.

  • pandorajinel(formerly Erin)

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

  • Dahne

    @Freyja – If Nikita moves off Friday night, then I think it would be fair to say that Nikita is the new baby in the exact same way that Gossip Girl was Dawn Ostroff’s baby. While that is good news for Nikita fans and it shows Pedowitz has better taste, it is a mockery for the CW – again.

    While I have no way of understanding what the CW does anymore, I am most certain that Arrow and VD will be paired together. I know Arrow is not going to Fridays and I haven’t heard any rumors of SPN moving yet.

    @Justin121 – Yes she was being sarcastic. Have you ever heard of a fan campaign to get the show they love cancelled? It makes no sense. Yes, people who formerly were fans do make noise about how a show should end but who would put in the energy to stop a show they proclaim to love? Personally I am hoping for 10 seasons of SPN.

  • hardline_pro

    RIP CSI: NY. It was a good finale. :(

  • pandorajinel(formerly Erin)


    Right now I’m betting 9 unless the freshman line up tanks again. Although Jensen and Jared being at upfronts makes me a little nervous.

  • greenf

    Fringe was AMAZING last night! Season 4 is the best so far.

    Wow @ Grimm and CSI:NY being down to Fringe levels.

  • Dahne

    @Tessa – I’m not sure even an archangel would be able to go up against a Leviathan. I think the point was that the most powerful ally the Winchesters have had except for Death is useless to stop the Leviathans, thus ratcheting the tension for the end game.

    @pandorajinel – Yes, I could see them ending at season 9 too. The only way I see season 8 as the end is if they announce it at upfronts so I can see why you would be nervous about that. However, I have a hard time believing something wouldn’t have leaked already if they knew it would be the end.

  • John A

    What big Buzz has Nikita? You all think its going to win emmys this year lol. TVD has the biggest buzz and SPN.

  • Comechi

    Nikita is so damn popular worldwide, the ratings domestically are weird though.

  • Kavyn

    You TSC fans just keep running your mouths. Just goes to show that Mark made the right choices for aiming at more adult programming – only children would act the way you all do.

    Nikita was phenomenal last night, and it rose by 150k viewers. If the show was in fact pre-empted last night there is a possibility it gets a 0.5 rating. Otherwise another 0.4 just means it’s steady. Also this wasn’t the Nikita finale, so maybe start comparing Nikita’s 0.4 to TSC’s 0.5 eh? :)

    I hope you all find a new show to go insane over by fall, or at least hopefully learn that Nikita isn’t the reason your shows weren’t renewed. And for real Brandy, really tired of reading the exact same things from you, you’re like the anti-Bondoel, just keep posting and posting and posting the reasons why Nikita shouldn’t have been renewed. Very annoying stuff.

  • KS

    @Pandorajinel(formerly Erin)

    If some ingredient in the food is affecting the people to this extent, what is the great government of U.S.A. doing?

    I want to tell you a related and a true example about Legionella Bacteria: I believe you heard the name of this bacteria in some biology textbook. It causes Legionellosis, a type of pneumonia.
    Back in 1976, some rare disease affected a few people, spread all across U.S.A. It presented with very unusual symptoms. When the CDC of U.S.A. meticulously collected the history of the patients(inspite of pateints being spread to every nook and corner of the country), they found out that, patients of this disease, attended a conference before falling sick – American Legion Conference. After that, they fully examined the place of conference and discovered a new bacteria Legionella. They followed steps to stop the spread of the disease and prevented an epidemic from happening.(It is interesting to know that this bacteria, grows in the liquid coolant of the Air Conditioners. Beware!)

    This disease was cured quickly only because of the awesome disease reporting system existing in U.S.A., even in 1976, when communication was not really developed much. My Professor, while he was taking class on this bacteria, praised the CDC and disease reporting system of U.S.A. for its excellency at all times.

    But, in the latest episode it was exactly the opposite. Dick was announcing about this new ingredient in news and loads of people were being affected, but there is not a single response from the government or CDC which is supposed to be extraordinary in its activities.

  • joko ono

    it’s two times better than yours!

  • Andy

    These fanboys are really childish. TSC is dead, get over it! Plus, comparing Nikita’s 0.4 to TSC’s 0.5 is fair enough. If Ostroff were on charge, she would have easily kept TSC on Thurdays and wouldn’t have picked up Arrow. Pedowitz is smart and he will change the network forever. Mark my words…

  • Sid


    Notice that she’s the only one who can’t get over it.

  • KS

    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?

  • John A

    Anyway no surprise if Nikita moves to another night. It will need to get a 4th season for syndication and it will get 0.2 in that slot next yr.

  • robin

    @Andy TSC didn’t get a .5 it was adjusted up to .6. just pointing it out

  • Mickey

    SpoilerTV has posted some ridiculous mock schedule someone sent them with Nikita apparently moved to 9pm Wednesday and ANTM moving to 8pm Friday ahead of SPN. Apparently Nikita is popular with some affiliates and they want it to air at 9pm. All I can say is WTF?!

    Sticking the second-highest rated show with the worst possible lead-in while moving a show with 57% of its demo to the cushy slot with the best lead-in is the kind of douchebaggy move Ostroff would’ve made. Seriously doubt Pedowitz would do it.

    @pandorajinel @KS
    covered in Girl with the D&D Tattoo, some people they just can’t copy effectively.

    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.

    I liked the episode. It really amped things up, and it had Alpha Vamp, Crowley, and Dick Roman all in the same episode. It’s like a Perfect Storm of Colossal Stage Presence. I can’t wait to see the face-off between Dick and Crowley next week, it’ll be like The Clash of the Smug Titans.

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