ABC is #1 on the Final Friday of the Season, 'Shark Tank' Marks its Best Season Ever

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May 19th, 2012

via press note:

ABC ranked #1 on the final Friday of the season in Adults 18-49.


The season finale of ABC’s Shark Tank posted a strong first-place finish in the 8 o’clock hour among Adults 18-49, beating the finale of NBC’s Who Do You Think You Are? by 50%. In addition, Shark Tank was the top-rated TV show of the evening on the major nets in Adults 18-34, holding a 30% advantage over runner-up NBC’s season finale of Grimm.


  • · On average, Shark Tank surged over the prior season by double-digit percentages in Total Viewers (+18%) and Adults 18-49 (+29%), marking its strongest-ever season on both Nielsen measures.


Opposite the season ender of NBC’s Grimm in the 9 o’clock hour, ABC’s Primetime: What Would You Do? took second place against its rivals across all key Adult demos (AD18-34/AD18-49/AD25-54).


  • · The ABC newsmagazine grew its overall audience from the same night last year by 8%.


From 10-11pm, ABC’s 20/20 defeated NBC’s Dateline by 9% in Adults 18-49, winning the newsmagazine race in the hour on all 4 Fridays of the 2012 May Sweep. Anchored by Elizabeth Vargas and featuring reports from Vargas, Deborah Roberts, John Berman and Jay Schadler, 20/20 took viewers into the lives of people with some of medicine’s most rare conditions

  • alexjones

    haha, spin it how you like ABC, the fact remains that grimm was the top rated show of the night.

  • Fischer

    @alex. Spin it how you like, almost every week Shark Tank beats Grimm

  • Renny

    Also alex, wait til the finals come out, grimm usually drops , while shark tank rises. I bet shark tank wins in the finals

  • Jay T


    Shark Tank usually rises, but Grimm usually gets no adjustment, so I think they’ll probably tie. Dunno til the finals though.

    It’s interesting that Shark Tank tops Grimm so much in 18-34…Grimm must be big in the 35-49 group to make up that difference.

  • wes

    Shark Tank is a lot cheaper to produce too, Grimm would be out first.

  • JR

    Shark Tank is a solid performer for Friday nights. I’ve never watched Grimm, but it’s too bad that as a scripted series, it’s relegated to Friday nights.

  • Austin

    Go Shark Tank!!! Love that show.

  • Ethan

    My fridays are Grimm and Shark Tank, dont care who wins as long as they both stay on which looks likely since ther both renewed.

  • Dextra

    Shark Tank…Great show!

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