TV Ratings Friday: 'Grimm' Finale Wins Night, 'Supernatural' and 'Shark Tank' Finales Down

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May 19th, 2012


Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 1.3/5 1.3/4 0.8/3 0.8/3 0.5/2
Total Viewers (million) 4.76 5.20 5.44 2.02 1.52


ABC and NBC tied for number one  among adults 18-49, while CBS was the top network in total viewers. 

On NBC, Who Do You Think You Are? scored a 1.0 adults 18-49 rating, up from last week's 0.9. The season finale of Grimm earned  a 1.6among adults 18-49 up 33% from last week's 1.2, ranking as the night's highest rated program in the demographic. It was the show's highest rated episode  since January 20, 2012. Dateline garnered a 1.1 down from last week's 1.2.

On ABC, the season finale of Shark Tank earned a1.5 among adults 18-49, down from last week's 1.7. Primetime: What Would You Do? scored a 1.2 adults 18-49 rating, falling from last week's 1.5. 20/20 got a 1.2 among adults 18-49, down from last week's 1.4.

On the CW, the season finale of Nikita earned a 0.4adults 18-49 rating, even with last week. The season finale of Supernatural got a 0.6, down from last weelks 0.7.


Late night ratings below the primetime table.

Overnight broadcast primetime ratings for Friday, May 18, 2012:

Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
ABC Shark Tank (Season Finale) 1.5/6 5.53
NBC Who Do You Think You Are? 1.0/4 5.54
CBS Undercover Boss - R 0.8/3 4.26
FOX Kitchen Nighmares (8-10PM) - R 0.8/3 2.02
CW Nikita (Season Finale) 0.4/2 1.47
NBC Grimm (Season Finale) 1.6/5 5.31
ABC Primetime: What Would You Do? 1.2/4 4.33
CBS CSI: NY - R 0.8/3 5.61
CW Supernatural (Season Finale) 0.6/2 1.57
ABC 20/20 1.2/4 4.43
NBC Dateline NBC 1.1/4 4.76
CBS Blue Bloods - R 0.8/3 6.45

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," 2.7/7; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.1/5; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 2.9/7; 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,” 0.9/4; "Late Show," 0.5/2; "Nightline," 0.9/4; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.6/3.
  • At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.4/4 in metered-market households) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.1/3). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.5/3 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.3/2).
  • At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.8/3 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.2/2 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

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  • Tony

    wow go grimm!! Up nearly 1 million viewers!!!

  • Jon27288265

    Only reason Grimm rated that well was because CBS were repeats. Grimm is not strong enough to rate well against original competition on all networks.

  • Jeff

    Go Grimm! It’s been one of the most consistent shows this season, ratings-wise. I believe it started the season with a 1.8, and now it’s finishing with a 1.6.

  • Geordiegirl1967

    Oh crap SPN.

  • K

    Not fair f

  • Tony

    @Jon27288265 thats funny because Grimm has won its time slot many times throughout the year

  • K

    Not fair for Nikita since baseball was on yesterday in NorCal.

  • rob60990

    Good for Grimm even though it didn’t have much competition.

    Nikita is holding onto its .4 for dear life. :D

  • DougF

    Half Hours for SPN


    Every time it has been 0.7/0.6 it has been adjusted up to 0.7 in the finals, because overall viewers usually goes up in finals. Unless it is not preempted in a major market.

  • KS

    Supernatural + 1 = Grimm! Damn!

  • DougF


    Grimm Half Hours


  • KS


    Are you serious? 1.70 – 1.45? Why did a considerable amount of audience go out the middle of the episode?

  • Rebecca

    Good for Grimm. Looking forward to season 2.

  • Tod

    HH of Nikita ?

  • Tony

    @KS what does that even mean??

  • danny94

    Yeah well done grimm

  • pandorajinel(formerly Erin)

    Hrm. I wonder did SPN shed some viewers to Grimm. No worries, they are on different nights next year and SPN has already been renewed.

  • Ashley

    It’ll probably get adjusted up anyway, but I wonder if the spoilers coming out of the J2 interviews at the upfronts turned people off. Almost all of my friends hated the finale (I’m sure the people who think Dean and Cas will have sex in the trees were happy lol), so I wonder how the ratings will do when they come back against fierce competition

  • Ben

    Supernatural :( Hopefully it gets adjusted up. Next season should be interesting with a new timeslot and Arrow as its lead in.

  • s0303

    the grimm finale was awesome! i didn’t really care for the first 5 or so episodes, but stuck with it…and it just kept getting better and better…now it might be my favorite show. good to see the finale get such good ratings, can’t wait for season 2!

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