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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  • KS


    If anything we’ll be seeing more Dean verbally abusing Cas while Cas keeps throwing himself under the bus for him.

    Enough! You are giving a lot of sympathy to your dear Castiel. He need not sacrifice anything for Winchesters. They’re good.

  • KS


    What exactly is extreme? I already said, I can only type extreme posts because of my poor English vocabulary. I can only speak ‘white’ and ‘black’ in English. I don’t know how to speak ‘grey’.

  • Erin

    Well it’s all in perception which is a very personal thing. I feel equally about all of the recurring characters. So to that end the most painful moments of the series for me have been:

    -When Dean said goodbye to Lisa and Ben
    -When Dean looked at John who was possessed by Azazel and begged him not to kill him
    -When Sam admitted to Dean that he had no idea what was real and what was a hallucination
    -When Bobby told the boys to burn the flask
    -The showdown with Lucifer from the moment Dean drives into the cemetery to the moment when Sam jumps into the hole
    -Every single moment of “The Man Who would be King”

    Saying that Castiel and Bobby are forced into the story is only your perception because you don’t like the characters. Bobby falls into the storytelling archetype of “The Old Wizard” also known as the Mentor or The Obi-Wan. The Old Wizard gives the hero (which brother is the “hero” fluctuates) the knowledge they need to set on or complete the journey. Unfortunately The Old Wizard always dies, and it’s supposed to hurt like hell when they do (see: Gandalf and Dumbledore). The set up of Bobby as The Old Wizard goes all the way back to Season 2.

    Castiel’s arch takes him from Reluctant Soldier to Sidekick to Noir Hero (touched on in Season 6 but mostly happens off screen) to Broken Hero. Don’t get hung up on the term “hero”, all of the Winchester’s associates fall into the hero category by nature of their deeds, but in the scheme of ranking Castiel is a sidekick.

    Now here’s the thing about heroes: they need supporting characters to play off of. These supporting characters need to be somewhat established so that events cause emotional tension for the audience. It doesn’t elicit much pathos if the Big Bad threatens a character we’ve known for 15 minutes and know the hero will probably never see again.

    The best was I can explain it is plot point that happens in the latter half of the story has to be earned and when those dominoes fall they have to make sense. It’s difficult near to impossible to accomplish that with only two regular characters and only one off characters to fill the void which is likely the reason that format was left in Season 2.

  • Erin

    And before you even go there: the Winchesters do not count as supporting characters to one another. They did briefly in season 1 but that quickly fell by the wayside.

  • KS


    Saying that Castiel and Bobby are forced into the story is only your perception because you don’t like the characters.

    When did I say, I don’t like Bobby? I don’t like Ghost-bobby. I of course like Bobby.

    The Man Who Would Be King, one of the most boring episodes in the entire series and tell me what part of that episode was unexpected? There were neither any surprising revelations nor the myth arc was pushed futher.


    I accept that, I don’t have enough data. Well, do you? You after all visit a few Supernatural forums where hardly 10% of entire Supernatural come. That is not a great amount of data. You also don’t have write to say, majority of the viewers want Castiel. We just don’t know what the real picture is.

  • KS

    I want to edit my earlier post, as there are horrible blunders.

    I accept that, I don’t have enough data. Well, do you? You after all visit a few Supernatural forums where hardly 10% of entire Supernatural viewers post. That is not a great amount of data. You also don’t have right to say, majority of the viewers want Castiel on the show. Neither of us know what the real picture is.

  • pandorajinel(formerly Erin)

    To Clarify (Erin) was me on my other computer. Forgot to change the name over.
    The Man Who would be King wasn’t unexpected (nor did I ever use the word unexpected) the revelation that what Castiel had been hiding was that he was working with Crowley was unexpected. Please don’t insult us both by suggesting otherwise.
    But since you are accusing the episode of not advancing the myth arc, let me correct you
    -The Winchesters don’t find out about Castiel’s betrayal until this episode
    -It cements that Dean and Castiel are on opposite sides of the fight and unable to reconcile. For the audience it also sets up that Castiel is doing the wrong thing, but clearly doesn’t realize it.

    Those two facts are very important. Without them the story of the season can not be resolved.

    But for arguments sake let’s remove Cas from every episode of Season 6 in reverse order
    -Crowley opens purgatory somehow on his own. No surprise there, dude’s a demon.
    -Lisa and Ben survive the events of Let it Bleed, but retain their memories of Dean and so are always in danger.
    -Bobby and the Winchesters are trapped in the diner with the Jefferson starships. In all likelihood Bobby dies here and the boys are horribly wounded and emotionally defeated.
    -Nobody to send the boys back in time, so they never get the phoenix ash making the assault on Eve a suicide mission to begin with.
    -My heart will go on wouldn’t exist at all without a relationship with Cass, Balthazar has no reason to unsink the titanic
    -The French Mistake wouldn’t exit at all. without a relationship with Cass Balthazar has no reason to create a diversion.
    -The alphas are released from their prison or left to rot (and potentially break out later). Sounds like a lot of very angry powerful beings would be gunning for the Winchesters. Remember, that was Crowley’s portion of the plan, so it would still stand. I will allow that even without Castiel telling Dean that Sam’s soul was damaged in this episode, he would have been told by Death, Crowley and/or Meg
    -Dean never discovers that Sam’s soul is missing. Eventually Sam goes too far and Dean ties to kill him, probably leading to Sam killing Dean instead.
    -Nobody ever tells Dean and Sam that there is a civil war in heaven. They never attempt to intervene and the audience never finds out what’s happening.
    -Because there was nobody to oppose Raphael, Lucifer and Michael are released from their cage in a matter of days. The apocolypse picks up right where it left off, with nobody to fight half of the world is torched in the ensuing battle.
    -Sam is released from Lucifer’s cage by Raphael. Lucifer repossesses him and uses him as a vessel for the final battle.

  • AC75


    What exactly is extreme?

    “(Lets kick him in the n*ts ASAP)”

    That is.

  • Tessa

    You also don’t have right to say, majority of the viewers want Castiel on the show. Neither of us know what the real picture is.

    You yourself said the writers kept Castiel around because of the fans. I assumed they must be the majority to warrant such a move by the writers.

    Personally I don’t think they brought Castiel back to pander to his fans. I believe they did it because it was an essential part of their story, the canon story, the one they wanted to tell. Regardless of what you or I prefer that’s the story we have right now. If his death was in that story I’m sure they would’ve gone ahead with it.

  • Tessa


    What a great post. You just reminded me of all the reasons why I like Castiel. For a useless sidekick who is completely unnecessary for the show (according to KS) the little dude is quite a plot driver.

    Lets not forget everything in season 7’s mytharc also wouldn’t have happened without Castiel. He was the one who released the Leviathans. He was the one who broke Sam’s wall unleashing the Lucifer dreams. He was the one who took those hallucinations onto himself, saving Sam. He recognized the tablet as the word of God and Kevin as the prophet. He became Dean’s wingman, zapped Dean inside the Leviathan headquarters, identified the real Dick Roman and helped kill him. How would the season progress without him I don’t know.

  • KS


    Come on! That’ just fun. That is why, I have enclosed it in the brackets. Reply to my next lines. Please. Dude, why are u so particular about every inch of the post? Its crystal clear, that I made that, just for fun.


    I assumed they must be the majority to warrant such a move by the writers.

    I guess you didn’t notice, I even said a lot of times, writers are mistaking, the online fans for entire viewership. Yes, they are taking views of internet fans into consideration, but even they are failing to notice is majority of them are not online.

    I heard Jensen himself saying in a recent interview that Supernatural is a Little show in Vancouver, that goes unnoticed many a times. Really? I don’t think so. Supernatural is not as little as what cast and crew thinks. If it were really little, it would have never reached a person like me, who is thousands of miles away. I am NOT saying that Supernatural is as popular as The Big Bang Theory and House MD. But it is popular. They even have an anime version of the series. All around the globe a considerable amount of viewers watch the show. Yet, the crew still call it little. This clearly means they are ignorant and they doesn’t really know who and how many watch their show. Any ways, it is not their job to keep the record of how many watch their show. They think that, the fans attending conventions and fans active online constitute all the viewers. That is why, we are getting disastrous story lines these days.

    And one more thing, Supernatural is definitely a little show in America, but not in the rest of the world. This is entirely because the Nielsen System is quite misleading.

  • KS

    @Tessa and pandorajinel

    You can bring as many as instances as you want where Castiel is absolutely necessary in Season 6 and season 7. They are the worst seasons of the show, and they are after the main story-line. Many-a-times I don’t even consider these two seasons as a part of Supernatural. I wouldn’t accept if you tell the same thing for Season 5, where he is absolutely unnecessary.

    But after season 5, there are some million ways, where the show can proceed. The writers have taken the path, which got Castiel all over it. Had they took some other path, then Castiel would never have been necessary. They chose the Castiel centric story to fulfill fan requests and that is why Castiel is even in the season. Had they taken any other path, that would have Sam and Dean and probably much better recurring/regular characters than Castiel. And yeah, we can see, how great it turned out, when they took the Castiel path. ;)

    Supernatural can run even better without Castiel, but it is absolute zero without Sam and Dean.

    I would like to mention that, Season 4 and 5, are written even before character of Castiel came into existence. But 6 and 7 were written considering the Character the presence of character of Castiel. So, there is obviously a lot of difference.

  • pandorajinel(formerly Erin)

    Nope nope nope. Seasons of television shows are not written like that. Season 4 was outlined sometime in the summer of 2008. Castiel was created, written, and casted shortly thereafter. How do I know? Because Castiel appears in the first episode which would have had to have been handed to the network no later than mid June to be approved in time for an early July shooting schedule. Season 5 would have been outlined some time in the summer of 2009. Dude don’t make me go through Season 4 and 5 the way I did 6 because you know I will. Sam and Dean are not recurring characters, they are the main characters. There is not a single episode that they are not in and only two where they aren’t in majority of the scenes. Stop pulling facts out of thin air. It cheapens your opinion and is rather insulting. And before you start waxing intellectual about how television shows are written, go do some research.

  • Kavyn

    I gave the finale a watch, and personally my favourite character through the entire thing was Cas. I don’t understand why people have an issue with him unless if they feel that he gets in the way of the plot – which I can see. But honestly I didn’t find him annoying. The bees thing and his random yet unrelated comments got quite a few chuckles out of me, especially when he got on the floor and started playing twister.

  • KS


    I did notice, you only replied to a part of my post. Ok, guys meet you on Monday, when final ratings come. We will have a debate about this Castiel issue there.

  • Tessa

    I wouldn’t accept if you tell the same thing for Season 5, where he is absolutely unnecessary.

    Lets play the same game with season 5, and from the end to the start again:

    Had unnecessary Castiel not been there:

    -No one would burn Michael to a crisp in Swan Song, giving Dean the precious minutes he needed to talk to Sam.

    -No one would’ve saved the boys from Pestilence. They would’ve died of multiple ugly diseases.

    -No one would’ve blown away the guard angels, allowing Dean and Sam access to the beautiful room.

    -No one would’ve found Dean after his suicide mission and brought him back to Sam, preventing him from saying yes to Michael.

    -No one would’ve told the boys what to do in heaven, where to find God. They would’ve never met Joshua.

    -No one would summon Cupid to reveal that the Valentines day murders were not committed by him but by a horseman.

    -No one would take the boys back to 1974 to prevent Anna killing their parents.

    -No one would tell them about the real identity of the Trickster, or the Antichrist Jesse. Also no hippie fallen angel or nervous angel in a den of inequity.

    -Finally in the season opener absolutely no one to save them from Zachariah. The boys would’ve either accepted their fate or be tortured to death.

    Aside from all that a good majority of the comedy in the season would’ve been lost. From “Assbutt” to “The voice says I’m almost out of minutes,” none of that would exist. I don’t know about you but those are some of my favorite lines in the entire show.

  • pandorajinel(formerly Erin)

    Aw what the heck, I’ll do it for season 4
    -The brothers never reunite. Sam is trapped in the church with Lucifer emerging, Dean is trapped in the Green Room
    -Dean never founds out where Sam is.
    -Dean never finds out that Lilith was the final seal. The audience only finds out when Sam does.
    -Sam is never released from the panic room, Anna is never taken hostage by angels
    -Nobody ever attempts to warn Dean, so the audience has no idea that something is wrong until Dean’s conversation with Zachariah in the finale
    -Dean never sees Sam drinking demon blood so never finds out why he’s been acting so strange.
    -It’s never established what being an angelic vessel means, so there is no pathos when Sam and Dean find out they are vessels in season 5
    -Nobody ever tells Dean how to save Sam from Lilith. Of course she probably wouldn’t have killed him anyway.
    -We never find out why Chuck knows the things that he knows, and again we as the audience never see the signs that something is suspicious with the angels
    -Dean never finds out whether or not Alastair was telling the truth, the possibility eats away at him.
    -Nobody discovers Uriel’s plan to aid Lucifer and kill any angels that disapprove. Because of this the angelic population is even more diminished
    -Nobody saves Dean from Alastair, he is either killed or ends up in a coma
    -Nobody warns the brothers about the Reaper seal. Both reapers are killed
    -Uriel is overwhelmed by the demons and Alastair. The survivors quickly kill Sam, Dean and Ruby. Remember Alastair didn’t know that Sam was needed.
    -Sam and dean are unable to reason with Uriel and the town in “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Sam Winchester” is blown to smithereens along with all of the people in it.
    -Dean never goes back in time creating a time paradox (I’m not breaking that one down, I hate temporal mechanics)
    -Dean and the audience never find out about the seals, the battles between angels and demons or who caused the vengeful spirits to appear.
    -Nobody ever raises Dean from hell. He remains there eventually returning as a demon. Sam falls under Ruby’s spell more quickly and breaks the final seal several months ahead of schedule.

  • KS

    @Tessa and Pandorajinel

    Now I gotta go to college and give a simple exam. After that, I would definitely post a reply. Its a long one and I don’t have time now.

  • KS

    From now on I would be posting as KS Winchester. I want to extend my support to the Winchesters. Looking at the unduly importance being given to some boring character, I am really starting to fear, if they would name season 8 of Supernatural as a Spin-off of Castiel.

  • pandorajinel(formerly Erin)

    Dude you can’t be serious. Now you’re just being ridiculous

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