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

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May 19th, 2012

 

Scoreboard ABC NBC CBS FOX CW
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

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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

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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.

Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2012 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.

NOTE: All ratings are "live plus same day" from Nielsen Media Research unless otherwise indicated.

Definitions:

Rating: Estimated percentage of the universe of TV households (or other specified group) tuned to a program in the average minute. Ratings are expressed as a percent.  More information on ratings is available here.

Share (of Audience): The percent of households (or persons) using television who are tuned to a specific program, station or network in a specific area at a specific time. (See also, Rating, which represents tuning or viewing as a percent of the entire population being measured.)

Fast Affiliate Ratings: These first national ratings, including demographics, are available at approximately 11 AM (ET) the day after telecast, and are released to subscribing customers daily. These data, from the National People Meter sample, are strictly time-period information, based on the normal broadcast network feed, and include all programming on the affiliated stations, sometimes including network programming, sometimes not. The figures may include stations that did not air the entire network feed, as well as local news breaks or cutaways for local coverage or other programming. Fast Affiliate ratings are not as useful for live programs and are likely to differ significantly from the final results, because the data reflect normal broadcast feed patterns. For example, with a World Series game, Fast Affiliate Ratings would include whatever aired from 8-11PM on affiliates in the Pacific Time Zone, following the live football game, but not game coverage that begins at 5PM PT. The same would be true of Presidential debates as well as live award shows and breaking news reports.

Time Shifted Viewing – Program ratings for national sources are produced in three streams of data – Live, Live+Same Day (Live+SD) and Live+7 Day. Time shifted figures account for incremental viewing that takes place with DVRs. Live+Same Day (Live+SD) include viewing during the same broadcast day as the original telecast, with a cut-off of 3:00AM local time when meters transmit daily viewing to Nielsen for processing. Live+7 Day ratings include incremental viewing that takes place during the 7 days following a telecast.

For more information see Numbers 101 and Numbers 102.

 
  • Erin

    Also you are using unduly incorecctly. Undue means unwarranted or inappropriate because excessive or disproportionate.

    Castiel’s contributions to the story line as listed by Tessa and I are part of canon (the official story line) and there for can not be considered unwarranted (they aren’t fan theories, they actually happened), inappropriate (he did them and most of them were his job to do as an angel), excessive (even with all of those actions Sam and Dean’s list remains much larger) or disproportionate (again, Sam and Dean’s lists are much longer and plot progression almost always boils down to a choice that one or both brothers make together or unilaterally).

  • Melanie

    @erin & @Tessa

    If you go back to S4 — remember that Castiel was originally only going to be in 6 episodes — he was going to be killed in Heaven & Hell or around then. (And personally I believe be ‘replaced’ by Anna, which, thank Chuck didn’t happen)But due to the response to the character – they changed their minds and either re-wrote or simply swapped out Cas for Anna. They needed an angel to take care of the plot points you list for S4 — it didn’t need to be Cas specifically. It could have been Anna, heck, it could have been Uriel if he figured out they weren’t following God’s orders or another member of the garrison. S4 plot would have happened with or without Castiel.
    However, once he was a regular — S5 & S6 — then yes, the plot points were written for him specifically and KS is correct. The underlying story of both S6 & S7 IS about Cas’ hubris & fall — the ramifications of him playing God and the Winchesters’ stories are in large part driven by Castiel’s actions.

  • Tessa

    @Melanie
    I don’t know if “any other angel” could’ve had the same effect as Castiel. I’ve heard they wanted to get rid of him after 6 episodes, which makes it odd that they gave him such an explosive entrance in 4×01. The only other character that had a memorable intro that’s comparable is Death.

    If they were to follow the S4-S5 story arc exactly as they did they needed an ally angel for the boys. They might have used Anna or Uriel instead of Castiel but that would’ve taken away the “gripped you tight and raised you from perdition” element which justifies Castiel’s devotion to Dean and his cause. Had they used anyone else I would’ve had a hard time understanding why this particular angel was there. Maybe Anna would’ve worked since they saved her life, but Anna had already rebelled against heaven and gone rouge when she entered the story, so we wouldn’t have had the conflict of loyalty and the ultimate turn Castiel had at the end of S4 when he changed sides to join the brothers. That to me was one of the milestone twists of the series and one of the best character growths I’d seen on TV, also part of the reason I’m so fond of this character.

    No matter which way, or which season beyond 4, we look at Castiel is an indispensable part of the show. He came in and weaved himself into the plot so tightly that ignoring him or trying to take him out will unravel the whole fabric of the show.

  • KS

    @Tessa and Erin

    I second Melanie’s post.

    Thristy Crow – Version 1:

    There lived two crows, who are siblings. One hot sunny day in they were travelling in a forest and they were very thirsty. They searched for water, here and there and prayed to God. Finally, the older sibling, found a pot with water at its bottom. They both are thirsty but they couldn’t reach the bottom of the pot. They started searching for a solution and finally the younger sibling, saw a pile of small stones. An idea struck his mind. He quickly called his older sibling and his older sibling said, “College crow! Knows everything!” and they put all the stones in the pot. The water quickly raises to the top. The older sibling asks younger one to drink first. And then the older sibling quenches his thirst. And they fly happily in their journey.

    Thirsty Crow – Version 2:

    There lived two crows, who are siblings. One hot sunny day in they were travelling in a forest and they were very thirsty. They searched for water, here and there. Finally, the older sibling, found a pot with water at its bottom. They both are thirsty but they couldn’t reach the bottom of the pot for water. They started quickly praying for God. An angel appears and the older sibling begs him for water and the angel, looking at the helplessness of older sibling, quickly gets two “straws”. Both the crow put the straws and suck water in the pot through the straw and they quench their thirst. And not even once the siblings, especially older one, forgot the great deed of Angel, who helped them while they are dying of thirst.

    I like version one 1000 times better than version two. You both, like the other way around.

    When I say, Supernatural should have been version 1 story, you say,

    The sibling crows would have died out of thirst if angel were not there

    What I say is,

    The would have solved the problem in a much better and interesting way, if the angel were not there.

  • Melanie

    @Tessa “No matter which way, or which season beyond 4, we look at Castiel is an indispensable part of the show. He came in and weaved himself into the plot so tightly that ignoring him or trying to take him out will unravel the whole fabric of the show.”

    I would disagree that without him the whole show would unravel. Without him the tapestry would have been different, that’s all. If EK had not changed his mind about having angels on the show, S4 would have been very different. We don’t know what the story would have been instead, nor do we know whether it would have been ‘better’ or ‘worse’.
    If and when the writers finish Castiel’s arc, the show won’t unravel.
    I like Castiel ok when he’s there, I don’t miss him when he’s not. Of course, I can’t project and attribute my preference to ‘the viewers’ any more than you, as a Castiel fan or KS, as a Castiel nonfan can, but I really doubt that the casual viewers put as much importance on the character one way or the other as you both do.

  • Mae

    I’m late to the discussion but I did not enjoy the SPN finale. Not even a little bit. It was slow and dragged on, there was no significant Sam and Dean moments. They brought the car back to crash it? And the ending? That was just the cherry on top.

    I am not excited to watch the Dean and Cas show in Purgatory next season. I don’t watch the show for the Dean and Cas dynamics. I watch for the Sam and Dean dynamics.

    SPN has just lost a lot of heart since Season 5. Season 5 was the last time I felt really, truly emotionally invested in the show.

    @ Tessa, I disagree. Cas is not indispensable. The only indispensable characters are Sam and Dean. Cas fans (like yourself) think he is, but he really, really isn’t. Fans may love him a whole lot (and why not, he is a great character), but the show still works without him. It doesn’t work without Sam or Dean. The “whole fabric of the show” will most definitely NOT unravel without Cas. The show will continue to chug along, just as it did before Cas came along.

    You may not watch if Cas is written off, but a whole lot of people still will. But if Sam or Dean is written? The show ends period.

  • KS

    @Melanie
    I guess our opinions are matching. Read the earlier post of mine.

  • KS

    @Mae

    I guess, you are a dude. So, dude, do you agree with my earlier post(to @Tessa and @Erin)? I didn’t exactly understand, what you have typed. So, is that what you are also saying?

    Or do you just ignore my posts all the time as I m a crazy fan? :(

  • Melanie

    @KS
    “When I say, Supernatural should have been version 1 story, you say,

    The sibling crows would have died out of thirst if angel were not there

    What I say is,

    The would have solved the problem in a much better and interesting way, if the angel were not there.”

    That’s a really good analogy, KS. And it also speaks to the major criticsm of having beings like angels who are so powerful to solve the problems on the show. I think SPN has done a better job than most in using the angels so that their power certainly wasn’t a fix-all for the Winchesters – most angels were antagonists and created, rather than solved the conflict. Castiel’s role as friend to the WInchesters did, I think take some of the dramatic tension away, and create an easy “let’s call Cas” sort of solution, which the writers than had to address (S5 ‘human Cas’ S6 Don’t call me, I’m GodCas and S7 amnesiac (really?)gone or Crazy Cas.

  • KS

    One more Castiel episode hits DVR lows.

  • johnB

    It was nice to see the Dean’s Impala car back, and Supernatural set up a great beggining to Season 8!! ON WEDNESDAYS next october

  • LisaM

    Wow SPN talk here. Go figure.

    The whole show is about character interactions. Dean and Sam. Dean and Cas. Cas and Sam. Dean and Sam and Bobby. Bobby and Rufus. And so on. Right now, we have lost so many pairings that there is not much interaction anymore. I missed the Dean and Sam bro stuff because they usualy bounce off each other based on how the others are bouncing off them. So what do we do with JUST Dean and Sam? Now on top of that, we don’t even have the Dean and Sam dynamic next year. I will need Dean and Cas to make up for that loss. Who will Sam bounce off of?

  • LisaM

    @KS I don’t blame Cas for low ratings. I blame the loss of the realtionships as I stated above. Former fans blame their lack of interest in that loss. As for me, I am a fan regardless of how things go. I just search for something to love about the show, and it never fails me.

  • Melanie

    @Mae I’m sorry you didn’t enjoy the finale at all. I agree some of it was a little slow – the corporte plans of the Leviathans just don’t interest me much, but I like Dick Roman the character.
    I’m hoping that the brothers will be apart for a little while at least – working to getting back together (reunion hug!) I don’t think it will be the Dean and Cas show, I really don’t. There are too many interesting possibilities for who might be in purgatory to concentrate on just Cas. (Bobby, John, Mary, maybe dead angels, monsters)

  • Melanie

    @LisaM “As for me, I am a fan regardless of how things go. I just search for something to love about the show, and it never fails me.”

    I feel the same way.

    @johnB — Woot for Wednesdays!!

  • KJCass

    Hopefully SPN gets adjusted up after the DVR ratings are in. This is just for live numbers… I hope. :/

  • KJ

    have to agree with others here who have stated that it’s the lack of interactions that have caused for the loss of fans. Devoted myself, and have recruited some new… but Cass is NOT to blame. Many friends that ARE fans as well happen to love Cass. It doesn’t matter if he’s in every episode (though, the more Misha, the better.. hehe), but it DOES matter that he’s still a part of the story.

    Place the blame on Gamble for giving us a nightmare of RoboSam after Kripke’s era ended. That mess was STILL being cleaned up towards the end of THIS year.

    Looking foward to S8 with hope. Lots of Hope. I love the Dean/Cass dynamic and actually do NOT want them to ‘hook up’ or whatever… not into that. Castiel became like a brother to Dean and Sam both… he’s a part of them, a part of the show, and a part of it’s future.

  • KS

    @Melanie

    There are too many interesting possibilities for who might be in purgatory to concentrate on just Cas.

    Supernatural writers even in season 7 had many interesting possibilities. But they never used them. All they did was and always wanted to do was bringing Castiel back, and some how stuff him into an already weak story line. Tell me one reason, why Castiel had to be brought back and make him speak all that ridiculous rubbish when there are million more interesting things that can be done? I have little hope they will feature all those interesting things on the show even in the next season. I am sure, Castiel will get more than required plot.

    I hope JC doesn’t get swayed by these internet fans. And he writes what’s good for the story line.

  • KS

    Castiel became like a brother to Dean and Sam both… he’s a part of them, a part of the show, and a part of it’s future.

    This is one thing I don’t accept, even if you put the tip of a sharp knife on my carotid artery. He is never a part of the show is like a cancer to the show, that never goes away and keeps on recurring only to make the entire show worse.

  • KS

    I wonder why is there no word from @Tessa and @Erin.

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