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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  • pandorajinel(formerly Erin)

    @Ashley, I’m not sure it’s up against any more significant competition that it was this year with Grimm, Shark Tank (or whatever reality series it was that kept winning the night) and Fringe. Yeah Modern Family is a monster, but remember that the finals account for DVR. Entirely possible for people to watch both. Also, I am not convinced there is the over lap audience wise that people keep attributing.

  • danny94

    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.

    @ Jeff- Grimm actually started with a 2.1 but still considering how far some shows have fell this year grimm has been pretty consistent

  • Dan S

    Grimm should do even better next season. CSI NY will be out of the way & SPN will be moved to Wed leaving only Fringe as the only competition in the fall. Unless Shark Tank happens to have any crossover appeal.

  • Ultima

    NBC Wednesday – 1.3

    NBC Friday – 1.3

    NBC Thursday – 1.1 …ouch!

  • Dan S

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  • just an ordinary SPN fan

    Seriously?! I stop watching Grimm after its 2nd epi, is it really that good?

    now i’m officially worried for SPN’s next season…

  • Sid

    Both NIKITA & GRIMM were awesome last night! Haven’t watched SPN yet.

  • SmG

    SPN will probably adjust up as usual. But realistically if it stays at 0.7 and pull a few 0.8s here and there next season, it should be accepted as a good performance. I think these “usual” 0.7s on Fridays would have become 0.6s next season. So, thank you Mark P. :)

  • Jeff


    Ahh OK thanks, I must have been thinking of another show. But yeah, that’s still pretty good retention over the season. And on a Friday night to boot.

  • Tony

    @just an ordinary SPN fan
    The first 4 or 4 episodes were mediocre but I’m glad I stuck with it because it is by far this years best new show

  • Avery16

    GRIMM’s finale was fantastic and the ending was a huge WTF? moment in a good way. Great to see people tuned in for it!

  • isleofskye

    In SPN I would think that a lot of people are fed up with the brothers getting split up, and Castiel’s presence never adds any extra ratings to the episodes at all, sometimes it pulls them down.

    So I think its time to keep the brothers together and meditate on the fact of getting rid of Castiel.

    Maybe the ratings would go up.

  • Charles

    @rob60990, Nikita season three!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Melanie

    Ahh crap, I was hoping for SPN to end its Friday run with a .8 — oh well. Grimm – you can have Fridays — have fun with Fringe next season.

    Actually I may watch Grimm next season since it no longer competes with SPN.

  • Hades

    I think SPN will adjust up. I dont see its rating improving much if at all next season, in fact I think a 0.6 average is most likely. The finale was not good and the set up for next season left this fan cold. The Dean and Cas show with a side order of Sam alone doing? most likely nothing. Thanks a lot writers. And for petes sake just have Dean and Cas shag already, the sexual undertones of their relationship is getting annoying.

  • Tessa

    SPN will get adjusted up (or not, at this point it really doesn’t matter.) Good for Grimm, it can enjoy even better ratings next season when Supernatural goes to Wednesdays and after that, when Fringe finishes its 13 episode run. I might even catch up with it over the summer.

    The Supernatural finale was ok, but the last 5 minutes – and where it left things off for season 8 – was superb. It has loads of potential and already people are speculating. It’s the first time I see so many nodding in approval of the story development. Carver has finally arrived.

  • Sophie

    Woah, thought Nikita would rise for its finale. Haven’t seen the episode yet but I’m sure it was awesome!

  • Restless

    Yep, good for Grimm. :) Haven’t watched it yet, I’m still a few episodes behind.

    Fingers crossed Supernatural goes up. ^^ But still riding the high from the Wednesday move, so woot woot! And the finale served it’s purpose, I’m quite interested and hope they use the setup for Supernatural season eight to do some hardcore monster hunting. What great story line potential for all.

  • jens2488

    Happy for Grimm. With CSI:NY and SN moved next season, it should do pretty good. I do not see any crossover audience with Made in Jersey and Nikita is weaker than Supernatural. Fringe has never hurt Grimms ratings and will be gone after 13 episodes. Good for Grimm.

  • Erin

    @Tony I’ll consider watching then. I saw the first 2 episodes and wasn’t impressed at all. If it’s anything like SPN was next season it should hit ti’s stride. I was also considering checking out Nikita and watching their swan song next year.

    Don’t worry. Remember SPN doesn’t have to win the night, it only has be in the middle of the pack and be consistent about it. And as Bill and Robert have pointed out numerous times, prelims and finals don’t matter as much as 3 day (which for SPN is probably are 0.9 assuming the Nielsen DVR 7 days only count new viewings)

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