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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  • Erin

    Oh and I forgot to mention, season 9 is very likely as I doubt the CW will ax it’s longest running show without announcing it to be the final season at the start. We might get a short season 9, but I bet we at least get that.

  • Del

    Yay for Grimm! Great episode and it is such a fun show! I hope some SPN fans and other new viewers will try it out now.

  • Viktor

    CW’s season finales:
    1.TVD – 2.530 / 1.2
    2.OTH – 1.43 / 0.8
    3.HoD – 1.60 / 0.6
    4.SPN – 1.57 / 0.6
    5.TSC – 1.280 / 0.6
    6.GG – 1.14 / 0.6
    7.Ringer – 1.20 / 0.5
    8.90210 – 0.98 / 0.5
    9.Nikita – 1.47 / 0.4

    R.I.P. CW

  • SarahL

    Yay, Grimm. The finale could have been better, but the cliffhanger was great.

  • Tessa


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

    Jared is in disagreement with you. He said he loves it that the brothers are apart because it gives their characters room to grow. I agree with him too because I’ve been dying for some Sam POV and Sam who is not overshadowed by Dean.

    Castiel obviously is Awesome and I’m glad there will be more of him. :D

  • Lane

    Grimm beat everything on NBC for Thursday.I wish we could see how itd do on a night like Sunday.

  • Erin

    I forget who said it but, none of your friends liked the finale? Most of what I’ve seen so far is people who are excited to see how the boys will get out of this one and for all the potential returns it opens (to name a few: Gabriel, the Alphas, Eve, Balthazar, Madison, Gordon, oh and where oh where did Bobby, Mary, and John end up). Granted with JDM busy with his new show we probably won’t see John, but that’s easily written around. Man I wish I could be a fly on the wall in the writer’s room.

  • bluejays

    SPN will be interesting to watch next season.

    Grimms actually been a fairly decent, consistent performer for CBS, it isn’t that far behind Smash current levels and is on a Friday too.

  • Tom

    @just an ordinary SPN fan It took Grimm about four or five episodes to hit its stride. So, if you can find some reruns, I’d encourage you to watch them. The whole premise of the show initially struck me as ridiculous but the chemistry between Giuntoli and Mitchell is really great.

  • Tessa

    And for petes sake just have Dean and Cas shag already, the sexual undertones of their relationship is getting annoying.

    This all would have been resolved had they let Cas occupy a female vessel for one episode so the two of them could get it over and done with. The only worry then would’ve been that Cas would like it so much he wouldn’t leave the vessel and then where would Misha be? :p

  • Erin

    I agree with Jared. The fall portion of the season should be the brothers apart fighting to get back together (and in Dean’s case stay alive). Not the entire season, but not magic wanded like season 4 and 6.

  • Ashley


    Jared just wants time off lol. He doesn’t care about the characters. And Jensen has always been about the brothers being together and the old S1 vibe, so I wonder what he feels about it

    And you are a Dean and Cas person, right? That side of fandom seems quite happy right now

  • cc

    Good for Grimm. Great finale last night! That show gets better and better. With over 5 million viewers, NBC probably looking for a way to kill it now. *sarcasm Sort of.

    The networks don’t even try anymore to put something watchable on Saturdays? Cuz everyone is out spending their hard earned money? So out of touch.

  • Taylor

    Wow! Go Grimm! I’m so glad that the ratings went up for the season finale. I personally thought it was a great season finale, which makes me even happier about the ratings being up. I can’t believe that Grimm won the night in the 18-49 demo. It’s not very often that you see NBC win the night with its ratings these days.

  • tvwatcher

    Go Grimm! It was a fantastic, edge-of-the-seat finale, with everyone in chaos and a totally, totally cool revelation at the very, very end. :) It was almost like Part 1 of a two-parter. I hope more people check into it over the summer (reruns are starting on NBC from May 29 at 10 pms) and watch next season.

  • cece

    what is wrong with spn fans? At first the make the show to win many awards and then don’t even watch the finale episode, which is the most important epidose of the season in my opinion….god now i have the sureness that 8 season gotta be the last one!

  • Erin

    That hardly seems fair considering that they gave Jared his time off by just having the brothers together but doing different things for the sake of efficiency. And Jared and Jensen have no control over what happens because by the time they find out, the writers are episodes ahead. Both of them have said that (aside from changing or rearranging a line here or there) they let the writers work and don’t butt in.

  • KS

    I would like female version of Castiel better than that Misha b@st@rd playing the role. He just sucks! I hope he just gets rotten in the purgatory.

    Is Dean dead, technically?

  • KS

    I am fine if brothers are separate. But, Castiel shouldn’t be any more on the show – especially after his last night’s disaster.

  • Gustavo

    Ouch…Supernatural!,the ratings aren`t so good.Let see what happend with this show on a Wednesday…a night with more audience but also way more competition.

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