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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  • asm1122

    I think Undercover Boss at 8pm was CBS, not FOX

  • pandorajinel(formerly Erin)

    My guess is no as there was no body left behind, but I’m sure Carver et all will address that next season. And lay off the Misha hate will you?

  • GGMustDie

    Nikita’s up in viewers!

  • RS

    I’m glad they are showing Grimm over the summer so I can catch up. I’ve watched it sporadically, when it was not up against SPN originals. I look forward to watching it live next season. It could – with Once Upon a Time – help fill the loss of SPN if it becomes the Dean/Castiel show.

  • just an ordinary SPN fan

    Thanks for the info, you guys.
    Maybe I will start watching Grimm again during the summer and catch up with season 2 in the fall now that SPN is moving to Wednesday.
    Come to think of that, Grimm is really lucky. There’s no doubt that it’ll rule friday next season. Good for Grimm.

  • KS

    @pandorajinel(formerly Erin)

    No I am going to be angry on Castiel for one more hour at least. He was disastrous yesterday. Really felt like moving forward the video when he was there. Seriously, he is not even good as a janitor.

  • isleofskye

    @ tessa.
    Jared obviously has his own opinion, but the writers have to please the audience not the stars, and the majority of fans like the brothers working together.
    I can go with the brothers being forced apart for a reason beyond their control, if it’s only for a couple of episodes, but no more than that.

    As for some Sam POV, if the writers haven’t given him it up till now with all the possibilities there have been, it’s hardly likely they will next season.

    I feel exactly the opposite about Castiel, as for me its time he was gone.
    I’m really fed up with all this Dean/ Castiel stuff.
    It was funny the first time, but now it’s just pathetic the way they keep trying to re-hash it; all at Sam’s expense of course.

  • Tessa

    Every Supernatural board is filled with ideas of whom people want to see next season. For now Gabriel has the top spot but I’ve heard people asking for Gordon, Lilith, Azezel and John/Mary. JDM can make time for one or two guest appearances I’m sure, and he himself said he’d like to.

    Yes they probably did it to make accommodations for Jared and his baby. But they did it in a good way. I was worried they’d make them fight and leave each other again. At least they are still part of the same team.

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

    I’ve seen dancing around bonfires in a few places. ;)

  • Tom

    Just one last comment about Nikita. Last night’s episode should have served as the predictable ending to a series that no other network would have ever renewed. Although the show appears set to embark on yet another delirious story arc, Nikita is playing opposite Grimm next season which means it’s go down in flames. Hopefully, the CW will follow shortly thereafter.

  • Percysowner

    I think Supernatural may have been preempted in Chicago. I’m hearing it won’t be shown until Sunday, so who knows what effect it will have on the ratings.

  • pandorajinel(formerly Erin)

    I think you need a hug, dude. But yeah Castiel was maddeningly less than helpful yesterday, which was totally the point. For example
    -How crazy is he? He seems to turn it on and off based on how much trouble he’s in?

    -How far does his new pacifism go? Will he fight for Dean? Can he?

    -Now that Dean has forgiven him, will he forgive himself?

    -How much does he know about Purgatory and how much will he be able to help?

    -How will his angel powers be effected by there being no other angels anymore? In Season 5 he went mortal.

    Perhaps not enough questions to earn him a series regular spot, but enough to warrant some more character development.

    Also, being mad at CASTIEL is totally fine (i’m less than pleased with him). It’s the Misha hate that I think isn’t fair since he has no control over what Castiel does.

  • Tessa


    I’m confused? What did Castiel do last night that was a disaster? Or did you accidentally watch the season 6 finale?

  • KS

    It was a OK episode last night, except the multiple Dick Romans, every thing else is crap. Why is Kevin, Bobby, Castiel even in the episode? They must have bid adieu to Bobby in the episode 22 itself. Kevin was absolutely of no use or we might know, what Crowley plan to do with him in season 8. Cliff hanger thing is something not which I unexpected. When I read the official description of 22nd episode a month back, that Winchesters has to find 3 key objects. I expected one would be in heaven, one in hell and other in purgatory.

  • Tessa


    It wasn’t Chicago that preempted Supernatural. I think it was somewhere West Coast. I get the Chicago feed and I watched it fine.

  • pandorajinel(formerly Erin)

    SPN was NOT preempted in Chicago.

  • Tessa

    When I read the official description of 22nd episode a month back, that Winchesters has to find 3 key objects. I expected one would be in heaven, one in hell and other in purgatory.

    Which was the case: Castiel’s blood (heaven), Crowley’s blood (hell) and the Alpha Vamp’s blood (purgatory).

  • jr

    Is there really going to be high demand for syndicated reruns of a show that gets a 0.4 in a season finale?

  • pandorajinel(formerly Erin)

    email me?

  • KS


    I expected they would visit the places literally.

  • AC75

    Supernatural was preempted in at least one market or area that I know of. Someone posted about it on twitter lastnight.

    I’m disappointed about this 0.6 but not really surprised, and I don’t much expect it to adjust up. It’s late in the season, on Friday, and people are doing other things. SPN has a small live audience to start with, so it can take a dip pretty easy. I did enjoy the finale myself, and I’m excited for S8. There’s a lot of potential there.


    I’ve not seen Grimm yet but those saying the show go better throughout the season are right. I’m not crazy about it and I truly hate the facial effects, but the story and the characters have really improved.

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