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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  • Danak

    Is it normal for so many season finales to be down in the ratings or is this season unusual for that?

  • KS


    Will email. In a few minutes.

  • Dahne

    Ugh! Here’s to Supernatural adjusting up in the finals. I hate when the season finale is the lowest rated episode of the year. Ought to be interesting to see what Wednesdays bring in the ratings next year.

  • John A

    I think CW shouldve kept SPN on friday. Its ratings on friday is good but it wont grow or do much better on wednesday.

  • Mickey 1.0

    Hrm. I wonder did SPN shed some viewers to Grimm. No worries, they are on different nights next year and SPN has already been renewed.

    Yeah, that’s exactly what I think. The only other time Grimm got a 1.6 this spring is when Supernatural was a repeat. I’m really glad the genre shows won’t be piled on top of each other anymore. This is good for the genre fans all around.

    If I had known moving Supernatural off Fridays was even an option I would’ve been rooting for that. But with Grimm being the much younger show, it should’ve been premiered on a better night. Nonetheless, with Fringe gone after 13 episodes, Grimm will have Friday to itself, which will give it an edge in having a long and happy career, in spite of NBC’s bonehead decision to put it on Friday nights in the first place.

    Speaking of bonehead NBC decisions, Greenblatt makes even Ostroff look good. I feel bad for Community fans, who on top to moving to Friday nights, lose their creator and showrunner in the most despicable way possible.


  • Dahne

    @pandorajinel(formerly Erin)

    Grimm hasn’t effected Supernatural’s ratings so far this year so I doubt it did last night. My guess is that people thought the finale would have more action and less talking about taking action.

  • pandorajinel(formerly Erin)

    you did? I dunno why as it’s been fairly well established that neither boy has any way of getting to heaven or hell short of dying.

  • Tessa

    I expected they would visit the places literally.

    But how would they do that? Last seasons they had to die to visit heaven (not a guarantee this time now that most angels are dead,) or jump into a pit/be dragged by hellhounds to go to hell. And up until last night purgatory was literally inaccessible. They could’ve used Castiel to angel ex machina them into thos places but then people would call him a cheap plot device, and he would actually have to be on the show, which makes fans like you twitchy. :)

  • Fischer

    Interesting Shark Tank went down with Undercover Boss repeating..

  • Kellix

    I’m sorry Nikita fans but Nikita did not deserve a 3rd season renewal. If lucky next year the show will remain steady or do worst.

  • pandorajinel(formerly Erin)

    More action? There usually isn’t. The most action heavy finale was Season 3 and 6, the majority is “Figure out what we’re going to do” then “Do it and things go to crap quickly”

  • Tessa

    @Mickey 1.0

    Re Community: Holy !@#@$ is that how they treat showrunners on NBC? They guy just gave them another season of the show. That means he did something right. Sure they owe him more than a text message on his cell phone.

  • AV

    Nikita can go up next season if the CW promotes it correctly. It seems to be headed for a different situation now.

  • Freyja

    Good Lord guys, Wednesday’s is no competition or audience overlap for SPN or Arrow, the ratings these days are nothing compared to 5+6 years ago when we faced CSI and Greys both doing about 20+ and there was no DVR.

    The comedies will kill each other, the cop shows will kill each other and the X Factor will die out like The Voice did after the first few episodes. And it’s not like NBC has a great track record with their shows this year or their comedies, don’t think they’ve had a hit since Friends…

    I think the ratings will be the same.. I was only half watching SPN last night because I was playing D3 (Diablo 3) The first half was slow, but picked up the second half and I went WOW they actually went there, I am super excited about next season..

    And I hate to eat my words I kinda like Cas now, and missed him when he wasn’t around LOL I think it’s because I love the actor Misha did you all see his Bing commercial last night?

  • Dahne

    @isleofskye – Castiel’s presence does not seem to have any effect on the ratings either way, up or down.

    @Tessa – I’m surprised you are seeing mostly positive fan reaction for the season finale. I am seeing definitely mixed feelings all across the board. Excitement that there may be a story line with Purgatory but definite negative reaction to having the brothers split up yet again. Having Dean with Cas on one mission and Sam on a completely different plane of existence will have to be remedied quickly or there will be a backlash. It’s not just people who want to see Cas gone who are concerned about this separation.

  • Tessa


    Do you think the low ratings are due to too many spoilers? The only other episode that was as heavily spoiled was 7×17 (actually that was the most spoiled episode in the history of the show I think,) and that one got a .6 both in the prelims and finals. Do you think there’s a pattern here?

  • joel

    Stunning season finale. Grimm is the exact same show as Hawaii Five 0. Who knew? Maybe Mom did.

  • Ashley


    Well Dean off with Cas is a different show than the one that most of us started watching for. Even my boyfriend decided last night that it’s finally jumped the shark and, combined with the new night (he works Wednesdays), he’s decided to finally give up. He’s watched since the pilot, so I was a little surprised actually. I have several friends who probably aren’t going to bother watching live anymore too. I love Carver, so I’m not going to give up, but if we have too many episodes with them separated, I’ll probably stop watching for a while as well.

  • KS

    @Tessa and Pandorajinel(Erin)

    They named two guest stars – Rick Worthy and Crowley are coming back. And it was also given in description that Castiel would help with one of the things. So, I thought, they are going on a ride to another dimension, or at least I though we would see the parts of the purgatory and hell – visited by Crowley and Alpha Vampire, if not Winchesters. Even that episode was boring. The weapon they used was lame.

  • Ashley

    P.S. my dream would have been Dean AND Sam stuck in purgatory, with half a season of them fighting off monsters they killed and other awesome old guest stars. I think that would have been thrilling

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