TV Ratings Friday: ABC Tops Pre-Holiday Night Of Repeats

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May 26th, 2012


Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 1.2/4 0.9/3 0.9/3 0.7/3 0.3/1
Total Viewers (million) 4.43 5.59 2.34 3.43 1.11


ABC topped the adults 18-49 ratings on a pre-holiday Friday night of 100% repeats on broadcast.

Sorry, only half hourly ratings to report today, our summer weekend ratings source should kick in next weekend. In the meantime, averaging these half hours into ratings for each show will often lead to errors.

Overnight broadcast primetime ratings for Friday, May 25, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM ABC Shark Tank -R 1.0 4 4.56
CBS Undercover Boss -R 0.9 4 4.46
FOX Kitchen Nightmares -R 0.8 4 2.11
NBC Who Do You Think You Are? -R 0.5 2 3.07
CW Nikita -R 0.3 1 1.17
8:30PM CBS Undercover Boss -R 1.1 4 5.19
ABC Shark Tank -R 0.9 4 4.14
FOX Kitchen Nightmares -R 0.9 4 2.20
NBC Who Do You Think You Are? -R 0.5 4 2.97
CW Nikita -R 0.2 1 0.99
9:00PM ABC Primetime: What Would You Do? -R 1.1 4 3.78
FOX Kitchen Nightmares -R 0.9 3 2.43
CBS CSI: NY -R 0.8 3 5.31
NBC Grimm -R 0.6 2 2.81
CW Supernatural -R 0.4 1 1.20
9:30PM ABC Primetime: What Would You Do? -R 1.3 5 4.18
FOX Kitchen Nightmares -R 1.0 3 2.62
CBS CSI: NY -R 0.9 3 5.80
NBC Grimm -R 0.6 2 2.72
CW Supernatural -R 0.4 1 1.08
10:00PM ABC 20/20 -R 1.5 5 5.07
NBC Dateline NBC -R 1.0 3 4.27
CBS Blue Bloods -R 0.9 3 6.24
10:30PM ABC 20/20 -R 1.4 5 4.85
NBC Dateline NBC -R 1.1 4 4.72
CBS Blue Bloods -R 0.9 3 6.52

Friday night's ratings via: TV Media Insights

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  • GGMustDie

    Nikita :(

  • Ryan Schwartz

    Shark Tank repeats very well. I usually hate reality shows, but that one intrigues the hell out of me and I’m glad it’s a success. I just wish they were pumping out enough episodes for marathon viewings. It’s that kind of show.

  • flavio

    Supernatural is good.

  • Val

    Good repeat numbers for Supernatural this week! :D

  • pedro

    Brazil loves Supernatural.

  • Liam

    I like the half hour breakdown.
    Would it be possible next tv season to post the half hour ratings breakdown in the overnight ratings??? Or would that be too much work for you?

  • Charmed

    Nikita done good for a repeat :)

  • hubert_wentland

    so now you post rhe halves, when the season is over O_O

  • KS

    Supernatural 0.4 – Awesome! Here come’s season 9.

  • Rich

    How can “Kitchen Nightmares” have a higher demo rating when its overnight viewer numbers were 1.73 millon fewer(4.31 milion) than “Who Do You Think You Are?”(6.04 million)?

  • Joshua

    What a awful night…

  • little_big_man

    Just what I thought… ;)

  • John A

    Good repeats ratings from SPN. It did the same as a Original nikita lol.

  • Sports Preemption

    @ Ryan

    Totally agree. I’m really into Shark Tank. Don’t know what it is about the show, but it’s compelling. ABC must love it, because it’s gotta be dirt cheap to make, and still draws well on a Friday.

    @ Rich

    First, you can’t add the viewership numbers together. The closest approximation would be to average them. And Kitchen Nightmares has a higher rating because it had more viewers in the 18-49 demographic range. We can also say that Kitchen Nightmare’s viewers skewed younger and WDYTYA’s viewers skewed older.

    @ Liam

    Somebody usually posts the half hours eventually in the comments, but it would be tough to post half hours in the table because the half hours don’t always allow you to correctly average what the overall show’s ratings would be, and thus would cause a lot of confusion and bad math. Half hours are best for seeing if a show’s viewership grew or fell over an hour or how an hourlong show did up against two half hour shows.

    Like for instance, I find it interesting that CBS pulled away at the 8:30 half hour from ABC, but I don’t know if this has more to do with people leaving Shark Tank and watching Undercover Boss, or if the growth of UB has more to do with the continual rise in viewership CBS had throughout the night, which by itself is still a pretty impressive stat since after 9:30 half hour, which usually is the peak viewership half hour of television, overall viewership tends to decline.

  • halloween

    wow shocked CW over a million

  • Tillman123

    Joshua, first off its SUMMER and every single show was repeats. What do you expect?

  • MoHasanie

    I like how put the ratings every half hour. You should do that all the time.

  • cece

    so proud if spn!!!

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  • Erin

    actually considering that Nikita’s new episodes were 0.4, it’s repeats could have been much worse.

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