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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  • Doug

    Think these are bad – wait until early July when the regular-season halo wears off.

  • João Lukas

    now Nikita its the second high show on the Cw,losing only just for Supernatural….

  • Gary A

    Don’t mean to piss off the SPN fans but even though a 0.4 can be considered okay by the pitiful CW standards, it comes in dead last to all primetime network shows ( all in repeats I might add ) and lost viewers in the 2nd half hour.
    I mean I understand that you LOVE your show but at least be honest about the numbers.
    And even though the CW is a poor imitation of a network, please stop using arguments utilizing crappy numbers to diss other shows that you don’t LOVE like you do SPN ( and to many others out there too ) unless you are willing to use those same arguments against your show too.

  • Doug

    @Gary A – Get a grip. It’s the summer – nothing is going to repeat well. Wait until the Gossip Girl results roll in on Tuesday!

  • rob60990

    So reruns of What Would You Do and 20 20 did better than last weeks originals?

  • DonnaT

    @ Gary

    Where do you see SPN fans dissing other shows in this thread. Fans of CW shows are accustomed to being on the bottom whether new or repeats, so your point is?

  • Mark Wood

    Gary A

    When doesn’t the CW end in 5 th place compared to the rest of the networks. Generally only two times over the networks history. WWE new episodes versus the summer reruns from 2006-2008, and New SPN versus New Goid Guys on Fox last year. Historically those are the only two periods that the CW isn’t last.

    Seriously reruns of SPN of these hold will be the most viewed show on the CW. Versus both new episodes of two programs and other repeats and it occurs on a Friday. What other Friday show is any networks top rated show as a rerun this week?

    As why the decline in the half hour. Several markets of the CW, end early (for example my affiliate ends at typically 9:52). Since Fast Nationals record time period and Finals record only when shows air, SPN almost always ( to date every week without preemptions) increases in viewers with finals. So take that into acct with fast nationals.

  • Mark Wilkins

    Supernatural has the best ratings for this all shows on CW from Monday to Friday, not just the repeat episodes either. Shark Tank and Supernatural were the only things to watch last night.

  • SmG

    SPN did really well.

  • Felipe Nikita

    você é brasileiro? (:

  • Val

    @Gary A

    What Supernatural fan was dissing other shows??

    And first off, CW is always last in ratings. You do not compare ratings from network to network on whether a show is doing well or not. Especially not CW shows.

  • Joseph

    Had there been a verdict in the trial of former Senator (and 2008 Presidential candidate) John Edwards yesterday (May 25th), then “20/20″ and “Dateline” might have been first-run, with extensive reactions to the verdict.

  • Joseph

    Given that two teams in the #1 market were playing (New Jersey Devils vs. New York Rangers), there were no NBA playoff games, and that there was probably a large curious audience in Southern California watching to see who their Kings would play in the Finals, I wouldn’t be surprised if Game 7 of the New Jersey/New York Rangers Stanley Cup playoff series topped any national broadcast or cable program last night (May 25th).

    Still, with the “third” New York market team playing against a team from L.A., look for the Finals to draw all-time record viewing for the NHL on American television.

  • s0303

    nikita and supernatural repeated better on friday than the vampire diaries did on thursday…kind of weird…

  • Danimals

    I think Nikita and Supernatural did better than the vampire diaries was because it was at 9 and its lead-in was perez which does worst in ratings, imo if vampire diaries were in 8 slot, it would of beaten nikita and perez would do the same.

  • Danimals

    So TVD would be also getting .4 at that time slot while Hilton does the same

  • Bette

    I was happy for repeats Friday I had missed the first run of Nikita and CSINY both were great.

  • pedro

    Supernatural is good
    Sobrenatural teve otimos números

  • WyFy

    I can’t wait to see how Whitney repeats on this night.

  • Nick

    Primetime: WWYD and 20/20 were new. The night was not 100% repeats. More like 85% :-P
    (anyway, there’s no way a repeat 20/20 got a 1.5)

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