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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  • Nick

    Double checked. 20/20 and WWYD were definitely both new.

    I’m bored, so here’s what The ABC Renew Cancel Index would be if it did summer realities:

    Duets: 1.13 :-) :-) :-) :-) A 1.7 looks so much better compared to a 1.3 and a 1.5 :P
    20/20: 1.00 (friday) :-D :-D :-D :-D :-D
    P:WWYD: 0.87 (friday) :-D :-D :-D :-D :-D

  • JS

    NBC is SOOO dumb.. Would have EASILY won the night if they broadcasted Devils-Rangers – Game 6. They have their heads up their butts beyond hope.

  • Christian

    Damn I wanted to catch up on Nikita and it was preempted here in NYC for a baseball game!

  • thesnowleopard

    Nice photo!

    Wow, SPN done repeated good this week. If it keeps that up, it may end up moving to its new Wednesday slot sooner than later.

    Of course, those aren’t final numbers, but it’s never adjusted down yet this year, so….

  • Person of Interest

    go supernatural and nikita great repeat numbers for the cw

  • Kaylie

    I wont be surprised if the CW’s Friday repeats do better than its summer programming.

  • Shaula

    Aww, thank you for the picture!

  • LisaM

    I’ve seen less than .5 for many Monday night nbc shows. I laugh at that though since I despise nbc.

  • Lindsay Fang

    i was just wondering which season of SPN did they repeat on the CW…

  • DonnaT

    Lindsay Fang – what do you mean “what season did they repeat on the CW”?

    On Friday, 5/25 The CW re-ran the S7 premiere episode 7.01 “Meet the New Boss”. Next Friday episode 7.16 is schedule to air, and the Nikita rerun is supposed to be preempted to encore the premiere of the new CW show, Breaking Pointe, and on 6/8/12 The CW is currently scheduled to air a repeat of Nikita (likely 2.02) and SPN, 7.02, Hello Cruel World.

  • Isleofskye

    Going by the results above, those are great repeat numbers for Supernatural. :)
    I believe this was a holiday week-end in the USA, so the results are even better.
    They beat some of the first airing ratings of other CW shows. Go SPN! :)

  • WB

    I don’t have The CW anymore!!

  • Lindsay Fang

    Got it, thanks!

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