TV Ratings Friday: '20/20' Wins Night, 'Best Friends Forever' Finale Down, 'Dateline' Up

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June 2nd, 2012


Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 1.3/4 1.2/4 0.8/3 0.7/2 0.4/1
Total Viewers (million) 4.37 4.75 5.16 2.41 0.84


ABC was the top network among adults 18-49, while CBS ranked number one in total viewers.

On ABC, 20/20 garnered a 1.5 adults 18-49 ratin,g up from a 1.2 for its most recent original episode on May 18.

On NBC, the final two episodes of Best Friends Forever earned a 0.6 at 8:00PM and a 0.6  at 8:30PM among adults 18-49, down from a 0.8 for its most recent original episode on April 25. A two hour Dateline scored a 1.4 adults 18-49 rating, compared to a 1.1 for its last original Friday episode on May 18, and ranking as the show's highest rated Friday episode since April 20.

Late-night ratings are below the primetime data.

Overnight broadcast primetime ratings for Friday, June 1, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
8:00 ABC Shark Tank - R 1.1/4 4.77
CBS Undercover Boss - R 1.0/4 5.01
FOX House - R 0.6/2 2.25
NBC Best Friends Forever 0.6/2 2.39
CW Breaking Pointe - R 0.4/1 0.85
8:30 NBC Best Friends Forever (Series Finale) 0.6/2 2.04
9:00 NBC Dateline NBC (8-10PM) 1.4/5 6.02
ABC Primetime: What Would You Do? - R 1.2/4 3.69
CBS CSI: NY - R 0.7/2 5.05
FOX Bones - R 0.7/2 2.58
CW Supernatural - R 0.3/1 0.84
10:00 ABC 20/20 1.5/5 4.66
CBS Blue Bloods - R 0.6/2 5.41


In late-night metered-market households Friday night:

  • In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 2.6/6 with an encore telecast; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.1/5 with an encore; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 2.9/7; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.4/4 with an encore.
  • In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 0.9/4 with an encore; "Late Show," 0.5/2 with an encore; "Nightline," 0.9/4; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.5/3 with an encore.
  • At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.4/4 in metered-market households with an encore) beat CBS's first-run "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 with an encore) 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 and a 0.2/2 in adults 18-49 with an encore in the 25 markets with local people meters.

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NOTE: All ratings are "live plus same day" from Nielsen Media Research unless otherwise indicated.


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  • touchsucks

    breaking ponite’s repeat is doing better than its premire

  • Peter

    CW’s ratings baffle me…they just do not make any sense…

  • me

    Is the CW Network even profitable? I mean they are renewing e.g. Nikita at a 0.4 rating. How much is the production cost of the show and how much are they taking in through advertisments. Other networks like CW or Fox are cancelling shows with 2.0+ ratings (Terra Nova, CSI Miami).

  • John A

    Breaking pointe repeat matched a new nikita. Impressive. CBS repeats are awful.

  • Samunto

    I see the repeat of CW’s ‘Breaking Point’ did better than the premiere in the demo. The CW must be ‘ecstatic’!!!!

  • Sid

    Breaking Pointe will adjust down.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Robert Seidman

    I see as ever, some people don’t understand the preliminary nature of preliminary ratings! Hint: if baseball aired on CW affiliates in big cities like Chicago, LA or New York those baseball viewing numbers would be included in these fast nationals then stripped out in the finals. I’m not sure baseball aired in any big markets (you can dig that info up if you’re motivated), but that’s my guess.

  • John A

    Marc Berman has Breaking Pointe as 0.4 for both half hours but yeah it probably go down. But still not too bad for a repeat.

  • Sid


    Thanks for clarifying as always Robert. Breaking Pointe looks inflated and it will almost certainly adjust down.

  • Joel

    summer for CW seems to be doing ok so far, at least people are watching which gives them a chance to promote new fall shows i think The CW will see a small (very small) ratings up tick this fall

  • Frenchviewer

    ‘CSI: NY’ had a highest ratings on adults 18-49 than ‘Blue Bloods’ . Go Mac !!!

  • Mark

    Poor BFF. It never really had a chance. It was hilarious though. It should of aired after Up All Night in the fall instead of the awful Free Agents.

  • Nick

    If there was a Summer Reality Renew/Cancel Index it’d look like this:

    The Bachelorette: 1.10. :-D :-D :-D :-D :-D
    Duets: 0.98. :-) :-) :-) :-)
    20/20: 0.92. :-D :-D :-D :-D :-D

  • disney rocks

    Duets may be renewed. It should have been aired Sundays.

  • a p garcia

    I could only stomach 5 min of BFF

  • Roswell

    Breaking pointe will adjust down

  • Riff Rafferty

    R.I.P. “BFF.” You were a much funnier show than the 6 dreadful NBC “comedy” pilots I was forced to sit through last week.

    Delving into a theme from last night’s episodes, can someone explain Rupert Everett to me? I always hear the saying, “He’s not gay, he’s just British.” So I don’t understand. How can Rupert be both? Could he be lying to us? Is he pulling a fast one? Like, maybe he’s just faking it? And he’s not actually… you know? Rupert Everett, come out already and stop living a lie. You’re American, aren’t you?

  • LisaM

    Rupert is gay and British but that’s only my opinion.

  • Dillan

    LOL at Breaking Pointe repeat matching what a new episode of Nikita would get.

  • Freddy Arrow


    “Poor BFF. It never really had a chance. It was hilarious though. It should of aired after Up All Night in the fall instead of the awful Free Agents.”

    And Bent should have aired instead of Up All Night…

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