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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  • Jayce

    Bring back The LA Complex!!! I miss that show. :(

  • Kat B

    Actually i think your headline is misleading. Though 20-20 averaged the best of the night Dateline actually did better than them in the 2nd hour. They both started at a 1.5 at 10pm and then at 10:30 Dateline went up to a 1.6 while 20-20 stayed at a 1.5.

  • Nick

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

    The Bachelorette: 1.14 :-D :-D :-D :-D :-D
    Duets: 0.96 :-| :-| :-|
    20/20: 0.90 :-D :-D :-D :-D :-D
    Duets sinking further and further…

    Breaking Pointe: 1.00. :-| :-| :-|
    The Catalina: 1.00 :-| :-| :-|
    Down to the wire.

    48 Hours Mystery Tuesday: 1.22 :-D :-D :-D :-D :-D
    Dogs in the City: 1.06 :-) :-) :-) :-)
    48 Hours Mystery Saturday: 0.73 :-) :-) :-) :-)
    If DITC slips, it’ll probably get canceled.

    AGT: 1.40 :-D :-D :-D :-D :-D
    Dateline: 0.60 :-| :-| :-|

    FOX has only 1 so…
    SYTYCD: 1.00 :-) :-) :-) :-)

  • Hades


    LA Complex will be back in July with all new episodes I think?

  • Nick

    @Kat B
    Dateline still has a 1.4 average and 20/20 still has 1.5.

  • pandorajinel(formerly Erin)

    Baseball did not air during primetime in Chicago (the game followed the broadcast of Supernautral). However, Supernatural is being bumped from it’s normal 8:00 pm slot to 11:30 net week.

  • Rebecca

    It would be a fact (rather than an opinion) that Rupert Everett is both gay and British – because both aspects are provable and he’d admit to both. :)

    I enjoyed BFF even though it was kind of a mess sometimes (not just last night) and had too much yelling (or loudness anyway) for my taste – I liked Bent more. I liked Free Agents, too, but not as much as everything else I watched on NBC. And I’ll keep watching UAN. I’m sure not all of the new NBC shows will last, but I plan to check out Revolution, Go On, Animal Practice, Guys With Kids (might be first to die), 1600 Penn, Next Caller (mainly because Jeffrey Tambor is in it) – and I’ll keep watching Smash, 30R, The Office, P&R, Community, Off Their Rockers, Grimm and maybe Whitney.

  • Percysowner

    Well considering he came out in 1989, I think we can admit he is gay and British. He as express regrets saying The fact is that you could not be, and still cannot be, a 25-year-old homosexual trying to make it in the British film business or the American film business or even the Italian film business. It just doesn’t work and you’re going to hit a brick wall at some point. You’re going to manage to make it roll for a certain amount of time, but at the first sign of failure they’ll cut you right off… Honestly, I would not advise any actor necessarily, if he was really thinking of his career, to come out.

  • Sid

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

    LOL; still don’t matter cuz NIKITA’s coming back for another Season! :D :D :D

  • Kat B

    @Nick but Dateline started at 9. When their 2nd hour started against 20-20 they were even and then went up to a 1.6. So technically Dateline did better than them. Averages not counting.

  • Networkman

    In a couple of weeks FOX should start to repeat the first season of Touch following Bones on Friday. Get viewers use to the new night. And those who watch Bones may try Touch.

    Also I think ABC should repeat Body of Proof after Shark Tank as a test run just to see how it holds up after it. ABC should try drama on Friday night and Body of Proof would be the perfect fit.

  • JohnnyRico

    I have mixed feelings about the fates Bent and BFF even though I enjoyed both. It sucks NBC left both shows out to dry but on the other hand given the premise I am not sure how long Bent could have lasted anyway without dipping in quality. In the case of BFF I am not sure something like that could ever survive on network tv.

  • Oliver

    BFF had a half-decent timeslot without much strong competition, a half-decent lead-in from Off Their Rockers, and NBC even bothered to promote the damn show. It was always an uphill battle, but NBC did give it half a chance.

    Compare and contrast with Bent, which was scheduled in double-bills opposite Modern Family. No chance whatsoever. I thought it was weird that NBC decided to favor BFF over Bent.

    Free Agents was a surprisingly good, but the concept didn’t have any demographic appeal (it was a dating comedy about middle-aged people) and NBC didn’t promote it.

  • colt13

    I complain from time to time, so it is only fair to give a shoutout to NBC for actually airing the last 2 episodes of Best Friends Forever. Show was oddly charming, and I will miss it.

  • SJ

    BFF was the best comedy NBC put on the air in the last two years. Too bad the network gave it the short end of the stick with the incompatible lead-in and a late spring start.

    But honestly, BFF and Bent were both way better than Up All Night and Free Agents. I wonder how TPTB decide which shows get preferential treatment, i.e. a spot on the fall schedule, and which ones get sent to late spring to die on arrival. I mean, aren’t there focus groups for these things? Did anyone actually see the hot mess that was Free Agents before NBC picked it up?

  • Kavyn

    Don’t really know where else to post this, but next Fall Nikita will be airing on Fridays at 9 on CTV2 again, so no more of that airing-the-day-before nonsense :)

    Arrow and Emily Owens are also going to be airing on CTV2 next year, at the same timeslots (Tuesday at 9 for EO, Wednesday at 8 for Arrow).

    The source is linked at the bottom. It also shows the rest of CTV and CTV2’s schedules for those curious as to what else is airing in Canada.


  • Sid


    I saw that a few days ago. I’m happy that both The CW and CTV2 will air Nikita together at the same day/time.

    I still wonder why CTV2 had moved it last Season to Thursday @10p?

  • Kavyn

    It wasn’t all of last season though, it was the last 5-6 episodes. I remember seeing a commercial saying that it was moving to Thursdays at 10.

    I want to say it was around when Nikita dropped to 0.4s, but I can’t confirm that without researching it (and I’m too lazy to do that).

  • Oliver

    BFF was the best comedy NBC put on the air in the last two years.

    Well, that’s not exactly a high bar to pass.

  • KevinSW

    I also felt Bent and BFF was two of the better comedies of the 5 they introduced this Season. Up All Night…lost it’s steam, from the Promo’s Free Agent seemed like a dud…even if i liked both actors in it, it was a dud…while Whitney was a surprise show, it actually got better with every episode.

    Bent and BBF were great, quality comedies. Bent might not have had longativity in i though, but BFF…had direction, reminded me a bit of Happy Endings, but a smaller cast. Jess and Lennon were also great. Sucks to see both shows treated badly but oh well, at least they got to air all their episodes.

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