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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  • dryr

    They cancelled the show before they aired it, was it supposed to get good ratings for it’s short-season burnoff? I liked it, but I didn’t bother to catch it live, that’s what HULU is for.

  • John A

    Nikita was starting to get 0.4 before it aired a day early in canada so that excuse is lame. Im surprise Harrys law fans didnt say the same when it aired in canada 2 days early.

  • Kaylie

    The CW may experience a slight increase in ratings this fall as all their new shows seem the most interesting of the rest and the fact Mark Pedowitz is finally doing something right.

  • Sid


    It started getting 0.4’s on March 16th. Anyway, it still doesn’t matter because we’re getting another Season. Haters are going to hate! :D

    The fact that it bothers all of them so much that Nikita’s coming back is HILARIOUS!

  • Kavyn

    Ah okay my bad. I remember someone else typing it so thats why I thought it. Either way it for sure didnt help that it was online lol.

    And yeah Sid, I’m excited too! The entire time I thought it would be Nikita’s final season so I’m excited to see the writers be able to finish their series! :)

  • The CW’s New Wednesday!

    Breaking Point .4 on Friday!? WOW. I hope it doesn’t adjust down. This is good for The CW>

  • JR

    Shark Tank continuing its perfectly acceptable performance in reruns. :)

  • Joseph

    Where were Univision’s numbers and the 18-34 demo numbers??

    I would think Univision topped the night among the broadcast nets in at least 18-34’s, and maybe in 18-40’s as well, given that most of what was on the English-language networks were reruns.

  • Danny

    Breaking Point — a reality show about ballet dancers without a gay character. So much for reality.

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