TV Ratings Friday: 'Dateline' and '20/20' Fall on a Slow Summer Friday

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June 9th, 2012


Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 1.1/4 0.9/3 0.8/3 0.6/2 0.3/1
Total Viewers (million) 4.215 4.201 5.079 2.033 0.934


ABC won the night in adults 18-49, but an all-repeat CBS claimed the top spot with total viewers

Network TV was all repeats last night, except for a new Dateline on NBC, which earned a 1.1 adults 18-49 rating compared to last week's 1.5 rating and a new 20/20 on ABC, which earned a 1.4 adults 18-49 rating, down a tenth from last week's 1.5 but easily enough to lead the night.

Late-night ratings are below the primetime data.

Overnight broadcast primetime ratings for Friday, June 9, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM ABC Shark Tank -R 1.0 4 4.297
CBS Undercover Boss -R 0.8 4 4.501
NBC Whitney -R 0.7 4 2.723
FOX House -R  0.5 2  1.740
CW Nikita -R 0.3 1 0.993
8:30 PM NBC Community -R 0.5 2 1.873
9:00PM NBC Dateline NBC (9-11 PM) 1.1 4 5.153
ABC Primetime: What Would You Do? (R) 1.0 4 3.688
CBS CSI: NY -R 0.7 3 4.837
FOX Bones -R 0.8 3 2.327
CW Supernatural -R 0.3 1 0.875
10:00PM ABC 20/20 1.4 5 4.659
CBS Blue Bloods -R 0.8 3 5.901

Via NBC Press Note:

In late-night metered-market households Friday night:

  • In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 2.9/7; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.1/5; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 3.0/7; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.5/4.

  • In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 0.7/3; "Late Show," 0.5/2; "Nightline," 0.9/4; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.6/3.

  • At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.6/5 in metered-market households) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.1/3 with an encore). 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 with an encore).

  • At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.9/3 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.3/2 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

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  • DamC

    Community’s repeat tied House’s repeat so i guess it’s not bad for NBC

  • MJDB

    Whitney repeated well for a rerun in the summer, and first rerun in next season’s new timeslot. Not bad for Community, either but I don’t care about that show, since I don’t like Community. Love Whitney, though!

  • Kabel

    Whitney is NBC’s top comedy repeater this week with 2.7 million while Community slid way behind with only 1.8 million on Friday.

    That’s amazing considering this is a new night during the summer probably with no promotion on a Friday. NBC is going to be okay this fall on Fridays with Whitney but with Community probably not.

  • Joel

    omg whitney might actually do ok on friday this fall! :S community did ok as well!

  • John A

    Both Nikita and SPN did well. CBS And Fox do terribly in repeats per usual.

  • Allen

    If Whitney can hold on, community won’t be very far behind. The fanbase will stick with it.

  • danielcw

    Why is Whitney sorted below House? I always thought the listst were sorted by rating

  • Addy

    Nikita and SPN outperformed The CW’s Summer originals and even a TVD’s repeat on Friday. That’s awesome.

  • pedro

    Nikita and Supernatural have the best numbers of cw.

  • Jason

    WWYD was a repeat.

  • Sid

    I have a feeling Nikita will adjust down.

  • Sid

    CBS’s dramas have been repeating badly. Summer sucks for network primetime!

  • John A

    Hard to say how Whitney and community will do. The thursday comedy repeats were getting same numbers. Whitney might do well.

  • rob60990

    20/20 was new and What Would You Do was a rerun.

    Why the hell is there cheering for a .5 for a rerun? Neither Whitney nor Community repeated well at all.

  • John A

    CBS used to repeat at 1.2 or so on friday last year. People are tired of the repeats. They never try to programe summer.

  • Michael

    Pedro, for new episodes? No.

  • Jamal

    I got a feeling Whitney will do really well on Fridays. Whit already grabbed more than half of the Wednesday viewers which was usually about 4.1 million.

    I think it should be able able to double up this repeat viewership and the demo during the new season. NBC should definitely start Whitney and Community with Grimm on August 17th that way they can promote the whole lineup during the Olympics and get solid returns.

  • Ken

    My guess is that if you double the NBC comedy rating you will get an idea of the fall numbers.

  • Sean Denis 47

    Whitney’s rating is a shocker didn’t expect it to do that well. Fridays might be good for it and NBC.

    Community might have some decent lead-in support for once this year.

  • Oliver

    Whitney proves that old-skewing shows can remain buoyant on Friday (and that old-skewing shows do well in repeats: there’s a reason CSI repeats as well as Modern Family). It also shows that young-skewing shows like Community will do badly on Friday, and that Whitney and Community’s audience has very little overlap.

    I still think NBC should swap Community and Guy With Kids on their 2012-13 schedule. Putting Guys With Kids with another multi-camera sitcom is its best chance for its success, and Animal Practice’s audience will likely be young-skewing and overlap with Community’s.

    On the other hand, no-one really cares about what happens to Community now Sony/NBC fired show-runner Dan Harmon.

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