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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  • s0303

    @nick last man standing is not going to crush whitney…have you not noticed its pathetic ratings in the last 3 months of the season? lms is lucky to have escaped cancellation….

  • Denise

    Blue Bloods is still king of Fridays even in re-runs. My favorite show.

  • Taylor

    Now that Community will be airing on Friday’s, I’m actually more likely to watch it live every week than I was when it aired on Thursdays against The Big Bang Theory. Since CBS has very rarely posted full episodes of The Big Bang Theory online, I always had to watch it live on TV or at least DVR it with The Vampire Diaries being the other show that I was always recording on DVR to watch later. I know that I could have watched Community on Hulu or NBC’s website, but almost never got around to watching it. I’m a person that stays home on most Fridays, so I was almost always able to watch Grimm live unless it was the Friday that I get together with two of my friends from high school. This fall Friday will actually be the first time in years where NBC has a night where I watch their entire 7 P.M. to 9 P.M. lineup unless you count the nights where The Voice airs 7 P.M. to 9 P.M.

  • Rondo

    The thing is Whitney would’ve aired a lot of episode before LMS even returns so Whitney might be able to establish its own audience where its only slightly effected there. LMS would be the one probably struggling for viewers if Reba doesn’t help it. Plus I believe TGIF probably won’t happen if Apt. 23 and HE bomb like they will on Tuesdays and LMS and MC will move there.

    It’s possible right now based on these results that NBC may have made one of the best scheduling moves of the season and maybe unintentionally does something special with comedies on Friday nights.

  • JS

    NBC should be forced off the air by the Government. Even their new shows (Animal Practic?? Please) look so stupid. They have the least talented people in the history of entertainment… Sports is fine (Bob Costas is the best)– as per the #1 Show of the season (Sunday Night Football)- but everything ..EVERYTHING .. else sucks. Even The Office is not the same without Michael Scott. Be Gone NBC! Give football back to ABC and be gone.

  • JeffT

    13,000,000 viewers for all the shows. Pathetic. I know it’s Friday and it’s “Summer,” but still.

  • scifi

    Bones summer repeat does like Fringe originals did.

  • Networkman

    I agree that Whitney and Community’s pairing is as incompatible as Last Man Standing and Cougar Town. I would love to see Community after Animal Practice. This way I can skip Suburgatory and watch Community instead. I’m looking for a great show to watch after The Middle. And Suburgatory got mediocre as the season went on.

  • Fake Me Out


    Since they gutted Community by cutting out it’s heart & soul (Harmon) what you have left I guess is Zombie Community … which NBC must have thought would be a good lead-in for Grimm.


    Help save Endgame and watch season 1 on Hulu

  • disney rocks

    NBC- swap Community and Guys with kids!

  • Dean_W

    With ratings like this I predict a 2 Hours Season Finale for ‘Blue Bloods’ next year !

  • MoneyCard

    I wonder if its not too late for NBC to make a switch with Guys with Kids and Community after seeing these ratings. With Whitney doing so well there’s a better fit here to Guys with Kids here.

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