TV Ratings Friday: 'Megastunts: Highwire Over Niagara Falls' Wins The Night, 'Dateline' Rises

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June 16th, 2012


Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 2.1/8 1.0/4 0.7/3 0.6/2 0.3/1
Total Viewers (million) 8.662 3.810 4.589 2.144 1.109


ABC won the night in adults 18-49 and total viewers

On ABC, Countdown to Niagara: Greatest Megastunts of All Time garnered a  1.2 among adults 18-49. Megastunts: Highwire Over Niagara Falls  earned a 2.5 adults 18-49 rating, well above ABC's average Friday night performance.

On NBC, Dateline scored a 1.2 adults 18-49 rating up from last week's 1.1.

Late-night ratings are below the primetime data.

Overnight broadcast primetime ratings for Friday, June 15, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
8:00 ABC Countdown to Niagara: Greatest Megastunts of All Time 1.2/5 5.71
CBS Undercover Boss - R 0.9/4 4.68
NBC Whitney - R 0.6/3 2.23
FOX House - R 0.6/3 2.01
CW Nikita - R 0.3/1 1.17
8:30 NBC Community - R 0.5/2 1.65
9:00 ABC Megastunts: Highwire over Niagara Falls - Live (9-11PM) 2.5/9 10.14
NBC Dateline NBC (9-11PM) 1.2/4 4.75
CBS CSI: NY - R 0.6/2 4.32
FOX Bones - R 0.6/2 2.28
CW Supernatural - R 0.3/1 1.04
10:00 CBS Blue Bloods - R 0.6/2 4.77


Via NBC Press Note:

In late-night metered-market households Friday night:


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  • a p garcia

    Surprised Wallends’s high wire act scored so well, it may even bring Evil Knevil out of retirement.

  • gern blanston

    glad i watched it, although the feat unto itself was not that difficult for a wallenda with 30 years on the high wire…..the visuals were STUNNING!

  • Lion

    The ratings for NIKITA and SUPERNATURAL was not adjusted down last week they stayed the same in the finals though. Great ratings for these 2 CW shows

  • Oliver

    Look at how young Community skews compared to every other Friday show. Its skewing younger than even the The CW, let alone the other major networks.

    Moving Community to Friday is a huge mistake. Community skews ridiculously young, young people don’t watch TV on Fridays, there’s virtually no overlap with Whitney’s audience.

  • rob60990

    Community was moved to Fridays to die. Its ratings didnt warrant a 3rd and 4th season renewals. Be happy its on NBC whose standards keep on dropping to embarrassing levels.

  • Lion

    Oliver its not skewing younger than the CW’s shows on friday look at their viewer numbers and then the ones for community

  • Oliver

    Community’s ratings obviously did warrant a 3rd and 4th season renewal because, well, it was renewed. Its ratings have consistently beat the NBC average in NBC’s toughest timeslot (up against the #1 and #3 show of the week) despite zero promotion.

    I am looking at the numbers and Community is skewing younger than the CW.

    Community: 3.30m viewers per 18-49 ratings point
    Nikita: 3.90m viewers per 18-49 ratings point
    Supernatural: 3.46m viewers per 18-49 ratings point

    Community was the youngest skewing show on broadcast television last night.

  • Tessa

    Nothing, just teasing you old fellow. ;)

  • Tessa

    Geez, I’m so glad Supernatural fans won’t have to put up with Community fans next fall. Grimm and Fringe fans can have that honor.

    FYI, repeat numbers don’t matter.

  • Lion

    community will be on at 8:30 that is not grimm,Fringe and Nikita. Because they will air at 9pm.

  • Rob R

    I wonder if ABC will consider a live execution next. They might want to save that for “Good Morning America” so that they can beat “Today” and then chat about it afterward, continuing onto “Good Afternoon America”

  • Kaylie

    Great repeats for Nikita & Supernatural. I still don’t understand why TVD’s repeats were so down this week.

  • James D.

    Shockingly high numbers for ABC, but it may not be that much of a surprise. David Blaine had decent numbers for this magic stunt specials for ABC, so did David Copperfield back when he had his annual CBS events. Didn’t Robbie Knievel’s jump on FOX several years ago score well in the ratings?

    We keep saying it — give something the people want to see on Friday and Saturday nights, and they’ll come. Nearly 11 million people on a Friday night (with a 2.5 demo), and in the middle of June no less, makes this a Top 5 show in both demo and overall when the numbers come out next week.

  • KS


    Anyways, good to meet my ‘frenemy’ after a while. Actually, I don’t have holidays to go on a vacation, even though it’s hot burning summer here :( . So, I tried to post in IMDB, but I am not able to cross the verification barrier.

  • sebacon

    to christy mentalist is the next for cancel on this deathtimeslot sunday..you will see

  • Luke

    Great, now we’ll see a bunch of stunts on TV during sweep months.

  • davie

    Im hoping community can pull in decent numbers in the fall for that 830 timeslot. It already has a syndication deal with comedy cenfral that begins in late 2013. I wonder how much Sony is willing to dish out to universal for more episodes.

    For those saying reruns dont matter in renewal choices id say that delends on the situation. Im sure Nikitas rerun numbers (0.3s ) being so close to the new numbers (0.4s) make WB think that it would do good in syndication.

  • disney rocks

    Go Let it shine! Second highest amount of viewers for the night!

  • JoeyDavid.com

    I am also surprised the stunt thing did well, but it wasn’t exciting, maybe because I’ve seen ALMOST everything. Besides, he had a safety thing attached which he didn’t want on, so it took away the thrill in my opinion. And yes, networks will do a 3 hour special for a 45 min show for ratings. Just like other reality shows. I am wondering how much ABC paid him to do it.

    Also, it was inspiring, because it was his dream to walk across the falls and he did it, many people just dream and don’t go after those dreams.

  • Sid

    Really good for Nikita. It’ll probably lose some viewers on Monday though.

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