TV Ratings Friday: 'Dateline' Edges '20/20' on Slow Summer Friday

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June 23rd, 2012


Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 1.1/4 1.0/4 0.7/3 0.7/3 0.3/1
Total Viewers (million) 4.762 4.438 4.827 2.235 1.312


ABC won the night in adults 18-49, But CBS got the edge with total viewers

On ABC, 20/20  earned a 1.2 adults 18-49 rating, down two tenths from its last original two weeks ago.

On NBC, Dateline scored a 1.3 adults 18-49 rating, up two tenths  from last week's 1.1.

Late-night ratings are below the primetime data.

Overnight broadcast primetime ratings for Friday, June 22, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM ABC Shark Tank -R 1.1 4 4.540
CBS Undercover Boss -R 0.9 4 4.817
NBC Whitney -R 0.5 2 2.500
FOX House -R 0.6 3 1.985
CW Nikita -R 0.3 1 1.265
8:30 PM NBC Community -R 0.4 2 1.800
9:00PM NBC Dateline NBC (9-11 PM) 1.3 4 5.600
ABC 20/20 (9-11PM) 1.2 4 4.872
FOX Bones -R 0.7 2 2.486
CBS CSI: NY -R 0.6 2 4.356
CW Supernatural -R 0.4 1 1.359
 10:00PM CBS Blue Bloods -R 0.6 2 5.308

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," 2.8/7; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.1/5 with an encore; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 3.3/8; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.5/4 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; "Late Show," 0.6/3 with an encore; "Nightline," 1.0/4; 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) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.1/4).  In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.5/3 in 18-49) 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 with an encore and a 0.3/2 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

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  • Kavyn

    Kinda surprised at how many viewers Nikita and SPN get on Fridays considering Breaking Point and Catalina get a little over half the viewers these reruns do.

  • John A

    CW very highly inflated. Both shows will adjust down.

  • Phil

    CW was preempted..

  • John A

    Whitney and community repeats look very weak.

  • disney rocks

    Whitney seems like a sitcom that can work on Friday, It skews older, so the older audience will still be there, giving it respectable viewers. But it still doesn’t skew too old and will have some younger viewers so it can also do respectable in the demo.

  • Julie

    Supernatural was pre-empted for baseball in both New York and Chicago (and maybe elsewhere too), so yeah unfortunately it will get adjusted down.

  • cc

    To win the night with a 1. The networks must be so proud. Must not see tv.

  • Supernatural fan

    Go supernatural! Great repeat, can’t wait for season 8!!!!

  • rob60990

    Nikita is gonna sink in the finals. A .1 is not out of the question. :D

    Whitney and community are gonna bomb so hard on Fridays.

  • Melanie

    Must have been sports on somewhere, I’ll be astonished if SPN doesn’t adjust down in the finals.

  • glover

    The person inside NBC who is trying to kill Community is doing a great job.

  • Lion

    Rob may i ask why you hate Nikita. It is a fantastic show you should give it a try instead og bashing it for no reason. Both spn and nikita will be adjusted down but to say a 0.1 is just ridiculous

  • timotey

    Looking at Supernatural’s numbers, I think it’s obvious why the CW is still alive and kickin’ – their shows skew very young. Compare SPN’s 0.4 to CSI:NY’s 0.6.

  • Nick

    The CW is very inflated. It was preempted in New York for a Mets-Yankees game. Definitely adjusted down.

  • sam

    Whitney has as many viewers as a new 30 Rock. I love the show people who hate it probably never saw it.

  • Sid

    Yeah both CW shows will adjust down.

    “Nikita is gonna sink in the finals. A .1 is not out of the question.”

    Get a life dude! ;) Nikita will still be back.

  • WKD2

    Bashers are usually immature children at least mentally.

  • Ultima

    The person inside NBC who is trying to kill Community is doing a great job.

    Obviously not, as it was renewed for next season. You are aware networks have the power to just cancel shows, right?

  • Ultima

    The CW is very inflated. It was preempted in New York for a Mets-Yankees game. Definitely adjusted down.

    Supernatural was also preempted for baseball in Chicago.

  • Ultima

    I think it’s obvious why the CW is still alive and kickin’

    Yes it is, but apparently not to you. There’s two reasons why the CW is still around. The first is that the production companies found a way to at least break even with the network via online streaming deals. The second is that most of the local affiliates are locked into a ten year contract with the network.

    How young a show skews is irrelevant (at least financially), because total viewers do not matter.

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