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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NOTE: All ratings are "live plus same day" from Nielsen Media Research unless otherwise indicated.


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  • John A

    Even if Nikita falls to a 0.1 90210 already did that on Tuesday which is more terrible.

  • KS

    Really Really Missing Supernatural debates here! Used to be more interesting than episodes! I have exams during October and November. I don’t really know how I would be able to catch up the episodes, but I certainly will. I don’t know how much time I can spend on Debates when season 8 kick starts!

  • Joseph

    For those affiliates with the CW , is it really in their interest to leave and be 100% dependent on syndicated shows?

  • DougF

    It’s hilarious how some of you judge on repeats and all judge how new episodes will do in 4 months

  • Miguel

    I’m Spanish and I love The CW. ‘90210’, ‘Gossip Girl’ and ‘The Vampire Diaries’ are great. ‘OTH’ has been the best TV show

  • buttondiet

    Feels strange seeing the CW with over a million viewers..

  • Don

    DATELINE was good last night. I would rather
    watch murder mystery than listen to John Edward’s

  • John A

    @buttondiet check the friday finals monday and CW wont have these numbers so it wont be strange.

  • Joseph

    Where were the 18-34 numbers??

    Yes, they were probably very low (and Univision probably topped the broadcast nets in that demo), but I’d like to see what they were.

    I suspect that coverage of the Jerry Sandusky verdict around 10 P.M. EDT likely resulted in a spike in cable news channel viewing for the rest of prime-time; I also would think that ABC and NBC probably dumped-out of “20/20″ and “Dateline” respectively (I was not around a TV set during that hour) for some coverage o9f the verdict, and I also would think CBS interrupted the “Blue Bloods” rerun for a bulletin.

    In many markets, local baseball topped the ratings last night (June 22nd).

  • disney rocks

    CW will be adjusted down.

  • thesnowleopard

    I wonder how much the CW demo will be adjusted in the finals. Those initial numbers aren’t terribly off what the network usually gets. It’s the audience numbers that have been inflated and they really don’t matter. Not that repeat numbers matter in general, either, but hey, what else are we gonna fight over for the next three months?

  • WB

    Ok people, The CW’s Nikita and Supernatural will adjust down this week! NO BIG DEAL. It’s only a freaking repeat! ( : goshhh!

  • KS


    May be wishlist of season 8?

    Hope Robert and Bill opens a thread for discussion of shows on this website. That would bring them a lot of page clicks.

  • Jamey

    Nikita doesn’t even go down that much when its pre-empted so its numbers still end up legit and the highest with Supernatural every week.

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

    You’re right which is pathetic for 30 Rock, Whitney is already the most watched NBC comedy repeater right now in just its first season and its doing these numbers on a Friday night in the middle of the summer with no promotion at all.

    That’s usually the case with those ignorant people, they usually get tuned out for that reason alone.

  • sc34441

    I watched CNN’s breaking news on the Sandusky Verdict.

  • Ultima

    For those affiliates with the CW , is it really in their interest to leave and be 100% dependent on syndicated shows?

    In general, maybe not, but it likely is for the Tribune stations (which includes WGN in Chicago, WPIX in New York and KTLA in Los Angeles).

    Their pre-primetime syndicated programming already does better than the CW’s lineup – why pay for both when you could just move the good syndicated shows (e.g. Friends) into primetime?

    Also, at least in Chicago, WGN has the rights to a massive amount of sports (Cubs, Sox, Bulls, Hawks; ~200 games/year). Right now, even with numerous preemptions of the CW, they still have to sell some of the games to another local independent station.

  • Tessa

    Supernatural on Wednesdays doesn’t really work with my schedule and just for that reason I should wanted it to stay on Fridays. But looking at all these sports preemptions I’d say thank God that’s one evil it doesn’t have to deal with next season.

  • Joseph

    Thnx , I don’t following local sports markets, so you are probably right some station would bail when their contracts run out unless something changes either with the CW or Sports Programming.

  • thesnowleopard


    Whatever the CW is doing, it’s worked for the network well enough for it to last seven years. Good enough to make it to ten seasons? Probably not under Dawn Ostroff, since she was replaced. Maybe enough under Mark Pedowitz, since the network wasn’t simply turfed under after Ostroff left. Good enough for the network to survive renewing its affiliates in 2015? That remains to be seen. Good enough for other networks to emulate it or for new networks to use it as a model? I’d say that depends on whether the network survives the upcoming affiliates hurdle.

    Love it or hate it, the CW wouldn’t still be around if it weren’t making somebody money (and the right people, too), or fulfilling somebody’s needs in some way that is worth as much as money. I think that’s the real reason why people speculate about it so much, in proportion to its ratings: It’s a mystery how the CW is still around. The network’s U.S. ratings don’t justify its survival, so it defies conventional wisdom in that sense. But it also makes the network an intriguing conundrum to the other networks, especially the Big Three. They’re all declining in ratings. At some point, they will all be in the CW’s position (probably NBC first, if it doesn’t get its act together), so it makes sense they’d want to figure out the CW’s key to surviving like this.

  • Jamey


    That is so true bro, people need to understand that the ratings on The CW are not even a major priority like it is on other networks. The CW makes most of their money through international syndication. A lot of the shows that do horrible numbers here and keep getting renewed like 90210 are some of the top US imports making a lot of money. Nikita is already a top 5 money maker after CSI. The CW is making more money overseas than most of the big 4 network programs. Hopefully people remember this in the future. GOSH!

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