TV Ratings Friday: '20/20' Beats 'Dateline' on Almost All-Repeat Friday

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July 7th, 2012


Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 1.2/4 0.8/3 0.8/3 0.5/2 0.3/1
Total Viewers (million) 5.203 4.632 3.207 1.976 0.925


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

On ABC, a new 2-hour 20/20 earned a 1.2, up two tenths  from last week's 1.0 rating.

On NBC, a new Dateline earned a 1.0 rating, down two tenths from its last original, which earned a 1.2 rating two weeks ago

Late-night ratings are below the primetime data.

Overnight broadcast primetime ratings for Friday, July 6, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM ABC Shark Tank -R 1.1 5 4.359
CBS Undercover Boss -R 0.9 4 4.419
NBC Whitney -R 0.5 1 2.131
FOX House -R 0.5 2 1.872
CW Nikita -R 0.3 1 0.965
8:30PM NBC Community -R 0.4 2 1.215
9:00PM ABC 20/20 (9-11) 1.2 4 5.625
NBC Dateline NBC (9-11) 1.0 4 3.975
CBS CSI: NY -R 0.8 3 4.505
FOX Bones -R 0.5 2 2.079
CW Supernatural -R 0.3 1 0.886
10:00PM CBS Blue Bloods -R 0.6 2 4.972


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," 2.5/6 with an encore telecast; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.1/5 with an encore; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 3.2/7; 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,” 0.8/4 with an encore; "Late Show," 0.5/2 with an encore; "Nightline," 1.0/4; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.5/2 with an encore.

  • At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.2/4 in metered-market households with an encore) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.0/3 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 0.8/3 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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  • John A

    LOL Community pathetic. Same with FOX. These are Saturday type Numbers.

  • RJ

    Shark Tank continues to be the dominant show on the night. One of the three programs to hit a 1.0 demo and it was an encore. Kudos!

  • Jay S.

    Remember a few months ago when Community returned from hiatus with a 2.2 rating and everyone was all excited? Seems like a million years ago now.

  • disney rocks

    Community will probably adjust down.

  • disney rocks

    Nikita will probably adjust down.

  • lll

    Friday ratings look so depressing.

  • asm1122

    @JohnA your argument would be valid if this episode of Community was new, or even if the show got these numbers in the September to May typical network television prime season. I give you that its numbers did fall but never ever has an original episode dropped below 1.0 (I may be wrong, so don’t nitpick at this, but I think the lowest 18-49 rating was a 1.4). So why not wait until the season premiere of Community in its new timeslot before you can judge if a show is doing “pathetic[ally]”.

  • Tessa

    Commence Nikita fans pointing at total viewers and claiming Nikita is the best show on the CW.

    Side note: why are people moaning about these numbers? These are repeat numbers on a summertime Friday night. Have people forgotten that no one watches even live TV on such a night, let alone repeats?

  • rob60990

    So a Shark Tank rerun on a Friday beat Duets, the Glass House, and Final Witness.

    Lmao at Community being neck and neck with CW flop Nikita.

  • Rich

    Poor CW. Can’t even pull in a million viewers. Granted,they were reruns on a Friday in the summer…but still….HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

  • Rich

    BTW,bad idea cancelling “Who Do You Think You Are?” there,NBC. Your comedies are pulling in less viewers combined in reruns than the last rerun of “WDYTYA?” did.

    Smooth going,network programmers.

  • someone

    At least Nikita is better than almost all new summer reality and summer repeats in viewers AND sometimes, ratings.

  • Ultima

    BTW,bad idea cancelling “Who Do You Think You Are?” there,NBC. Your comedies are pulling in less viewers combined in reruns than the last rerun of “WDYTYA?” did.

    Nice arbitrary comparison.

    I see you decided to ignore WDYTYA?’s average of a 1.0 for originals this past season.

  • someone

    @rob60990 Nikita can be a flop in ratings, but still awesome and renewed series. You’re welcome.

  • John A

    @asm1122 0.4 for a repeat is pathetic. You are correct Community hasnt fallen below a 1.0 but it will next season.

  • Sid


    And I thought you said that you weren’t going to visit the Friday thread anymore?

    And yet here you are? Care to elaborate?


    Grow up and get a life dude! ;)

  • Sid


    For someone who says she doesn’t like problems, you sure know how to start them ;)

  • Oliver

    Community skews ridiculously young (look at total viewers vs Whitney). Young-skewing shows both repeat badly and will underperform on Friday. I suspect Community will actually end up beating Whitney in Fall (assuming one or both doesn’t get moved after half of NBC’s schedule quickly fails yet again).

    Repeats of Whitney/Community didn’t do much worse The Office/P&R. Expect NBC’s Thursdays to drop heavily again next season.

  • disney rocks

    Has the Cw ever got over a million viewers this summer?

  • David Howell

    Oliver: good point. The Community audience are… disproportionately likely to go out on Friday nights. Although I suspect that it’ll ge

    I’d have put it at 8 if anything, sending the implicit message to the target audience: “watch Community at 8 and *then* go out and get drunk/watch the latest movie your friends are going to be geeking about on Facebook!”. Actually, the release dates for said movies are probably going to be their best nights for reruns.

    By the way, CW Friday repeat numbers are 110% slam-dunk downward adjustments because of local baseball preemptions. (Clumsy mixed sporting metaphor, there. Apologies.)

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