TV Ratings Friday: '20/20' Leads ABC to Nightly Win, 'America's Next Top Model' Steady

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September 1st, 2012

Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 1.0/3 0.7/2 0.7/3 0.6/2 0.3/1
Total Viewers (million) 4.163 3.947  2.996 2.957 0.881


Note: Sorry, we only have half hours ratings today. In the meantime, averaging these half hours into ratings for each show will often lead to errors.

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


Late night ratings are below the primetime ratings table.


Overnight broadcast primetime ratings for Friday, August 31, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM FOX Bones -R 0.8 3 3.135
CBS Undercover Boss -R 0.8 3 3.574
ABC Shark Tank -R 0.8 3 3.894
NBC America's Got Talent -R 0.7 3 3.241
CW America's Next Top Model 0.4 2 1.149
8:30 PM ABC Shark Tank -R 1.0 4 3.996
CBS Undercover Boss -R 0.9 4 3.796
FOX Bones -R 0.7 3 2.982
NBC America's Got Talent -R 0.6 2 2.929
CW America's Next Top Model 0.4 2 1.089
9:00PM ABC 20/20 1.1 4 4.534
FOX Bones -R 0.7 2 2.996
CBS CSI: NY -R 0.5 2 3.238
NBC Grimm -R 0.5 2 2.132
CW Nikita -R 0.2 1 0.684
9:30 PM ABC 20/20 1.1 4 4.854
CBS CSI: NY -R 0.6 2 3.703
FOX Bones -R 0.6 2 2.871
NBC Grimm -R 0.5 2 2.132
CW Nikita -R 0.2 1 0.603
10:00 PM ABC 20/20 1.0 3 4.040
NBC Dateline NBC 0.7 2 3.343
CBS Blue Bloods -R 0.6 2 4.599
10:30 PM ABC 20/20 0.9 3 3.928
NBC Dateline NBC 0.8 3 4.135
CBS Blue Bloods -R 0.7 2 4.770

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; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 1.8/4 with an encore; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 2.8/7; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.4/4 with an encore.

  • In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 0.6/3; "Late Show," 0.4/2 with an encore; "Nightline," 0.9/4; 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 first-run "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (0.9/3). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.3/2 in 18-49 with an encore) tied "Late Late Show" (0.3/2).

  • At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.7/3 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.2/2 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2012 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.

Friday's Ratings Via TV Media Insights

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


Rating: Estimated percentage of the universe of TV households (or other specified group) tuned to a program in the average minute. Ratings are expressed as a percent.  More information on ratings is available here.

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  • SVU: The Revolution

    Dennis, actually Fox washed its hands of Firefly after it was cancelled, Universal bombed but im sure that they recouped some of their losses with DVD/ Tv sales. Also on a side not Firefly bluray is $63 at bestbuy!!!

  • KS

    Off – Topic:

    Why is that no one watches that great show?

  • Austin Lauran

    Off topic (related to ABC):

    What do you think Modern Family and The Middle will get for their season premieres? I’m guessing a 3.5-6.0 in the 18-49 demo/12+ million viewers for Modern Family and a 2.5-3.0 in the 18-49 demo/8+ million viewers for The Middle.

  • Dana

    Lol Nikita reruns do better than some of the cw’s original programs.

  • John A

    No Nikita doesnt. All its originals do higher in demo and viewers. Not that CW is airing much originals at the moment anyway. No point making things up.

  • John A

    Oh sorry you probably meant The LA Complex but that did do better this week.

  • Joseph

    CW Gratz on ANTM and redoing the show ,
    ANTM always had that feel of it being more about a bunch of girls pledging the Tyra Sorority then anything else, the point system takes away the mystique of which girls move on , though not sure if this is a good or bad thing yet.
    ABC you Win the night , BUT, with 2hrs of original programming your should have had ratings far in excess of a 1.1 after 9pm. We learned that an audience is there if you program for it , you did not.
    CBS & NBC , repeats so no comment.

  • rob60990

    the first hour of 20/20 was a rerun and at 10pm, ABC aired a repeat of Revenge for Real.

    These ratings are about right going into a holiday weekend.

  • Jaker

    Dennis is lamest poster on here look at how he was the first to comment. This dude has no life at all.

  • Sid


    I’ll tell you the same thing I’ve been telling Brandy. GET OVER IT AND MOVE ON! It’s been renewed already so I don’t know why you’re so bitter!

    And btw, they’re just repeats and in some cases Nikita does better than The LA Complex, Remodeled and The Next. 9O21O repeats way worse and Hart of Dixie as well as TVD both repeat with the same demo numbers.

  • Kat B

    Dateline was a repeat.

  • iMember

    Nikita does what it usually does for a repeat, and sometimes it manages that 0.3. Haters gonna hate is all.

  • JJA

    @Dennis–take a look at the numbers before you blather about Nikita doing badly. THIS past week on the CW:

    Vampire Diaries rerun on Thursday scored a .3
    Supernatural rerun on Wednesday scored a .3
    Hart of Dixie rerun on Tuesday scored a .2
    ANTM encore on Monday scored a .3

    All other shows were summer shows. So a .2 for Nikita on Friday is fine.

    Also, what do you guys think of Oh Sit! & Nikita on Fridays once the cycle of ANTM ends? I think it could work.

  • Michael

    I didn’t realize so many people cared for reruns ratings lol…

  • Sid

    “I didn’t realize so many people cared for reruns ratings lol”

    Only one person on here does and that’s Dennis.

  • Sid

    “Also, what do you guys think of Oh Sit! & Nikita on Fridays once the cycle of ANTM ends?”

    At this point, a Nikita(R) could lead into a new Nikita for all I care. I just don’t want Top Model! Oh Sit would be better for sure but that has about 4 episodes left before it finishes its run.

    Of all of CW’s summer shows, the only ones I see coming back are Oh Sit and The L.A. Complex. Remodeled, Breaking Pointe, The Catalina and The Next are all done IMO.

  • Michael

    Sid, The Next and LA Complex are performing pretty much the same, though!

  • Martine

    @ Dennis; Get a hobby, Seriously. I don’t really have any feelings for the many shows you constantly bash, but its just irritating to read your negativity. Its odd. Why do you get off on hating tv shows?

  • Martine

    can someone explain just why the CW has such unwatched shows?i don’t understand why they don’t simply cancel most of them and try again.

  • Joseph

    I suspect Univision topped the 18-34 and 18-49 numbers, and might have topped overall viewing as well.

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