TV Ratings Friday: 'America's Next Top Model' Wins Its Time Period, '20/20' Beats 'Dateline' & 'Stand Up to Cancer' Telethon Numbers

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September 8th, 2012

Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 1.0/4 0.7/2 0.6/2 0.4/2 0.4/2
Total Viewers (million) 4.345
2.661 3.643 1.626 1.072


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

The Stand Up to Cancer telethon aired from 8-9 PM on ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC. It averaged a 2.1 adults 18-49 rating across all four networks, down from a 2.3 for the September 10, 2010 telecast. (There was no telethon in 2011.) Thus ends a week in which all the networks frequently aired the same programming at the same time.

On ABC,  a new two-hour 20/20 scored a 1.2 adults 18-49 rating.

On NBC, Dateline earned a 0.9 adults 18-49 rating, matching the performance of its last new Friday episode on August 24.

On the CW, America's Next Top Model garnered a 0.7 among adults 18-49, winning its time period by airing against the telethon, and rising 75% from last week's 0.4. This was the show's best performance among adults 18-49 since last season's finale on May 30, 2012.


Late night ratings are below the primetime ratings table.


Overnight broadcast primetime ratings for Friday, September 7, 2012:

Time  Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
8:00 CW America's Next Top Model 0.7/2 1.55
ABC Stand Up to Cancer 0.6/2 2.99
NBC Stand Up to Cancer 0.6/2 2.52
CBS Stand Up to Cancer 0.5/2 2.29
FOX Stand Up to Cancer 0.4/2 1.22
9:00 ABC 20/20 (9-11PM) 1.2/4 5.02
CBS CSI: NY - R 0.6/2 3.84
FOX Bones - R 0.5/2 2.03
NBC Grimm - R 0.5/1 1.73
CW Nikita - R 0.2/1 0.54
10:00 NBC Dateline 0.9/3 3.74
CBS Blue Bloods - R 0.6/2 4.80


In late-night metered-market households Friday night:


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Friday's Ratings Via TV Media Insights

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


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  • Juan

    Woah I don’t think I’ve ever seen that before

  • robin

    CW in first place is this a trick lol

  • Dennis

    lol at Nikita 0.53?? haha

    Grimm repeats badly too

  • Dennis

    Good for ANTM

    Put’s Nikita to shame

  • charmedcraft

    ANTP should thank the SUTC telethon; they will never see those ratings again.

  • Tristan

    Why do you hate Nikita?

    There was probably a lot of preemptions

  • Tristan

    Dennis Nikita was a repeat you know they right


    ANTM won one for the CW! Who wooda thought..

    Saw Lawless at the cinema yesterday & a promo for “Go On” was right there on the big screen! NBC is just everywhere these days, except top of the ratings charts!

    Go Grimm

  • Raykov

    CW won the night… 2012 – the end is near :D

  • Brandy

    Go Top Model!Good for it!Thats the highest rating for CW all summe(in demo & possibly total viewers)..Its way up in demo from this seasons previous weeks. I think this ratings better than OhSits, the Batmobile special,& a few Nikita repeats that had over a million viewers. I guess it took people a couple weeks to find it at its new day and time.

  • Dennis

    ANTM 0.7 is better then Nikita’s last dozen original episodes!! ha

  • Kieran

    “The Stand Up to Cancer telethon aired from 8-9 PM on ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC. It averaged a 2.1 adults 18-49 rating across all four networks”
    Overall it got a 2.1 if you add up the rating totals, technically though the average of the 4 was a 0.5?


    @ Raykov

    CW only won 8-9 hr, not night

  • Tristan

    Dennis are you for real look at the competition and then look at Nikita competition in the fall and spring. You are crazy

    Still there could be preemptions you really are a fool

  • david

    I am not surprised by ANTM being up so much. I remember the CW was up alot a couple of years ago when the Stand up to Cancer special was on every other channel. Good for them winning the hour. To bad they did not have a special show on at 9 pm to keep the audience instead of aring a Nikita repeat though.

  • Michael

    Wow, ANTM is pulling Supernatural numbers!!!!!!!!!!


    @ Kieran

    Technically the average was 0.525, but you would drop the 25 to get to .5

  • david

    @ Brandy in total viewers yah it is the most. As i remember the Batmobile special got 1.1 million and the first episode got 1.2 million. and the first episode of Ohsit got a .5 and i dont remember the rating for the Batmobile special. i think it was a .4.

  • iggy

    There were no significant pre-emptions for The CW.

    Just based on network competition this Fall, Nikita will have a tough time.

  • Tony

    Nikita’s season 3 premiere will be lucky to get a 0.6

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