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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  • Kaylie


  • Brandy

    Tony, itll be lucky to be even with its spring finale at 0.4

  • Ultima

    Overall it got a 2.1 if you add up the rating totals, technically though the average of the 4 was a 0.5?

    There’s two ways of reporting viewership – the total number of people who watched the show for at least one minute (this is rarely used) and the average number of viewers for the duration of the show. Thus, when viewership/ratings are reported, you say that show X averaged a R rating or N viewers, although since average viewership is always assumed, the word can be dropped.

  • Ultima

    @The Old Man
    Technically the average was 0.525, but you would drop the 25 to get to .5

    No. The average of 0.6, 0.6, 0.5, and 0.4 is 0.5.

    The average of 0.600, 0.600, 0.500 and 0.400 is 0.525, which you could then round to 0.5 if you so desired.

  • a p garcia

    Wow for CW-didn’t think ANTM was that popular.

  • Tristan

    Brandy you are so damn clueless. Look at CW,s other repeats its the same as Nikita you say they also get 0.4 then. You see now how dumb you sound

  • Joseph

    The headline was deceiving.

    It should have read “‘America’s Next Top Model’ Tops 18-49 Demo”.

    However, the cancer fundraiser was simulcast on a large number of broadcast and cable networks, and when combined ratings are taken, it outdrew the CW by a wide margin.

  • bluejoni

    Good numbers for ANTM especially since those of us in the New York area that have Cablevision no longer even get the CW !!

  • Megan

    I was one of the people contributing to the ANTM number; trust me it will never happen again. Looks like a web show made by a bunch of amateurs. “Bad Girls” try out for the modeling show at the mall. Hopefully, The Face will be more polished and concentrate more on the business of becoming a successful model rather than on a group of wannabes with 0.1% of being America’s Next Top Anything.

  • peter

    the rerun of the hellcats’ pilot two years ago did better in the key demo than antm

  • Silvio

    CBS is forced to reschedule tonight’s primetime, as US Open tennis women’s singles final (Serena vs Azarenka) is postponed.

    Tonight’s forecast calls for storms, heavy rain and high winds. Due to the forecast, the women’s final has been moved to Sunday. The start time of the match will be announced by 7 pm ET.

    Bad luck – whatever CBS puts in as replacement, it won’t match Serena-fueled ratings, which would be nice for Saturday. I guess, we’ll never know.
    In theory, Sunday is better rating-wise timeslot … but CBS scheduled NFL for 1PM and men’s tennis final for 4PM. Now they’ll have to bump one of tennis matches to primetime …. vs Sunday Night Football … good luck with that.

  • enes

    ahahhahah lol Nikita even with new episodes didn’t know how to manage a 0.4 , Good for ANTM its a great show and i love Tyra !

  • robin


    you do do no that nikita was a repeat right

  • Brandy

    Tristan, stop insulting people.Im saying Nikita will be lucky to stay steady at 0.4 in the fall with originals of the later hour,and the fact it was at 0.4 for originals in the spring and it went down from the season one finale to season two premiere.I know last night was a repeat and that Nikita repeats same as cw other shows but those arent good repeat numbers even for CW and Nikita hasnt been repeating at 0.4 but 0.2.Also, I say Nikita will be lucky to stay at 0.4 cause last spring it was CWs lowest rated scripted show only doing better than h8tr,remodeled, la complex and doing same as Ringer and Ringer,h8tr,remodeled all were cancelled and cause all but one cw show averaged 0.5_0.7 last season so 99% of them did better ratings wise than Nikita so no im not saying theyll be at 0.4 this fall cause they didnt do as bad as Nikita plus Nikita was loosing viewers weekly at end of the season & a lot of fans werent happy with sl of last season.

  • Mark Wood

    No Nikita doesn’t get the same repeat results as the rest of the CW in repeats, remember we have lots of rerun data from SPN also on a Friday and also even at 9pm, so clearly one can see a difference.

    And as most shows decline year to year to expect Nikita to perform in the same manner it started last season a .6 is ludicrous (it might but statistics would say its highly unlikely). AS for the real season when Top Model is its lead in, it will actually have a smaller lead in then when it aired at 8pm last year with random syndicated programming.

    So I think .4 to perhaps a .5 (which I think would be quite rare), is a solid statistically based estimate on how a show with Nikita’s past ratings would perform.

  • Mark Wood

    Oh and jus so people understand the CW has one summer Friday in adults 18-49 before, and even with different programming on all the other networks, remember this program called WWE wrestling, aired year round no reruns.

  • Colin

    Nikita numbers are low because another show cut right into the show, idk what happened but Nikita didn’t have a full hour of the show.

  • Colin

    @Brandy, the only reason why Nikita premiere was down bc it went from Thursday timeslot to Friday.


    @ Ultima

    Correct–not adding the 00 to 0.600 was my bad, but same conclusion was drawn

    “you say tomato, I say to-mah-toe”

  • Tahj

    I can’t wait for Whitney and Nikita new episodes on October 19th.

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