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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  • JJA

    Had the lead-in been a new episode of Supernatural, I’d agree with you. But hardly anybody watching ANTM will stick around for Nikita. The shows are too different.

    But again, the CW must have expected these type of numbers.

  • Mark Wood


    First: I doubt Nikita is going to be in any danger regardless of its ratings, even if they are so low that the show is then moved to simply be cover for rerun periods, or summer. That’s strictly due to it getting ever so close to what is now considered normal syndication numbers.

    So anything I say isn’t meant to have impact on its changes of renewal.

    But, it really depends first the drop is fairly heavy, as it enjoyed to date summer’s strongest lead in from an 8pm show, and still ended up with what roughly a third of its audience.

    This week was atypical, one of (if not the ) weakest Fridays of the year overall, but also the strongest 8pm hour for the CW for the summer, versus a tuesday through Thursday lineup that featured stronger then normal competition from the Democratic convention.

    It is actually disappointing to see Nikita only get slightly more then a third of the audience of Top Model.

    You are absolutely right in stating the CW has bigger problems (also a reason besides the getting closer to being syndicated) and that certainly helps Nikita.

    And you are certainly right that Top Model is probably not the best lead in for Nikita (though it managed greater retention rates with VD which is also heavily female driven, just less urban driven). But those numbers are barely better then what it did when it faced the Olympics airing against it. But sometimes you will be surprised by what shows have similar audiences, who would have thought that SPN and Gilmore Girls would be a better match then SPN and Smallville, or SPN and VD (based on percentage).

    Take SPN which lately has good lead in with the surprising performance of Oh Sit (seriously surprising), and I assume those audiences aren’t that compatible, yet it still basically holds 75% of that audience. Hell this week SPN is the strongest performing rerun, and in parts of the country faced both the Democratic Convention and the Start of the NFL football season (so nearly 50 million people were watching network television during the hour it aired) and still managed its .3 adults.

    II think its very easy to say that Nikita’s performance was disappointing based on all evidence we have.

    I mean we know SPN did better getting ratings during this summer, and with poor lead in. Though in fairness SPN was the CW 2nd strongest show when you r

  • Silvio

    Nikita was renewed because ratings of most CW shows suck. CW ordered 5 new dramas (most in their short history), yet Pedowitz had to give some pity renewals, including really awful rated Nikita and Gossip Girl.

    As for Nikita syndication, that’s just CW wishful thinking, that’s gonna end like Gossip Girl. GG reached 100 episodes – but no major cable network wanted it, not even compatible Lifetime or Oxygen networks wanted it. Poor GG finished at Style Network minnow, where it recently premiered with 0.080 million viewers. That’s 80K in primetime, while after all those years Supernatural still gets some 0.700 each morning at TNT, almost 10x more.

    Nikita is left to slowly die at Fridays until CW finds some compelling new shows. They’re netlet, they have no ressources to replace 8 of 10 shows over just one summer.

  • Tessa


    I understand your argument but why didn’t they give that pity renewal to Secret Circle? I know retention wise it preformed awefuly, but it was still a better rating puller than Nikita.

    My theory is that Pedowitz was a Nikita fan that’s why he chose it over Ringer and Circle.

  • Sid

    All of this over a Nikita repeat? It’s September and we’re still on the same discussion?

    You can deny it as much as you want to(and you know who you are), but reading these comments only show that it painfully baffles/bothers you that Nikita is coming back for a third season. :D

  • Sid

    Oh, fans of Top Model shouldn’t be jumping up and down yet. I mean look at what the episode aired against. It’ll nosedive back down to where it was(belongs) next week.

  • Sid

    “My theory is that Pedowitz was a Nikita fan that’s why he chose it over Ringer and Circle.”

    Took you long enough to figure that out; and here I thought you were as quick as a whip.

    Oh and he still is a fan. ;)

  • Sid


    All that hate on a Nikita repeat this week and I see that you’re jumping for joy. Two weeks ago when the hate was on Top Model, you were pulling the hair off your head with anger. Hypocrite much?

  • Tessa


    Just because I didn’t say something before doesn’t mean I came up it while typing. Do you come up with all of yours only when you start expressing them?

    It was the appropriate response to Silvio’s claim that Nikita was a pity renewal because it wasn’t, it was network prez favoritism renewal (which I have no problem with since he will also extend it to SPN, possibly for 10 seasons.)

  • Person of Interest

    Smallville Won many nights for the cw and i think TVD won in its premiere(not sure about TVD though)

  • thesnowleopard

    Smallville began on the WB not the CW. Different network.

    Wow, ANTM looks as though it’s got at least one more cycle in it after this, if it keeps up. Interesting that its ratings jumped after Labor Day. That summer/fall differential in network ratings is abrupt. Of course, these are still the overnights, so we’ll see if that demo holds.

    Nikita looks pitiful. I get that it was renewed because it was relatively stable compared to Ringer and The Secret Circle, which were new shows and had freefall ratings. But compared to what ANTM is getting in its old slot, or what SPN was getting in its new one (let alone on Wednesdays, especially when it was double-billed), Nikita’s repeats are awfully low. And its original ratings last spring were pretty dire, too. If the new shows do at all well and Nikita keeps dropping, it can forget being in the lineup next fall.

    I could see what someone suggested about it becoming a summer entry, but I think its budget is too large to justify that. It’s a lot more expensive to order new Nikita episodes than to buy some Canadian shows or reality TV for summer.

  • John A

    Nikita was saved because it was probably cheaper than Ringer and Secret Circle and CW couldnt cancel all its flops. Every network exec say they love a show doesnt mean its true.

  • Tony

    They should rename it FLOPKITA


  • were123

    CW must be very, very happy about having a 0.7 after a whole summer in which their highest rating was 0.5, which they only got once

  • peter

    the vampire diaries premiere didnt win its hour cause it was airing against nfl

  • were123

    I wouldn’t worry that much about repeat ratings; Ringer repeated really well and it got cancelled. Fringe repetead to 0.4 and usually got 1.2s, which is 3 times better ratings. An original of Nikita will certainly do better.
    Also, as someone mentioned before, if network executives likes a show is very important plus, because I’m sure that if Kevin Reailly wasn’t a fan of Fringe the show might have never seen the light for a fifth season (it would have been quite a long shot), so if Pedowitz is a fan of Nikita, and we count that it’s close to syndication, I think Nikita’s chances are very good to get 4-5 season, with one of them being announced as “the final season” so fans will get a fair ending. Just think about it, if they gave GG a final season when it hit 0.4 on Mondays (which is a rating Nikita pulls regularly on Fridays), then why wouldn’t they give one to Nikita? The only way I can see that not happening is that Nikita hits 0.1 rating, and that seems unlikely (at least right now).

  • John A

    Fox execs might like fringe but still WB cutting its licensing fee to fox saved that.

  • were123

    @John A
    By all means! But execs liking a show is a huge plus, just saying ;)

  • The End

    Speaking of Cancer, I wish they would just cure it already. Too many good people die too soon who deserve to live long lives. It’s a horrible thing for people to experience, less war, more cures.

  • Brandy

    Sid, no I’m not a hypocrite I just agree with Dennis that Nikita’s ratings suck(you,Bondoel, and a couple others here don’t get that)& with Tessa that it was only renewed cause 1.With Ringer, Remodeled,H8tr, Secret Circle cancelled& OTH ended, Cw couldn’t afford more than 5 new show for 2012-2013 season
    2Mark Pedowitz is a fan.
    I was glad-Not jumping for joy- that Top Model was steady with its spring finale and yes today I’m very happy for Top Model ,over a million viewers and 0.7 on Fri during summer that’s pretty good.Nikita couldn’t get 0.7 on Fri last season and it’s ratings look worse now with it not growing even in repeats out of a aging original Top Model and back in the spring SPN did two to three tents better in demo than Nikita(SPN. 0.6-0.7,Nikita 0.4-0.6)despite being an aging show too.I admit last weeks Top Model ratings weren’t good but average with Ringer,Nikita,OhSit originals.I m not a hypocrite I just don’t like people bashing a show or shows ratings that they don’t watch and I don’t pretend Nikita’s ratings are good when they’re not..I don’t bash a show or shows ratings that I don’t watch or like like & say Go Down fall (show name), Good (show names ) down maybe theyll cancel this crap or Good (show name) at 0.6 or 0.4 or whatever or make up childish stupid and crude names for shows-Hart of Dixie’s been called Fart of Dixie, Twat of Dixie ect.I talk only about facts and ratings not my personal opinion of a show. I like Nikita but season two IMO was not nealy as good season one and though I’m a Nikita fan I can admit its ratings are awful.I’m a big GG fan too and yes, last spring I could admit its ratings sucked.

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