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:


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.

Share (of Audience): The percent of households (or persons) using television who are tuned to a specific program, station or network in a specific area at a specific time. (See also, Rating, which represents tuning or viewing as a percent of the entire population being measured.)

Fast Affiliate Ratings: These first national ratings, including demographics, are available at approximately 11 AM (ET) the day after telecast, and are released to subscribing customers daily. These data, from the National People Meter sample, are strictly time-period information, based on the normal broadcast network feed, and include all programming on the affiliated stations, sometimes including network programming, sometimes not. The figures may include stations that did not air the entire network feed, as well as local news breaks or cutaways for local coverage or other programming. Fast Affiliate ratings are not as useful for live programs and are likely to differ significantly from the final results, because the data reflect normal broadcast feed patterns. For example, with a World Series game, Fast Affiliate Ratings would include whatever aired from 8-11PM on affiliates in the Pacific Time Zone, following the live football game, but not game coverage that begins at 5PM PT. The same would be true of Presidential debates as well as live award shows and breaking news reports.

Time Shifted Viewing – Program ratings for national sources are produced in three streams of data – Live, Live+Same Day (Live+SD) and Live+7 Day. Time shifted figures account for incremental viewing that takes place with DVRs. Live+Same Day (Live+SD) include viewing during the same broadcast day as the original telecast, with a cut-off of 3:00AM local time when meters transmit daily viewing to Nielsen for processing. Live+7 Day ratings include incremental viewing that takes place during the 7 days following a telecast.

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  • Brandy

    Were123, Nikita and Gossip Girl have two totally different histories to them so dont compare them.Nikita is the lowest rated scripted show getting 0.4 in its second season(7 of em)& Gossip Girl in its fifth with one 0.4(though dipping under a million viewers a few times).Nikita has barley escaped cancellation twice and lets just what its rsting are this season before being certain about season 4,5.Ive read the producers only want three seasons.Gossip Girl was renewed cause of many reasons actors contracted through season six, after five shows were axed last season cw couldnt afford to cancel it, with oth ending they didnt want to end another long running show, Mark Pedowitz said In a interview that established shows(90210,GG,SPN ect,) helped keep the network alive with two seasons of no real new hit shows,the writers/producers didnt write the finale as a series finale (Nikita did)a nd MP said he feels long running shows should get a chance to wrap up/say goodbye, GG is in syndication( ive heard Alias didnt do well in syndication so why would Nikita?)GG is the CW flagship show and GG used tothe longest running CW original show

  • Brandy

    Gg is Cws longest running original show,used to make a lot of money on itunes/merchandise sales and do very well in dvr

  • Brandy

    Plus,GG has a fashion line too_ I saw a Gossip Girl Romeo&Juliet Coutre dress at tjmax a couple months ago.Nikita dosent do well in dvr either only 0.7 while GG, HOD get 0.8_1.0& Nikita dosent do well in w18_34 /A18_34 or dvd sales_ ive read 10,000 or less sold.

  • Tristan

    Brandy you are so wrong and you lie through your teeth. So what if Nikita is not strong with women Smallville wasn’t either and supernatural isnt either. Oh and blu ray sales was the same it was for TVD so you again lie there. you lie and lie so much barely escaped cancellation you have no idea about that its now entering season 3 with full season order does not sound like danger to me. CW looks at other things besides ratings if you don’t get that then you are really dumb. Nikita excels in these other revenues for cw and Warner where they make lots of money on. Nikita is CW’s third Best earning show overall for them arround the world.

    Snowleopard you are a Nikita basher and also lie. And what is this crap about Nikita repeats doing badly are you kidding here id you say that then you should say ALL cw repeats do bad they get 0.2 and 0.3 like Nikita and they do not air fridays against preemptions and such

  • thesnowleopard

    @John A
    It’s unlikely that Nikita was any cheaper than either Ringer or The Secret Circle. Action shows are expensive. What it had were slightly higher and steadier demos and a few more episodes for Netflix than the new shows. Whether that’s good enough for a fourth season really depends on how much it falls this season (and its history indicates it will) and how well the new shows do. If most of them do well, there won’t be holes next year for marginal performers like Nikita when the CW orders new pilots.

    Gossip Girl has been canceled. It’s ten more episodes and done. The reasons it made it this far are likely a combination of just-high-enough ratings at the end of the past few seasons, the previous network head’s favoritism, and having enough episodes for syndication/Netflix. Unfortunately for Nikita, Gossip Girl’s failure to land anywhere good in syndication is probably making the CW rethink keeping marginal shows around just for the syndication possibilities.

    Bondoel, is that you?

  • charmedcraft


    “Brandy you are so wrong and you lie through your teeth. So what if Nikita is not strong with women Smallville wasn’t either and supernatural isnt either. ”

    SPN has a very large female fan base, so I guess that makes you lier also.

  • Someone

    Of course sptn have a strong female fan base. JP and JA says “hi” and the girls have an orgasm.

  • thesnowleopard

    Actually, SPN is 50/50 in female and male viewers. Always has been. It’s why the show was consistently on the bubble during the Dawn Ostroff years. The network was trying to win over young women and SPN didn’t get quite enough of them for the network’s tastes.

    So, does it have a strong female base? Sure. But it has a strong male base, too.

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