TV Ratings Friday: 'Shark Tank' Premieres Flat & 'America's Next Top Model' Hits Cycle High + 'Touch' Bonus Episode Fizzles

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September 15th, 2012

Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 1.8/6 0.9/3 0.7/2 0.7/2 0.5/2
Total Viewers (million) 5.923
3.130 4.614 3.035 1.12

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

On ABC, the season premiere of Shark Tank earned a 1.7 adults 18-49 rating, even with its season 3 premiere. The season premiere of Primetime: What Would You Do? earned a 1.7 adults 18-49 rating, and 20/20 scored a 1.8 adults 18-49 rating, up from last week's 1.2 rating.

On NBC, Dateline was even with last week's  0.9 adults 18-49 rating.

On the CW, America's Next Top Model garnered a season high 0.7 adults 18-49 rating, up a tenth from last week's 0.6 among adults 18-49.

On FOX, an "extra episode" of Touch earned a 0.7 18-49 rating, down six tenths from last year's season finale.

Overnight broadcast primetime ratings for Friday, September 14, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00 PM ABC Shark Tank 1.7 7 6.303
NBC Guys With Kids -R 1.0 4 3.298
CW America's Next Top Model 0.7 3 1.504
CBS Undercover Boss -R 0.7 3 4.186
FOX Touch 0.7 3 2.943
8:30 PM NBC Go On -R 1.0 4 3.06
9:00PM ABC What Would You Do? 1.7 6 5.395
CBS CSI: NY -R 0.7 2 4.73
FOX Bones -R 0.7 2 3.127
NBC Grimm -R 0.7 2 2.426
CW Nikita -R 0.3 1 0.742
10:00 PM ABC 20/20 1.8 6 6.125
NBC Dateline NBC 0.9 3 3.786
CBS Blue Bloods -R 0.7 2 4.927


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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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  • Greg


    ANTM did not beat Touch. Read carefully. They had the same demo and Touch’s overall viewership was far bigger than ANTM’s.

  • John A

    @Greg Touch matching ANTM in demo isnt embarrasing at all lol

  • forg

    Yay Shark Tank! The little show that could. I hope Last Man and Malibu Country will find an audience here especially how ABC is doing fine on this night

  • GARebelman

    FOX’s 18-49 winner crown is in trouble when NBC repeats do better than FOX originals. The Touch/Fringe pairing is going to be disturbing it seems.

  • Tessa

    Moving ANTM to Friday might have been a good move on CW’s part. The hour isn’t that competitive really. Seeing it improve its ratings against a new episode of Shark Tank could mean it has a chance to survive.

  • forg

    ANTM is doing fine on this night for CW, who knows maybe it could stretch itself to 1.0 as the season goes along

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “FOX’s 18-49 winner crown is in trouble when NBC repeats do better than FOX originals. The Touch/Fringe pairing is going to be disturbing it seems.”

    FOX’s “crown” is in more than just “trouble”, and it has effectively nothing to do with their entertainment programming.


  • jamie


    Is clearly Bondoel in disguise. :/

  • Brandy

    Great for Top Model!

  • Greg

    @John A

    Did I say that it wasn’t embarrasing?

  • Brian

    The ratings for Touch will be higher when season 2 premieres in late October. This should be a lesson to Fox telling them that you show season finales in the spring and not in the fall when the new seasons start again.

  • Dennis


    Ya it should get at least a 0.8! BAHA

    It’s gonna be fun to see FLOPKIA and Touch’s ratings when the new seasons premiere

  • Paul

    Go Ons numbers were great for Friday.

  • Oliver

    Surprised by the sudden ANTM increase. If it’s not due to pre-emptions then perhaps there’s life in the old dog yet.

    I wouldn’t read too much into an extra episode of Touch dumped onto the schedule pre-season. Don’t get me wrong, I think Touch will crash and burn, but I don’t think this particular episode proves much.

    GWK repeated better than I expected, but repeat numbers are always tricky to interpret, especially repeats of pilots, so I’m not going to read into it. I’m still convinced it will die a quick Free Agents-esque death until there’s strong evidence to the contrary.

  • bBop

    the 24 movie was delayed because of touch, makes me even more mad when i see these ratings!!!

  • Josh

    Does anyone know what yesterday’s episode of Touch was supposed to be? The guide said it was new, but it also showed season 1, episode 13. I figured it must have been some type of recap episode so I didn’t watch it.

  • Dan S

    I caught Touch last night but doubt I’ll watch season 2. This show got a pity renewal & will be lucky if Fox doesn’t pull it before it has its 13 episode order fulfilled. Looking forward to the final season of Fringe in 2 weeks but will likely get beat by Grimm.

  • Oliver

    It was a new original episode of Touch. Fox ordered 13 episodes but the show was running into summer so they only broadcast 12 at the time.

  • Dennis

    @DAN S

    Of Course GRIMM will beat FRINGE.

  • Kaylie

    Go ANTM!! Goodbye Touch. Its sad to see those numbers.

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