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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  • chrisss

    I wonder if ABC will regret replacing one of their news shows with LMS/MC come November…

  • John A

    Considering Grimm kept dropping on Monday nights it might not beat Fringe by much

  • RJ

    ABC really should leave Shark Tank at 8pm. Why risk losing an audience with a move to 9pm? If anything, just put the comedies at 9pm. That way they avoid the NBC comedies, and have a much better lead in.

  • Tessa

    @Dennis:“Of Course GRIMM will beat FRINGE.”

    So glad that this time around Supernatural fans can sit back and watch the battle from the sidelines. ;)

  • Dan C.

    Shark Tank can still clobber, even in it’s 4th season!

  • Rifff Rafferty

    FOX reportedly pulled that episode of “Touch” out of rotation because no one thought it was any good. That sure is some accomplishment considering no episode they aired last spring was any good.

  • Tim

    Wow, Touch :(
    I give credit to FOX for giving the show a chance with the 2nd season, but no sure how they can keep it with those numbers. :(
    NBC did good for repeats,

  • Amy

    I am just glad we are not going to have Supernatural fans on this thread on Friday talking about why the ratings went down and if it is because of Castiel or not and pages and pages of discussion about the story. I would take Grimm Vs Fringe battles over that anyday ;)

  • Dennis

    @Tessa lol True! :) Supernatural should stay consistent on Wednesdays…

    But Fringe will probably be getting 0.8 – 0.9’s for the final season while GRIMM will stay consistent above 1.3 for the rest of the season

  • Riff Rafferty

    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.

    #10 in production order. Was not a recap episode.

  • luisl


    Indeed xD. Either way it really doesn’t matter, it’s Fringe last season.

  • charmedcraft

    “I am just glad we are not going to have Supernatural fans on this thread on Friday talking about why the ratings went down and if it is because of Castiel or not and pages and pages of discussion about the story.”

    Don’t be too sure about that, us SPN fans will probably be comparing how bad Nikita is doing vs when SPN had that time slot. Not me personaly though, I’ll just sit back and read the comments.

  • Michelle

    Not surprised re Touch. It wasn’t the premier, just an episode never aired last season. FOX did absolutely no promos for it. No one knew it was even airing! Fans are waiting for the premier in October.

  • Ram510

    Are people actually enjoying this season of Top Model, is that the reason for the ratings jump or is it just case it’s the only thing one at the moment?

  • Oliver

    I expect Grimm to comfortably beat Fringe. If it doesn’t then it’s a bit of a disaster for NBC.

  • CrimTV


    Fringe will not get 0.8’s-0.9’s for it’s final season! You must be psycho!

  • John A

    Fringe could get 0.8-1,0 for the season. It had 2 0.9 last season. Im hoping the final season effect may keep it at 1.0-1.2

  • Dennis



    The Last few episodes of Fringe were getting 0.9, 1.0 so it’s hardly a big suprise if the last few episodes show a decrease as well

  • Silvio

    Problem are not Supernatural fans and them posting a lot, but them posting about plots (and insane ideas how to improve it) and about everything but ratings.
    But the biggest problem are trolls like Amy and charmedcraft that always find the way to provoke them to start offtopicing.

  • Networkman

    Wow, Touch garnered close to 3 million viewers. That is better than I expected. I would love to see the breakdown for each half hour. The episode was really slow moving. I would want to see how well it retained viewers during the second half hour.

    Guys with Kids repeat did great for Friday night. NBC should really think about switching its timeslot.

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