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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  • RG-X

    I NEVER saw ANY promo for the “Touch” Episode – I watch FOX a lot – saw NOTHING!

  • scifi

    Because there was no promo at all.

  • ABCFanatic2012

    Yeah ANTM!

    The show that just won’t go away!

  • Larry

    “Cablevision is only in about 2-3% of the US TV households. A very minor number.”

    Was thinking more along the lines that if ANTM was closer the high end of the 7 range as opposed to the low range they might have pushed an 8 and not expecting them to hit a 1.0 or anything :).

    Just a Nikita fan hoping ANTM goes up and gives Nikita any kind of help at all….look away from my shame lol.

  • John A

    Kinda funny that Top Model is going to help Nikita ratings when a few months ago Top Model was seen as a bad lead in. Make up your minds Nikita fans.

  • Larry

    I’m a Nikita fan but am fully aware that the show barely got away with renewal and probably didn’t really deserve it. If the network had more resources the show most definetly would’ve been a goner. But ANTM was all but starting to die on wednesdays and started off bad on fridays. So not really shocking with ANTM’s uptick that it looks better as a lead in (even with the shows having nothing in common) then it did just a few weeks ago.

  • John A

    When does Top Model end its current Cycle? By the time Nikita airs Top Model will be almost over. I guess CW didnt expect Top Model to perform at all well.

  • Justin121

    Moving Hellcats from Wednesdays to Tuesdays was a very stupid decision.

    Arrow could premiere anywhere from 1.2 to 2.1. I say closer to 1.2.

  • omabin

    This is how I would schedule NBC’s commedies:

    9h: Go On
    9h30: The New Normal (or Community)

    8h: 1600 Penn
    8h30: Community (or The New Normal)

    As it is

    8h: Guys with Kids
    8h30: Whitney

  • John A

    Why move community? Let a new show have a good timeslot and leave community die. NBC have been kind enough to community.

  • Red Jane

    Touch was an awful thing that run out of steam after one ep and became irritating after two more – Fox’s decision to renew it was completely preposterous. It will die a quick death this season

  • Mark Wood

    First Top Model isn’t performing well. We have full results from three weeks, of those three two were some of the worst ratings for originals to ever air on Friday for the CW, and yes I looked them up.

    THe third was opposite the weakest network lineup Friday will have for the full year based of historic data, even the weekend of Christmas had stronger reruns then what ABC, CBS, NBC, and Fox aired. Historically this just has never aired when the CW was airing originals, just reruns, and even reruns saw significant increases. So hardly anything do to Top Model.

    Now we have this week, and hopefully the show was able to build from its luck last week and that most of this rating is going to hold.

    But, please, please, please understand some exceedingly basic facts.

    Top Model if it manages a .6 is just equally the syndicated lead in average that Nikita got last year. So even if these numbers hold it will not be a better lead in for Nikita (at least not as far as general adult 18-49 numbers go, perhaps the female side of those demos but not the general adults.

    Plus we have yet to see how Top Model will perform with real COMPETITION. In the next three weeks we will actually get a could idea how Top Model will actually perform against the Fall Schedule. To make assumptions on how Top Model is doing know, assuming that will hold, and how it might benefit Nikita is statistically unwise. Enough so that if this was your field of business, you would be fired. On this I am not kidding in anyway shape or form. I work where I put food on my table by statistical models, trust me in this.

    Currently Top Model is down from its fall nearly 35% and thats when it actually aired with original competition from all other four networks. Hardly the fairest of comparisons.

  • Mark Wood

    JOhn A

    Its hard to say what the CW thought Top Model would do. Currently it is doing good, so please don’t think it is.

    But they might have actually hoped, that its various new programming would give the network more eyes going into the Fall season. Of that Oh Sit and Top Model are actually doing better then typical summer reruns, but the majority of the summer programming (original) is doing only slightly better then what the CW would have done. Its basically allowed them not to waste air time with Gossip Girl and 90210 which don’t rerun well at all, and for those two hours its been a minor increase, the rest….

  • Mark Wood

    Currently it Isn’t doing good. God I really need an edit.

  • JJA

    Personally, I don’t think ANTM will have any effect on Nikita’s ratings. The two shows are completely different, and they serve very different audiences.

    Frankly, if there is anything that may help Nikita’s ratings, it may be the buzz generated by its renewal. People may have gotten curious by the mere fact that it did get renewed, since so many people were expecting it to be canceled.

    Also, by the time Nikita premiers, there will be 5 episodes left of ANTM (provided there is one new episode per week). After that, it is possible the CW will move some other show to Friday nights. My money is on Hart of Dixie or 90210–whichever of the two has lower ratings this fall will find itself on Fridays with Nikita.

  • thesnowleopard

    @Mark Wood
    It’s hard to say how “well” ANTM really is doing when it’s coming in on the heels of a summer of lousy ratings for “original” programming, repeats and reality shows. Compared to that, it certainly qualifies more for “beast” status than “Oh, Sit!”, which hasn’t been getting anything in its slot an SPN repeat couldn’t get. Though I agree with you that the CW’s spackled-together summer scheduling was probably better than anything they would have gotten with repeating most of their shows. A lot of CW programming doesn’t repeat well.

    I also agree that once the CW’s fall lineup starts in, ANTM could start to look very bad. It’s hard to say, though, since the CW’s numbers have been so bad, and declining, for a few years, now. Then again, the standards for that time slot are pretty low, which is probably why ANTM was moved there. Same thing for Nikita–9pm on Fridays is the current network death slot.

    It’s not exactly a network vote of confidence that those two shows are on Fridays. But they could outperform their slots just enough to survive a while longer.

  • John A

    Considering Nikita was at 0.4 in that slot how is a 0.7 bad for ANTM? Sure it could drop or could hold steady. We have to wait and see.

  • omabin

    No final ratings? I am curious about Top Model!

  • Karin

    Final ratings?

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