TV Ratings Friday: 'Shark Tank' '20/20' & 'Primetime: What Would You Do?' Down; 'Dateline' Up

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September 22nd, 2012

Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 1.5/5 0.9/3 0.8/3 0.7/2 0.4/1
Total Viewers (million) 5.16
5.38 3.10 2.97 0.96

ABC won the night in adults 18-4, while CBS was on top in total viewers.

On ABC, Shark Tank earned a 1.6 adults 18-49 rating, down from last week's 1.8. Primetime: What Would You Do? scored a 1.5among adults 18-49, down from a 1.7. 20/20 garnered a 1.4 adults 18-49 rating, down from last week's 1.8 rating.

On NBC, the Alma Awards earned a 0.6 adults 18-49 rating, down from a 0.7 for last year's telecast on September 16, 2011.,  Dateline scored a 1.0 among adults 18-49, up from last week's  0.9 adults 18-49 rating.

On the CW, America's Next Top Model garnered a 0.5 adults 18-49 rating, down from  last week's 0.6 among adults 18-49.


Overnight broadcast primetime ratings for Friday, September 21, 2012:

Time  Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
8:00 ABC Shark Tank 1.6/6 5.88
CBS Undercover Boss - R 1.1/4 4.75
FOX Bones - R 0.8/3 3.17
NBC ALMA Awards (Special) 0.6/2 2.45
CW America's Next Top Model 0.5/2 1.32
9:00 ABC Primetime:What Would You Do? 1.5/5 4.65
CBS CSI: NY - R 1.0/3 5.84
FOX The Mob Doctor - R 0.8/3 3.02
NBC Grimm - R 0.6/2 2.15
CW Nikita - R 0.2/1 0.60
10:00 ABC 20/20 1.4/5 4.94
NBC Dateline 1.0/3 4.31
CBS Blue Bloods - R 0.7/2 5.56


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.


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  • John A

    Fringe wont get much traffic. Its the final season so no one will care how it rates. Nikita and the rest will have more interest.

  • Ultima

    It’s safe to say that most Saturday nights next Fall, there will be three college football games head-to-head on broadcast network TV, and perhaps four head-to-head college football games most Saturday nights on broadcast networks within a couple of years after that.

    Another stupid prediction from the master of stupid predictions.

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