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TV Ratings Friday: 'Shark Tank' Dips, 'Grimm' Up a Tick, 'CSI:NY', 'Blue Bloods' & 'Fringe' Premieres Down + 'Made in Jersey' Premiere

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September 29th, 2012

Scoreboard CBS ABC NBC FOX CW
Adults 18-49: rating/Share 1.3/4 1.3/4 1.2/4 1.1/4 0.3/1
Total Viewers (million) 9.253 4.688 4.316 3.228 0.908

ABC & CBS tied the night in adults 18-49, while CBS was on top in total viewers.

On ABC, Shark Tank earned a 1.5, down a tick from last week's 1.6 adults 18-49 rating. 20/20 was flat with last week.

On NBC, the Friday premiere of Grimm earned a 1.6 adults 18-49 rating, up a tenth from the 1.5 18-49 rating its last original earned. Dateline scored a 1.3, down from last season's 2.0 fall premiere rating

On CBS, the season premiere of CSI: NY earned a 1.3, down from last year's premiere which earned a 1.8 18-49 rating. The series premiere of Made In Jersey earned a 1.1 adults 18-49 rating, your predictions were far too optimistic . Blue Bloods earned a 1.5, down from last year's 2.0 season premiere rating.

On FOX, Fringe was down from last year, earning a 1.1 18-49 rating vs. last season's 1.5 adults 18-49 premiere rating.

On the CW, America's Next Top Model was even with last week's 0.5 adults 18-49 rating.

Overnight broadcast primetime ratings for Friday, September 28, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00 PM ABC Shark Tank 1.5 6 5.892
CBS CSI: NY 1.3 5 8.999
FOX The X Factor -R 1.1 4 3.281
NBC Grimm -R 0.7 2 2.843
CW America's Next Top Model 0.5 2 0.916
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9:00PM NBC Grimm 1.6 5 5.312
ABC Last Resort -R 1.1 4 4.008
CBS Made In Jersey -P 1.1 4 7.744
FOX Fringe 1.1 4 3.176
CW Nikita -R 0.2 1 0.633
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10:00 PM CBS Blue Bloods 1.5 5 11.106
ABC 20/20 1.4 4 4.165
NBC Dateline NBC 1.3 4 4.794

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via press note:

In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 2.9/7; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.7/7; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 2.7/6; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.5/4. 

  • In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 1.0/5; "Late Show," 0.6/3; "Nightline," 0.9/4; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.5/3.
  • At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.5/5 in metered-market households) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.3/4).  In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.6/4 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.4/2).
  • At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.8/3 in metered-market households and a 0.3/2 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2012 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.

NOTE: All ratings are "live plus same day" from Nielsen Media Research unless otherwise indicated.

Definitions:

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.

For more information see Numbers 101 and Numbers 102.

 
  • DenverDean

    CSI: NY actually did quite well for the VERY early timeslot. As I said in the MIJ poll, it will be back at 9/8 by November (scratch that) in two weeks.

  • Mark wood

    I am very, very curious about the cost of Top Model. For a couple years it was theCW strongest performer I. Viewers, in adults 18-49, 18-34, and had great women demos in both age groups.

    So while the actual cost of making the show is going to be far lower the scripted programming, Tyra and any executive producers probably should be commanding huge salaries.

    And it’s rare for talent to take pay cuts, so how much better need it due over the cheapest fair to actual earn anything, after all for the CW it’s all on the broadcast as neither partner is the producers of the show (not to mention that most reality shows have fairly weak ancillary sales).

  • RyanCanada

    love Grimm

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “I have heard that an Indian Network, New Delhi Television, is suing Nielsen for the irregularities in ratings and its bias towards certain networks. Is that true?”

    There’s something going on there, but I haven’t paid attention to it. Google search is your friend.

  • Prime Time 21

    “Is a Whitney/Community combo going to come in third or fourth? No way they beat CSI: Redundancy and Shark Tank. The big question is can they beat Touch? Something tells me the answer is no, and they finish in fourth.”

    I think Whitney will carry a huge part of the load in that hour for NBC and I can see Whit finishing in 3rd in both viewers and the demo. Community is the question mark so if there is a chance NBC slips below FOX in that hour it is because of Community’s bleeding behind Whitney but if Whit does well in the demo we know Community can hold its own. Should be interesting though as I also can’t wait to see how the ABC comedies perform. It’s been a while since we’ve had sitcoms on a Friday on a major network.

  • KS

    @S.

    Are you sure India has only two official languages?

  • Dean-W

    Perfect Friday schedule for CBS:
    8:00PM – Unforgettable
    9:00PM – CSI: NY
    10:00PM – Blue Bloods

    A 100% New-York-drama-night with three strong shows.

  • KS

    @S.

    Damn it! I miss the edit button. The post got accidentally submitted even before I finished it.

    Even though, English is an official language, 5% of the Indians can actually speak the language according to the report here.

    http://www.thehindu.com/opinion/op-ed/think-rationally-about-learning-hindi-and-it-will-make-sense/article3942784.ece

    And on the top of that, not everyone can understand American English. So, Dubbing it into local language like Hindi and airing it on a Hindi network, I am sure this show will have at least 10 million viewers per week.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “It seems that the majority of this site’s disgruntled commenters (and likely the majority of the site’s visitors) are driven by shows with a similar demographic skew.”

    Few people who visit the site read many of the comments. A tiny fraction of the people who visit the site actually leave comments. I know these things from seeing the site stats.

    A tiny fraction of the people who leave comments are disgruntled crazy people. I know this from reading far, far too many of the site’s comments ;)

    As for “the majority of the sites visitors being driven by…”, it’s true that certain shows Chuck, Fringe, etc. drove lots more identifiable traffic than other individual shows, the amount of traffic that can be identified as being attached to any individual show is still very small vs. the total traffic on the site.

    The short version: the vast silent majority drives our site’s traffic, and barely reads comments, and almost never comments. Which is pretty typical of similar sites.

  • Marty

    @ Dean-W & Charlie Sheen

    Yes Unforgettable might be the perfect occupant for Fridays since its a New York based procedural too. I’m wondering if CBS will bring it back before the summer.

    @ Prime Time 21

    I can’t wait for October 20th to see how Whitney/Community does in the ratings. NBC hasn’t programmed an original sitcom there on Fridays since 1983 when they had Mr. Smith and Jennifer Slept Here scheduled.

  • John Doe

    Why is everyone saying Blue Bloods had low viewership? The chart says that it was the most watched show on Friday.

  • Brian

    Bye Bye BLUE BLOODS! so much for CBS and their big Friday! LOL

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “Yes Unforgettable might be the perfect occupant for Fridays since its a New York based procedural too. I’m wondering if CBS will bring it back before the summer.”

    My guess when it was “un-canceled” was that it was for spring 2013 back up duty, because they lacked faith in their new shows/didn’t have enough of them, not Summer 2013 duty.

  • Dean-W

    CSI: NY did well for a Show which never aired at 8/7c before with a “near zero” promotion (moments of the past episodes is not a good promo for a show entering its 9th season !)

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “Bye Bye BLUE BLOODS!”

    Blue Bloods not going anywhere, anytime soon. It needs to finish the 2012-13 and 2013-14 seasons to hit the likely minimum 88 episodes for syndication.

  • KS

    @Bill Gorman

    Supernatural brings in lot of commentators to this website. I can say that based on number of comments. They used to run for 10-20 pages almost every week last season, more than any other show. But I never see you or Robert giving credit to the show. I wonder why that poor little show always is the victim of snubbing :(

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “Supernatural brings in lot of commentators to this website. I can say that based on number of comments. They used to run for 10-20 pages almost every week last season, more than any other show. But I never see you or Robert giving credit to the show. I wonder why that poor little show always is the victim of snubbing ”

    Does Supernatural generate more comments than the typical show? Yes.

    Does traffic that can be attributable to Supernatural commenters make up a significant amount of the site’s traffic? No.

    Do the crazy think their favorite show is being slighted by the site? Quite often.

  • Tyson

    Supernatural, to date, hasn’t been a serious target for Cancellation Bear. The brothers could always outrun some of their CW brethren. Therefore, Bill and Robert don’t focus on it.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “Supernatural, to date, hasn’t been a serious target for Cancellation Bear. The brothers could always outrun some of their CW brethren. Therefore, Bill and Robert don’t focus on it.”

    Now, that’s far too logical to be recognized as such by the crazy.

  • Dean-W

    CBS should put Rules of Engagement and Friend Me on Friday at 8 and 8:30, then move CSI: NY to 9.

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