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

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
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
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


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.

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


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    So glad you stated that you “warm up” while watching MIJ

    Back when I was clubbing, we watched the classic CBS lineup of All In The Family, Mary Tyler Moore & Bob Newhart, then even stuck around for Carol Burnett

    We wouldn’t be caught dead on the streets before 11:00, as that’s when the party really got started

    Glad to see it hasn’t changed much in the last 35 years (when I was 25) or so

  • K

    CSI New York should have been cancelled instead of Miami. Friday nights are fine, thanks to Grimm


    Have to admit I never commented two years ago, however did read some of the comments for amusement but always read the posts

    Decided to make up for lost time both last year & this

  • Fake Me Out

    @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

    They don’t focus on it because they hate the show and hope it fails and are in cahoots with the Neilsens, the Masons, the Knights Templar and Space Aliens to suppress the numbers to hide the truth from the public because they’re worried there’d be mass panic if we realized it wasn’t a scripted show after all but true reality TV. Run away, run away.


    RIP Michael O’Hare (B5: Cmdr Jeffrey Sinclair)

  • Bruce Blitz vs. Da Truth

    What dummy said BYE BYE Blue Bloods when its in its third season and getting the highest viewership on the night for two straight seasons going on three?

    @ K

    Ar you serious bro?

    CSI: NY has been getting it done on Fridays for two season now. It’s been keeping that block together after Ghost Whisperer left. Miami aired on a better night and was getting out-rated by CSI: NY most weeks.

    Please stop being dumb guys and get real with yourselves.

  • Ultima

    @dumb guy
    Miami aired on a better night and was getting out-rated by CSI: NY most weeks

    There was a not a single week last season in which a new episode of CSI:NY had a higher rating than a new episode of CSI:Miami.

  • billy mac

    there must a glitch in the matrix i see several commets about blue bloods total viewers under 10 million but it has 11,1 million ( see chart) and in my math class 11 is more not less than 10

  • Bruce Blitz vs. Da Truth

    Ultima there is not a single post you made without dissing somebody.

    @ billy mac

    A lot of people need glasses or their Hooked on Phonics.

  • KS


    Could you please stop calling everyone who asks you a question, “Crazy”?

    1. I don’t know what your site statistics are. All I have access to, is the number of comments. So, its normal for an outsider to think the number of comments is directly proportional to traffic. But I wasn’t 100% sure of the above formula, so I asked you about the Supernatural on this site.

    2. I never said, your website is snubbing the show. There were a lot of instances in the past, where Supernatural was said to be given step-child treatment. I myself have seen, how brutally it was trodden under feet by People Choice Awards. My statement was based on all the instances, but NOT AT ALL on your website.

    3. I have no idea what happened back then, but according to various reports Supernatural was always in the danger zone during its first three seasons.

  • Slam

    Supernatural outlasted a network. Somehow.

  • Slam

    Unforgettable probably isn’t even in production yet for mid-season.

  • oink

    CBS is off to a bad start:
    Partners is a flop
    2BG is okay but this is Mon at 9…home of Everybody Loves Raymond and Two and a Half Men
    Hawaii 5-0 had a big decline
    CBS Tuesday is okay but Vegas is skewing too old even for CBS’ standards
    Survivor-Criminal Minds-CSI > nothing to crow about. All aging shows, not really a ratings winner
    Thursday- Only Big Bang is meeting expectations. Lots of questions about the TAAHM move…could’ve performed better in its original Monday at 9 home; POI – ehh;, Elementary – very middling result
    and Friday – well, you just read it – LOWS for CSI:NY and Blue Bloods; and another flop in MIJ

  • Ultima

    @billy mac
    in my math class 11 is more not less than 10

    Yes, we’re all dumb and didn’t know that.

    There’s no possible way that those comments were made before the number was edited to the correct value, because that would just be ridiculous.


  • Bruce Blitz vs. Da Truth

    Ultima clearly is Hooked on Phonics can’t read or write.

  • Tom

    Ye gods at MIJ’s premiere.

    Clearly, it won’t be airing at 9pm come sweeps, but the question is what will the schedule be? MIJ/CSI:NY, Vegas Repeats/CSI:NY, or Elementary Repeats/CSI:NY? (I don’t think CBS breaks out UB this early, especially given the shallow bench, but that’s not impossible either.)

  • Anthony


    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

    That is what you said. It sure seems like you are saying this website snubs the show. That may not be what you intended, but that is how it came off.

  • Dean-W

    CBS has some major choices to make in the coming weeks:

    1) The Cancelation of Partners and Made in Jersey.
    2) Give a full season order for Vegas (22 episodes) and Elementary (23 episodes).
    3) Give two more episodes to CSI: NY (the season will end with 200 episodes) and move it back to 9/8c.

    For next season CBS should:
    1) Move Hawaii Five-0 to Sunday at 9/8c.
    2) Move Criminal Minds to Friday at 9/8c (I know it’s still a high rated show but it could be an excellent lead-in for Blue Bloods + CSI: NY Had the same ratings when it moved).
    3) Cancel The Good Wife, Vegas, (maybe ?) Rules of Engagement, Friend Me and Golden Boys.

  • Ultima

    CBS is off to a bad start:

    Nonsense. Excluding football, they’re the highest rated network this week.

    CBS Tuesday is okay but Vegas is skewing too old even for CBS’ standards

    CBS is the highest rated network on Tuesday! Also, it’s completely irrelevant how old a show skews. Vegas had a 2.5, that is all; it’s not great, but not awful either.

    Elementary – very middling result

    It was the second highest rated new show this week (after Revolution) and is doing significantly better than anything else at 10pm.

    Their premiere week wasn’t as big as last year’s, but it’s hard to qualify it as “bad.” They’re still very strong and everyone else is having problems as well.

    Sure, there will likely be some quick cancellations, but CBS knew they had a weak development season and brought back a couple veterans to plug the inevitable holes.

    Finally, nothing has happened so far that suggests there’s even a small chance that CBS will not finish the season at #1.

  • Ultima

    I don’t think CBS breaks out UB this early, especially given the shallow bench

    Shallow bench? They have Undercover Boss, Golden Boy, Unforgettable and possibly The Job.

    There’s only three hours of new shows on their schedule that they might need to replace.

  • Prime Time 21

    Being down from last year doesn’t necessarily mean you’re network is off to a bad start. CBS’ numbers are still really healthy for most of their programs.

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