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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  • thesnowleopard

    It wasn’t *that* hard. Smallville and One Tree Hill did, too.

  • 728huey

    Holy crap at CBS’ numbers. Well, the numbers for Made In Jersey. Those are absolutely awful, even for a Friday night show, and it was the premiere episode. The Mob Doctor may actually outlast MIJ, if only for FOX to wait long enough for the NLCS games to begin and the presidential debates to occur.

    I expected a little bit of a drop for the broadcast nets, but not this big. CBS has apparently lost its touch for launching new programs, and their hits (save for 2BG) are long in the tooth. M&M and PoI are holding their own, but PoI isn’t the huge replacement for CSI CBS thought it would be.

    FOX is only being held up by X-Factor, and while the ratings look okay from the outside, they are hollowing out underneath, with Glee going down steadily, Bones getting old, and NG with sudden competition from Go On.

    ABC has some good shows on the air, but their lineup is uneven, and DWTS is getting old. Then again, so is GA, but it’s still their highest rated drama. Unfortunately, Castle, PP, and Scandal are underperforming, and it’s not looking so good right now for LR.

    NBC has made the biggest jump so far this season, but they have been in the gutter so long that even a couple of huge hits will only launch them safely into mediocrity. It looks like Mondays are solid for them, Tuesdays are looking better, and they are even looking fairly good on Friday night. And of course they own Sundays as long as football season lasts. But their vaunted Thursday night lineup is crashing badly, and they need to revamp it after this season. It’s really sad to see NBC doing so horribly on Thursday nights, especially with their history of owning that night in the 80’s with Cosby/Cheers/L.A. Law and Seinfeld/Friends/Will & Grace/ER in the 90’s and early 2000’s.

  • Alexa

    Fringe’s debut was an amazing episode. Going to miss that show.

  • Steve

    I was pretty bored with Fringe for most of last season until the last few episodes…. Watched this season’s last night and it was fantastic. I was a little iffy with how it would play out with it taking place in the future over run by observers but they completely sold me. I was impressed. I am definitely excited for this season now.

  • joss

    ABC Last Resort -R 1.1 4 4.008
    CBS Made In Jersey -1.1 4 7.744
    FOX Fringe 1.1 4 3.176


  • iknowgoodshows

    absolutely pathetic for fringe, the cast must be embarrassed

  • Patrick G.

    @ Richard Steven HACK (emphasis on the last word for obvious reasons)…

    When are you going to give up buddy? You have been incorrectly predicting “FRINGE’s” doom for several years now, saying it would settle below 1.0 all of last season and even the season before, and that it would be canceled at the end of each of the 3 seasons it was instead renewed for. YOU WERE WRONG!!! Give it a rest already!! Your predictions hold absolutely no credibilty here!!

    If by chance the show finally falls below 1.0 and stays there in this final batch of episodes, it won’t be because you were finally correct after 3 years of being wrong, but because the whole new direction of the show with the Observers was finally enough for even the hard core fans to say ENOUGH! And even if that happens, it won’t matter! In the end, “FRINGE” got its fifth and final season and will air all of its episodes and bow out gracefully. YOU WERE WRONG, SUCKA!!! ;)

  • Brian J


    Were I NBC, I’d find something–anything–that would work on Thursdays at 8:00, probably something unscripted. Try a couple of different things to see if anything works.

    Hopefully, something will click. Even if it doesn’t, but especially if it does, put that new Michael J. Fox sitcom at 9:00. The only similar competition might come from CBS, if it expands to four comedies a night on Thursdays. It might not succeed, but it could easily do very well. And if it does, it will be the new anchor of the night.

    If NBC were to find an unscripted show to put at 8:00 that works, that would take care of that hour. But even if it didn’t, it could hopefully find another show to go after the MJF show, which could then move to 8:00 to take on “TBBT.” Regardless, an improved 9:00 hour would almost certainly help whatever was at 10:00.

  • Hello

    I called it. I knew Made in Jersey will be the first one to get cancelled.

  • Slam


    Yes, but Supernatural was in its first season when the merger happened. The other shows were already hits. So, it wasn’t struggling.

    Even Viva Laughlin aired more than once. Don’t think they’ve ever cancelled a drama (or comedy) with one airing since Public Morals.

  • Slam

    Again, what does it matter what Fringe rates in its final 13????
    Not likely Fox won’t air them. At worst, it would run Saturday at 11.

  • Mumbo

    Although it’s early to say so, I’d say NBC must be pretty happy with how their fall is going. They’ve taken control of Monday night and carved out a foothold on Tuesday. That’s progress from last season where they were getting killed night after night. Sure, Thursday is suffering badly, but with The Office and 30 Rock already set to end, that night was going to get a makeover next season anyway. At least now that they’ve found footing in the first half of the week, they can get a little more creative and start working their way back into the second half of the week. I don’t want to jump the gun or anything but I’d say the rebuild has begun.

    Fox on the other hand…I feel like they’re going to be heading into some tough times. The foundation is crumbling. American Idol is suffering and I don’t see X-Factor being a long-term hit, and they just can’t seem to launch a drama anymore, while their veterans are not bringing in the numbers, namely Bones and Glee. American Idol doesn’t nearly bring in what it used to either, so they don’t get to coast from midseason on anymore, either. Things are going to get worse at Fox before they get better.

    CBS will be fine, but their Monday stranglehold has diminished and their previously dominant Friday night is completely gone. ABC seems same as always, they’ve got holes in the schedule but they have at least a foothold on every night, and they are capable of launching new shows.

  • Brian

    @ Bill
    Will there be a Guess Revenge ratings poll?

  • Rooks

    Made in Jersey will be the CB’s first meal. Probably canned next week if not sooner.

    Maybe LR should be a Friday show…might be its only chance for survival, long term.

    Fringe ratings…who cares? Tra la la.

  • Ultima

    I knew Made in Jersey will be the first one to get cancelled.

    It hasn’t been canceled…

    Don’t think they’ve ever cancelled a drama (or comedy) with one airing since Public Morals.

    Emily’s Reasons Why Not (ABC, January 2006) :)

  • KevinY

    I really liked Made in Jersey. I think many of you all week don’t seem to realize that expectations are down across the board for all the networks. MIJ still retained 85% of the CSI:NY audience.

  • scifi

    ABC should air Last Resort originals on Fridays. But now it’s too late to do it without promotion.

  • Joseph A

    Based on the Friday #’s , Made in Jersey is okay ,
    It did well in the demo , and won its time slot with viewers


    @ scifi
    @ Joseph A

    You’re kidding me, right?

  • Dan S

    I thoroughly enjoyed the season 5 opener to Fringe. This show is going out on a high note set in 2036 but missing Lance Reddick. At least we don’t have to sweat the ratings any longer, this show is destined to be a classic.

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