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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  • huldu

    The Fringe episode was boring, bland and painful to watch through. I expect a drop for next week…

  • Kyle

    Last Resort repeated very well. Hopefully this will give more exposure to the show.

    I can’t believe how bad Made in Jersey did and the premiere for Fringe was very weak.

  • John A

    So has Lance Reddick been dropped as Series Regular on Fringe? I noticed his name wasnt on screen after the credits. Budget cuts is to blame i assume.

  • Sara

    Just here to say how wonderful it is not give one good gd about Fringe’s ratings. The show defied the odds, the haters, and this very website. Now it’s playing to its strengths and we the fans love it. 12 more episodes.

  • Tested

    Cath wrote: “Everything on regular TV is losing demo viewers. Are they tracking the people who watch shows on their phones, computers, iPads and similar devices? We certainly have to sit through irritating ads on those too. Just not as often”

    Yes they are, but those numbers are tiny compared to these.. and are not included in these numbers. The numbers you see reported here are the important ones. There may be some benefit to a show that does well in the +3 or +7 ratings, but generally speaking the live+same day numbers you see here are what will determine the success or failure of a show.

    My view has been that ultimately the networks will have to find a way to monetize DVR viewership. It takes up a bigger bite of the overall viewership each year. They will either find a way to make money off of that, or have to put on more shows that get good numbers with little-to-no DVR viewership. (in other words, live sports) That’s why 3 of the 4 major networks had college football on a Saturday night a few weeks ago.

  • Tested

    Regarding Fringe: Friday’s episode was fantastic! They are just running with the story this season. I love it. It wasn’t written to try to draw in a bunch of people who had never watched before.. it was just a beautiful piece of television written to tell a great story to loyal fans. I’m impressed that Fox gave us this last season. I don’t know if they’re making money on it or not, but it certainly makes me more likely to watch Fox overall knowing they will let quality shows have a chance to wrap up the right way.

  • omabin

    I think Unforgettable would be a perfect fit in this night and I wasn’t even a fan of the show. Kind of a no brainer. CBS’s biggest question mark will be what to do with the Monday at 10 spot at the end of the season though. As much as I love Five-0, it should have moved to Tuesdays at 10 this year and I think it will be at the end of the year. I think that if Criminal Minds keep dropping as the premiere suggested it would, it may be time that it conceeds the 9pm hour to some new blood. It could go well on Monday at 10.

    I think they have to stop with this idea of launching new shows on Fridays. They have plenty of shows needing to retire, just use Fridays for that. CSI would perform respectably enough on Fridays for 1 year for sure, maybe even two.

  • TheOnlyOneAndOnly

    Ahahahaa i laugh at the people who think that CSI:NY did very well.
    Your show will be cancelled soon, and please.. don’t expect to get 2 more episodes to reach the 200. you can thank god if cbs don’t cut the season to 12/13 episodes.

    just my 2 cents.

  • AprilFox

    Didn’t care for Mud in Jersey :P Fringe was brilliant and Blue Bloods was awesome.

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  • thesnowleopard


    I don’t quite see your point. Supernatural outlasted a network, Smallville outlasted a network. One Tree Hill outlasted a network. Even Seventh Heaven outlasted a network. Hardly a unique achievement. That Supernatural is the last one standing is more interesting, especially since it will now outlast the CW’s first “hit”, Gossip Girl, as well. But still not a record-breaker.

  • Slam

    It’s unique because those other shows were already hits. Supernatural was in its first season. I already said this.

  • Slam

    Will you people calm down about Unforgettable until someone confirms that it is actually in production and ready for even a midseason premiere?

  • Ultima

    Will you people calm down about Unforgettable until someone confirms that it is actually in production and ready for even a midseason premiere?

    Unforgettable doesn’t begin filming until January.

    No one should be expecting it to return before spring. Just like no one should be expecting Friend Me or Golden Boy to premiere in the fall.

    If CBS pulls a show for something other than repeats, it will be Rules of Engagement or Undercover Boss. They renew shows like that and leave them off the fall schedule for a reason.

  • shawn

    Blue Bloods is still looking Solid for a Friday night

  • Anthony

    It’s unique because those other shows were already hits. Supernatural was in its first season. I already said this.

    Yeah but it didn’t really “outlast” a network, the network was on the air for 11 years. Also in many markets it never even changed channels (when the CW was created it took the place of either the UPN or WB affiliate). In the cities where the WB became CW, essentially all that changed was the network branding.

  • Sharon N Setser

    Grimm was great! Will be watching every week. Belly up Made In Jersey. CBS bring back CSI Miami!!! Watched CSI NY, like all the CSI shows.

  • Slam

    @Anthony. It survived the WB/UPN merger. It outlasted a network that was discontinued where virtually all the other shows that premiered that season didn’t. I was talking to the comment that the show wasn’t successful in its early seasons. It was. This ain’t brain surgery. Relax, Francis.

  • Slam

    Thanks, Ultima re Unforgettable. And as previously mentioned, it was renewed for a summer strategy. Sure, they could premiere sooner but I would doubt it.

    Golden Boy is in production, though. So although CBS doesn’t often premiere shows in fourth quarter, it’s possible.

    All bets are over. This season is the shakiest ever. Things are gonna change.

  • Mike F

    @Bridge…..Thanks!….I’m sure you were not the only one that was able to read through my “wall of text” as I am sure your not the only one that agree’s with me that A Gifted Man was a great show, on the wrong night, and that CBS is headed in the wrong direction, big time. Apparently, Ultima and Bill are some sort of TV know it all guru’s and us “crazy people” have no business dropping by this site and weighing in, or giving comment, because, like the 9 to 10 million viewers of A Gifted Man, our thoughts and comments dont count….oh excuse me, everything that anyone else has to say that differs from their narrow minded opinion, is “Fan Excuse Bingo”, Give me a break already!:-( I have to wonder why these know it all brainiac’s dont work for CBS, ABC and NBC, or even Nielson?…. or maybe they do?

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