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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  • James

    Made in Jersey is dead on arrival. CBS had the right idea in launching it at the 9pm hour but I guess the audience just didn’t want it. CBS may possibly move Vegas there if it goes down too much from the premier. Vegas could do okay by CBS’s low Friday standards.

    Blue Bloods low but by this time they’ll just keep the show for at least 4 seasons for syndication.

    Considering the rating for the repeat, I wonder if ABC would consider moving Last Resort to Friday.

  • Joe Jackson

    1.1, does not look like Fringe is long for this world. 13 episodes at most

  • KS

    Oh! I didn’t know that Grimm was on air. I have to download the show!

  • were123

    Fringe had a very good episode and the rating is in line with last season, true fans are watching the show ;)

  • SarahL

    Wait, Grimm had the highest ratings of the night on any network. Wow!

  • Tony ^_^

    “Fringe” and “Made In Jersey” tied?? Lulz. It will definitely fall below a 1.0 next week…


    It looks like Made in Jersey was a complete flop. It affected Blue Bloods ratings. Usually Blue Bloods does very well outside of CSI NY. I expect MIJ to be one of the first cancelled.

  • Erin

    Marc Berman has Blue Bloods’ viewers number at 11.02. I think the table is wrong.

  • John A

    So if Fox aired Another X Factor at 9pm it would do the same or better than Fringe.

  • Agnes

    Blue Bloods and CSI : NY both down 25% from last season premieres…

    CBS: The new NBC :p


    James absolutely I think Vegas would be an awesome show to try on Fridays at 9pm. Heck remember CSI first premiered on Friday’s at 9pm. I know Vegas is an expensive show but its worth trying and would be very comptabile with Blue Bloods.

  • fra

    GRIMM won the NIGHT! And this is a fourth episode of a NBC SHOW! Nbc must be celebrating… Great results. CSI is dead. If it falls to a 1.1-1.0 they will cut the episodes order to 13. Blue bloods didn’t do great, but not bad either. The 10.00 pm slot is difficult even on friday.
    Made in Jersey is dead!
    Fringe did how everyone expected to do

  • were123

    @Joe Jackson
    This is the final season of 13 episode, so ratings doesn’t matter, it will be on the air for 13 more episodes, closing its story arc ;)

  • Dennis

    Grimm’s total viewers are the highest since the season 2 premiere :)

    The little show that could :) :)

    Fringe will be fairly steady for the rest of its so far fantastic final season 0.9 – 1.1 for the rest of the season, 1.3 for the finale

  • Noname_Rex


    No…these are pretty much standard ratings for a Firday night. Granted they may be a little bit lower for a premier night, but these aren’t too bad, especially for Grimm, which is actually a pretty damn good number for a Friday night!

  • Juan

    Great for Grimm, it’s doing very well, also glad Last Resort got sampled well, it’s so good maybe it can do the impossible and increase next week or something

  • Greg

    Fringe was surprisingly high. I expect it to be below the 1.0 mark right in the start. And if Fringe can do a 1.1 for its premiere, I think Touch can go as high as a 1.3? Maybe?

    Made in Jersey DOA. Not a very good start for CBS season, so far.

  • Jake

    So which show is better Grimm or Revolution?

  • Ricky

    Wow, @senor chang was right! MiJ is a major flop! Maybe CBS will want to put in Golden Boy or UB in the next few weeks. And if GB flops as hard, then they’ll have an opening to bring back Unforgettable earlier than intended! Which makes me very happy.

    Also: Awesome Fringe and Grimm episodes last night. I watched Fringe live for the first time tonight, and I can guarantee I will be doing so each new episode till Feb. 1! It’s totally not looking good for our favorite Fringe team…and it’s not just because of those dreadful-sounding “egg sticks.” (Did anyone else think the egg sticks looked like rawhide chews for dogs?)

  • Dennis


    I think @JoeJackson was being sarcastic ;)

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