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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  • eridapo

    Fringe 1.2 3.42/ 1.1 2.93
    MIJ 1.1 7.80/ 1.1 7.68
    Grimm 1.5 5.09/ 1.6 5.53
    CSY:NY 1.3 8.81/ 1.3 9.19
    Blue Bloods 1.5 10.96/ 15 11.07

  • forg

    Is the total viewers correct for Blue Bloods? I saw this tweet:

    Joe Adalian ?@TVMoJoe

    BLUE BLOODS still most-watched Friday show, with 11M L+SD viewers. In demo, it’s a 1.5, down 25 percent from last fall’s 2.0 debut

  • Petar Ivanov

    @Made in Jersey is dead on arrival.

    NO its not. DOA is better than this. How the hell CBS ever gibe go for this show that is the question. Even ABC won’t give permision for that show.


  • blue

    Goodbye Made in Jersey, an inane show.

  • Red Jane

    Go Grimm
    Goodbye Made in Jersey – @Dinaminjo – I am guessing VERY low…

  • John A

    CBS numbers are really bad. CSI NY should move back to 9pm.

  • Dinaminjo

    New question of the day:
    is CBS confident enough to be the first network to pull the trigger?!

  • Bubu

    those blue bloods number are wrong. the first half hour had 10.96 m viewers, the second 11.07 m.

  • Tristan

    How many weeks before CSI NY comes back to 9 pm? A 1.3 without much competition is …well not good.

    Fringe did its Fringe thing, expect the same numbers for the rest of the season except maybe the finale).

  • Petar Ivanov

    What was A Giftet man ratings P….

  • Tricia

    Total viewers on Blue Bloods is wrong according to other sites. Marc Berman has it at over 11 million viewers.

  • juank

    is that bad for blue bloods??

  • Petar Ivanov

    I will be shock if Made in Jersey is not all time low for drama premiere at least on CBS if not on Big 4.

  • Oliver

    Great repeat numbers for Last Resort. Good for NBC/Friday numbers from Grimm, boosting the show worked.

    MiJ is DOA. Tough year for CBS. Perhaps a good timeslot for Unforgettable’s early return?


    Ouch for CBS. All 3 shows are duds. FOX knew Fringe wasn’t going to do well, so no surprise there. ABC did Okay, good for Shark Tank, Last Resort repeated well. GRimm did good

  • Jared

    Made in Jersey could be a cute Friday show for CBS..but that pilot wasn’t it.

  • Petar Ivanov

    Good day for Grimm and fringe. If fringe wich now is almost for free for FOX and in Friday beat Mob doctor will be even more shame and laughable thab CBS Jersey show.

    For now award SHAME OF THE SEASON go for CBS 100%!!!

  • senor chang

    That’s fantastic for Grimm, especially considering it built in its half-hours. If the 8PM comedies work for NBC, they could end up taking this night too.

    Everything on CBS is down horribly. Could CSI: NY be back at 9 by November?

  • The Old Woman

    I don’t have anything to say except, GO GRIMM!!

    I hope it sticks with those numbers continues to stay stable. Not the best numbers but still not too bac.

  • r0ckmypants

    The real story is that the encore of Last Resort’s pilot tied two original programs in the demo, including a premiere. Hopefully this will give it an uptick for next week’s new episode.

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