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

    @Petar Ivanov

    2011 Premiere Numbers

    A Gifted Man (Series Premiere) 1.4/5 9.31
    CSI: NY (Season Premiere) 1.8/6 10.67
    Fringe (Season Premiere) 1.5/5 3.53
    Blue Bloods (Season Premiere) 2.0/6 11.85

  • Petar Ivanov

    @James & JONNYSBRO

    I agree with you guys, Vegas for friday is best CBS option here. But Elementary is also crap and will fail fast. And CBS are without iptions for sitcoms and dramas.

  • Mon

    Please CBS, put back CSI: NY to 9pm. MIJ’s not worth sacrificing for.

  • s0303

    yes!!! grimm won the night and even got better ratings on a friday than on a monday! that’s kind of weird…guess nbc knows not to mess with its friday slot anymore…

  • Dan

    Made in Jersey is DOA, as my prediction. It may last a few more weeks if its lucky and then will likely replaced by repeats of NCIS or something. Maybe then CBS will replace it with Undercover Boss and then their usual midseason drama flop. Elementary and Vegas will both get full seasons with one likely getting a second season, maybe both. Partners will last a few more episodes and be replaced by Rules.

    CBS always predictable.

  • Networkman

    Made in Jersey needs to be cancelled immediately. CSI:NY needs to be put back at 9pm. It is not an 8:00 show. CSI:NY was strong competition for Grimm. The duo of CSI:NY and Blue Bloods is perfect. Blue Bloods had such a strong episode last night. It was possibly my favorite episode of the show. CBS is going to need Blue Bloods to remain on Friday for a couple of more seasons to help launch other shows or to simply help the network stay competitive. Tom Selleck brings in alot of viewers.

  • SarahL

    Actually, by putting Grimm on Monday, NBC clearly helped grow its audience. Give it credit for getting something right.

  • soso

    even the repeat of the voice has more ratings

  • jens2488

    How long until Golden Boy will replace Made in Jersey?

    Great for Grimm!

  • Petar Ivanov

    Lets lake fast recap here:

    CBS ALL NEW SHOWS(sitcoms and dramas) FLOPS, BOMPS etc. and not only flops but flops big. Only Elementary can take full season even that is bad show.

    What the hell CBS do. And h ow they get here.

    You was SO RIGHT for this year ratings. Congratulation.
    Eridapo , did you know is this all time low for CBS…i mean for new drama premiere.

  • KS

    Not even a single new CBS show so far shows any promise.

  • senor chang

    I’m honestly shocked at just how much weaker CBS is this year. Elementary had a solid premiere…and nothing else is working. Mondays needs support at 8:30 and 10, Vegas debuted on the bubble, and Thursdays haven’t made the gain they wanted. And now Fridays are DOA? Um.

  • Mitchell

    Very, very solid numbers for Grimm. Hopefully it doesn’t get adjusted down and maintains somewhere close to this for the next few weeks at least.

    Can’t wait for Michael Grant Terry to appear woohoo!

  • Petar Ivanov

    @I’m honestly shocked at just how much weaker CBS is this year.

    We are ALL shocked. Think that even Tv bu the nimbers writers are shocked. 100% CBS are shocked. This is like there nightmare. Theu sure was expexting almost all shows to be hits and they ALL flop with one so major flop may be all time low. Even Elementary for me will flop. Its crap show. No one GOOD at leat qualoty even without good ratings show is true shame for CBS. What tha hell they are watching for all season long…….

  • tv#1

    Not bad for Fringe, but obviously could be better. It is the final season, so I don’t think we have to worry.

    Grimm did well. Fridays really are the best night for that show.

    Made in Jersey kind of bombed. It was kind of a waste for CBS to pick that series up anyways. They already have The Good Wife. They should have just placed that on Fridays.

  • Brian

    WHOOOHOOOO!!!!! Grimm won the night and brought another awesome episode. This show will always rock :)


    Both Grimm and Revolution are great and I watch both. NBC is really pulling itself together.

  • Agnes

    Last year CBS debuted 7 new shows and only 2 survived (Unforgettable doesn’t count in my books as a renewal). So 1 out of 4 this year so far is in line with last year.

    CBS’s main problem is they make a whole stack of shows that appeal to the same ageing demographic timebomb – chickens gotta come home to roost sometime…

  • tvwatcher

    Great for Grimm! I hope it’s adjusted up a tick in finals. For me, it’s wonderful to have it back on Fridays.

  • JR

    Would be nice if Shark Tank is adjusted up in the finals; it wasn’t last week. or did the adjustment have more to do with the 1-minute overrun that week? I haven’t tracked its history of adjustments in the past.

  • SJ

    Blue Bloods still not in the “under 10 million” club! Yay!

    Grimm, Shark Tank and Blue Bloods (and the newsmagazines, obviously) are the only shows worth saving on this night. Everything else just needs to go.

    I predict that CSI: NY will slide back to 9pm and that Undercover Boss will be brought back earlier to fill the 8pm hole. I wonder how many episodes of NY CBS ordered this season. Probably 13, but I can’t seem to find the info anywhere.

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