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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  • Holly

    Great numbers for Grimm. A 1.6 on a Friday is excellent, especially for NBC.

    Made in Jersey is not long for the world. But that shouldn’t really surprise anyone. The question is whether NY would recover if moved to 9.

  • eridapo

    @senor chang

    It is not just CBS… Look at Fox…. Besides XF, everything else is tanking.

    @petar Ivanov

    I can not recall anything premiering lower than Jersey (Drama wise), but Bill Gorman could probably tell you if there was…

  • a p garcia

    I was to generous in the ratings, but surprised that MIJ and Fringe tied with a 1.1. but glad that Grimm won the night with a 1.6.

  • KS

    My biggest worry is, once Fringe ends, there is no real Sci-Fi on television. I have heard Fox ordered a new series, written by Fringe writers and is a bad robot production and is set in the near future and is based on Androids and human relationship.


    Guessed 1.1 for both Fringe & Made in Jersey–RIGHT ON!

    Blue Bloods losing .5 from last season is rather surprising.

    Made in Jersey pilot–couldn’t believe all the young cast members + a Florence & the Machine song to end the episode. Was this CBS?

    0.2 Nikita–really?

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    @Holly, we’ll see soon enough. I imagine a timeslot swap between MIJ and CSINY is coming ASAP.

  • eridapo

    Well throw ABC in the mix too. Other than Greys and MF, ABC is down too. DWTS is collapsing, and the 10PM shows are between 1.8 to 2.2.

    The only network that has improved is NBC, but it is not hard when you were already at or near the bottom of the well..

  • Petar Ivanov



    @ Omabin

    Since Blue Bloods is in its third season, a second season is a given

  • eridapo

    @Petar Ivanov

    Thanks for the words. The one where I blew it was Greys…. I really did not expect the show to premiere as well as it did. Just goes to show the loyalty of its female fanbase who have not grown tired of the show….

  • Dennis


    But last nights episode was dreadful

    The “sheep” attacking the bluthboth was hilariously stupid

  • Michael

    @Bill, are you sure? I’m wondering if CBS might move Hawaii 5-0 to Fridays.

  • eridapo

    @ Bill Gorman

    Was Jersey’s 1.1 the lowest rated CBS premiere ever for a drama?

  • tvwatcher

    “So which show is better Grimm or Revolution?”

    IMO, so far, Grimm. Revolution is okay, but with too many issues. If they can iron them all out and make some very MAJOR changes, it will be a very good show.

    “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″

    Thanks. Grimm was able to build its audience in the coveted demo! Sadly, poor Fringe lost some viewers in the second half hour.

  • OMG

    Broadcast ratings are down so much.

    Sure NBC improved, but it is a lot easier to improve when the previous season you have all-out flops and “I give up” programming like The Playboy Club and The Sing Off on Mondays! It is like NBC didn’t even try last season.

    For Made in Jersey, you know it is bad news when you TIED with a final season premiere of Fringe (which is getting renewed due to good faith by the network?) and a repeat of a Last Resort which itself is considered to have premiered at best modestly last night.

  • senor chang

    Well…at least Made In Jersey was stable?

  • Rob3008

    I know it’s in its final season, but it’s so bizarre not having 99% of the comments on Friday’s ratings about Fringe!

  • cc

    Grimm, the only show I watched last night.

  • Robert David

    Check out last night’s winners and losers. http://tinyurl.com/8swh87y

  • Dennis


    Simply because FRINGE fans have no need to post about the ratings :)

    We got our ending

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