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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  • tv#1

    I could see CBS moving Hawaii 5-0 to Fridays for mid-season replacing Made in Jersey. Than their new drama Golden Boy could take over Mondays at 10.

  • SarahL

    I wonder how moving CSI NY to 9 p.m. would effect Grimm?

  • KS


    Like it was said by some official from CBS a few days back, I think, Nikita is sold by A25 – 54 demo, NOT A18 – 49, because it is said to be an old skewing show.

  • eridapo

    The Guy in me wants to see a little more of Janet Montgomery (my type), but the show sucks….

  • senor chang

    Monday-Thursday shows Grimm beat or tied in demo:

    Animal Practice (1.4)
    Up All Night (1.4)
    SNL (1.5)
    Parks and Recreation (1.6)
    Guys With Kids (1.6)

  • Petar Ivanov

    @Michael and Bill

    You are both wrong. Before months i read that last season is last for one of CSI spin-offs, next – the other one spin-off and after that mothership. So no logic trying to save anything wich will be cancel after few months like CSI NY. h5o needs at least 2 more sesons too.(syndication deal)

    So most probably Vegas will take 9 pm slot in friday. But hell Bill give us the poll to reflect and discuss there. already said that early Tuesday will be first cancellation bear. I mean cancel index return.

  • thesnowleopard

    So, now that it’s obvious Fringe is not going to get stellar ratings in its last short season, have even the fringier Fringe fans let go of the hope that it will get a back 9? Probably not.

    Grimm did well. Not shockingly well, but it only needs to outperform its slot to survive and it’s doing that pretty handily.

    Yow at Made in Jersey. The Cancellation Bear feasts, already.

  • Spencer

    And i’m just wondering why CBS cancelled MIAMI and not NEW YORK???

  • Samunto

    I literally LOL at the 1.1 for Made in Jersey! That’s a colossal flop. The Mob Doctor is a hit compared to this! Cancellation bear!!!
    Then CSI:NY the only way it’ll get past 13 episodes will be due to lack of alternatives as a CBS used to so much success only orders very few pilots. Both are deader than dead!

    Go Grimm & Fringe!!

  • senor chang

    I didn’t think about that, but that is entirely possible. That would certainly shake up Friday nights some.

  • Tessa

    It’s so boring around here on Saturdays with no new Nikita, no Supernatural and Fringe marching towards its end. It will be like this for another month until Nikita comes back. Shame, used to be so much fun pulling hair with all you guys.

  • Dan S

    I guessed MIJ would be the 1st fall casualty. This show debuted worse than Mob Dr which I know isn’t long for the world. I’m thinking I may have picked the right horse after this disastrous premiere. Too bad Fringe couldn’t have edged it & got bragging rights it beat CBS. By the way what has happened to the Tiffany network anyway ? I was disappointed in both Vegas & Elementary, I feel,CBS isn’t even trying like ABC & NBC are doing with much better shows like Last Resort & RVN.

  • KS


    I think, I prefer Revolution over Grimm at this point of time. Grimm is just an average show on any day, but still watchable than a lot other crap. Revolution has a lot of potential and I think it’s gonna be huge as time progresses.

  • Cath

    My question: How many posters that hate CBS actually watch the shows on CBS? It won the night in the demos.

    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.

    Made in Jersey was weak but it came in second behind Grimm and had more viewers than the other shows that had 1.1, notably the demo darling Fringe. How many people are watching shows “Live” any more? As more and more choices open up those 1.1s will seem golden.

    CBS is still making buckets of money. The “old geezers” are keeping it afloat. That business model seems to work for them. No one is forcing anyone who prefers other shows to watch. I still don’t get all the contempt as if it is an affront.

    Gosh, if everyone wanted to make money and attract the demo, every network should run football each night in the fall.

  • The Old Woman

    @ SarahL

    I don’t think having Grimm on Mondays had any effect on it’s audience or build up it’s viewers. It got a 1.6 for it’s finale last year on a Friday. A 1.4-1.6 for Grimm is nothing new and the Monday run is not necessarily responsible for the decent rating it got for this episode.

  • Mon

    Because Miami sucks according to CBS exec

  • eridapo


    Difference .. Tons of people watch TV live on Monday’s. Hardly anyone watches on Friday… People go out or rent movies…

    Therefore a 1.4 on Monday is just as bad as a 1.1 on a Friday…. Probably even worst..

  • Petar Ivanov


    Well my friend…..legal dramas are dead. At least for now. But most networks continue to order legal dramas. Almost all networks already order legal drama. And they are even more boring than Criminal minds. Wich is almost impossible. I mean no one show can be more borung than CM right.

  • KS


    Hair? You used literally pull my leg all the time!!

  • eridapo

    @ Cath

    The Nielsen marketing machine says they have the ability to track how you watch (Phones, Streaming, and other methods).

    In my opinion, I don’t think they have the capability. Nielse might be able to get raw numbers from website traffic, but no way can they get reliable demo information unless they install some tracking software on your phone, pc, or streaming box….

    Just don’t see it.

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