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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  • Dude

    This was pretty much expected or Made In Jersey. It’s like Legally Blonde meets Jersey Shore, the only people this show is appealing to are likely out on Friday nights.

  • Tom

    @ Cath It’s a safe bet that Made in Jersey will drop significantly next week – if it’s still around. One particularly offensive aspect of the show is that the legal proceedings were a complete fabrication. No court operates that way. It looks like the writers made up what they needed to suit their storyline. I enjoy a lot of the CBS shows, but I don’t know what the network was thinking when it greenlit this one.

  • KS

    Oh!! Wait Wait Wait!! I have heard, that Supernatural season 8 is being almost simultaneously aired in India, along with U.S.A. with a gap of 1 or 2 days, thanks to its rabid Indian fan-base and Supernatural frequently trending on twitter. I guess, CW finally opened his eyes. I hope they dub the show into Local language so that they can gain ever more audience.

  • Slam

    I can’t see why people are excited for NBC. It’s terrible what is happening with all 4 nets this week (CW might as well not even premiere). But to be excited that NBC is front of an avalanche slide, is worthless. The Voice is the only show that could prove to be worth returning next year. And maybe Dateline!

  • Ultima

    Not a very good start for CBS season, so far.

    Nonsense. Monday through Friday of premiere week, CBS is the top network, averaging a ~2.7 while the other three are averaging ~2.3.

    You should be comparing CBS to the other networks, not your fantasy expectations.

  • John A

    Weird the no one bashed Nikita repeat ratings Lol.

  • IceCreamWithHilda79

    Fringe is pathetic and FOX deserves these totally embarrassing numbers. Dropping 4 points season to FINAL season is a joke. They should pull it from the schedule and just release it on a DVD that everyone can then ignore as well.

  • eridapo


    The question really is “what is CBS’s strategy to make money”. I’ve heard it said here that CBS believes that “if you get enough eyeballs the demo will eventually follow”, but I don’t think there is merit to this. CBS to me seems to prefer a specific audience (call them geezers or what have you).

    This audience is reliable and will consume (nearly everything CBS offers).

    In business sometimes your strategy is to cater to the reliable customer that will always buy from you and keep you in business forever than to cater to a flash in the pants customer who might buy once from you but might not be there in the future….

  • Patrick G.

    Bummer about “FRINGE,” though at least it’s still in the 1’s (for now). I suspect it will go out with a whimper :(

    While on the one hand it is refreshing to see the show finally move past the twin universe storyline mixed in with procedural episodes, I had really grown to like the parallel characters and the stories on both sides.

    I am very dubious about making the show entirely serialized for its final 13 episodes and revolving it around a totally new plot with the Observers. The Observers never came across as villains in any of the past seasons. They were merely what their name suggests…Observers! I suppose kudos can be given for the decision to fully serialize the show now in its final handful of episodes, but why bring in a totally new plot to do it and risk alienating even more viewers? I guess the producers just said WTF and decided to do something new for their last hurrah?!

    Whatever. I’m still a huge fan, despite the disappointing start to last season, and will miss “FRINGE” when it’s gone. “REVOLUTION” and (perhaps) “Last Resort” will be the only sci-fi left for me on network T,. especially since SyFy is just a reality channel now and not worth watching! Where is a fanboy to go?!?! :(

  • Petar Ivanov

    @Cath who said:
    My question: How many posters that hate CBS actually watch the shows on CBS?

    ME: Why do you think that if I or else criticized CBS hate it. I mean when CBS new drama premiere with ALL TIME LOW what do you ecpect… to congratulate CBS.
    This year all CBS rookie shows are CRAP! Sorry but this is my opinion. They continue with this old and older cast. And even when they give a chance for some young faces is on legal dramas …come on.

    @Everything on regular TV is losing demo viewers.

    ME: OK let’s these shows to be with not so good ratings. But they are bad. And CBS always was trademark for quality shows. Sitcoms and dramas. And only year after 2 BG and POI they have what….Vegas, made in jersey and partners….. come on, be fair its almost unreal drop in quality.

    @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.

    ME: Three words – ALL TIME LOW!!!!!!!!!! Your position is indefensible, The true is that CBS in year where will ne Number 1 network DECLINE and decline big in their new shows dramas and sitcoms.

  • Michael

    @Cath- the point is that Made in Jersey is the worst of CBS’s shows, in both demos and total viewers. So it’s going to be the first to go. That’s the way the Cancellation Bear works.

  • Ultima

    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.

    Clearly, this is all the inevitable result of a poor lead-in last year and poor scheduling this year of Person of Interest. It was supposed to be the tentpole that held up the network, but CBS’ mismanagement has turned it into just a regular show and the rest of the schedule has collapsed around it.

    Right? ;)


    Oh, Tessa

    Some of us don’t have that much hair left! Pull mine, I say

  • eridapo

    @ Patrick G.

    “I am very dubious about making the show entirely serialized for its final 13 episodes and revolving it around a totally new plot with the Observers. The Observers never came across as villains in any of the past seasons. They were merely what their name suggests…Observers!”

    ITA…. It just seems like a different show now. Same characters, different show.


    @ Ultima

    2.7 for CBS & 2.3 for the others

    No fantasy here (ie) well put

  • David

    It’s such a relief to know that I do not have to worry about Fringe or Nikita (unless it just collapses) because of syndication. Revolution is doing good now and if it stays about a 2.0 NBC will renew it because they have no other dramas to do anything with. I just hope that last Resort does good enough and Person of Interest stays steady, but with CBS having their new dramas do horribly I am not worried too much about POI because they can’t cancel that many shows.

  • senor chang

    As good as it might have sounded at the time, slotting TAAHM to Thursdays was not a good move for CBS. May as well have left Rules at 8:30, held M&M for midseason/replacements, and slotted Partners at 9:30 Mondays.

  • senor chang

    Wow, FOX/ABC/NBC all tied? Amazing.
    Of course, factor in Sunday Night Football and the fall looks to shake out a little differently. That must be at least encouraging for NBC, though: if they improve Wednesday/Thursdays in the winter it wouldn’t be too unrealistic to say they could at least tie ABC. (Unless Mondays/Tuesdays implode or something…)

  • Jonathan

    Here’s a question, with these Friday numbers, if Community debuts and pulls in a consistent, let’s say 1.3, is that good enough to get them a back nine or even a fifth season?

  • Dennis

    FLOPIKA is a pityful mess!!

    BAHHAAA 0.2

    Haha there ya go John A

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