TV Ratings Friday: 'Shark Tank' Rises & Wins Night, 'Fringe', 'CSI:NY' & 'Blue Bloods' Down, 'Grimm' Steady', 'Made In Jersey' Falls

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October 6th, 2012

Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 1.4/5 1.2/4 1.0/4 1.0/4 0.3/1
Total Viewers (million) 4.902 4.290 8.245 3.039  0.882

ABC was number one in adults 18-49, while CBS was on top in total viewers.

On ABC, Shark Tank earned a 1.7, up from last week's 1.5 adults 18-49 rating. Primetime: What Would you Do? scored a 1.4 adults 18-49 rating, down from a 1.5 for its last episode on September 21. 20/20 garnered a 1.2 among adults 18-4 down from last week's 1.3.

On NBC, Grimm earned a 1.6? adults 18-49 rating, even with last week. Dateline scored a 1.3 among adults 18-49, matching last week's performance.

On CBS,  CSI: NY earned a 1.2, down from last week's 1.3 18-49 rating. Made in Jersey garnered a 0.8 adults 18-49 rating, down three tenths from last week's 1.1. Blue Bloods scored a 1.2 adults 18-49 rating, down from last week's 1.5.

On FOX, Fringe earned a 1.0 18-49 rating down 9% from week's 1.1 adults 18-49  rating. Most of your predictions were right.

On the CW, America's Next Top Model scored a 0.5  adults 18-49 rating, even with last week.

Overnight broadcast primetime ratings for Friday, October 5, 2012:

Time  Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
8:00 ABC Shark Tank 1.7/6 6.02
CBS CSI: NY 1.2/4 8.37
FOX The X Factor - R 1.0/4 3.05
NBC The Voice - R 0.9/3 3.13
CW America's Next Top Model 0.5/2 1.11
9:00 NBC Grimm 1.6/5 5.19
ABC Primetime: What Would You Do? 1.4/5 4.54
FOX Fringe 1.0/3 3.03
CBS Made In Jersey 0.8/3 6.77
CW Hart of Dixie - R 0.2/1 0.66
10:00 NBC Dateline 1.3/4 4.55
CBS Blue Bloods 1.2/4 9.59
ABC 20/20 1.2/4 4.15


via press note:

* In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The
> Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 2.5/6; CBS's "Late Show with David
> Letterman," 2.5/6; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 2.8/6; and "Jimmy
> Kimmel Live," 1.4/4.
> * In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results
> were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 0.8/4; "Late Show," 0.5/2;
> "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" (1.1/4). 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 1.0/4 in
> metered-market households and a 0.4/3 in adults 18-49 in the 25
> markets with local people meters

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  • Brandy

    Ezdusit, you’re one of the only people that likes Partners from what I’ve read on here.Its the lowest rated comedy on the network,has much lower ratings than rest of CBS Mon. Comedy lineup and it’s episode on Oct 1. Got 5. Million viewers(even though networks care only about demo,not total viewers, that’s pretty low especially for cbs)& if you look at tvbtn CBS cancel/renew index, Partners has a average of .80 I think,the lowest of all CBS shows except MIJ & is certain to be cancelled.Partners is also dragging down the rest of the CBS Mon. Comedy blocks ratings.

  • Brandy

    Kavyn cause they’re already repeated Nikita season two & season two finale-they can only air a episode three times and they needed to have something on then/there. Theyre also trying to help to help shows that returning shows and new shows get more exsposure by repeating them, next Fri. They’ll rerun the premieres of arrow & Beauty/Beast.

  • Dan

    CSI Miami was showing signs of age. And besides it was Sunday Vs. Friday and it makes more sense that they kept CSI NY because if they axed that then theyd have 2 friday shows gone (CSI NY and A Gifted Man) and they would have to fully rebuild friday. For the past 3 seasons its been CSI NY and Blue Bloods on friday and its pretty stable.

    However you can look at it several different ways but I seriously doubt CSI NY will be renewed in May.

  • Dan

    @Bill – Thats true about syndication, which is why CBS hasn’t cancelled a drama after 2 seasons since Shark I think. CBS either cancels a series after its first season or if a series gets 2 seasons it will most likely get a third and then fourth. The Good Wife, Blue Bloods, and Hawaii 5-0 are all good examples of recent dramas that have lasted this far and likely will until syndication needs are met.

    Unforgettable may be the next drama that CBS axes after 2 seasons.

    @The Old Man – Id never thought I’d say this but CBS could axe The Mentalist in May simply because they don’t own it and its already been sold into syndication. However the numbers are still good for its slot.

  • Tom

    Kavyn: Th CW is airing repeats of HOD on Fridays to punish everyone who criticized Pedowitz for cancelling the Secret Circle.

  • Hank

    There doesn’t seem to be any real reason to watch Made in Jersey. It’s not compelling drama, the cast seems kind of thrown together and disjointed, when it first started I was thinking maybe it would be a light comedy.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Robert Seidman

    Why are they airing HOD repeats in the Nikita time slot if Nikita premieres there in two weeks?

    Besides because they want to promote HOD , probably because they can’t air repeats of last season’s Nikita after late September (when the new Nielsen season starts) without having to pay extra to do so.

  • Doug

    CBS is really a mess this fall, isn’t it? While ABC’s basic problem stems from the rapid decline of DWTS, and NBC is doing fairly decent, CBS has sprung leaks all over the place. These Friday numbers are beyond terrible for them – I would expect MIJ to be pulled by Monday.

  • Dan

    @Doug – Every network is a mess except ironically NBC. They want from fourth to first on Mondays and with the exception of Thursdays they arent doing too badly.

  • Dan

    @Robert – Another reason not having to do with paying extra is that the full second season of Nikita was repeated on The CW from May 25 to September 28 every friday in order. Airing any more episodes wouldnt make sense.

  • Richard Steven Hack

    Grimm’s episode was really pretty good – so much so I kept it on my hard drive for possible future viewing, which I haven’t been doing with Grimm so far. The return of Jaime Ray Newman and the addition of Alice Evans (late of Vampire Diaries) as well as the continued presence of Bree Turner made for babe city… :-) The episode was pretty tight as well.

  • alexjones

    okay i’ll admit, the fringe ratings suck. but that dosen’t matter because it’s the final season and they’ll give the show a proper ending.

  • ShawnM

    In retrospect, the smartest thing CBS could have done is move TM to Fridays at 9. MIJ isn’t only ruining its own timeslot, it’s also greatly affecting BB. TM could easily win that 9:00 PM timeslot and provide the perfect lead-in for BB. Actually, doing just that would still be smarter than cancelling TM–one of the few CBS shows that have performed somewhat decent thus far, although moving TM to a new night for a 3rd time would hurt the series and its drawing power again.

    I’m not quite sure why CBS would be more likely to cancel TM this season than they were last season. What would be the logic behind doing it now and not back then? 3 of CBS’ 4 new shows are probably certain to be cancelled, even some of their older shows look to be in trouble. CBS as a whole is not doing as well as in the past, the network might no longer have the luxury to cut shows that are doing okay in order to do even better with a new show.

    Long stories short, I think TM is likely to be renewed as long as it stays above 2.0 among adults 18-49. After such a rough start to the season for CBS, cancelling a proven drama series doesn’t seem like the most realistic scenario. There are already enough holes to fill, and there could be even more due to the uncertain futures of HIMYM and TAAHM.

  • Dan

    ShawnM – The logic is cancelling The Mentalist after last season would mean less episodes for syndication and it wasnt doing horrible. This season The Mentalist will have 116-118 episodes. WB owns it so CBS gains nothing from syndication so The Mentalist will survive soley on whether it can maintain its ratings.

  • sally

    i dont watch anything on abc or nbc.i watch csi and blue bloods

  • Dan

    However I don’t see The Mentalist as in danger this season even if CBS doesn’t own it. maybe next season but I can think of shows in more danger (CSI NY and The Good Wife)

  • Dean_W

    The main problem for CBS if they cancel CSI:NY in May is with Made in Jersey cancelation they will have two Friday Show canceled. I think CSI:NY still have a chance. If I’m wrong CBS should move Criminal Minds on Friday at 9/8c and put a new drama at 8/7c.

  • Mike F

    Like I said last week and last year about this time, what are you thinking CBS??? CBS had a great new show last year in A Gifted Man, by far their best new show of the season at CBS. CBS put A Gifted Man on the worst night possible, it performed well anyways, drawing from 9 to 10 million viewers and winning it’s time slot easily, even with CBS doing zero promotion or advertising, and threatening to cancel the show from night one and by not ordering up a whole season when the ratings were good scaring off viewers who did not want to invest in or start watching a show that might be cancelled. CBS pulled A Gited Man after just 16 episode’s because although it won it’s time slot by a mile, it didnt pull a big enough audience in the 18 – 49 demo. If CBS and some of these networks would think out of the box, TV viewership would not be declining by leaps and bounds, viewers would not be flocking to cable in droves, where ratings in the 18 – 49 demographic dont mean the life or death of a TV show. Friday nights are a tough night to attract viewers, nevermind viewers in the 18 – 49 demo, they generally are not home! CBS squandered a great show, and a great opportunity, to fill an hour of programming on a Friday night with a quality, critically acclaimed program that drew a large audience which could have been built upon over time, instead of starting over with 3 million less viewers with Made in Jersey. As well, CBS owned A Gifted Man, had it ordered up 20 episodes a year over 5 years, it would have filled an hour in prime time Friday with a quality show drawing 9 to 10 million viewers, it would have had a show that would have sold well on DVD, and, after 5 years, CBS would have had a great TV program on its hands that could have been sold for syndication quite nicely, a win, win, win situation for CBS all around if CBS were smart enough to look at the big picture. The majority of CBS’s programing is getting long in the tooth, a lot of it is down in viewership this season, any new programs have not been rating hits. CBS is asleep at the switch, making poor decisions and just takes its audience for granted, meanwhile other networks, especially NBC, are unleashing a ton a new shows that are doing well and are booting CBS from its number one spot down to the basement! Last year CBS had 14 shows in the top 20, that has now dropped to 10 in the first week of the new year. Wake up CBS!!!

  • ShawnM

    @Dan: TM’s right to exist has always been based on its ratings and never on syndication money. It’s reasonable to assume that CBS is making less money with it now due to the new timeslot. However, it’s still a solid performer under the given circumstances (bad CBS night, horrible lead-in, strong competition). Other than NCIS, which series would be likely to do (significantly) better than TM Sundays at 10? CM, NCIS: LA and POI MIGHT do better, but even that’s far from certain. That said, CBS would never want to put any of the aforementioned shows in that timeslot anyway, and rightfully so.

    There are good reasons for TM to remain in the line-up: 1) The ratings were okay last Sunday. 2) There are bigger concerns elsewhere on the schedule (MIJ, Partners, Vegas, CSI: NY, TGW, perhaps Elementary, possibly HIMYM and TAAHM). 3) WB has the syndication money to reduce the rights fee CBS has to pay for TM. 4) CBS probably wouldn’t want to debut a new show Sundays at 10 and kill it deliberately or sacrifice another established show (CSI: Miami and TM might be enough for now).

    It seems to me that the only thing that would send TM packing after this season is a ratings decline into the 1.x territory.

    I just found it ironic that the latest Friday ratings would inspire conversations about cancelling TM, considering that those ratings actually make TM more likely to be renewed than cancelled.

  • DonJ1973

    Isn’t Made in Jersey a Sony Pictures production? It’s 100% guaranteed to get axed with those ratings.

    I still like CSI NY and Blue Bloods, but what the hell has happened to their ratings? Are they really only attracting older people in the beloved 18-49 demographic? CSI:NY needs to go back to 9pm. I hope it can stabilize and get back to around 1.5. Made in Jersey is killing Blue Bloods with it’s awful numbers.

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