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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  • rob60990

    “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.”

    No NBC is a mess everyday of the week except Monday, Sunday, & to some extent on Friday (well until Community returns). The Tuesday comedies are sinking and the Wednesday comedies aren’t looking so hot either. The fact that The Office which is ending this season was their highest rated comedy is bad news for NBC.

  • silvit

    @Mike F

    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.

    Wrong. They do. That’s why shows like True Blood and SOA are much more valuable than say, Major Crime (Major Crime beat them in total viewers.

    On cable the shows with the lowest 18-49 ratings on the channel get canceled (see In Plain Sight and L&O:CI on USA).

  • thesnowleopard


    Fringe will be dead in 11 more episodes and then we won’t have to see its whiny fanboys using it as an IQ test here or in any other universe, anymore.

    Isn’t the parallax view grand?

  • Mike F

    @DonJ Exactly why CBS might has well just left A Gifted Man on. Friday night is almost a write off anyways, but since CBS owned the show and it as attracting 9 to 10 million viewers, maybe not the 18-49 demo they like maybe, they could have run it for 5 seasons, it would have sold well on DVD as it was a critically acclaimed show and it was good, and as well could have easily been sold into syndication. It held its own up front and CBS would have made some bucks on the back end, now instead they have tanked their whole Friday night line up!

  • Charlie Sheen

    CBS definitely got to make some moves here on Fridays as I always knew CSI: NY aired too early. CBS should move CSI: NY back to 9pm because it seems like Blue Bloods has gone down with Made in Jersey. Jersey is the type of procedural that probably would’ve worked as a cop drama instead of a law drama. It definitely would’ve fit in with NY and Blue Bloods as a cop drama with a young hardcore female lead trying to clean up the streets of Jersey. I’m actually surprised CBS didn’t go that route. Yeah Jersey has to get pulled this week and NY back to 9pm before more damage is done.

    With Shark Tank being so strong at 8pm for ABC, I would echo that LMS and Reba need to air after it at 9pm. If ABC decides to move the comedies back to Tuesdays, I would like to see Last Resort move there because it seems like LR has potential but needs a much better slot.

    I’ve been impressed with Fringe the last couple of weeks for FOX. FOX should’ve had left the X Factor repeats the rest of the fall as Fringe is benefiting from it. I really don’t like that move of Kitchen Nightmares coming back in a couple of weeks.

    Grimm is still looking solid on Fridays but I think in the long run if they install a two-hour comedy block here they should see if Grimm can play well at 10pm or air after Revolution on a different night.

    In a couple of weeks is Big Friday as some people are calling it with the huge returns of Nikita, Community, and Whitney. Then on Nov. 2, LMS and Reba things are gonna get interesting on Fridays from here on out.

  • beached

    Anyone who thinks Grimm is a success is nuts. A 1.6? That’s pretty sad. Any other weeknight and it would be looking at getting axed.

  • Black Hawk Down

    I can’t wait for Whitney and Nikita to return it seems like its taking forever for that date to come.

  • Gleebo

    If Supernatural would have still been on Fridays CW would have beat CBS in that timeslot in the 18-49. Ouch. Made in Jersey will be gone by Monday.

  • GreenGreenGreenRed

    I expected Fringe to get a 0.9 because I thought more people would be as disappointed as I was about the season premiere.

  • tscchope

    CBS shows do get the viewers, just not in the 18-49 age range.
    I don’t see how Fringe can be helped by X-Factor. I think the move of Supernatural from CW’s Friday lineup has given the show a boost.I expect that to wear off.

    Grimm is staedy. At that rating on a Friday, it’s in no danger of cancellation.

  • Eddy

    Even though CSI: NY and Blue Bloods are down in the demo their viewership is still pretty high for a Friday especially CSI: NY since it leads off at 8pm.

    I was impressed with Grimm and Fringe’s ratings.

    I still can’t wait to see how the other crop of shows do like Whitney, Community, Nikita, Last Man Standing, and Malibu County do.

  • Jiji Moran

    “The Mentalist” had been a great show, until the story fixed on Red John. The 3rd season finale was brilliant the way they included all the characters in it, and how Red John was supposedly killed. But, the past season was dull as hell, and now that all stories circle around Red John the show seems aimless. Too bad, because the show has a GREAT emsemble of actors who I would hate to see disappear from TV.

    “Fringe” has been true to itself, just that now the story has taken a turn of events that are somewhat answering questions of the past, and it is thus not a monster of the week.

    I DO miss the old Olivia, you know… the one who kicked ass.She was self-assured and knew what to do in all occasions. She has turned into another doormat, waiting for Peter to take care of things. That can be explained by the situation that they are in, but I don’t like it.

    I miss Lincoln, and Broyles, too. I can’t see why they did not include them in the final episodes… specially Broyles, who was also a know-it-all.

    I wonder why Peter and Olivia don’t kiss, or hug, or are on each other like flies on crap. There was a hint of past troubles with them, but they are back together… come on!

    Anyway, good ratings or not, “Fringe” rocks. Hopefully they will do two or three movies with good stories in them, something we haven’t seen before.

  • RyanCanada

    CBS is in trouble, love that grimm is doing great

  • Court

    Hey Csiny get be to something rite keep it on this long . Love watch it. And like blue bloods too work will to get there. Put back wed night.

  • Sid


    The CW aired the entire season 2 of Nikita twice so there’s no need to start all over again with the premiere of Season 3 in just two weeks.

  • Hugh

    NY crime is really down. Get CSI back in at 9pm, put PoI repeats in at 8.

  • GameChanger

    I liked Fringe, because I’m a huge sci-fi guy. But damn, Fringe has become so boring that I keep falling asleep while watching it.

  • David

    Fringe has proven the great survivor, with a extremely loyal fan base, which has enabled it to survive for 5 seasons.
    I bet other on the bubble shows wish they had that same fan base.
    Yes admittedly the numbers have been less than stellar, but you know what I’d much rather watch a show on the bubble, than a show that’s well established, because the cast, crew and fans know that for their show to survive each season they have to do something extraordinary to convince the network to keep screening it year after year until its conclusion.
    That Fringe has been able to survive this long to me is a tribute to the hard working crew, cast, and fans of the show
    (Of which I’m very proud to be associated as a fan)
    And to all the Critics – To me this is the reason your so critical of the show, you can’t seem to fathom why after all your past and present criticisms why fringe has survived.
    In other words your predictions of doom and gloom for the show have turned out much like Harold Campings prediction of last year, pretty well worthless.

  • Networkman

    Made in Jersey should be cancelled effective immediately. A .8 demo is unacceptable. CBS has to be even more disappointed that it did worse than Fringe. A few more weeks and it could be at Nikita’s level. I don’t understand why CBS thought people were still interested in law dramas, especially the all important demo that networks are catering to. CBS probably doesn’t want for Made in Jersey to be the first cancelled show this season. But it is really dragging down the entire night. Blue Bloods should at least remain at a 1.5 demo.

    CSI:NY is really not an 8pm show. CBS should put it back against Grimm. It did great in that timeslot.

  • Networkman

    @Charlie Sheen, I agree about ABC placing Last Resort after Shark Tank. With Shark Tank constantly getting betweeen 1.7-2.0, Last Resort most likely would be able to maintain those numbers. Also it may build in viewers from Shark Tank. If it gets at least 8 million viewers, it would be equaling its performance from Thursday Night. The comedies Last Man Standing and Malibu Country are going to be needed on Tuesday Night. DWTS:result show really should be moved back to 9pm.

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