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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  • Jared

    Made in Jersey is bordering on CW levels. I know CBS is not gonna keep a series on the air with those ratings..Friday or not.

  • eridapo

    @ Dennis,

    This new season of Fringe is too dark in my opinion. The Fringe event of the week has been done away with. The time jump/observer war makes no sense to the original story.

    The idea of Fringe was the future war between the two universes, the observers were just that observers, and the setting was the present.

    I was a fan, but I checked out after the premiere.

  • Petar Ivanov

    CBS must cancel Partners and Made in Jersey. Immediately . Partners hurt enough 2BG ratings already.

  • Observer

    I was waiting to see if they’d get Joe Flanigan back on Fringe (Shapeshifter)for at least one episode but since it doesn’t look like that will happen, I’m not really that interested in tuning in. :(

  • senor chang

    NBC is doing surprisingly well on Fridays…or at least not imploding like some of the other networks on this night.

    Made In Jersey might be the first cancellation of the season.

  • eridapo


    I watched Vegas on OnDemand, and I liked it. The demo is not great, but even if the viewer number does not matter I think this show will keep those viewers.

    There is also that two weeks into the season all 10PM shows are suffering. Heck all of broadcast is suffering.

    Is a 2.0 really that bad at 10PM now. All the shows are hovering around there.

    Revolution is the exception right now, but we all now Rev’s numbers are inflated by the Voice’s massive lead-in advantage.

  • Norman

    Made in Jersey will be the first show canceled. Good by Snooki!

  • Percysowner

    It’s nice to be able to watch Fringe and not worry about the ratings. Yes, it would have been nice to go out with a bang, but they aren’t going to drop it, so I’m good. Glad to see Grimm holding on. I will have a brief conflict when Nikita returns. Fringe is running its last episodes and Grimm isn’t in repeats, but I’ll catch Grimm OnDemand for those weeks and then it’s Grimm and Nikita on Fridays for the rest of the season.

  • Tony ^_^

    Looks like CBS is the first of the Big 4 to have an original episode of a show fall below a 1.0! :o

  • Ram510

    Tried watching Made In Jersey and I think it’s the worst new show this season, even worse than The Neighbors and Animal Practice

    Cancel NOW!


    CBS is showing an encore of MIJ @ 8:00–will it go as high as 0.8 tonight? Honestly.

    All other nets are showing college football. Such choices!

  • Petar Ivanov

    @THE OLD MAN who said:
    Vegas & Elementary are hardly ratings losers as 2.5/2.0 & 3.1/2.5 (especially the latter) are good for 10:00 & are both winning their timeslots–have seen both promo’d, but not the other two

    ME: First thanks for fast answers. But second i will respectfully disagree with you. Vegas and Elementary are crap(for CBS stamdarts they will be hits on NBC and ABC) and will/already collapse fast. In my opinion is wasting money and time to advertise these shows not the better one. In friday ALL cbs dramas repeats will be better then made in jersey. In Monday 2BG and TBBT repeats will be better than partners. And Partners will drop much more you know that. But most important point is that at least Vegas and Elementary don’t hurt other shows. Partners already hurt a lot 2 BG. Let’s be fair here.

  • Jared

    Made in Jersey would have been a solid show for the CW. Its not a horrible show..but very basic and unoriginal. The CW seems to do better with female driven characters. Any chance the show could switch networks?

  • nerv

    Fringe’s viewers is less than half of that of MIJ yet it pulled a higher and steady demo rating. That’s pretty embarrassing for CBS knowing they had a stronger Friday last year. I agree to some suggestions that Undercover Boss should start the night with CSI:NY and BB back to back since these two obviously complement each other. It’s either Made in Jersey or The Mob Doctor that will be cancelled first.

  • KS

    Off – Topic:

    It was really good watching Peter, Olivia, WALTER, Etta and Astri(x)d for the freedom. The episodes are creeping me out! For the First time I can really see, how dangerous is “too much of science”.:D
    I think Supernatural should learn the definition of Team Free Will from Fringe.

  • cc

    Pretty good for Grimm, especially with that lead-in.

  • Dan

    @Dan S – Made in Jersey will be the first cancellation if CBS axes it before Fox axes The Mob Doctor. I doubt Partners will be yanked at the same time because CBS usually has 1 cancellation each fall. Made in Jersey will be pulled, Partners may get additional episodes to save face and Vegas & Elementary will get full seasons. Blue Bloods wont be cancelled for two reasons.

    1) Its 1 season away from syndication
    2) CBS’s whole Friday is down and scrapping BB would mean CBS rebuilding Fridays. BB will likely stay on Fridays at 10 for the next couple of years.

    @FringeFan – I don’t think it matters for Fringe ratings wise whether the show has Kitchen Nightmares as a lead in or X factor repeats. The ratings 1.0-1.2 are usually consistent. We dont have to worry about Fringe getting pulled or any bad stuff because we know the show’s fate.

  • Michael

    CBS should pull Partners to Friday at 8 and burn it off. The Big Bang Theory could air encores at 8:30, followed by CSI and Blue Bloods

    Rules of Engagement could return to Monday between HIMYM and 2BG.

  • Petar Ivanov


    Eridapo, my friend, you start talking for CBS as one level with NBC and ABC. Come on. Their standards are bigger.

  • thesnowleopard

    You say tom-ay-to, I say tom-ah-to, let’s call the whole thing off.

    There is nothing wrong with Supernatural’s season premiere rating. It’s not even close to the edge of the Cancellation Bear’s radar.

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