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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  • danny94

    Fringe must be the only show on television where a 1.0 is considered to be decent .

  • Nick

    20/20 garnered a 1.2 among adults 18-4

    Adults 18-4?

  • Bhim

    What CBS might be experiencing is viewer backlash. It didn’t help when they announced the cancellation of CSI: MIAMI so they can have a New York Crime Night and replace it with MADE IN JERSEY. I do like VEGAS and was home early enough to see ELEMENTARY so it is on my watch list. PARTNERS is just plain unfunny.

    I know that they have a lot of competition to deal with but in the Sacramento/Stockton/Modesto market, our CBS has an early prime and therefore the show I do like to watch on other channels aren’t in competition with the others I do…still though, the national numbers don’t lie.

  • Petar Ivanov

    It’s either Made in Jersey or The Mob Doctor that will be cancelled first.

    Partners….or at least move it from there and stop hurting 2BG ratings.

  • cc

    Agree @old man about the choices for tonight. Even though I am waiting for the Ohio State game. Not everyone wants to see football.

  • Dan S

    @Dan-I’m a fan of BB but can CBS continue to tolerate 1.2 even on Fri as OK? I think it’ll eventually bounce back after they dump MIJ. Also I can’t imagine why CBS will stick with Partners as it’s hurting there Mon lineup. Short term they’ll likely bring back Rules of Engagement.

  • KS

    I think CW can take advantage of at least one of the failing shows of CBS. This season their entire freshman shows seems to be huge flops.


    @ eridapo

    Glad you like Vegas as it’s really not that bad, kinda a PG version of Longmire.
    At times it also has the feel of Wiseguy (CBS 1987-90).

    Also agree that all broadcast is suffering & 2.0 @ 10:00 is the new normal & 2.5 is actually good as twice this week SOA (Tues) & hopefully not much longer Jersey Shore (Thurs) either beat or tied the nets.

    Not argument at all with Revolution & The Voice lead in (soon to change, though).

  • Dan

    @Jared – MIJ would have been a bad show for any network and its numbers reflect it. Its bringing down the somehow still alive CSI NY and Blue Bloods.

    @Nerv – CSI NY and Blue Bloods do complement each other but CBS wanted to lead the night off with CSI and end it with BB so they could have a show at 9 do well but ironically Made In Jersey brought both shows down. They probably didn’t want to lead the night off with a new series like they did last season. Ever since CBS’s fall 2009 line up (Ghost Whisperer, Medium, Numb3rs) disappeared (May 2010) CBS has struggled on Fridays. CSI NY is showing its age, Blue Bloods is holding up well but they haven’t found a lineup that clicked and Fridays for CBS is just turning into a dumping ground by midseason (Defenders, CHAOS and NYC 22 all died there)

  • TwistTopper91


    It’s only the fans living up there is the clouds who think that’s decent. Everyone else thinks it’s ridiculous, pathetic and embarrassing – like Fringe itself.

    FOX is the CW and they deserve it for continuing with this absolute looser program – financially and creatively.

  • Riff Rafferty

    Poor Sony. When people are debating which one of your new shows will be yanked first, you know you’re not having a good year.

    (We’ll still keep our fingers crossed that a certain Warner Bros. turkey beats them both out the door.)

  • Tessa


    Maybe it’s because this is the last season and they can’t afford telling one-off stories while the main villains of the show just “observe”.


    Pray tell, how can Supernatural learn the definition of Team Free Will from Fringe? Why even bring up TFW when you hate one of the sides of its triangle so passionately? ;)

  • Joe

    Please Fringe mess of last season tuned people out. Free Will my @$$.

    In why are you comparing shows anyway they are different.

  • John A

    Fringe is starting to bore me a bit. I thought the last season would be all action but the 2 episodes have been real slow. Hope it improves. And i miss Broyles on the show. No mention of him at all.

  • Tessa


    Fringe must be the only show on television not airing on the CW where a 1.0 is considered to be decent.

    Fix’d that for ya.

  • Ram510

    This has not been a good year for new shows. Besides Guys With Kids and Go On there aren’t any new shows that I love 1 or 2 that I’m curious to see where they go like 666 and Last Resort but all they others are terrible

    CBS’ new shows in particular are just flat out bad like Made In Jersey and Partners. What were they thinking

  • John A

    Fringe must be doing ok for Fox and WB to renew it at these levels no matter what idiots say here.

  • eridapo

    @ Petar Ivanov

    I know CBS standards are better, but I actually did like Vegas. It is a departure for CBS with their comedies and procedurals, but the show is good. Nice solid hour of entertainment and is up against shows that do not interest me one bit (Parenthood and PP)

  • Dan

    @Dan S – 1.2 is not OK but I bet with NCIS repeats or Undercover Boss, they will bounce back. A few years ago CBS had Ghost Whisperer at 8, The Ex List at 9 and Numb3rs at 10. This was a time where GW and Numbe3rs did very well on fridays but CBS couldn’t find a series that did well at 9. Ex List brought both GW and Numb3rs ratings down but once CBS replaced Ex List with NCIS repeats the whole night went up. Repeats aren’t the long term answer but once they find a permanent replacement for Fridays, CBS will likely do better. The question is is Undercover Boss ready to air now or not? Also Partners’ numbers are bad but I would be surprised if it got pulled soon. Its CBS’s only comedy and even though they have Rules ready, its not like last season where CBS had two new comedies and Rules scheduled for saturdays. Then they could afford for a comedy to fail. Since Made in Jersey will likely be CBS’s first cancellation, I don’t see CBS cancelling Partners until January.

  • Mon

    I’ll be disappointed if CBS doesn’t put CSI: NY back to 9pm as soon as possible. Before the season started, NY repeat got a 1.0 at 9pm. Now a new episode is struggling at 8pm and a new MIJ can’t even crack a 1.0. NY is still a potent show. 8pm just sucks.

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