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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  • MissJo


    Because the numbers of viewers doesn’t matter. The 18-49 rating is what matter and by CBS standards it’s not good.

  • Dan

    @Dean W – No, Bill might have it as a toss up because for the past 2 years its been 50/50 but with Fridays shows sagging, it may be time for the show to end.

    @Scifi – A Gifted Man did worse than CSI NY, and it was a new series and CSI NY could always use more episodes for syndication. Also I didn’t think CBS would cancel 2 CSI spinoffs. I always thought New York would be axed before Miami but it turns out that CBS wanted a stable friday and figured that since Miami was older than NY 10 seasons was enough.

    Unfortunately, CBS will almost never announce that a veteran show is in its final season. Which is why so many veteran series (The Unit, Without a Trace, Cold Case, Ghost Whisperer, Numb3rs, CSI Miami) ended without closure or a true finale. Ironically CSI NY crafted a series finale for the past 2 years because they knew they were in trouble and now they actually are. The only time a veteran drama got a real finale is Medium but an episode order getting cut is never a good sign.

  • Dan

    @DeanW – Comedies and Dramas are not on the same spectrum on CBS. Which means Two and a Half Men getting axed this year will not affect a drama getting cancelled. Two and a Half Men still pulls in strong numbers so it has a chance for an eleventh year. There has been talk that HIMYM may end this year to close the story but it too can get a ninth year.

    @Mike – Total viewers do not matter

  • Dan

    @Bill – I could see The Mentalist getting the boot even though its high rated because WB owns it. I expect Good Wife to be axed even if there is a syndication deal. The way its performing at 9 Sunday isn’t good and CBS could do better. I agree, the one thing that could save CSI NY is if only Elementary is renewed, which I expect. But when CSI NY pulls a 1.2 it may be time to call it quits.

  • RandyL

    Wow, that’s horrible for CBS. Made in Jersey’s ratings are bad even for NBC. That’s just pathetic. What’s the chance that Made in Jersey will be cancelled soon or relagated to Saturday burnoff. I mean, it’s obvious the only reason they kept A Gifted Man for so long, was that Undercover Boss wasn’t ready yet and the last 3 episodes aired only because they didn’t order enough episodes of CSI:NY. The fact that Made in Jersey aires between CSI:NY and Blue Bloods and gets lower ratings is a hugh incentive to cancel it, right?

  • The End

    Made in Jersey is in the same situation as Harry’s Law. If it skewed a little younger it likely would get something instead of cancellation, a solid 6-7 million, 2.0 performer on Friday would suit CBS well.

  • The End

    God, the only way I could see CSI NY coming back is simply if CBS loves the 25-54 for this show, which should be pretty decent as this show does skew a lot older than what most other stuff they have gets.

    I would personally put this down as likely cancellation/toss up too.

  • joss


    @ twistedtopper
    Other than the rating, what does Fringe have to be embarrassed about? Are you a scientist that can dispute anything on the show? If you are I apologize

    He is a hater thats all.

  • Dan

    @RandyL – When your line up goes from 1.2 to 0.8 to 1.2 you know what your problem is. I doubt CBS would give the show a burn off, they may as well pull it altogether. A Gifted Man was kept because CBS has already axed HTBAG abd as far as cancellations go they didnt want 2 fall cancellations. Also they realized that it was hard to rebuild fridays so they believed its smarter to keep it and be consistent than pull AGM in favor of repeats. Made in Jersey’s situation is different, its performing horribly and quite possibly got the lowest numbers for CBS ever that night.

    @The End – Even if it skewed younger, I dont think MIJ would have lasted too long. MIJ is still low rated for total viewers (which dont matter) in comparison to CSI NY and BB. Also NBC had nothing and needed Harry’s Law, CBS doesnt need Made in Jersey.

  • The End

    I’ve noticed that some people are quick to label people with differing opinions/tastes to them as haters, might be worth some people looking up the definition of hater, and in some cases constructive criticism.

    Covering old ground here but Fringe is down to its core audience. The Nielsen viewers that have stuck with the show should be praised. And given that there is only 20,000 ish Nielsen households out there who get tracked by Nielsen, it is very much unlikely there will be any new viewers really(Except maybe at the finale).

    Point being, you’re wasting your time if you want to be criticial of the shows numbers. Given the nature of the show and the amount of people tracked by Nielsen you are simply wasting your time.

  • Wendy

    Wow, Made in Jersey did extraordinarily bad. Makes all of NBC’s numbers look robust in comparison!

  • The End


    I’m under the impression that CBS would keep anything that performs on Friday, even if the numbers aren’t spectacular.

    I think had Made in Jersey averaged 6-7 million and a 1.5 for its entire season, CBS would of renewed it for 13 episodes if it had nothing to place on Friday.

    And just to correct. NBC didn’t need Harry’s Law, NBC gave the show a chance and the show didn’t live up to expectations(Ratings wise).

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “Made in Jersey is in the same situation as Harry’s Law.”

    Harry’s Law was unique in that it had by far the best (yet meaningless) average viewership vs all other NBC scripted shows, but had the worst 18-49 ratings.

    Made In Jersey has the worst of both for all CBS dramas (for last week, this week not yet complete).

    Plus, as Dan notes, there was the “NBC is desperate!” meme attached to Harry’s Law, no such thing for CBS.

  • Ike

    I’m not always crazy about Fringe, but last night’s episode was brilliant. It wasn’t action-packed, but it was a thoughtful story about torture, of all things.

    @eridapo, you should give last night’s episode a chance. And I think the Observers were always intended to be villains in a surprise twist. The one we saw in the early seasons were watching different eras of humanity to determine the best time to invade. But some of the scouts became too emotionally involved with the people they were watching, unlike their military and other non-scientific factions who are not as sympathetic.

    Apparently, at some point, we will find out why there are no female Observers.

    I don’t know how Fringe ever got renewed with the ratings it had last season, but I’m glad it did. And Nikita too. Another brilliant show with low ratings. I’m glad I have a dual-tuner DVR.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “I’m under the impression that CBS would keep anything that performs on Friday, even if the numbers aren’t spectacular.”

    CBS will keep anything on Friday that’s either syndicated or they expect to be able to syndicate.

  • Austin

    See, CBS should of renewed CSI: Miami. CSI: Miami would have way higher viewers at this point. CSI: NY is failing badly.

  • John A

    CSI NY wont be renewed with a 1.2 demo. I mean come on a old show doing that bad is surely certain cancelation? It already has enough for syndication but CBS should move it back to 9pm this week and pull MIJ or at least put it 8pm.

  • John A

    Nah Miami was doing badly last season and deserved cancelation.


    I’d can “The Mentalist” and keep “The Good Wife.”

  • Kavyn

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

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