TV Ratings Friday: 'CSI:NY' & 'Blue Bloods' Up, 'Grimm' Dips, 'Fringe' & 'Shark Tank' Steady

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October 13th, 2012

Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 1.5/5 1.3/4 1.3/4 0.9/3 0.5/2
Total Viewers (million) 5.236 9.159 4.394 2.565 1.720

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

On CBS, CSI: NY earned a 1.4, up from last week's 1.2 adults 18-49 rating. Blue Bloods also scored a 1.4, up from last week's 1.2 adults 18-49 rating.

On ABC, Shark Tank was even with last week's 1.8 adults 18-49 rating.  Primetime: What Would You Do? earned a 1.3, down a tenth from last week's 1.4 adults 18-49 rating. 20/20 earned a 1.4, up two tenths from last week's 1.2 adults 18-49 rating

On FOX, Fringe was even with last week's 1.0 adults 18-49 rating

On NBC  Grimm notched a 1.5, down a tenth from last week's 1.6 adults 18-49 rating. Dateline NBC was even with last week's 1.3

Overnight broadcast primetime ratings for Friday, October 12, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00 PM ABC Shark Tank 1.8 6 6.369
CBS NCIS -R 1.2 4 7.604
NBC The Voice -R 1.1 4 3.511
FOX The X Factor -R 0.8 3 2.416
CW Arrow -R 0.6 2 2.024
9:00PM NBC Grimm 1.5 5 4.949
CBS CSI: NY 1.4 4 9.416
ABC Primetime: What Would You Do? 1.3 4 4.666
FOX Fringe 1.0 3 2.713
CW Beauty and the Beast -R 0.4 1 1.417
10:00 PM CBS Blue Bloods 1.4 4 10.459
ABC 20/20 1.4 4 4.674
NBC Dateline NBC 1.3 4 4.721


via press note:

In late-night metered-market households Friday night: 

*	In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The
Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 2.7/6; CBS's "Late Show with David
Letterman," 2.4/6; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 3.0/7; and "Jimmy
Kimmel Live," 1.5/4.  

*	In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results
were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 0.8/3; "Late Show," 0.6/2;
"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" (1.2/4).  In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late
Night" (0.5/3 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.3/2).

*	At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.9/3 in
metered-market households and a 0.3/2 in adults 18-49 in the 25
markets with local people meters.

Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2012 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.

NOTE: All ratings are "live plus same day" from Nielsen Media Research unless otherwise indicated.


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  • senor chang

    Weird that the Voice repeat was up two tenths yet Grimm was down.
    Nice comeback for CBS, and good repeat numbers for CW.

  • were123

    Seems that Made in Jersey was the problem all along. Still not great numbers for CBS, but a lot better! CSI:NY is comfortable at 9:00PM, surely it will do even better when Undercover Boss comes around and Blue Bloods will also rise, surely


    Damn Arrow/Beauty and the Beast did that well on a Friday night. Maybe the CW should air them as a Friday night DELIGHT. These two will be getting quick renewels shortly.

    CBS is probably amazingly happy they ditch the worst new show and CSI/Blue Bloods rise. Thats awesome for them.

    ABC should move the comedies to 9pm to 10pm and not mess with Shark Tank’s success. Damn Shark Tank has turned into a great little show for ABC on Friday. Its inexpensive and its a very good show. It looks ABC found a good show in Shark Tank. Honestly I wish ABC would move Last Resort to Fridays at 9pm. It would have lower expectations. Anyone think thats a good idea with Last Resort on Fridays?

  • eridapo

    I’m a Fringe fan, but I don’t like what I’m seeing now. I can’t get into this new world of Observers being bad guys and an enslave human population fighting for freedom. What they are offering now for storytelling is pure SciFi (oops SyFy) channel flare than the original premise of the show.

  • DougF


    Actually you make omabin’s point for him. A show that premiered two days before which people can watch online for free beat the season premier of a show in its 5th season.

    Supernatural in its 8th season got an 0.8 while 67 million people were watching the debate.

  • Noel

    As a Fringe fan….how can anyone say FOX gave Fringe the kiss of death when it will end with 5 seasons and 100 episodes. Not bad for this little show that was perpetually on the block…kudos to Fox. I’m loving this final season so far.

  • DenverDean

    Not bad for CSI:NY with only a couple of days notice of the swap. It will continue to build and CBS will take the 18-49 crown again on Fridays. (Considering it was drawing 9MM at that inappropriate 8/7 hour, the show does have a following.) UB should help it in Nov.

  • Justin121

    All shows > 1.0 except X-Factor repeat.

    Fridays may not be dead after all — when 1.x is becoming acceptable at other nights.

    Huge for the CW’s Arrow and Beauty & Beast repeats.

  • Mi

    I hope Grimm is adjusted up.

    Arrow’ repeat looks strong.

  • Nope


  • Skylar

    Great CW repeats, especially being on a Friday


    Speaking of the Voice

    Just saw Christina’s video for “Your Body” on VH1 Video Countdown

    PINK doesn’t have to worry

  • JR

    The question is” Will “Shark Tank” drop back a bit next week, since Barbara’s back? :) That’s happened before- hopefully that trend ceases.

  • getmilk

    I predicted Arrow would repeat well but was surprised at BATB’s numbers. It outperformed 90210 and GG’s premieres! Lol. Just cancel 90210 after this season.

    I wonder how their mid-seasons shows will do…

    P.S: bring back The LA Complex!

  • Mon

    Did Arrow repeat beat every episode of Nikita last season? Looks like CW have a hit in their hands.

  • Dan

    CW reruns good, Fringe not so good but it doesn’t matter and CBS shows are looking good and Undercover Boss will likely so well at 8. NBC should use 8 and 8:30 for the burn offs of Up All Night and Animal Practice.

  • david

    Good repeats for the CW. I watched both shows again. I hope Nikita returns up next week i noticed they promoted it alot last night. I agree the CW needs to completely get rid of it Monday nights and start in a new direction. Tuesday nights i am not sure Heart of Dixie is up and and down and we don’t know how Emily Owens will do.

  • John A

    Wow Repeats on CW look like originals of ANTM and Nikita Lol. Surprised Fringe is staying with a 1.0 season 5 has been awful so far. J.H Pinker must have been keeping Fringe together the past few years since he left the wrigting has been bad. What happened to the action packed final season we were promised?

  • Jamie


    In viewers, yes. But that’s a ridiculous comparison.

    If you’re thinking of it like that, Nikita’s premiere rerun also got a good number on a Friday.. the day after it aired. It got 2.7 million viewers.

  • Tessa


    Kevin Reilly really gave Fringe the kiss of death when he took a shot at Supernatural in Jan 2011 when Fringe moved to Friday.

    While I agree that it was an extremely stupid move to piss off an overzealous fandom when you need every viewer you can get, I don’t think it had much effect. Supernatural fans never would’ve switched to watching Fringe at the expence of abandoning their own show. For them it was a religious thing even if Reilly had praised the show as fair competition.

    There’s one more thing Fringe had against it that never let it grow a sizable fandom, and that’s a lack of possibility of ‘shipping.’ I’m wondering how it would’ve fared if it had something along the lines of team!Peter, and team!whoever-is-the-rival, or had two attractive male leads people could throw together and make stories about.

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