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.

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


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  • richard

    @ brian, ok could, so theres even a little more room to fall. hope this show can go a couple more years, im really enjoying it.

    i really ought to catch up on blue bloods some day. it has donnie wahlberg from Boomtown (best show ever) so its worth checking out.

  • Tessa


    It’s the characters and the mysteries of the series’ mythology that they explore that are the appeal for most of the show’s viewers.

    Fair enough. But I disagree about the characters. In 4 seasons Olivia never stopped to bore me. Peter was interesting for the sheer reason of his origin, which they explored during the highlight of the show then dropped it for no reason. Walter is arguably the most interesting character but he never evolved so after a while he became a flat comic relief.

    As for the series’ mythology they dragged it over 4.5 seasons. No matter how interesting it may be it really tries one’s patience to have to wait for so long for a resolution that could be as lame as the one they gave for Lost.

  • Jared

    Those are pretty nice repeat numbers for the CW. Hopefully some viewers will follow Arrow to Wednesday nights.

  • bluejoni

    Love Grimm at 9 and Haven (SYFY) at 10 !!!

  • Marilynn

    The rating don’t matter for Fringe at this point but damn, those are bad numbers. It should never have gotten another season as the numbers never warranted it.

    Good numbers for CW’s reruns. Curious to see how Nikita will debut given TVD, The Arrow, etc. have been opened well.

  • KS


    Here again, the opinions are opposite.

    I love Walter. I like Olivia. Peter is just a meh! Of course, the origin of Peter is interesting and I really like that part and no one can deny that. But, Peter never really was remarkable to me since the beginning. That actor lacks good acting skills compared other actors around him IMO. Ackles would have been the perfect actor for that role.

    Fringe was never slow, at least till season 4. MoTWs always amazed me and mythology always took unpredictable turns. I think, they gave a temporary resolution of mythology at the end of every season. I never felt it was being dragged. There is always stuff on Fringe to entertain viewers. I think, as of now, the 90% of the concepts introduced previously were resolved by season 4 finale.

    As far as LOST is concerned, it so appears that the writers never had any intention of writing a conclusion to the series since the beginning. They kept on adding mysteries not to loose the viewers. In other words I must say, they cheated the viewers. I doubt if it is even a sci-fi/fantasy show. Not many sci-fi/fantasy elements in the series. And the characters were the jerky, bumpy and most awful I have ever seen.(Seriously, Castiel’s better than most of them!)

    And coming to Fringe season 5, I haven’t watched the latest episode yet, but it’s quite slow. Not much action. I am least bothered about character development. Why can’t they just go and kick some observer a$$!!

  • JJA

    The CW should push back the premier of Nikita and the return of ANTM for another week at least. They should ride-out the wave of new show sampling for a little bit longer.

    Looking to next week, I don’t see Emily Owens premiering as well. Why would people start watching it when you got Shonda Rimes doing those type of shows so well on the big networks?

  • Michael

    Wow, Arrow and Beauty And The Beast repeated very well! I think it was a mistake pairing Arrow with Supernatural. Nikita is an obvious need of a ratings push, it would have benefited greatly with a popular and successful lead-in. Supernatural is in its 8th season and still performing well, it doesn’t need any help, whatsoever! Also, Arrow and Nikita are compatible!

  • JJA

    @Michael–I don’t think the networks think like that. They want to maximize viewership per night as much as possible, so they figured Arrow & Supernatural together would draw in the most viewers.

    Nikita would be a good match with Cult that premiers in the spring, which is why it and 90210 should switch places.

  • Networkman

    @JONNYSBRO, I would like Last Resort moving to Friday behind Shark Tank. I think it would pull similar numbers to what it is garnering now on

    I am so happy about the combo on CSI:NY and Blue Bloods. Great improvement on the night for CBS. Also, hopefully Fringe will continue to pull 1.0 demo this Fall. Can’t wait to see how Nikita’s performances will effect the competition.

  • alexjones

    still good ratings for grimm.
    LOL arrow got better repeat numbers than a new episode of HOD.

  • Networkman

    By the way, the Mockingbird trailer was horrible.

  • PV

    Arrow’s repeat gets more audience than Nikita’s new episode. hahaha that’s funny

  • thesnowleopard

    The network doesn’t care about benefiting Nikita. The network cares about benefiting the network. It’s not going to put a failing show after a brand-new one and waste any possible lead-in.

  • SarahL

    Slightly dip for Grimm, but not huge. Last season it averaged 1.4 to 1.5 as the season progressed.

  • Vance

    @Michael a.k.a. Bondoel, the CW would never consider putting Arrow on Friday. The network obviously has doubts about moving Nikita off of Fridays as it could do poorly and waste the lead-in.

  • Martin

    Everyone thought hart of dixie would fail start of last season, it started low but didn’t really drop that much, now I don’t think arrow and batb will drop as much as ringer and Tsc, well at least not arrow.think it will skew younger than the other two.can see emily owens premiering to about 2 million and at least a 0.8, don’t know where it will go from there though.and do think 90210 could actually get another season, even with the terrible ratings and just to clarify I think it could and probably will, not should.really like the show but ratings alone doesn’t warrant renewal. Reveal, but they do make money from other sources so can see a gossip girl esque renewal of 10 episodes or so.

    Also was the cw pre empted at all tonight, if not good result.



    So, in light of Gordon Ramsey’s absence, for those who saw Grimm last night, hope you caught Nick putting spices in the pasta water. It’s the perfect way to cook pasta.

  • The End

    Speaking of Nikita, it won’t get any more than 4 seasons. I’m calling it now.

  • The End


    Personally thought Fringe had to be slow this season as they originally didn’t plan for it to end this soon, so they’re wrapping up as many loose ends as possible by fleshing things out and really explaining to the audience the direction they’re heading in to build for the finale.

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