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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Share (of Audience): The percent of households (or persons) using television who are tuned to a specific program, station or network in a specific area at a specific time. (See also, Rating, which represents tuning or viewing as a percent of the entire population being measured.)

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  • thesnowleopard

    I think people are just celebrating the fact that two CW shows even premiered that well. Nobody is really expecting that to reflect their eventual fates. Though the last show to premiere unusually high in audience (TVD) did go on to become a long-lasting hit. No, audience is no longer directly used for renewals, but demos are derived from audience. You can’t have a demo if you have no audience.

    Ringer did almost as well in the demo as Arrow and TSC equaled it, but neither cracked three million. Nikita debuted with a 2.2 and beat TVD on its premiere in audience, but it was below even Arrow’s debut in audience.

    So, I think Arrow’s success depends on which demo it loses the most over the course of the season.

  • thesnowleopard

    @The End

    If the Fringe writers honestly didn’t see the writing on the wall in time to write a decent wrap-up, they are either arrogant or stupid. Maybe both. The show’s been on life support for two seasons, now. What would they have done if it had been canceled last May? Or the spring before that? As it easily could have been?

  • KS

    @The End

    I don’t really think there are many loose ends left any more. I would have been pretty much satisfied had Season 4 finale been the series finale.

    When they announced the show is not going to have filler episodes and more of main story-line this season, I was extremely happy. But I felt both 1st and 2nd episodes are fillers. Nothing much has happened in both the episodes. I didn’t watch 3rd episode yet. Yeah, its slow. It can be much faster and packed. I hope they don’t build a dooms day machine at the end and wipe out all the observers. I wish it would be a step by step process.

  • Tabitha

    Really good for Arrow :)

  • Master Moron

    Disappointing that Bacon Bloods went up. I was really hoping it would continue to fall.

  • CrimTV


    How did Nikita beat TVD’s premiere in viewers?

    TVD premiere – 4.91 million (2.1 rating)
    Nikita premiere – 3.57 million (1.4 rating)

  • peter

    Ringer did 0.6 and Secret Circle 0.5 but they were airing against reruns ’cause the fall season hadn’t started yet

  • ZmaX

    @ The End

    I think there is a small chance for Nikita to get a shortened 5th season. By the end of a full 4th season, the show will have 89 episode which is perfectly fine for syndication, but they would be only a 11 episode 5th season away from 100. It would depend on how great of a syndication deal the Show had and how steady it’s low ratings were compared to the other CW shows at that time.

    Producing 11 more episodes could possibly be profitable for Warner Bros. in the long run from syndication, since “the more episodes, the better”

    I wasn’t expecting Gossip Girl to get a 10 episode 6th season since they already had 111 episodes, but i guess the numbers worked out well for the show.

    It’s a long-shot, but i guess with a dying and desperate network like The CW, anything’s possible :/

    Other than The Vampire Diaries (possibly on TNT, paired off with Supernatural and Charmed?), and 90210 (Soap Net with all the other teen soaps?) Nikita’s the closest show to syndication (TNT could work, or maybe FX?) But 4 seasons seems like the safe bet for now.

  • ZmaX

    yeah, I think they meant that Nikita’s Series Premiere beat out Vampire Diaries Season 2 Premiere that same night with the viewers.

    3.57 million viewers vs. 3.36 million viewers.

    But TVD is #1 in the 18-49 Demo.

  • Liam

    The CW repeated very well. I really hope these two shows last a few season at least. Fringe held up well, I really wish people would come back to the final season.

  • GARY

    Look out Emily Thorne the CW has a guy
    with a list, a quiver, a high-tech playhouse
    and a desire for REVENGE.

  • CrimTV


    Yeah I wondered that was what they meant, but still, viewers don’t mean a thing!

  • Petar Ivanov

    Good for CBS. Now get rid of Partners for Mondays boost as well.

    Fringe with very small but loyal fanbase.

  • halloween

    Fringe is awful, Fox made a mistake renewing it

  • psychic

    I’ll be the first one to say it. This season of Fringe is utterly terrible in nearly every respect.
    Should have stopped in season 4.

  • Tom

    Arrow has the makings of an entertaining storyline and, for once, some decent looking sets. Pedowitz must have been out-of-town when the CW approved the budget for this one. On the other hand, B&B is a non-starter. There’s nothing about a chick wandering around in designer jeans looking like she just left the salon that says detective. Pairing her with a tough talking stick figure of a sidekick just adds to the absurdity. These are debutantes not Cagney and Lacey. It also appears that they blew half the budget on that blunderbuss the heroine is lugging around. That thing looks like a left over prop from a Dirty Harry movie.

  • CharlieSheen

    Much much better from CBS on Friday as the 8pm hour finally fixed the block. CSI: NY is back in the right timeslot.

    CW shows repeated very well.

    I’m really confused as to what NBC is doing with their comedies its starting to become an unplanned mess over there.

    Speaking of comedies if NBC abandon those Friday comedy plans maybe ABC could go on ahead and leave LMS and Reba there at 8pm.

  • Kyle

    SHARK TANK!!!!! THE BEST SHOW ON THE AIR! Of course it rules the night.

  • Yonker

    Can’t wait to see how Nikita comes back next week, it’ll probably have to at least do better than Beauty and the Beast in viewership and tie in the demo.

    I’m still trying to figure out what NBC is going to do on Fridays with their comedies are they keeping them or not?

  • thesnowleopard


    Yes, exactly, and at the time, people thought that was a very good thing for Nikita.

    This is not precisely true. The raw number of total audience no longer matters (though this a fairly recent change), but the breakdown of that raw number into demos based on age and gender definitely matters. So, yes, viewers do matter. Viewers *always* matter. It’s just that some viewers matter a lot more than others.

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