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.


Rating: Estimated percentage of the universe of TV households (or other specified group) tuned to a program in the average minute. Ratings are expressed as a percent.  More information on ratings is available here.

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.)

Fast Affiliate Ratings: These first national ratings, including demographics, are available at approximately 11 AM (ET) the day after telecast, and are released to subscribing customers daily. These data, from the National People Meter sample, are strictly time-period information, based on the normal broadcast network feed, and include all programming on the affiliated stations, sometimes including network programming, sometimes not. The figures may include stations that did not air the entire network feed, as well as local news breaks or cutaways for local coverage or other programming. Fast Affiliate ratings are not as useful for live programs and are likely to differ significantly from the final results, because the data reflect normal broadcast feed patterns. For example, with a World Series game, Fast Affiliate Ratings would include whatever aired from 8-11PM on affiliates in the Pacific Time Zone, following the live football game, but not game coverage that begins at 5PM PT. The same would be true of Presidential debates as well as live award shows and breaking news reports.

Time Shifted Viewing – Program ratings for national sources are produced in three streams of data – Live, Live+Same Day (Live+SD) and Live+7 Day. Time shifted figures account for incremental viewing that takes place with DVRs. Live+Same Day (Live+SD) include viewing during the same broadcast day as the original telecast, with a cut-off of 3:00AM local time when meters transmit daily viewing to Nielsen for processing. Live+7 Day ratings include incremental viewing that takes place during the 7 days following a telecast.

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  • byefringe:(

    Good episode of Fringe, not great. 10 more episodes left!!

    @halloween – You will never understand the greatness that is Fringe. Great acting, great writing and characters you root for and love. Thank you FOX!!

  • Brandy

    Nikita won’t Likley make it four ,much less five seasons.Its ratings(demo at least ) were crap last spring and will continue to fall.At some point Pedowitz will have to stop fanboying himself over the show.I don’t get why everyone says ANTM,GG,90210 should be axed but not Nikita when it’s demo(which is what matters most to networks) is as a bad as theirs.Cause they don’t like those shows but like Nikita?Hypocrites much?I think if Nikita gets season four,they will and should wrap up then. The only show I see a shortened announced final season is 90210 & that’s a big maybe, I could see it wrapping this season too.SPN and VD will get full announced final seasons.I also think if Arrow does very well and B&B or Cult or Carrie Diaries do reasonably well 0.7 maybe 0.8 for sure,they can afford to get rid of Nikita whereas last season they ended Oth & cancelled Ringer,Secret Circle,H8 trs,Remodeled and couldn’t afford to cancel it then.GG did & 90210 might get a shortened announced final season cause they’re the first CW original shows to have 100+ episodes and syndication-I expect Pedowitz to try very hard and succeed in getting 90210 & VD into syndication,VD will have 88 episodes end of this season.I don’t think Nikita will get the same special treatment.I think they’ve should’ve cancelled last season just cause of the finale-everything wrapped up,mission accomplished and it’s where the original ended too with Nikita taking over Section.I don’t know creatively they can go ,especially for two seasons.

  • sick

    @ Brandy

    You do know that as long as Nikita is making a lot of money outside of the ratings it will remain on the air. How do you think it made it to season 3 with those low demos in the first place? Use common sense.

  • Brandy

    Sick.it demo wasn’t too bad til April last year.It was renewed cause Pedowitz is a fanboy.

  • Christian

    When did syndication become so vital a show’s prospects, I wonder. Some of my favorite shows (e.g. American Dreams, Roswell, Veronica Mars, Once & Again) were canceled after their 3rd season. Damn I wish those shows aired now so they could get that 4th season and wrap the stories up.


    @ Christian

    Syndication became vital to a show’s prospects as far back as 1956-57 w/ I Love Lucy & hasn’t stopped since.

  • Christian

    @theoldman if that were the case, then why were shows I just mentioned not renewed for a 4th season? For the record, all those shows but American Dreams were sold into syndication but that’s a moot point!

  • kat

    Christian, 88 episodes is a fairly new number for syndication. It used to be 100 episodes was the minimum you had to reach, so 5 seasons, not 4. Generally, anyway. There are always exceptions. So in those cases, it was likely that producing that many more new episodes just didn’t seem cost effective.

  • Nick


    When did syndication become so vital a show’s prospects, I wonder. Some of my favorite shows (e.g. American Dreams, Roswell, Veronica Mars, Once & Again) were canceled after their 3rd season. Damn I wish those shows aired now so they could get that 4th season and wrap the stories up.

    Those shows either a) did not have 3 full seasons of 22 episodes each, and thus needed more than 1 more season to reach 88 epsodes or b) doing so terribly in the ratings that the money earned in syndication wouldn’t make up for the money lost in producing the show.

  • Tom

    @ Brandy @Sick has a point. Time Warner and CBS have a deal with Netflix for the distribution of CW and other programs that a number of media outlets report could net them upwards of a billion dollars. That’s independent of the deal the CW has with Hulu. Because of these deals, the CW partners as well as the CW itself are now in a position to turn their entire inventory of shows into cash. This means that programs like Nikita stand a good chance of staying in production so long as they sell online. Network ratings are not the only factor to consider anymore. So, forget about your Pedowitz as fan boy theory. This is first and foremost about the money.




  • Melanie

    @Brandy — Syndication doesn’t matter to the CW. But it does matter to the parent companies of the CW: Warner Brothers & CBS. If the plusses of syndication make Nikita profitable to produce, then WB drops its licensing fee to the CW so that lower ratings are OK to the network’s bottomline OR the parent companies tell the network to take the short term loss for the long term value of the property.
    Mark Pedowitz might genuinely like Nikita — but that won’t stop him from pulling the plug.

  • sick

    @ Brandy: That can play a small part in him renewing it but he’s got people over him making the final decision and just because he likes doesn’t solely mean its coming back. The demo that’s not reported here is the Men 18-34 demo that Nikita is really strong in, CW would probably like to keep a series or two that’s doing strong in that area then CBS/WB will take into account the other platform deals that Nikita has like Nikita and its international numbers.

    You guys get cheated on here because all you get is the viewership and 18-49 demo number. They pay attention to more numbers than that’s not available to us on a daily basis unless its leaked.

  • William Haney

    I wonder how Blue Bloods would do on another night? If Hawaii Five-O keeps slumping, I wonder how it would fare against Revolution and Castle?

  • sick

    @ William Haney: I think CBS can maybe shuffle some stuff around because there’s too many dramas in the wrong timeslots right now on that network. Blue Bloods is still a young show as its only in its 3rd season they can try and maybe see what it does on another night but its been a steady performer for them on Fridays with CSI: NY the last couple of seasons.

    The Mentalist and Hawaii Five-0 clearly need to move. CBS probably made a mistake cancelling CSI: Miami a season early they should’ve let it handle Sundays then had The Mentalist move back to Tuesdays with the NCIS shows. Vegas clearly isn’t working. Hawaii Five-0 could’ve went there too. They need something extremely strong to go against Revolution and Castle.

  • Brandy

    I still firmly believe ANY other CW show pulled 7 0.4s in thier second or thier first season, he would’ve cancelled them faster than Superman flew-for example,Ringer and Hellcats were freshman shows with 0.4s and I’m sure other things in thier favor but they were cancelled..But Nikita wasn’t.

  • thesnowleopard

    The shows you’re complaining about being pulled have already hit their syndication mark. Nikita hasn’t.

    We don’t actually know how much Nikita makes outside of live broadcast ads. And there are also those rumors that it’s not very cheap to produce. I think its survival up to this point has had more to do with the lack of successful shows on the network and its staying just far enough of other shows that the Cancellation Bear ate them, instead. Lots of slots available means low-performing shows can muddle along for a while.

    I think the CW is currently enamored with the idea of online and other auxiliary revenues because they’re new and exciting. Funny things happen when Hollywood dips its toes in new tech media. Look at all the weird and obscure stuff that came out when DVDs first hit big.

    But I bet the same thing will happen that happened with DVDs. Once the dust settles, some shows will make money and others won’t and the network (if it’s still around) will get a lot pickier about what it keeps and makes available just for that reason. Sure, a show *can* make money on syndication, despite low ratings on first run, but syndication profit is never guaranteed.

    Whether Nikita will be able to capitalize on this confused situation long enough to get a fourth season, I couldn’t say. I definitely think it won’t see five seasons unless it gets its ratings up. And I think the possibility of its ratings dropping enough to make it too unprofitable to continue is still significant. If the CW wants to clear that affiliates renewal hurdle in 2015 (assuming it doesn’t have some ambitious backup plan of extending year by year or transferring any still-successful shows’ continued production to something like Hulu or Netflix), it’s not going to do it with the likes of Nikita.

    I’m not sure, though, that Pedowitz is even in there to keep the network going past the 2015/16 season (That’s the last before the affiliates license runs out, right?). He could just be slowly turning out the lights in such a way as to make the few successful shows the network has put out as much product as possible before the end. I don’t know what that would mean for any newer shows like Arrow or B&B if they actually turned out to be hits, though.

  • sick

    @ Brandy: Not if they were making enough money outside of ratings which those shows weren’t. TSC would’ve still been around but it wasn’t making enough money for them.

  • sick

    @ thesnowleopard: That could be a major reason why also any network out there will always go for a cheaper option that’s making money for them. Nikita is filmed in Canada so I’m sure that plays apart as well not having to film in the home country. I’m telling you guys though the main reason Nikita is around is the amount of revenue it makes is insane. The CW isn’t like other networks though its an extra revenue platform for CBS and Warner Bros. I also believe sure if they had other successful shows then it wouldn’t stay around but ratings are only about 20% of the difference in the network’s revenue pie. Not as hugely reliant as CBS, NBC, FOX, and ABC are on ratings.

  • CrimTV


    Obviously I didn’t mean viewers in general, I meant total viewers and in Broadcast TV in which advertisers pay for 18-49 ratings, total viewers don’t matter!

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