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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  • Dean-W

    What is the worst night Friday or Sunday for CBS ? Shows on Friday are low rated (1.3 for CSI: NY and 1.4 for Blue Bloods) but they wins their hours and on Sunday shows are a little big high among 18-49 (1.8 for The Good Wife and 2.2 for The Mentalist).

  • Mickey


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

    I think he gave it the kiss of death earlier when he moved it from Tuesdays (where it was doing well) to across from Supernatural on Thursdays (where its ratings dropped drastically.)

    As Tessa was saying, Supernatural has near religious devotion, and there is a significant overlap between the two fandoms. Chances are SPN fans watched SPN live and DVRed Fringe.

    Though dissing Supernatural was indeed a very stupid move on Reilly’s part. And look at that, Fringe is ending and Supernatural is moving on, and getting higher ratings on a weeknight in the toughest timeslot. So Reilly thinking SPN wasn’t worthy of being considered competition was wrong as well as stupid. (No offence to Fringe fans. I’m almost caught up on DVD and really enjoying it.)

    I think it’s no accident Grimm is doing better now that SPN has been moved. There are other factors too, of course, so it’s impossible to make any solid correlations, but a lot of people watch both shows, and as I said, SPN fans are so devout they will watch SPN live and DVR the other show–and that’s what people were saying in almost all the comments I saw from people who watched both. Last year after the premiere buzz had died off, Grimm was getting a lot of 1.2s, 1.3s and 1.4s mixed in with its 1.6s. Now it’s holding steady at the 1.5-1.6 end of its range.

    So although SPN’s audience is small relative to the big four, the loyalty of its audience is what makes it tough competition. It’s now up against the monster juggernaut of the top-rated shows, and its ratings have gone up. Which also goes to show the idea genre shows should be exiled to the graveyard night on Fridays, which I argued against last year, doesn’t hold up. Genre shows can and have survived and thrived on other nights than Friday. They have more often died on Fridays than survived there, with a few exceptions like the X-Files, which was promptly moved to Sundays, and Grimm, which is in too early days to say much about its survival in the long term. It’s doing well for now, but it has weak competition (both CSI:NY and Fringe have one foot in the grave, and even when the CW airs new episodes they will rate about the same as the BatB rerun) and the fairy tale fad may not hold forever. But more power to it if it lasts: though it’s not my cup of tea, the more genre shows the merrier. The more genre shows succeed, the more networks will be likely to pick up genre shows. And I like genre shows.

    Good to see Arrow and BatB repeat so strongly. The CW really needs some wins, and this sampling bodes well for the two shows to hold steady. Arrow I think for sure will keep going strong, BatB may or may not be another Secret Circle.

  • ZmaX

    @ Brandy, I guess in this case, a good quality show with terrible ratings will actually survive :)

    Actually from what I’ve heard, most fans loved season two. It didn’t fall into the proverbial “sophomore slump,” the storylines moved forward and answered lots of questions left open from season one while opening up new plotlines for the future. The characters grew and changed over the season, become a force to be reckoned with, Team Nikita. Plus, the Season Finale was incredible, thematically, it was a perfect way to end the season and start the third. It will be crucial for the development of Nikita as she really discovers who she is, what her purpose in life is now and what good she can do. She was meant for great things.

  • Brandy

    zmax, from what I’ve heard on here and tvline, a lot of fans didn’t like season two ,myself included.

  • ZmaX

    @ Brandy
    We’ll just chock that up to your confirmation bias, because I just searched some Nikita articles from TVLine looking for negative comments and hardly found any :/
    I saw a lot of “great” & “love” though lol

    Season 2 episodes on TV.com have higher user ratings than season 1 episodes.
    Season 2 has a better user ratings on Metacritic than season 1.

    I have seen crazy TSC fans bashing Nikita on Facebook, but we won’t count those since they bash every show as an attempt to get back TSC.

    But this site seems to draw in some haters so I can believe that part.

  • Chris

    You know, I’ve been a Fringe watcher since the pilot, and thought I have had my reservations from the start, it was still one of my favorite shows, and in my honest opinion, is probably the last network drama that will ever be worth talking about.

    And this season is terrible. I just can’t sit through a single episode. I will show up for the very last episode, but that’s all I can manage. I was afraid this would happen. I wish they’d canceled it before it ended this way.

  • Mickey


    That’s a shame. That’s what happened with Chuck. That mercy last 13 episodes isn’t always a mercy. I think always keeping the writers on tenderhooks never knowing if the story is going to end or go on takes its toll, interrupting the flow of any storytelling.

    I’m currently watching S4 of Fringe. It’s very intricate and thought-provoking.

  • Sid


    You do realize Nikita is just a tv show right? How many times are you going to repeat the same thing over and over again(it’s like you have it all copied somewhere so all you have to do is paste it in your comment).

    I seriously hope you’re not getting high blood pressure over Nikita’s renewal because I could see the distraught you have from your post.

    Oh and as for that remark about Pedowitz “fanboying” over Nikita; maybe he’ll stop when you stop “fangirling” over your girly shows Dixie, Girl, 9-O and Top Model.

  • Chris

    @Mickey–I’ll have to take your word for it that’s what happened with Chuck, because I found it unwatchable from the very first episode, and I still think there was just not much of a show there.

    Fringe’s best season was the third. Last season was better than this one, but I still think the best place to have ended it was S3, cliffhanger and all.

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