TV Ratings Friday: 'Shark Tank' Hits Series High, 'Nikita' Premieres Low, 'Grimm,' 'CSI: NY' & 'Blue Bloods' Down

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October 20th, 2012

Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 1.7/6 1.7/6 1.1/4 1.1/4 0.5/2
Total Viewers (million) 6.361 5.795 8.359 4.161 1.210

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

Note: Due to live baseball coverage,  FOX's ratings are subject to more than the usual adjustment in the finals.

On ABC, Shark Tank garnered a series high 2.0  adults 18-49 rating, up 11% from last week's 1.8.  Primetime: What Would You Do? earned a season-high 1.6, up 14% from last week's 1.4 adults 18-49 rating. 20/20 notched a 1.4 adults 18-49 rating, even with last week.

On FOX, Baseball scored a preliminary 1.7 adults 18-49 rating, though that number will probably be adjusted in the finals.

On CBS, CSI: NY earned a 1.2, down 14% from last week's 1.4 adults 18-49 rating. Blue Bloods scored a 1.3 down 7% from last week's 1.4 adults 18-49 rating.

On NBC  Grimm notched a 1.4, down 13% from last week's 1.6 adults 18-49 rating. Dateline NBC earned a 1.3 among adults 18-49, even with last week.

On the CW, America’s Next Top Model garnered a  0.6 adults 18-49 rating, up 20% from an 0.5 for the last original episode on October 5. The season premiere of Nikita scored what we believe is a series low 0.3 adults 18-49 rating, down 50% from a 0.6 for the last season premiere on September 23, 2011 and down 25% from a 0.4 for the season finale on May 18, 2012

Overnight broadcast primetime ratings for Friday, October 19, 2012:

Time  Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
8:00 ABC Shark Tank 2.0/7 7.04
FOX Baseball Playoffs (8-10PM) - Live 1.7/6 6.36
CBS Hawaii Five-0 - R 0.8/3 5.94
NBC Grimm - R 0.6/2 2.62
CW America's Next Top Model 0.6/2 1.47
9:00 ABC Primetime: What Would You Do? 1.6/5 4.93
NBC Grimm 1.4/5 4.87
CBS CSI: NY 1.2/4 9.12
CW Nikita (Season Premiere) 0.3/1 0.95
10:00 ABC 20/20 1.4/5 5.42
CBS Blue Bloods 1.3/4 10.02
NBC Dateline 1.3/4 5.00


via press note:

In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The
> Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 2.5/6 with an encore telecast; CBS's
> "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.4/6; and ABC's combo of
> "Nightline," 3.1/7; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.5/4 with an encore.
> * In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results
> were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 0.8/4 with an encore; "Late
> Show," 0.5/3; "Nightline," 1.0/4; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.5/3 with
> an encore.
> * At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.3/4 in
> metered-market households with an encore) tied CBS's first-run "Late
> Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.3/4). In the 25 markets with Local
> People Meters, "Late Night" (0.5/3 in 18-49 with an encore) 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 with an encore and a 0.3/2 in adults 18-49
> in the 25 markets with local people meters.

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  • Brian

    Grimm ratings are still good! They’ll adjust up in the finals :)

  • ZmaX

    Terrible for Nikita! That was a great Premier that set up the new season really well.

  • zerg

    Wow for shark tank..It did better than last premiere on sunday

    Nikita performed bad even for the WC

  • The Old Woman

    That’s too bad for Grimm. Not good. Looks like Nikita and baseball had an effect. Hope it goes up next week for the Halloween episode.

  • JM

    I thought it would premiere with an 0.4… but 0.3 is terrible!!!

  • POI

    Ouch at Nikita that way too low get it back to 8pm it may get higher i think.

  • Keith Viverette

    So sorry for Nikita. I am a pretty big fan of it but to be honest I forgot. I saw NO promos for it. I didn’t know it was back already.

  • John A

    Sorry worse than GG.

  • Mitchell

    Those ugly numbers for Grimm probably not helped by the string of weak episodes … Something needs to happen quickly in the next few episodes.

  • FringeFan

    Shark Tank is actually a very intriguing show and deviates from the traditional “reality show” types. Super surprised it’s doing so well on a Friday night! Those ratings are better than almost all of NBC comedies!

  • Dennis

    Grimm down big too :)

    The last 3 episodes have been rubbish

  • danny94

    Ouch!!! Poor Nikita….

  • John A

    Please Nikita was promoted dont start that nonsense.

  • W

    0.3 for Nikita :O, they really should have canceled it.
    Bet the big guys at the CW regret their decision to cancel TSC with the numbers Nikita, Emily Owens and B&TB are pulling so early on the season! If Nikita gets a 0.3 in the fall, than in the spring they will barely get a 0.1…

  • POI

    @John A

    Its not worse than GG, Its on a Friday and if they bring GG here it will get a 0.2 or even a 0.1 i Know it

  • Zed

    Amazing for Shark Tank! Never watched the show personally, but that’s great!
    It makes me wonder though if ABC would want to give it a non-friday timeslot.

  • Baqinardo

    That’s so low for Nikita :(
    It should go back to 8PM.

  • KS

    Why is everyone so worried about Nikita? Even L.A. Complex got the same ratings on CW. Yeah, its a Canadian Drama avaliable at a cheap price to the network, but, I think, even more money can be made on Nikita, using DVD sales, international viewership and syndication.

    I think, it will survive in spite of low ratings because CW is not exclusively dependent on ratings. And on the top of that, we are not sure, if CW sells A18 – 49 for Nikita. I believe, CW sells A25 – 54 for Nikita.

  • John A

    NCIS should have aired at 8pm. H50 did pathetic and dragged down CSINY

  • danny94

    Is Nikita guranteed 22 episodes this season or is it possible that the cw might cut the order ??

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