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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  • herpderp

    Nikita is dead. Real shame, it’s a good show. Perhaps CW would have better luck if they moved it to Mondays.

    Anyways, if Nikita is as much of an international/online money maker for Warner Bros as everyone claims, they’ll keep it around just enough to hit 88 episodes no matter how low the ratings get.

  • omabin

    Oh god, terrible for Nikita! I was expecting a 0.4 for the premiere, but a 0.3 right out of the gate is terrible. I love the show, it sucks it does so badly in ratings. But the show has syndication potential, so i still think it might see another season.

    Elsewhere on the night:
    – ABC, be smart for once, and put the damn comedies at 9… Do not mess up with the Shark Tank sucess. I have been saying this for weeks now. It’s ridiculous to mess with what it’s working. The comedies should be at 9pm. Shark Tank would serve as good lead-in and at least they would have the 8pm hour guaranteed.
    – Grimm did not do as bad as some of you are saying. It dropped two tents only and it has a chance of adjusting up in finals to a 1.5, which would be a tenth below the result it had for the last three straight weeks. Give it a break. It will be fine.
    – CBS did badly for its standards. Grimm still beat both of its shows.
    – America’s Next Top Model equates 90210 and Hart of Dixie (and almost Beauty and the Beast) on a Friday, against a strong Shark Tank. I wonder if leaving it there for the spring wouldn’t it be better than what Beauty will be doing in that timeslot (assuming Cult goes to Thursdays). Oh well… It will probably adjust down.

  • KS

    I don’t understand why Grimm ratings fell, in spite of no competition from Fringe.


    @Zed. ABC has tried putting in non-Friday slot. It got crushed by the competition.. Also I wish ABC Won’t move Shark Tank up an hour, it’s on a roll

  • John A

    SPN gained fron Nikita at 9pm last year Nikita couldnt even get a 0.5 out of a decent lead in. Just horrible.

  • Dennis


    Grimm fell because the last 3 episodes have been rubbish.
    season 2 started off really well but it’s been very poor lately

  • AJ

    I can see ABC moving Shark Tank to Thursdays at 8.

  • HB

    OMG thats HORRIBLE for Nikita!

  • Dennis

    ABC should swith Shark Tank and Last Resort

  • Tessa

    @Remote Patrolled
    That’s because Canadians first made it ;) ( don’t know if there was a british equivalent first or not but Dragon’s Den is one of my favorite shows.)

  • rob60990

    Lmao at Nikita. Love it. ANTM will return before next summer.

    Terrific for Shark Tank. It beat Scandal. :D

  • Greg

    I don’t know why ABC is even bothering to premiere this TGIF comedy block. Their Fridays are a success, they don’t need any fixing and I highly doubt Tim Allen and Reba will do better than Shark Tank and What Would You Do? did tonight.

    Nikita premiered incredibly bad. Not even the Syndication Gods can save it anymore. CW should premiere ANTM on spring instead of summer.

  • Dennis


    It got a 0.4 in it’s first half hour but fell in its 2nd

  • KS


    Okay. Haven’t watched the latest episodes yet. I will watch them at the end of the season after a renewal order is given.

  • Martin

    Ouch for Nikita, that is low. Thought for sure it would get that 0.4 it clung on to for so long last year and at least a million viewers. Well, we will see when the finals come in.

    Either way, wow at shark tank numbers.maybe abc should reconsider moving it and put their friday comedies on at 9 instead and give them a proper lead in.

  • Greg


    Maybe because it had a far bigger competition from baseball?

  • Tessa

    Why are people worrying about Grimm? Wasn’t that a repeat?

  • Petar Ivanov

    Well ABC is mess and worst network this year. But we must recognize them that they are good in fridays with these reality, news magazine, etc. type of programming. Much better than their new shows. Will we see more of these in other days too? ABC beat in frydays regulary.

  • ForceChoke

    Is an adjustment still possible for Nikita?

  • John

    I got no words for Nikita, thought it’d be roughly the same as last year, which was not great to begin with, but to drop to a 0.3 no matter what CW says about how they use other methods to determine renewal it would be an absolute joke to let a show hitting a 0.3 to get another season (I do want to see how it does next week considering a number of returning shows had their season lows on its premiere on the CW).

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