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.

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.

For more information see Numbers 101 and Numbers 102.

  • Mickey


    Lucifer? Is that you?

  • Mickey

    ^ For those who don’t watch SPN, the hilarious thing is that Lucifer’s human form is named Nick.


    669 is the most posts for TVBTN this calendar year

    It is also the most posts for the 2012-13 TV season so far


  • Honey Badger


    what is the all time record?

    Posted October 21, 2012 at 6:17 PM
    669 is the most posts for TVBTN this calendar year

    It is also the most posts for the 2012-13 TV season so far


  • Nick

    LOL! That’s pretty funny.


    I know TVBTN had a post once of 1,000 but it occurred before I started commenting

    Don’t know how many times there were more posts than today

    I joined this sight Sept 2011 & started the countdown to 400 Jan 2012



    Which is why I came to TVBTN

    How could total viewers be meaningless I ask?

    I now understand but (of course) totally disagree


  • Alan

    The CW should bring back The Secret Circle ASAP

  • Alan

    And stop attacking Gossip Girl, the numbers are slightly better and it’s on its sixth season!

  • Alan

    There’s no way Nikita is getting renewed. Even ANTM is performing better than Nikita and it’s cheap to produce. Enjoy Nikita’s last season.

  • Dan

    Thats a damn shame about Nikita. It is one of the best shows on TV and if this season is the last i hope it goes out with a bang. But im still hoping for a 4th season.

  • ZmaX

    I can’t see Warner Bros allowing the CW to cancel Nikita if it makes it through this entire 22 episode 3rd season. They would have spent tons of money on a total of 67 episodes and very little chance of syndication to make anymore profit from the show.

    Either the CW cancels the show without producing the entire season (maybe only 13 episodes) or they go all the way with 4 seasons.

    I don’t know what the ramifications would be from canceling the production of future episodes of a show that’s already contracted for a full season, and if it would cost them quite a bit of money. So cutting the season might not even be an option. (if anyone knows, I’d appreciate some insight on the subject.)

    IMO, Nikita’s getting 4 seasons, but who knows…

  • Justin121

    Where’s THE OLD MAN?

    Let the countdown to 700 begin!!


  • John A

    CBS cancelled Medium in its last season. It had 22 episodes and only made 13. What if Nikita started getting 0.2? How could CW justify keeping this? And Nikita wont do anything in syndication no one is watching it now. Only CSI’s and other cop shows do well as well as comedies.

  • Honey Badger

    How will The Walking Dead” do in the ratings?
    Shouldn’t this show be on the main networks?
    Can NBC, CBS, ABC, Fox, CW get this show?

    “AMC Networks’ flagship channel, AMC, returned to Dish on Sunday in time for the second episode of the new season of “The Walking Dead.” The first episode drew 10.9 million viewers on Oct. 14 – even with the channel blacked out for Dish’s 14 million customers. AMC offered a Web stream of the episode to Dish customers. It is the highest rated drama in cable history”

  • Honey Badger

    What will “The Walking Dead” do to the other shows that on air on Sunday night?
    What are your predictions for the ratings of all shows on Sunday night?

  • Honey Badger

    What are your predictions for the ratings of “The Good Wife” on Sunday night?

    I think “The Good Wife” is a great show with a great cast and great guest stars, but CBS put in a very bad place in the schedule so the ratings will be at an all-time low for last nights.

  • Honey Badger

    What are your predictions for the ratings of “The Mentalist” on Sunday night?

    I think “The Mentalist” was a great show but after they brought back Red John after they killed him off last year the show has taken a tumble in the ratings. I can see why the ratings dropped, the Red John theme is a turn off for a lot of viewers.
    I predict the ratings for “The Mentalist” will be at an all-time low, and CBS will cancel the show at the end of the year.

  • Honey Badger

    I predict Sunday Night Football on NBC (Pittsburgh Steelers at Cincinnati Bengals) will really hurt the ratings for all the other shows airing on Sunday night.
    What is your opinion?

  • Honey Badger

    I predict Major League Baseball on Sunday Night on Fox (St. Louis Cardinals at San Francisco Giants) will really hurt the ratings for all the other shows airing on Sunday night.
    What is your opinion?

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