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

Categories: '

Written By

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.

  • Arrow

    @Honey Badger

    I left it out purposely because I don’t like it and see it getting canned this Season.

    CW needs to become a genre netlet and they can’t do that with shows like “Hart of Dixie”.


    @ John A

    Good observation! But all is fair (Hoo-Ha-Ha) & hey, I’m not the only one!

    Keep rockin’

  • Dean

    Thanks Mickey.

  • Nick


    6.1 was not an all time series low, but a series low for a season finale.

    Here’s Idol’s ratings using L+7, the only one TVBTN has in record:


    I’ll post L+SD link in another post. It may be blocked because it’s from a different site.

  • Mark Wood

    OK Finally get a chance to respond to some wildly inaccurate posts.

    First, understand I am a huge bed wetting going to conventions Supernatural fan. But I am also a numbers man. THough some find it annoying for me to bring that up. I also have amassed as a fan more ratings information for Supernatural then any site site I have seen on the net. From scouring the nets, to traveling to la and going through copies of Variety, Hollywood Reporter, Home media magazine, ect to going through the ratings reported on USAToday, LATimes, and New York papers. And have done this since.


    You think me saying that under Dawn’s rule SPN enjoyed strong lead in support. You say that’s false. Well if you are referring to either total viewers or adults 18-49, then you are absolutely wrong. Between Smallville and the one season of VD, SPN ha the show that was either 1st or 2nd for total viewers and adults 18-49 as its lead in. If you think that’s not good, then frankly your an idiot.

    You say I was in error that Reaper didn’t perform better then Supernatural its first season (I only mentioned the 2nd in that SPN actually did worse and you didn’t see Dawn give a cut order to it, it got not only an early renewal it was for a full season).

    The only year SPN had a bad lead in (in the show’s entire history) was last year. Now Dawn did set that schedule, but Marc took over long before the season actually started and he could have changed it before the first episode ever aired, or anytime during the season for that matter.

    Reaper 1.189
    SPN 1.188

    While wire close (and currently the rounding error could put it with SPN doing better, we the public do not get to see that data. What we can judge is what is released in this the most general demo Reaper did do better.

    OK, how about the actual demo the CW seeks adults 18-34
    Reaper 1.177
    SPN 1.169

    Again another victory for Reaper.

    So never, ever say Reaper did worse. Idiot.

    You blame Dawn for this in a post that she wasn’t even in charge of the Cw at the time. I am utterly in awe at your reasoning skills.

    As for the Up Fronts. DO you understand that for most shows, the only time they get to the up Fronts is when they are brand new, before they start their freshmen year.

    There are shows that have large audiences, that have won Emmy’s, that when their time slot, or are the strongest performers for their network on that specific night that never get another shot at upfront besides their first year.

    Yet Dawn is the one who gets tarred and feathered for it. Where is the outrage for all the other shows that don’t get represented.

    Hell hod you think OTH fills its twice been reduced to half seasons, with good numbers even in adults 18-49), and certainly far larger general adults 18-34, let alone w 18-34. How do you think they feel.

  • panda22


  • cas127

    How/why in the hell did this comment thread hit 712 posts?

    It is about one of the lowest rated nights…

  • Mark Wood


    You talk about WWE getting axed by Dawn, and that it went all girls when 4 of its top 5 show were either gender neutral or male. First One Tree Hill is absolutely female driven. So you can’t use that.

    While I agree that dropping WWE, especially on a season that had such weak development was a mistake. Its not a mistake based on your reasoning.

    WWE was a strong total viewer, really good adults 18-49, and good adults 18-34. And it ran all season, so it had no reruns (thus why its was for the full year the top performer for the CW, if you killed the other shows reruns and encores it changes things a bit).

    But the WWE was the only show that got to keep its ad spots. It generated very little actually revenue for the CW. It gave them PR (ie a night where they could especially in the summer claim the Number one or two spot), but that was really about it. THe CW was given some ad time for in network PR. But thats a bout it. And with them being obligated by contract to keep WWE on Friday (as not to compete with any other Airings on cable), they were left in the position that even its in house ads were basically wasted as no show besides Smallville was so heavily male, and that didn’t air for 6 days. You typically want your nightly ads to focus on the next night of programming (for the CW Sunday). There was a ton of reporting on this, some on the web, a lot in the trades.

    I assume that you are also talking about the 2007/2008 Season. If so they 5 strongest shows were in adults 18-49
    Top Model 2.2
    Smallville 1.69
    WWE 1.359
    OTH 1.34
    Gossip Girl 1.25

    Supernatural was actually ranks 7th for the season.

    And in general adults 18-34 (the primary meal ticket)
    Top Model 2.4
    One Tree Hill 1.9
    Smallville 1.776
    Gossip Girl 1.669
    WWE 1.25

    SPN ranked (at best, as I didn’t keep any of the 18-34 numbers for the failed reality shows like Pussy Cat Girls this season due to their ratings collapse) 7 on this list as well.

    And again Remember the WWE will good for bringing up the CW average, and great for PR* (absolutely great for PR). But not only was the majority of the strong shows female driven. THe general audience at home is female driven. And of (at that point in time) Dawn had two seasons under her belt, with the exception of the strong Smallville and the WWE (again strong but no real money), the strengths were female driven.

    THe first season Pussy Cat Doll encores scored better adults 18-49 and 18-34 numbers then SPN. Seriously.

    Lets look at the top five of the year before.
    Top Model 2.396
    Gilmore Girls 1.948
    Smallville (oops ok one season the lead in was third best) 1.835
    Beauty & The Geek (yes it had a larger female base) 1.763
    Pussy Cat Doll Encores 1.475

    WEE was 6th, SPN was tied in 8th with Pussy Cat Dolls (original airings)

    adults 18-34
    (again primary money maker for the CW)
    Top MOdel 3.02
    Gilmore Girls 2.325
    Beauty & the Geek 2.23
    Smallville 1.98
    One Tree Hill 1.89

    WWE was 8th, SPN was 9th

    Now really how strong of a picture does that make for the male shows.

  • Picky

    Nikita premiere was fantastic, loved the ending with exception of the Pres.’s attitude toward the crew, hoped it would be more like Madeline’s renewed appreciation–disappointing. Hello–playoff baseball! And so late seasonal start probably affected the ratings as well. NIKITA! NIKITA!

  • Restless

    Oh my gosh thank you for the link to the new CW shows, Arrow. Some of those show ideas seriously make my heart race. Abaddon’s Journal, Oxygen, Copeland Prep, Embrace and The Hundred especially. Wow, wow, wow.

© 2015 Tribune Digital Ventures