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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  • PV

    Sorry, I could not help but laugh at Nikita this time. It was really struggling last season, but now it has reached the rock bottom.

  • robin


    “DVD sales, international viewership and syndication.”

    hmmm I call fan excuse bingo

  • Rachel

    Oh Nikita…

  • omabin


    Actually, I agree. With the way their weekdays are going, they could use the comedies there. The problem, though, is that their most problematic slots are 10pm slots, and comedies are no good there. They would be slaughtered by big bang on thursday at 8 so there is nothing else left….

    This being said, they should go to fridays at 9, not at 8, messing with Shark Tank sucess. Also, they should consider a Shark Tank move somewhere during the week. It beat 666, Last Resort, Scandal, Private Practice, The Neighbours, tied Nashville and almost Castle. It’s insane for a Friday show….

  • melbye

    CW, please switch Nikita and Gossip Girl

  • ZmaX

    @KS I remember reading some rumors back in May before the 2012 fall schedule was announced that the CW affiliates wanted the older skewing Nikita at 9pm so they could get a better audience lead-in for their news programing.

    Not sure how much pull the affiliates have over the network, but if they’re happy i’m sure that’s good for Nikita…if it’s doing well in the A25-54 demo.
    Does anyone know where to get those numbers?

  • Kia

    OMG i cant believe the ratings =O Nikita is such a good show and people should start watching it! I cant watch it because i live in the Uk but i watch it online! im so shocked =O please guys watch the show!!!

  • ForceChoke

    Robin: Call what you like, but if it got renewed with 0.4’s, ratings may not matter as much as you think. Isn’t LA Complex coming back? I still think there is a silver of a chance.

  • marcos

    bye Nikita! I’ll be missed

  • Oliver

    I expect some of these shows have been negatively impacted by competition from baseball, which might explain why they’re suddenly down a tick.

  • ForceChoke

    Sliver* DYAC.

  • Nerdbot

    OMG! Nikita! :(
    Those numbers are terrible! I really hope it gets adjusted up in finals and luckily it stays between 0.4-0.5 for the rest of the season. I could imagine a fourth year for syndication purposes only if the show remained in the same numbers of last season, but with these ratings that’s unlikely to happen. On the other hand, The CW knew what would happen if they renewed a low-rated show like this one and they did it anyway. Considering that “most” of the shows that get a third season do reach a fourth one, no matter the ratings, I’m still hoping a miracle, or at least early news that this will be the last season of Nikita so the writers may have the chance to end the series properly.

  • Michael

    God, I hope Nikita doesn’t drop further

  • Petar Ivanov

    @ 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!

    What NBC comedies??? Shark Tank BEAT ALL ABC NEW FALL SHOWS!!!! IN FRIDAY. Is this a joke….come on.

    And almost all new NBC comedies that is correct too.

    ps By the way NBC have even better reality name – The biggest loser – 2 hours/2.0 demo. I speak for it from weeks but some people are very angry for it. TBL was 2 hours in spring with 2.0 demo in tuesdays. Cheap and good demo. But NBC got with sitcoms and LO in wednesdays. What a move.

  • John A

    Nice to see crap shows get the bad ratings.

  • Remote Patrolled


    I believe Shark Tank is based on a Japanese format originally

  • Tessa

    Why Nikita in danger but not LA Complex? Well you answered that:

    its a Canadian Drama avaliable at a cheap price to the network

    I think, even more money can be made on Nikita, using DVD sales, international viewership and syndication.

    Please! Don’t you start that now. I’m sure Mikey is on his way.

  • Kia

    The cw shoud have paired Nikita with Arrow and then mabey the rating would have gone up!

  • Ultima

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

    Presumably the audience that watches multiple Friday shows (Grimm, Fringe, Supernatural/Nikita) live is also watching the others within the Same Day DVR window. Subsequently, the absence of one of the shows doesn’t create a ratings bump for the others.

  • Jinjeon

    Nikita will get adjusted up in finals, that’s for sure. But still 0.4 for premiere is not good. Even by CW standards. Don’t see season four in any future.

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