Fast National ratings
for Friday, May 11, 2012.
With three finales, CBS still won Friday night easily overall, but "Undercover Boss" and "CSI: NY
" hit such low numbers among young viewers that ABC cruised for the night, led by "Shark Tank."
Meanwhile, both the cancelled "The Finder
" and the renewed "Fringe
" had "up" nights for their finales, while The CW's renewed "Nikita
" and "Supernatural" were flat.
For the night, ABC averaged a 1.5 rating among adults 18-49, tops in the key demographic. CBS was second with a 1.2 rating, while NBC and FOX both posted a 1.1 key demo rating. The CW averaged a 0.5 key demo rating for Friday.
Overall, though, CBS averaged an estimated 8.45 million viewers and a 5.5 rating/10 share for Friday primetime. ABC was a distant second overall with 4.99 million viewers and a 3.3/6, beating NBC's 3.16 and 4.62 million viewers. FOX's 2.3/4 and 3.66 million viewers finished fourth, beating the 1.53 million viewers and 1.0/2 for The CW.
8 p.m. - CBS' suddenly struggling "Undercover Boss" averaged 5.75 million viewers to win the 8 p.m. hour overall, but only could muster a 1.1 rating among adults 18-49. ABC's "Shark Tank" was a close second with 5.545 million viewers and an hour-winning 1.6 key demo rating. NBC's "Who Do You Think You Are?" was third overall with 4.76 million viewers and fourth with a 0.8 key demo rating. The series finale of "The Finder" averaged 4.16 million viewers and a 1.1 key demo rating for FOX. On The CW, "Nikita" was up with 1.38 million viewers and steady with a 0.4 key demo rating.
9 p.m. -
"CSI: NY" limped to the end of its season with 9.03 million viewers, but only a 1.1 rating among adults 18-49, not the kind of number you want to post when CBS is still making bubble decisions. ABC's "Primetime: What Would You Do?" was a distant second overall with 4.79 million viewers, but won the hour with a 1.6 key demo rating. NBC's "Grimm
" was third overall with 4.46 million viewers and second with a 1.2 key demo rating. FOX's "Fringe" closed its penultimate season with 3.16 million viewers and a 1.0 key demo rating. The CW's "Supernatural" averaged 1.68 million viewers and a 0.7 key demo rating, like "Nikita" up in viewers and steady in the demo.
10 p.m. -
" won the 10 p.m. hour for CBS with 10.56 million viewers, but finished second with a 1.3 rating among adults 18-49. ABC's "20/20" averaged just over 4.64 million viewers and won the hour with a 1.4 key demo rating, edging out NBC's "Dateline," which had just under 4.64 million viewers and a 1.2 key demo rating.
All ratings information comes from preliminary Fast National Nielsen data, which includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are subject to change.