Fast National ratings
for Friday, April 20, 2012.
Airing three hours of repeats, CBS still won Friday night overall, while "What Would You Do?" and "Grimm
" helped ABC and NBC split the night among young viewers, despite week-to-week declines.
This week's random "Fringe
" fluctuation was "up," though that might be caused by the more legitimate growth for its "Finder" lead-in. Meanwhile, The CW's Friday dramas returned after a few weeks off, with "Supernatural
" dropping and "Nikita
" remaining flat.
Among adults 18-49, both ABC and NBC averaged a 1.2 rating for Friday night, tops in the key demographic. FOX was a close second with a 1.1 rating, followed by CBS' 0.9 rating and the 0.5 rating for The CW.
Overall, though, CBS averaged an estimated 5.42 million viewers and a 3.6/6 for Friday primetime. NBC was second with 4.82 million viewers and a 3.2/6, beating ABC's 3.0/5 and 4.52 million viewers. FOX finished fourth with 3.65 million viewers and a 2.4/4. The CW averaged 1.49 million viewers and a 0.5 key demo rating.
8 p.m. -
ABC's repeat of "Shark Tank" won the 8 p.m. hour overall with 5.05 million viewers and tied for the lead with a 1.2 rating among adults 18-49. FOX's "The Finder
" got a solid bump to 4.21 million viewers and a 1.2 key demo rating, its best Friday numbers to date. A repeat of "Who Do You Think You Are?" averaged 4.19 million viewers and a 0.8 key demo rating, compared to the 3.9 million viewers and 0.9 key demo rating for CBS' repeats of "Mike & Molly" and "Rules of Engagement." The CW's "Nikita" averaged just under 1.5 million viewers, up from its last original airing, and stayed in place with a 0.4 key demo rating.
9 p.m. - CBS' repeat of "CSI: NY" averaged 6.17 million viewers to win the 9 p.m. hour, but finished fourth with a 0.8 rating among adults 18-49. NBC's "Grimm" was down from last week, but still finished second overall with 4.46 million viewers and tied for the hour in the key demo with a 1.3 rating. "Primetime: What Would You Do?" delivered 4.38 million viewers and a 1.3 key demo rating for ABC. "Fringe" averaged 3.09 million viewers and a 1.0 key demo rating for FOX. The CW's "Supernatural" was on the low side with 1.48 million viewers and a 0.6 key demo rating.
10 p.m. - A "Blue Bloods" repeat won the 10 p.m. hour overall for CBS with 6.18 million viewers, coming in third with a 0.8 rating among adults 18-49. NBC's "Dateline" averaged 5.81 million viewers and a 1.4 key demo rating to beat the 4.14 million and 1.3 key demo rating for ABC's "20/20."
All ratings information comes from preliminary Fast National Nielsen data, which includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are subject to change.