TV Ratings: 'Grimm,' 'Shark Tank' finales help NBC, ABC split Friday
'Nikita' finale is flat, 'Supernatural' finale down for The CW
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Fast National ratings for Friday, May 18, 2012.
Season finales of "Shark Tank" and "Grimm" lifted ABC and NBC into a Friday night split among young viewers, though CBS' repeats still won overall.
For the night, ABC and NBC both averaged a 1.3 rating among adults 18-49, tops in the key demographic. CBS and FOX followed with a 0.8 key demo rating, while The CW averaged a 0.5 key demo rating.
Overall, though, CBS averaged an estimated 5.44 million viewers and a 3.7 rating/7 share, edging out NBC's 3.4/6 and 5.2 million viewers. ABC was a close third with a 3.1/6 and 4.76 million viewers. There was a big drop to FOX's 2.02 million viewers and a 1.4/3, while The CW averaged a 1.0/2 and 1.52 million viewers.
8 p.m. - NBC started primetime in first overall with 5.54 million viewers for the series finale of "Who Do You Think You Are?," which finished second with a 1.0 rating among adults 18-49. "Shark Tank" was second overall with 5.525 million viewers and won the hour with a 1.5 key demo rating. CBS' repeat of "Undercover Boss" averaged 4.26 million viewers and 0.8 key demo, compared to 1.98 million viewers and a 0.8 key demo for FOX's "Kitchen Nightmares" repeat. On The CW, the season finale of "Nikita" was up a hair with 1.465 million viewers and flat with a 0.4 key demo rating.
9 p.m. - CBS' repeat of "CSI: NY" won the 9 p.m. hour overall with 5.61 million viewers and finished third with a 0.8 rating among adults 18-49. NBC's "Grimm" rose to 5.31 million viewers and won the hour with a 1.6 key demo rating. ABC's "Primetime: What Would You Do?" was third with 4.33 million viewers and second with a 1.2 key demo rating. A second "Kitchen Nightmares" repeat averaged 2.06 million viewers and a 0.8 key demo rating. On The CW, the "Supernatural" finale was down week-to-week with 1.57 million viewers and a 0.6 key demo rating.
10 p.m. - A repeat of "Blue Bloods" won the 10 p.m. hour overall for CBS with 6.45 million viewers and finished third with a 0.8 rating among adults 18-49. NBC's "Dateline" was second overall with 4.755 million viewers and second with a 1.1 key demo rating. ABC's "20/20" won the hour in the key demo with a 1.2 rating and finished third overall with 4.425 million viewers.
All ratings information comes from preliminary Fast National Nielsen data, which includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are subject to change.