Fast National ratings
for Friday, October 19, 2012.
" drew big numbers to ABC on Friday, leading to the network's now-usual win among young viewers, but CBS cruised overall thanks to lower-than-last-week installments of "CSI: NY
" and "Blue Bloods."
Meanwhile, FOX's National League Championship Series coverage helped the network tie for the lead (with an asterisk) among young viewers and The CW's "Nikita
" started its third season in disappointing fashion.
Among adults 18-49, FOX and ABC both averaged a 1.7 rating to tie for the lead in the key demographic. [ABC, of course, won in the two hours the networks went head-to-head.] CBS and NBC tied for a distant third in the key demographic, while The CW did a 0.5 rating for Friday night.
Overall, though, CBS averaged an estimated 8.36 million viewers and a 5.6 rating/10 share to win Friday primetime. FOX was second with a 3.9/7 and 6.36 million viewers, nipping the 3.8/7 and 5.795 million viewers for ABC. With 4.16 million viewers and a 2.8/5, NBC was fourth for the night. The CW averaged 1.21 million viewers and a 0.8/1.
8 p.m. -
ABC started primetime in first with 7.04 million viewers and a 2.0 rating among adults 18-49 for "Shark Tank." FOX's coverage of the game between the Giants and Cardinals averaged 6.22 million viewers and a 1.6 key demo rating for second. CBS' repeat of "Hawaii Five-0" averaged 5.935 million viewers and a 0.8 key demo rating, well below last week's numbers for an "NCIS" repeat. NBC's "Grimm
" repeat averaged 2.62 million viewers and a 0.6 key demo rating. On The CW, "America's Next Top Model
" averaged a solid 1.47 million viewers and a 0.6 key demo rating.
9 p.m. - CBS moved into first with 9.12 million viewers for "CSI: NY," but despite a Green Day-based stunt, the procedural was fourth among adults 18-49 with a 1.2 rating. FOX's baseball coverage was second overall with 6.5 million viewers and won the hour with a 1.7 key demo rating. ABC's "What Would You Do?" was a close second with a 1.6 key demo rating and third with 4.93 million viewers. NBC's "Grimm" slipped a little with 4.87 million viewers, though its 1.4 key demo rating was the top for Friday scripted programming. On The CW, "Nikita" premiered with only 951,000 viewers and a 0.3 key demo rating, unspinnable numbers that are almost half what the drama did in its 8 p.m. hour premiere last year. That's a drop that's fairly hard to explain, and significantly lower than even a "Beauty and the Beast" encore did in this slot last week.
10 p.m. -
"Blue Bloods" delivered Friday's biggest overall audience with 10.02 million viewers and tied for second with a 1.3 rating among adults 18-49. ABC's "20/20
" won the hour with a 1.4 key demo rating and finished second with 5.42 million viewers. NBC's "Dateline" averaged nearly 5 million viewers and a 1.3 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, particularly in the case of live events.
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