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[09/29/12 - 08:31 AM]
Friday's Broadcast Ratings: CBS Tops Viewers, Shares Demo Crown with ABC
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

nielsen ratings
(fast national numbers for friday, september 28, 2012)

Here are the highlights of the 13 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks last night:

CBS (9.25 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T1) was the most-watched network on a tight premiere Friday with its mix of "CSI: NY" (9.00 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T5) - its lowest-rated premiere ever, "Made in Jersey" (7.74 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T7) and "Blue Bloods" (11.02 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T2) - likewise its lowest-rated premiere to date.

Sharing the demo crown was ABC (4.69 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T1) with a new "Shark Tank" (5.89 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T2), an encore of "Last Resort" (4.01 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T7) and a new "20/20" (4.17 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.4, #4).

Next up was NBC (4.32 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3) with a repeat of "Grimm" (2.84 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #11) followed by originals from "Grimm" (5.31 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1) and "Dateline NBC" (4.79 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T5).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.23 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4) offered up a repeat of "The X Factor" (3.28 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T7) plus the return of "Fringe" (3.18 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T7).

And finally, a new "America's Next Top Model" (1.18 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #12) and a repeat of "Nikita" (0.63 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #13) on The CW (0.91 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the night.

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
30.00% - Dateline NBC
14.29% - Grimm (vs. 9/3/12)
0.00% - 20/20
0.00% - America's Next Top Model
-6.25% - Shark Tank

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):

In late-night metered market ratings (via NBC's press release):
+42.86% - Shark Tank (vs. Modern Family (Repeat)/Suburgatory (Repeat))
+16.67% - 20/20
+8.33% - CSI: NY (vs. A Gifted Man)
0.00% - Grimm (vs. Dateline NBC)
-8.33% - Fringe
-16.67% - America's Next Top Model (vs. Nikita)
-16.67% - Blue Bloods
-18.75% - Dateline NBC
-31.25% - Made in Jersey (Vs. CSI: NY)

In late-night metered market ratings (via NBC's press release):

· In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 2.9/7; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.7/7; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 2.7/6; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.5/4.

· In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 1.0/5; "Late Show," 0.6/3; "Nightline," 0.9/4; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.5/3.

· At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.5/5 in metered-market households) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.3/4). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.6/4 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.4/2).

· At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.8/3 in metered-market households and a 0.3/2 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.


Here are the highlights of the 14 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (9/30/11):

CBS (9.75 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) edged out the competition on Friday with week two of "A Gifted Man" (8.14 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T5), "CSI: NY" (9.86 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T2) and "Blue Bloods" (11.16 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1).

NBC (5.09 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T2) and FOX (3.56 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T2) then shared the silver as the latter offered up new episodes of "Kitchen Nightmares" (3.98 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T2) and "Fringe" (3.14 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T5).

The Peacock then served up repeats of "Up All Night" (2.93 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #12) and "Whitney" (2.81 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.9, #11) followed by a two-hour "Dateline NBC" (6.21 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T2).

Meanwhile, ABC (3.94 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4) likewise put up repeats of "Modern Family" (3.84 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T8), "Suburgatory" (3.44 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.0, #10), "Pan Am" (4.15 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T8) and a new "20/20" (4.04 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T5).

And finally, fresh installments of "Nikita" (1.78 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #14) and "Supernatural" (1.77 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.7, #13) on The CW (1.78 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #5) rounded out the evening.

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+20.00% - 20/20
0.00% - Kitchen Nightmares
0.00% - Nikita
-10.00% - Blue Bloods
-11.11% - CSI: NY
-12.50% - Supernatural
-14.29% - A Gifted Man
-20.00% - Dateline NBC
-20.00% - Fringe

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+100.00% - Kitchen Nightmares (vs. House (Repeat))
+71.43% - Fringe (vs. The Good Guys)
+39.13% - Dateline NBC (vs. Dateline NBC/Outlaw)
+20.00% - 20/20
0.00% - A Gifted Man (vs. Medium)
-5.88% - CSI: NY
-10.00% - Blue Bloods
-30.00% - Supernatural
-40.00% - Nikita (vs. Smallville)

In late-night metered market ratings (via NBC's press release):

In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 3.0/7; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.4/6; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 2.8/7; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.4/4 with an encore.

In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 1.0/5; "Late Show," 0.6/3; "Nightline," 0.8/4; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.5/3 with an encore.

At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.6/5 in metered-market households) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.3/4). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.6/4 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.4/2).

At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 1.0/4 in metered-market households and a 0.5/3 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

Source: Nielsen Media Research





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