When “Shark Tank” first started up years ago, who would have thought that it would now be the top-rated show on Friday night? Unlike most other programs out there, it seems to gain an audience as time goes by — and it was one of the few shows to actually rise in a time of year where many people opt to spend their time outside.
ABC – With a 1.7 rating in the 18-49 demographic, the “Tank” led the way for all TV — the other good news for ABC, though, was that both “Primetime: What Would You Do?” (1.4), and “20/20” (1.5) were also in the top 5 for programs on the night in the key ad measure.
CBS – We’re not quite sure what is happening to CBS Fridays. While “Undercover Boss” started out this spring as a rare show to draw a 2.0 rating on a night commonly referred to as a TV graveyard, it is now sitting at a 1.4. Meanwhile, “CSI: NY” (1.3) and “Blue Bloods” (1.4, but #1 in total viewers on the night) seem to be losing young people steadily as time goes by.
NBC – Let’s hope that next year, the Peacock is able to find a better lead-in for “Grimm” (which posted a 1.3 rating, down versus last week) than “Chuck” and “Who Do You Think You Are?” (which dropped yet again below a 1.0 rating).
Fox – With “Fringe” officially coming back for a season 5, the terrible 0.9 rating does not appear as terrible anymore. Meanwhile, the 1.0 for “The Finder” is still likely to keep the show from returning — mostly because there’s not the same syndication benefit or devoted fan following.
The CW – “Nikita” continues to cling to its 0.4 rating, which is not going to be enough for a renewal if the total viewers continue to slowly slide. Meanwhile, “Supernatural” remains to us one of the most impressive shows on all TV — despite being seven seasons in, the loyal viewers still show up (and its 0.7 rating is one of the best on the network).
In this week’s edition of “excuses for bad ratings on a Friday,” we know some people are going to blame “The Avengers” for the drops. But remember this — since “Supernatural” is a similar sort of audience to the superhero film, wouldn’t it have slid if the two were really so related?