With the news coming that “Fringe” is renewed and “The Finder” is canceled, it’s certainly easy now to look at the their ratings in a different light. The irony? In seeing how much CBS has plummeted this spring, “Fringe” suddenly doesn’t look so bad when it comes to 18-49 viewership.
Fox – “The Finder” shut things down with a 1.1 rating in the demo, which at least allows it go out on an okay note. “Fringe,” meanwhile, scored a 1.0 for its season 4 finale, and we have to think Fox will be all right if the series ends with those sort of numbers in the fall / spring of this coming season.
ABC – “Shark Tank” continues to be a beast with its 1.6 rating, as it was tied for #1 on the night with “Primetime: What Would You Do?” — a show that we really can’t bear to watch. “20/20” posted a 1.4 rating.
CBS – What’s happened to the Eye this season? The numbers for “Undercover Boss” (1.1) and “CSI: NY” (also a 1.1) are pathetic, and despite them each posting more than 9 million viewers it’s hard to see them returning. (The only hope that “Boss” has is that it’s relatively cheap to make.) “Blue Bloods” still posted a 1.3, and will likely be safe due to it being the network’s best Friday show.
NBC – “Who Do You Think You Are?” continued its march towards cancellation with a 0.8, while “Grimm” scored a 1.2 rating — a decrease versus last week. “Dateline” wrapped up the night with a 1.2.
The CW – After celebrating its third-season pickup, “Nikita” kept it consistent with a 0.4 rating that still makes us surprised the show is coming back. Meanwhile, “Supernatural” posted a beastly 1.6 million viewers to go along with a 0.7 rating — which may actually decrease in the final numbers due to a reported pre-emption in Chicago.
What did you watch Friday? Remember that demo ratings are the key measure for a show’s renewal / cancellation odds (ask “Harry’s Law,” which posted a large viewership but was canceled anyway) — a demo point is equivalent to 1.28 million viewers.