TV Ratings: ‘Grimm’ Premieres Steady, ‘Sleepy Hollow’ Returns Down

TV Ratings: 'Grimm' Premieres Steady, 'Sleepy

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Friday night saw the return of “Grimm” for its final season and the premiere of the long-delayed “Emerald City” on NBC, as well as the season premiere of Fox’s “Sleepy Hollow,” but ABC won the night in the demo, and CBS earned the crown in total viewers.

“Grimm” brought in a 0.9 in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and 4.46 million viewers, down a couple tenths from its Season 5 premiere but right on the money from the Season 5 finale last May. “Emerald City” built on that, with a 1.1 in the demo and 4.7 million viewers.

“Sleepy Hollow” brought in a 0.6 in the demo and 2.21 million viewers for its Season 4 premiere. That’s down about 33% in the demo from its Friday premiere halfway through last season, and 40% from its Season 3 premiere, though it’s right around the Season 3 finale (0.7 demo, 2.96 million viewers). “Rosewood,” in its new Friday slot, brought in a 0.6 as well, and 3.05 million viewers.

Night-winner ABC had a strong return from hiatus for “Last Man Standing,” with a 1.5 in the demo and 7.71 million viewers. “Dr. Ken” also returned up from its last outing, with a 1.1 and 5.53 million viewers. “Shark Tank” was up as well, with a 1.4 and 5.88 million viewers, and a Scientology-focused “20/20” also spiked 75% above its last new installment with a 1.4 in the demo and 6.37 million viewers.

CBS’ Friday lineup also returned stronger than the end of 2016. “MacGyver” pulled in a 1.3 in the demo and 8.48 million viewers. “Hawaii Five-0” also pulled in a 1.3, and 10.02 million viewers. “Blue Bloods” beat them all with a 1.4 and 10.71 million viewers.

The CW’s Friday didn’t see any relief in the new year. Its double helping of “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” drew a 0.2 in the demo and 618,000 viewers.

As a reminder, many of these series will see lifts of 50% or more once viewing within three and seven days is counted. However, most of those gains won’t translate to the ratings guarantees networks make advertisers.


  1. T.F. (@Lakotasky)

    T.F. (@Lakotasky) says:

    January 8, 2017 at 8:01 am

    I am not surprised that Sleepy Hollows season 4 premiere ratings were down. A lot of us decided NOT to return to view because in my opinion, there is NO Sleepy Hollow without Abbie Mills.


  2. Angie says:

    January 8, 2017 at 6:00 am

    Hell I didn’t even know SH returned, have to set my dvr.


  3. Denise Brown

    Denise Brown says:

    January 7, 2017 at 1:20 pm

    Can’t believe this is the final season of Grimm, the best show around right about now and I will miss it for sure. For Sleepy Hollow someone please tell me when Abby is back otherwise bye bye for me.


  4. Dee B. says:

    January 7, 2017 at 9:47 pm

    Abbie isn’t returning Nicole Beharie quit the show last year after a long time of misery, after season 1 the show creators began to favor sidelining Abbie in favor of forcing other characters with lacking performances and poor audience reception onto viewers (Katrina, Betsy Ross, Hawley etc.) the actor that played the Headless Horseman has also said he was left go with little warning (the show favoring the direction of more Katrina story that no one cared about and let her go too after a steeper decline in viewers) after being told he was getting some interesting story to tie in more with Abbie and Ichabod he was suddenly dropped as well as Orlando Jones/Frank Irving, twitter exchanges from a head show writer also shows a complete lack of professionalism in regards to the shows direction and sidelining many of the shows talent that brought in viewers in the first and first half of the second season (the show and its writers and creators constantly misused Nicole and abused her she wasn’t even invited to do the commentary for the show’s DVDs despite the crew and cast saying Nicole was a sweetheart and very professional and a major pull to the show) after finally having enough of poor treatment and the show’s poor direction Nicole fought to be released from her contract and was granted it.


  5. Donna C. says:

    January 7, 2017 at 11:49 am

    No idea what these EP’s, writers, execs, etc., think when a show isn’t even on air for more than 7 months. Do they actually think people are going to stick with a program ? I loved, LOVED, Grimm, but I’m soooo over it now. Yes, I’ll watch the 6-episode finale, but can honestly say, won’t miss it when it’s gone


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