TV Ratings Friday: 'Shark Tank' Hits Series High, 'Nikita' Premieres Low, 'Grimm,' 'CSI: NY' & 'Blue Bloods' Down

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October 20th, 2012

Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 1.7/6 1.7/6 1.1/4 1.1/4 0.5/2
Total Viewers (million) 6.361 5.795 8.359 4.161 1.210

ABC and Fox tied for number one in adults 18-49, while CBS was on top in total viewers.

Note: Due to live baseball coverage,  FOX's ratings are subject to more than the usual adjustment in the finals.

On ABC, Shark Tank garnered a series high 2.0  adults 18-49 rating, up 11% from last week's 1.8.  Primetime: What Would You Do? earned a season-high 1.6, up 14% from last week's 1.4 adults 18-49 rating. 20/20 notched a 1.4 adults 18-49 rating, even with last week.

On FOX, Baseball scored a preliminary 1.7 adults 18-49 rating, though that number will probably be adjusted in the finals.

On CBS, CSI: NY earned a 1.2, down 14% from last week's 1.4 adults 18-49 rating. Blue Bloods scored a 1.3 down 7% from last week's 1.4 adults 18-49 rating.

On NBC  Grimm notched a 1.4, down 13% from last week's 1.6 adults 18-49 rating. Dateline NBC earned a 1.3 among adults 18-49, even with last week.

On the CW, America’s Next Top Model garnered a  0.6 adults 18-49 rating, up 20% from an 0.5 for the last original episode on October 5. The season premiere of Nikita scored what we believe is a series low 0.3 adults 18-49 rating, down 50% from a 0.6 for the last season premiere on September 23, 2011 and down 25% from a 0.4 for the season finale on May 18, 2012

Overnight broadcast primetime ratings for Friday, October 19, 2012:

Time  Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
8:00 ABC Shark Tank 2.0/7 7.04
FOX Baseball Playoffs (8-10PM) - Live 1.7/6 6.36
CBS Hawaii Five-0 - R 0.8/3 5.94
NBC Grimm - R 0.6/2 2.62
CW America's Next Top Model 0.6/2 1.47
9:00 ABC Primetime: What Would You Do? 1.6/5 4.93
NBC Grimm 1.4/5 4.87
CBS CSI: NY 1.2/4 9.12
CW Nikita (Season Premiere) 0.3/1 0.95
10:00 ABC 20/20 1.4/5 5.42
CBS Blue Bloods 1.3/4 10.02
NBC Dateline 1.3/4 5.00


via press note:

In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The
> Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 2.5/6 with an encore telecast; CBS's
> "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.4/6; and ABC's combo of
> "Nightline," 3.1/7; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.5/4 with an encore.
> * In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results
> were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 0.8/4 with an encore; "Late
> Show," 0.5/3; "Nightline," 1.0/4; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.5/3 with
> an encore.
> * At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.3/4 in
> metered-market households with an encore) tied CBS's first-run "Late
> Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.3/4). In the 25 markets with Local
> People Meters, "Late Night" (0.5/3 in 18-49 with an encore) topped
> "Late Late Show" (0.3/2).
> * At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.9/3 in
> metered-market households with an encore and a 0.3/2 in adults 18-49
> in the 25 markets with local people meters.

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  • forg

    Moving Shark Tank at 9 pm could also help it as there is a possibility that it could keep the 2.0 consistently with higher HUT level plus no reality show competing against it (Kitchen Nightmares & Undercover Boss will premiere soon at 8 pm and could take some viewers).

    I hope LMS and Malibu Country will work on this night, the bar for success is low anyway

  • Ultima

    The cw shoud have paired Nikita with Arrow and then mabey the rating would have gone up!

    The CW should replace Nikita with Arrow repeats and then the ratings would go up! ;)

  • Steve

    From what I recall, Warner Brothers practically gave away Nikita for free because it does decent overseas. Combined with the extremely cheap budget, CW may even look at keeping it around next year to reach syndication numbers.

    0.3 is the lowest rating for a premiere that I can recall.

  • Richard Steven Hack

    That is grim for Nikita. The premiere wasn’t as good as I expected it to be either. It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t one of their better episodes. I’m sure it will get better as the season progresses.

    However, as I’ve said before, based on last season’s ratings, Nikita shouldn’t even be on the air this season. Which means this season’s ratings probably won’t matter either, even at this level. So a fourth season aiming at syndication is still possible.

    It still boggles the mind that the best action show on the air can’t garner some viewers, even on the pathetic CW network. Almost everything about this show is first rate, yet it can’t even do a .4 consistently.

  • Kia


  • Norman

    If Nikita keeps doing .3’s this season, syndication isn’t gonna be able to save it. That’s just horrible.

  • Toni

    They need to dump the rest of GG on Friday’s and move Nikita. I don’t care if it is the final season or not, this show shouldn’t be on Friday’s.

  • Greg


    I agree with everything you said. When I saw that 2.0, the first thing I thought was: it should stay where it is and TGIF replaces WWYD, especially since Undercover Boss will be back on the day it premieres and it has to be a tough competition for the two comedies.

    I thought about LMS/MC premiering on midseason on Tuesdays at 8 instead of How to Live with Your Parents/The Family Tools, even if it doesn’t fit very well with Happy Endings and Apartment 23.

  • Honey Badger

    What does NBC do with Grimm now? at 1.4 rating and being beat by Primetime: What Would You Do? on ABC with a 1.6 rating ?

    Is it time to move Grimm to another time slot, or cancel it?

    What does CW do with Nikita (Season Premiere) with 0.3 rating?

    the Cancellation Bear is prowling

  • Petar Ivanov

    @ Zed
    Amazing for Shark Tank! Never watched the show personally, but that’s great!
    It makes me wonder though if ABC would want to give it a non-friday timeslot.

    Well that is good question. Shark Tank almost even DWTS. Not know how cheap is but i guess is a lot cheaper than DWTS and all new ABC shows.

    I am always against mess in something that work but Shark Tank in thursday at 8 will be interesting to me. May be will be better than wipeout. Wipe out in fridays at 8. Is friday best ABC day now?

  • Dennis

    @Honey Badger

    don’t worry, grimm could stay at a 1.4 for the rest of the season and still get renewed.
    its not going anywhere

  • Rachel


    I agree but I guess thay wanted to keep Wednesday nights solid by putting Supernatural there.

    The CW really goofed this season. Arrow is there only new hit show. I don’t think keeping TSC or Ringer would’ve made a difference. They should’ve ordered stronger pilots. B&tB and Emily Owens were DOA. Who knows about Cult and The Carrie Diaries.

  • Michael

    Honey, as long as Grimm continues to beat or tie CBS in the demo, it’s got nothing to worry about.

  • Ultima

    @Honey Badger
    What does NBC do with Grimm now? Is it time to move Grimm to another time slot, or cancel it?

    Nothing, it’s fine.

    What does CW do with Nikita

    Wait for the river and hope they win? They’ve already gone all-in on the show.

  • Kia


    The CW should replace Nikita with Arrow repeats and then the ratings would go up!

    Yeh they should!! I don’t get why people don’t watch Nikita it is one of the best show on the cw but yet the ratings are so low!! People need to start watching Nikita!!

  • Skylar

    Haha for Nikita.

  • Mark Wood

    I don’t see why the surprise at Nikita.

    One of its strongest factors is greatly reduced and that is lead in. Last year as a 8pm show it gt the superior syndication shows (which did better then all but Vampire Diaires and Supernatural) in ratings, wasn’t it a .7 or better?

    People tend to forget for the CW for several of the nights that 8pm show actually gets better lead in then all but two days for the CW.

    Just because the 7pm or 7:30 pm shows aren’t part of the CW doesn’t change that the affiliates still air material there and that material does better then the majority of originals for the CW. Bill and Robert mentioned it several times last year when people would bring up the no lead in angle, and we actually saw two nights of data for those hours already this season, where we saw the 7:30 pm show scoring a .9 adults 18-49.

  • Clarke

    I’ve never watched Nikita, but I feel bad for its fans. A show premiering to a 0.3 is atrocious and the CW should be embarrassed by these dismal ratings.

    On another note, why doesn’t CW ever do a TV movie of Ringer or The Secret Circle to wrap up their storylines and give the fans of those shows a proper ending. The die-hard fans of those shows would be SO grateful to the CW and it would be good PR. I think it’s a good idea for them to consider.

  • herpderp

    Just exactly how cheap is Nikita’s budget? Visually, it looks expensive for a CW show. The PQ looked a bit different from previous seasons, perhaps they switched from film to cheaper HD cameras to keep the cost down.

    Being a WB produced show on a network WB owns, it’ll get a 21-episode fourth season order to get it to 88.

  • BigBrotherFan


    I agree. The CW kept it around for another season for a reason. Nikita would of been a perfect match with ARROW and SUPERNATURAL has been on the air for ages. From the looks of it-It already has a loyal fanbase that will follow it around to Fridays, Wednesdays, whatever. I figure the viewership of the CW shows would have NIKITA and ARROW as the most male skewing it only makes sense that they should be together. TOP MODEL likely has the direct oppisite (for CW) audience as NIKITA.

    You have a show thats expensive in it’s 3rd season, one would think you would want to do whatever you can to give it better ratings. Seriolsy, I do not think NIKITA and TOP MODEL share any of the same audience.

    It was a good premire. I missed some bits because I was doing something else but it’s a steller show. I wish people knew it was on. ARROW, NIKITA AND HOD are the only shows I watch on CW. I may sample EMILY OWENS online.

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