I'm not as confident as the Cancellation Bear that the syndication gods will save CW fan favorite (if not in the Nielsen ratings, in our comments!) no matter what. Though for the record, I'm way more confident in the syndication gods than any unaudited boasting about 's international success. That said, when I saw EW.com had posted the season-to-date ratings for all broadcast shows I couldn't help but grimace (OK, maybe I smiled first!) when I saw Nikita tied for 100th -- dead last -- in its "Most popular (fall broadcast) shows so far" rankings.
To EW's credit it has madestep of focusing *only* on "the uber-important adults 18-49 demographic" and ignoring total viewers altogether. That is TV ratings reporting-for-the-masses change (and progress) I can believe in! In fairness to EW -- this is not a slam against them -- they reported the season-to-date ratings that Nielsen sent out, and what they reported is definitely an accurate representation of those numbers. Update: commenter Jere correctly notes there are issues in EW's chart and commenter Michael-60 notes that's because they include any time period repeats since the official September 24 start of the season (So "The " includes the repeat that aired the week before its actual season premiere), though that didn't impact adversely...
The problem with Nielsen numbers is often the devil is in the details (as in, "OK, exactly *what* are these ratings and what do these ratings mean?!").
In this case those were the "most-current" ratings which mean a blend of live+7 DVR ratings where available and live plus same day DVR ratings where the Live+7 numbers aren't yet available. That's two out of four weeks of Live+7 DVR ratings for shows that premiered during Nielsen's official premiere week, and more for shows that premiered earlier like '.' But since just premiered just last Friday, it only has the Live+SD (same day) ratings available.
Sadly, that's not much consolation forfans, though it's reasonable to expect that Nikita will jump up to at least five spots to a tie for 95th once Live+7 DVR numbers are factored in, with a possibility of making its way into the 80s!