TV Ratings Friday: 'Kitchen Nightmares' Premieres WAY Down +'Grimm' & 'CSI:NY' Up, 'Nikita', 'Fringe' & 'Shark Tank' Slip + 'Mockingbird Lane' Special Ain't Too Shabby

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October 27th, 2012

Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 1.6/5 1.5/5 1.3/4 0.9/3 0.3/1
Total Viewers (million) 5.330 6.027 9.375 6.027 0.996

NBC was number one in adults 18-49, while CBS was on top in total viewers.

On ABC, Shark Tank garnered 1.8, down two tenths from last week's series high 2.0  adults 18-49 rating.  All Access With Katie Couric earned a 1.4 adults 18-49 rating. 20/20 was flat with last week's 1.4 adults 18-49 rating.

On FOX, Kitchen Nightmares earned a 0.9 for its season premiere. That's WAY down from last year's premiere, which notched a 1.6 adults 18-49 rating. Fringe earned a 0.9, down a tenth from its last original's 1.0

On CBS, CSI: NY earned a 1.4, up two tenths from last week's 1.2 adults 18-49 rating. Blue Bloods scored a 1.4, up a tenths from last week's 1.3 adults 18-49 rating.

On NBC, the Mockingbird Lane one-off special earned a 1.5 adults 18-49 rating. Your predictions were too optimistic.  Grimm notched a 1.9, up four tenths from last week's 1.5 adults 18-49 rating. Dateline NBC earned a 1.5, up two tenths from last week's 1.3 rating.

On the CW, America’s Next Top Model garnered a  0.4 adults 18-49 rating, down from last week's 0.6 rating. Nikita fell a tenth to a 0.2, after last week's 0.3 premiere rating.

Overnight broadcast primetime ratings for Friday, October 26, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00 PM ABC Shark Tank 1.8 6 6.752
NBC Mockingbird Lane -S 1.5 5 5.435
CBS NCIS -R 1.0 3 7.353
FOX Kitchen Nightmares 0.9 3 2.671
CW America's Next Top Model 0.4 1 1.138
9:00PM NBC Grimm 1.9 6 6.007
ABC All Access Nashville With Katie Couric 1.4 4 5.545
CBS CSI: NY 1.4 4 9.965
FOX Fringe 0.9 3 2.638
CW Nikita 0.2 1 0.793
10:00 PM NBC Dateline NBC 1.5 5 4.547
ABC 20/20 1.4 4 5.786
CBS Blue Bloods 1.4 5 10.806


via press note:

In late-night metered-market households Friday night: 

*	In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The
Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 3.0/7; CBS's "Late Show with David
Letterman," 2.4/6; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 3.5/8; and "Jimmy
Kimmel Live," 1.8/5.  

*	In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results
were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 0.8/4; "Late Show," 0.5/2;
"Nightline," 1.1/5; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.6/3.

*	At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.5/5 in
metered-market households) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig
Ferguson" (1.2/4).  In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late
Night" (0.5/3 in 18-49) trailed "Late Late Show" (0.4/2).

*	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.

Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2012 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.

NOTE: All ratings are "live plus same day" from Nielsen Media Research unless otherwise indicated.


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  • Brad

    Mockingbird is dead.


  • Oliver

    1.5 is pretty good for Mockingbird Lane. Not enough for NBC to order it to series, but not bad considering the timeslot and relative amount of promotion. It also boosted Grimm, so NBC made a smart decision to air it.

    0.2 for Nikita is just miserable.

  • NBC is awesome

    GO GRIMM!!!!

  • CBSviewer

    Go CSI: NY !!!

  • Oliver

    Mockingbird Lane really boosted Grimm. Demonstrates the benefits of a decent lead-in.

  • F.

    Cancel Nikita already

  • Kieran

    @Brad Mockingbird was never really alive to being with :P

    Ouch for Nikita, same for Fringe but there’s no point in caring.
    Good for Grimm. <3

  • samu


  • Score

    Brilliant rating for Grimm there that’s what it is capable of with a decent lead-in. Mockingbird Lane did OK but not enough to get a series.

    Awful start for Kitchen Nightmares – what happened there?

  • Oliver

    Wow, 0.9 for Kitchen Nightmares is really horrible. Kitchen Nightmare repeats were getting that in Summer.

  • forg

    Great for Grimm, hope it gets adjusted to 2.0

    I thought Kitchen Nightmares would hurt Shark Tank but woah 0.9?

  • Colin

    What the heck nikita?! Should of kept it at 8pm… Idk why Nikita slipped like that.

  • Mike


  • Matt

    mockingbird really boosted Grimm …wow

  • Baqinardo

    So NBC won 4 night this week?
    WOw. Awesome.
    Oh Nikita. That’s a repeat #s.
    So weird Original ep matches its repeat =_=

  • marcos

    thats shameful for nikita. ouch! maybe they should just cancel it and forget the sindycation deal. how long can it go from here next season?

  • omabin

    Yay for Grimm, so happy about it! Grimm ties or wins every ABC drama during weekdays but Revolution! Amazing! They should have a lead-in more often! On another note… ouch for Nikita. I don’t know why people don’t watch the show, it’s a good one!

  • John A

    LMAO at Nikita. GG and 90210 look like monster hits compared to that disaster.


    Shark Tank is still doing steady numbers. ABC is stupid to move it for those ABC comedies as they should keep Shark Tank at 8pm and move the comedies to 9pm does anyone agree?

    Mockingbird Lane was a great lead-in to Grimm. The problem is the show is too expensive maybe they could make it cheaper and have it as a special summer show. I enjoyed it quite a bit.

    Nikita IMO is as good as cancelled and IMO its time for CW to hang its hat on America’s Next Top Model. Its had a great 10 year run but its time to retire it. Anyone agree its just time for it to be put to bed?

    CSI NY/Blue Bloods are strong business on CBS. IMO does anyone think CBS should move the Good Wife to 8pm on Friday’s. I think it would blend well with CBS Friday’s.

  • SarahL

    Wow, Grimm! Are we sure those are correct? It as a great episode last night. Well deserving of those ratings.

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