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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Fast Affiliate Ratings: These first national ratings, including demographics, are available at approximately 11 AM (ET) the day after telecast, and are released to subscribing customers daily. These data, from the National People Meter sample, are strictly time-period information, based on the normal broadcast network feed, and include all programming on the affiliated stations, sometimes including network programming, sometimes not. The figures may include stations that did not air the entire network feed, as well as local news breaks or cutaways for local coverage or other programming. Fast Affiliate ratings are not as useful for live programs and are likely to differ significantly from the final results, because the data reflect normal broadcast feed patterns. For example, with a World Series game, Fast Affiliate Ratings would include whatever aired from 8-11PM on affiliates in the Pacific Time Zone, following the live football game, but not game coverage that begins at 5PM PT. The same would be true of Presidential debates as well as live award shows and breaking news reports.

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  • Felipe Nikita

    @John A
    I watch SPN,TVD and Nikita, and I know for shure that Nikita is THE best, in fact, Nikita is the best show ever , so please stop skpeaking!

  • Skylar

    Best show ever? What are you smoking cause I need some of that.

    The show sucks, and the ratings match the show’s quality. No excuse for a 0.2.

  • Katie

    I’m am getting a laugh out of the Nikita fans wanting to move every other show to make way for their .2 show. Grasping at straws.

  • POI

    NO Nikita please go up i want a fourth and final season of this amazing show come on people why did u stop watching it its amazing and its the best friday show and grimm is second, i dont watch grimm live now because of Nikita im a huge fan from season 2 i liked it at season 1 but i became a fan starting season 2 and i havent missed an episode ye and i dont know how people miss this amazing show.

  • Michael

    I’m starting to wonder if Bondoel is right, and Nikita is watched by 800 million people in China. I mean, there’s no justifying this 0.2 lol! There has to be a reason why this show has been renewed with these horrific numbers.

  • ToXiX

    When a network receives a 0.2/1 EVEN on a Friday, it’s time to pull the plug. Jewsus Christ CW sucks.

  • John A

    If Nikita was as great as that why did it get a 0.2? Exactly it stinks. Ill admit that TVD and SPN arent emmy award winning but are more enjoyable than Nikita.

  • Meej

    Damn, is Nikita the lowest rated network show in the history of tv? A .2 would suck for a CABLE show.

  • John A

    Anyway the original Nikita was much better.

  • Rooks

    @John A.
    “If Nikita was as great as that why did it get a 0.2? Exactly it stinks. Ill admit that TVD and SPN arent emmy award winning but are more enjoyable than Nikita.”

    Don’t confuse popularity with quality. Many, many critically acclaimed shows die because of low ratings. If popularity and quality were the same thing, then McDonald’s would be regarded as gourmet food.

  • Nikita is the BEST

    Don’t bring in Mockingbird Lane as a series PLEASE! It sucks and it ratings were too average for a show that’s a reboot.

    CBS dramas did very well this week.

    Anyways can’t wait to see how Tim Allen and Reba do next Friday for ABC.

  • Tessa


    I think it really affects the writers work when they’ve always working with their head over the basket and the whisper of cold steel at the back of their necks. Aside from the psychological effects of living with the constant threat of cancellation, just the never knowing when the axe is going to fall and how to pace the story accordingly. You can really see the effect of that on Fringe and Chuck, how the story lines stop and start again. Plots get wrapped up too early and then they have to start again somewhere else. It really interrupts the flow.

    That’s very true. One show I felt this while watching was Doll House. The second season felt like the writers wrote each episode as if the next one was the last. It made for a very uneven story.

  • John A

    Ive seen some eps of Nikita season 1 its was ok very dull and a few bad actors. And Maggie Q cant carry a show IMO.

  • GK Guy

    @Rooks: I’ve seen more than 70 major (Network, cable) tv shows in my life. In all that, Supernatural is in my Top 3 shows of last decade. It was certainly Emmy-worthy from season 3-5.
    Nikita is an alright show, but when you bash on others to praise your show, you just come off as hateful and nobody will respect your opinion.

  • Da Truth

    Does it really matter what Nikita gets in the ratings here?

    If you’d actually seen how much money this show makes and how cheap it is to produce then you would know why this show has made it to season 3 with these numbers.

    SIGH for people still looking at Nikita’s ratings, people should know better by now.

  • KS

    @GK Guy

    I think season 2 Emmy worthy. Best action, best writing. But I gotta give it to season 4 for excellent myth-arc.

  • Rooks

    @GK Guy
    @Rooks: I’ve seen more than 70 major (Network, cable) tv shows in my life. In all that, Supernatural is in my Top 3 shows of last decade. It was certainly Emmy-worthy from season 3-5.
    Nikita is an alright show, but when you bash on others to praise your show, you just come off as hateful and nobody will respect your opinion.

    Where did I say anything about SPN…I think you’re replying to the wrong person

  • GK Guy

    @KS: I really loved season 2, but didn’t think it was Emmy-worthy compared to the other seasons.

    Btw, my last comment wasn’t intended towards Rooks. I’m sleep deprived from a few days and seeing things now.

  • Brandy

    Katie, I agree.Nikita had its shot at a competitive night with cws best leadin and it underperformed.Last season, they tried it as a leadin and it underperformed & it was paired with cws second highest rated show, but it brought SPN down & proved its leadin dependent.It can’t even half of Top Models ratings.People need to quit complaining about its Top Model leadin, Nikita in its third season shouldnt still need a leadin,it should be able to stand on its own But it cant and if people really wanted to watch Nikita, theyd watch it no matter what show its paired witn’t.It should have a loyal audience by now and to a certain extent it does, but viewers have been dropping the show since season two.People also need to quit saying ” move it to xx timeslots/night”.Its ratings aren’t gonna get better no matter where they put it and they’re not pair its failing butt with a show doing better(like Arrow) so it can drag that show down.Its rating too poorly to move off Fri and was moved there because it was the lowest rated show renewed in its first season.It’s funny, people say GG & 90210 who are getting close to Nikita’s ratings should be moved to Fri but Nikita doing slightly worse than them should be moved off Fri- hypocrites much?

  • KS

    @GK Guy

    So am I. Had two long weeks filled with these stupid examinations and sleepless nights. I am extremely tired.

    But season 2 is my favorite season. Season 2 premiere is my favorite. No season finale has ever beaten season finale of second season so far. There are great episodes like “What is and What Should Never Be”, etc

    Third season is broken up. It has great individual episodes like “A very Supernatural Christmas”, “Mystery Spot” etc..but because of writers strike, the season was not up to the mark.

    As of 4th season, the season as a whole is great, but no Individual episodes are great.

    I wish more budget was given to 5th season and apocalypse was something more than a street fight between 4 people. But it did carry the weight though.

    6th, 7th are not even worth mentioning.

    I personally prefer brotherly love more than anything else on the show. That is what made me attached to the show even more than supernatural stuff.

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