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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  • Jiji Moran

    Mockingbird Lane was a bit lame, to me. Jerry’s face without any makeup made him look like a ripoff of the old Munster character. His appearance was more of a rotting corpse than a Frankenstein-type dude. There was no makeup, no acting, it was just… Jerry.

    The special effects were good, the story okay. However, for a 7:00am show, it was a bit explicit and gruesome.

    IF it were a regular show, I would only watch if there is nothing else good on at the time.

    The “Fringe” episode last night was the first good one of the season. Introducing new characters, and relegating our heroes to the background was painful to watch in the first few episodes.

    Now that the new resistance is being replaced by the old Fringe team, it seems more like the old times. Broyles is back, and he’s helping the team, so there is hope.

  • Samunto

    If Grimm had a decent lead-in it would do extremely well. NBC should take a gamble and order atleast 13episodes of Mockingbird Lane. It could work. But again, premiere numbers are normally high and don’t necessarily speak volumes not unless a show is DOA. But given this was on on a Friday and the promo was only for just 2wks this is excellent.

  • JRM

    @Aedan I’m glad you are still bitter that Flopper and The Secret Flop got cancelled!

    YAY! =)

  • Ram510

    I look at it like this, yes NBC was probably hoping for more as every network does for every other show. But the reality is they just announced that they would air it last night like 1.5-2 weeks ago, what were they going to expect

    As far as the 8 o’clock hour minus The voice and football, Mockingbird Lane did better than every other show on NBC at 8 o’clock hour. Even Chicago Fire got a 1.5 a couple weeks ago and it was promoted during the Olympics.

    All I’m saying is that NBC should at least give the show a chance with a short season to see where it can go. Cause one episode isn’t much to go off of

  • M

    Some of these posts about Nikita are hilarious. SPM always delivers. I fall under the camp of former Secret Circle fan / I understand why it was canceled and don’t fault Nikita for it, but I still hate the CW.

  • thesnowleopard

    How do you “slip” from a 0.3? Jeez. Nikita’s making The LA Complex look good and that was a summer show.

    Mockingbird Lane wasn’t bad. I’d probably watch more of it. But I couldn’t figure out what it was supposed to be. It looked like a pilot, but it was billed as a special. Okay, so why all the dangling storylines the way a pilot would have?

    I’d be unsurprised to see it ordered to series. A 1.5 for a Friday night on NBC is pretty good. And it certainly boosted Grimm.

  • Dennis

    Fringe was heartbreaking…

    Etta was only in 5 episodes but her death was still a massive impact :(

    The show that never fails to deliver

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  • Picabo

    Nikita deserves far better. ANTM as a lead in dooms it to failure because there is no audience overlap whatsoever. CW needs to find it a new home. With Arrow would be awesome. BATB would be okay. Back with Supernatural also okay. Pair ANTM with GG or anything else, just get it far from Nikita.

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  • Jon

    Why was Grimm preempted last night in my area for some local MPLS KARE11 news special. Why are they able to do this? Makes me upset, and how much does that affect the ratings?

  • K

    Sucks for Kitchen Nightmares. It’s nice to see a show that does not involve murder and killing. The episode last night was really good, yet folks would rather watch tired and repetitive CSI NY (should have kept Miami).

    Great for Grimm, though it is getting better and better, especially like how they are sprucing up Nick’s good old Toyota Land Cruiser.

  • Jess

    If a show is in its 3rd season it shouldn’t need over the top promotion to get good ratings. The audience was barely there last year and now people are clearly just over it. Moving the show IMO wouldn’t help it that much. CW has nothing to pair with it.

  • PV

    I think we all get that Nikita is not a hit. But I mean, it should at least keep its own fan base watching the show. It can’t even keep the older viewers. C’mon. .4 last leason was already bad. Now it’s beyond terrible. And it’s not because of the timeslot. It really lost viewers. Otherwise it would be at .4 at least.

  • PV

    So I guess the quality must not be that great as some say, when even regular viewers of the show stopped watching. It’s not entertaining the viewers anymore.

  • Oliver

    I’m always surprised that fans of CW shows don’t do more to promote their shows (and, by that, I don’t mean spamming message boards and social media echo chambers, because I think they’ve reached saturation point in that regard).

    Literally 250k people (0.2 in 18-49) is the difference between cancellation and renewal on the network. The network practically lends itself to organised fan campaigns that would be doomed to failure on a network that has a sustainable amount of viewers.

  • Mark Wood

    Just think of all the fun the DVR results for this week will be, Nikita improved 50% its a keeper. By getting to a huge .3…..

    A few people were asking whats the worse performance an original hour of the CW has done. People mentioned things like Hellcats and Melrose Place getting a .1. Which is not factually accurate at all.Just for the record the lowest adult 18-49 Hellcats & Melrose Place only ever received was one .4 during a preemptions.

    For fall/ Spring season the lowest performer for the CW has been…..
    CW Now with a .1 back in 02/03/08 (I honestly have no idea on this if it as new or a rerun, did this show even have reruns??

    Other shows to hit .2?s have been:
    CW Now Hit 4 .2?s in 2008
    Online Nation 2 .2 in 2007

    Both of those were cheap, cheap programming that aired at 7 and 7:30 on Sunday.

    Life IS Wild twice hit .2 in 2008 A SUnday 8pm show.
    LA Complex Had 4 .2 during the official season 3 of them last year in May one the first week of this season in the Fall.

    DUring Summer the only originals to sink to a .2 have been all from last year (which isn’t surprising as besides Hidden Palms. and Farmer Wants a Wife the CW really didn’t do anything original before last year.

    La Complex, The Catalina, Breaking Pointe, and the Next have all hit .2?s.

  • Bizarro

    So sad for the CW, as opposed to other networks that cancel shows when the CW cancels one of their shows and the fans of that show are all like I’m not watching that network again you REALLY NOTICE. I guess Ringer and TSC fans really meant what they said, even though I still watch the network and love just about all their shows this season. Also Nikita would do worse on tuesday at 9 because that is the CW’s death slot becasue every show that has been there except for One Tree Hill, 90210, and Ringer have not gotten an episode under a million. Nikita would do so bad and just like the CW is doing with ANTM the CW probably will move Nikita to the summer for the next season and reduce its episode load. The CW needs to act like Fox and Nikita would of been renewed for 13 eps and would be ending in January like Dollhouse or CBS you need to show them who’s boss and cancel it! You guys make more money than WB because they are el cheapo! What network renews a show with bad ratings because of DVD sales? The CW!

  • vikrammangat@yahoo.com

    wow, Nikita. Dont get why the fans are jumping off.
    Lets see if they are DVR it, but i doubt it.

  • Oliver

    Okay, before someone steps in and pedantically corrects and ignores the principle of my argument, 400k or 0.3 would be a better example. And, yes, Nielsen uses sampling and doesn’t measure absolute viewers.

    The principle remains: The CW’s ratings are low enough that it should be possible for an organised group of people to move the dial.

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