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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  • Nick


    yet folks would rather watch tired and repetitive CSI NY

    Uh, what? Kitchen Nightmares is on at a different time than CSI: NY.

  • Gus

    I wondered out loud last week what might happen if Nikita did worse than its’ 0.3 rating of last week. I didn’t really believe a show could a worse rating than that 0.3 but Nikita did.I mean I really didn’t see the 0.2 rating coming but now that Nikita pulled it off it is time to pull it off the schedule before the show gets a 0.1 rating. Loyal fan base? Every show has a fan base. Some far bigger than a show that gets a 0.2 rating. Face it friends Nikita is prime bear meat.

  • Tom

    @ Rooks If popularity and quality were the same thing, then McDonald’s would be regarded as gourmet food

    Bad analogy. McDonald’s makes good enough food to keep generations of customers returning. The price is right and no one really expects to eat lobster everyday. In contrast, the CW is peddling the video version of rat poison. Shows like the LA Complex, Hart, Emily Owen, Beauty and Nikita are available for free and viewers still won’t watch them.

    And, by the way, I’m one of that substantial number of fans who would love to hang Pedowitz by his thumbs for cancelling the Secret Circle in favor of leaving trash like the aforementioned programs on the air. So far this season, I’ve watched three episodes of Arrow and one of Beauty. The latter was a joke and I’m still on the fence about Arrow. So, Mark, have a great season. I’ll look forward to discovering if some of the CW’s programs drop to demos under 1.0.

  • Tom

    Correction: So, Mark, have a great season. I’ll look forward to discovering if some of the CW’s programs drop to demos under 0.1.

  • davidwatts

    I dont know what time ‘Grimm’ aired in Minneapolis because KARE aired a special at that time…something about entertainers/famous people from Minnesota (Kevin Sorbo! Kris Humphries! some Broadway gal!). It was all puff pieces

  • 9/11

    Cyber Leader said:
    *[quote]Fringe earned a 0.9, down a tenth from its last original’s 1.0!!!!!![/quote]
    This is excellent news! Our attack on non-animated drama will proceed as planed.*

    ^I sincerely hope you meant “planned” and NOT “planed”!

  • Ike

    Hey @OMG, this is a late response to your early comment, but Nikita already basically had a series finale. The season 2 finale wrapped up the most important ongoing plotlines, as if the writers expected cancellation.

    The show is now all stand-alone episodes. So don’t be afraid to watch seasons 1 & 2 on DVD or Netflix or whatever.

    Anyway, I’m very disappointed with these ratings for Nikita. The show deserves better.

    It’s not as good so far this season, but hasn’t declined enough in quality to deserve THIS. Maybe the lack of fight scenes (perhaps due to budget cuts) is turning off viewers, but viewers barely showed up even for the season premiere. So presumably, some of its previous viewers don’t even know it’s back on…? I’ll grasp for any excuse!

  • RyanCanada

    im waiting for GRIMM to be renewed and adding a few episodes to season 2 or the season will finish in feb/marsh at this rate episode 10 is next week

  • Hugh

    Mockingbird Lane did well. Grimm did great. NBC should pick up Lane for another 12 eps, see how it holds.

  • Nick

    You know, Grimm’s big bump might not be a result of Mockingbird Lane. It could just be Halloween-related.

  • Hi

    NIKITA season 3 will be truly AWESOME. starts on episode 4, when Amanda and Owen come back, and Alex goes for their side!

    Anyway, sad ratings. I don’t understand why. The show is awesome. I don’t accept the same viewers numbers of gossip girl, and only 0.2

    Nikita ALWAYS got the worse time slot, promotion, and always was hard for the show survive.

  • Bizarro

    If Fringe series finale and Nikita is airing a new ep that week. We will probably see a 0.1!

  • Bizarro

    I watched all of CW’s shows this week and saw Nikita promo a few times. The ep promo didn’t do the episode justice and that is why it got a .2 it might go up to a .3 in the final ratings though.

  • ToXiX

    Time to clean the kitchen out fox.

  • Barbie

    CSI:NY passed CSI in total viewers this week. It won’t be a bubble show this year, especially with CSI:Miami gone. The ratings are better than last season, and they know what’s demo like on a Friday. It’ll be be an early renew. Mark. My. Words.

  • Tom

    @ Hi Based on last season’s ending, it was inevitable that Amanda would be back. The problem isn’t her. It’s that Lyndsy Fonseca is arguably the worst actress on any CW show. She doesn’t act. Rather, she monotonously recites her lines while wearing a constantly blank expression. She’s not the only reason I stopped watching Nikita, but her lackluster performances certainly contribute to wrecking this show. So, don’t hold your breath waiting for any of these upcoming developments to raise the show’s ratings.

  • ToXiX

    CSI NY was the better keeper. It will be renewed for one more season.
    Surprised a CSI Vegas isn’t on the air yet.

  • Dan

    Mockingbird Lane sucked. Jerry O’ Connell sucks.

  • thesnowleopard

    “Nikita ALWAYS got the worse time slot, promotion, and always was hard for the show survive.”

    Oh, sure. When it was getting humongous billboards all over LA and TV/magazine promotion every five seconds, and had a prime position after TVD its first season–which it lost by virtue of shedding half its audience–it was totally ignored by the network. Sure. And it only gets advertised about five times during each episode of Arrow and of Supernatural. And that’s such a horrible spot it’s in now. Look at how badly SPN did in it last season. [/sarcasm]

    Would you like a little mozzarella with that ratings whine?

  • thesnowleopard

    @Mark Wood
    I could have sworn something on the CW got a 0.0 a few years back. Maybe a Christmas period repeat.

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