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.


Rating: Estimated percentage of the universe of TV households (or other specified group) tuned to a program in the average minute. Ratings are expressed as a percent.  More information on ratings is available here.

Share (of Audience): The percent of households (or persons) using television who are tuned to a specific program, station or network in a specific area at a specific time. (See also, Rating, which represents tuning or viewing as a percent of the entire population being measured.)

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.

Time Shifted Viewing – Program ratings for national sources are produced in three streams of data – Live, Live+Same Day (Live+SD) and Live+7 Day. Time shifted figures account for incremental viewing that takes place with DVRs. Live+Same Day (Live+SD) include viewing during the same broadcast day as the original telecast, with a cut-off of 3:00AM local time when meters transmit daily viewing to Nielsen for processing. Live+7 Day ratings include incremental viewing that takes place during the 7 days following a telecast.

For more information see Numbers 101 and Numbers 102.

  • Big Tim

    Live in a “swing state” and you cannot believe the volume of political advertising. In this mode, it seem at least to me, that the total viewers number would be more relevant than the 18-49 demo. Votes by older voters count the same as younger voters, and older voters turn out in higher percentages than younger voters. If I were the tv station, I would set my ad fees based on totals rather than the demos. And Lord knows it’s a pile of money being spent.

  • getmilk

    Nikita hitting The LA Complex’s ratings..

    Speaking of The LA Complex, The CW has dropped it from its website. :(

    I guess they’re not going to air it if Canada renews the show for a third season?

  • The End

    I’m not a fan of Nikita but am totally confused about the total abandonment from Nielsen viewers in regards to this show. For the most part season 2 had a good retention of viewers and held its audience. Season 3 however everyone just jumped ship.

    I’m guessing Nielsen viewers just don’t like Maggie Q anymore lol

  • Kelly

    @ getmilk

    The CW also dropped Oh Sit! and Breaking Point from the website. Both, however, were confirmed to be renewed. It’s too early to jump to a conclusion about L.A. Complex. Stranger things have been known to happen with The CW.

  • JRM


    Stop blaming Nikita for The Secret Circle getting canned. Nikita by far had better rating it’s first season the TSC did and then the CW moved Nikita to the dumping ground of Friday for Season 2 but it still deserved a renewal over TSC in it’s nicer time slot!

    Not to mention TSC was never cared about outside of the US like Nikita….

    And then their is the syndication aspect.


  • JRM

    BTW…Nikita also had FAR better ratings than Fart Of Dixie when comparing the first seasons of both shows and yet Nikita got moved to Friday and Fart Of Dixie didn’t any yet people are blaming Nikita’s low ratings for Ringer and The Secret Circle getting canned???


  • The End


    You could of got your point across better by simply saying the only thing responsible for The Secret Circles demise was infact The Secret Circle and nothing else. You could of avoided the whole anger thing, because to be honest arguing with people about CW shows is as pointless and as interesting as watching paint dry.

    Most of the stuff some people mention fall under the excuse category with no basis in reality, if they believe a lot of what they’re spouting they have issues lol.

    Ringer and The Secret Circle were Nielsen failures, and moving the shows to different days wouldn’t of changed that. If people won’t watch something on one day, they won’t on another.

  • Ultima

    Surprised a CSI Vegas isn’t on the air yet.


  • James

    Were are all the US Nikita Fans???
    Hate CW for putting it on a friday night again!!!:(
    Is there any way off contacting the CW from uk??

  • Sab

    They need to move Nikita. It’s a great show. There must be something that can be done to help it.

  • tscchope

    @The End

    The writers have done something viewers don’t accept that’s the usual reason for a show’s suddden drop in viewers.

    Don’t be too depressed if your shows haven’t been a success even in Bulgaria. Calling CW a major network is a mistake. It was an attempt to become a major network and is an experiment that has failed.

  • CBSviewer

    Nikita si based on a French movie by Luc Besson of 1990. It’s normal for a show based on a movie to quickly become repetitive and low rated. That’s why Nikita will be canceled even if it’s a year from syndication.

  • SPM


    TSC never went below a 0.5 and it only rated at that THREE tinmes out of 22


    I think you will find MANY people watched TSC outside America so stop talking out your hole.

  • Hepha

    I just need a little enlightenment (I’m French :P). What’s exactly “a bubble show” ?

  • Jesse

    There was another show called Le Femme Nikita about 10-15 years ago. It use to come on the USA network.

  • Jesse


    “I just need a little enlightenment (I’m French ). What’s exactly “a bubble show” ?”

    It means it’s closer to being canceled than renewed.

  • thesnowleopard

    1. International viewers are not as valuable, proportionally, as domestic viewers. The site’s admins have explained this many, many, many times.

    2. Claiming that somebody out there in the big, wide world loves your show, so it should survive has about as much meaning as claiming it should survive because it’s a big hit on Mars. Either give us some real numbers from a real website about what kind of international business TSC or Nikita or whoever did or give it up on the Fan Excuse Bingo.

    Regardless of how many times you troll this site, TSC will still be just as dead.

  • Brandy

    JRM, Hart of Dixie didn’t get moved to Fri cause 1.it matched or grew out of it leadin,Nikita didn’t in season one
    2.Hart of Dixie was stable ratings wise 0.5-0.6 with a 0.8&0.9 .Nikita lost a lot viewers in season one and lost 57% of viewers between seasons one and two & went from 0.6 to 0.4 demo in season two.
    3.Hart of Dixie also wasn’t the lowest rated show renewed in its first season but Nikita was in both season one and two.

  • Ultima

    What’s exactly “a bubble show” ?”
    It means it’s closer to being canceled than renewed.


    A bubble show is one that could go either way with respect to renewal or cancellation (other synonymous terms include 50/50 or toss-up).

  • Hepha

    Thanks for your answer ! :)

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