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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  • Bizarro

    Thankyou!!! Why does everyone have to bash Hart for getting renewed. It does way better than Nikita fans act like it is a faliure. Hart actually has a ton of competition unlike Nikita which I remember got a 0.4 with a bunch of reruns to compete with. For all you Nikita fans hating the CW for putting Nikita fridays at 9 get over it. Supernatural did very good in that time slot. Also ANTM got 0.4’s-0.6’s in Nikita’s old time slot this season. Nikita didn’t get 0.6’s since the beginning to mid of season 2. Also the CW would not ever put Nikita on Monday-Thursday because it would probably do worse than the shows that are in those time slots unless it is in the summer which looks like Nikita will be moved too and I’ll be happy so Nikita fans can shut up and stop throwing a tantrum that not enought people are watching their show.

  • Brandy

    Bizzaro, Welcome.Im a Hart fan too.I just told the truth as I know it.

  • Brian

    Go Grimm! Mokingbird Lane did not boost Grim..it had Higher ratings than ML!

  • Brandy

    JRM, I also need to add that at the end of season one,Hart was the third highest rated shows for the last 3 weeks of last season and was doing better in ratingss than half of CWs lineup:Ringer,Nikita,La Coplex,Remodeled,H8t,GG and 90210 season finale.Nikita though, has been one of the lowest rated shows at the end of the season.Hart didn’t loose viewers between season,returned up while Nikita again lost a lot of viewers and Hart has again been stable in ratings this season 0.5-0.6.

  • Parker

    “Grimm got a good rating because of a decent lead and that is what you should do NBC.”

    I love Grimm, but I think its rating bump had several factors:

    1) A compatible lead-in, instead of the reruns NBC has showed so far.
    2) Popular Latina guest-stars, who were promoted on Spanish-language TV, and lots of Spanish dialogue.
    3) Huge promotion on NBC the past two weeks for the ML/Grimm Halloween combo.
    4) A really enjoyable “hosting” overlay by Grimm’s stars throughout the ML episode.

    Sort of a perfect storm of promotion. I hope NBC finds the right show (maybe “Dracula”?) to pair with Grimm moving forward, as I really want this show to succeed.

  • panda22

    i guess we wont hit 700 comments this week

  • Jiji Moran

    It didn’t help “Grimm” ratings, but having two “Grimm” actors hosting the “Mockingbird” show was sneaky of NBC. It provided a platform for “Grimm”, an advertisement for their show.

    I still can’t believe that with so much expense and effort on “Mockingbird” that the creators didn’t make Jerry look more like the old character in the original series. Looking at him grimacing his own way was like a joke, as if the show was a parody, not a recreation of the original show.

    My opinion only.

  • Josh

    Nikita is such a great show… :( It deserves so much better then that.

  • Melanie

    @panda22 True, the thread won’t hit 700 comments, but only 10 more needed to get to 400!

  • coolioni

    The Cw network to me is kind of the the SYFY network of broadcast T.V.
    They are both aiming their shows at the 18-49 demo and those shows on these 2 networks get the most comments on here compared to most of the other network or cable shows.
    If you went y the amount of talk on here about the shows on these networks you would think that the shows on these networks were getting very high ratings but just the oppisite it true. SyFy and CW both get pretty bad nielson ratings compared to how big their respected shows fanbases are.

    I think it has a lot to do with the fact that most of the shows on these networks or niche type shows. (Sci-fi and Fantasy type)
    I bet most of the sample homes used in the nielson system are more likely to watch the more popular networks and the shows that are on them therefor making the viewer estimates actually lower tha they really are due to the fact that the sample size is only 10,000 homes from what I hear.

    this is of course just my opinion, but I really am surpised about how much showslike Fringe and Supernatural (CW network) get talked about on here when they are not really huge in ratings .

  • JRM


    Gee I wonder why Nikita lost more viewers than Fart Of Dixie did between seasons?

    Could it be because Nikita got moved to FRIDAY and Fart Of Dixie did not even though Nikita did way better it’s first season than Fart Of Dixie did?

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