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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  • glover

    LOL at Nikita. Ringer would never do that horrible.

  • Bobby

    If Mockingbird Lane could pull a 1.5 on a Friday, maybe they should try six or so episodes on a different night for a limited run kind of like Political Animals had on the USA network and see how it does? I really hope it gets more episodes.

  • Ultima

    Come on, Mockingbird had a better demo score than CSI: NY, Blue Bloods, and most other Friday competition. How is that not strong enough to bear consideration?

    The rest of the Friday competition didn’t cost $10 million to produce!

  • Dan C.

    I thought Mockingbird was good, but I don’t think at that number NBC will pick it up.

    It has potential though, I’ll give it that.

  • Data

    So if this really was a test run for Mockingbird Lane (as NBC claims it was) will the 1.5 rating be enough for them to send it to series? What do Bill and Robert think?

  • Data

    @Ultima: The pilot coast 10 million to produce. The weekly budget will, of course, be significantly lower than that should it go to series.

  • omabin

    Just for fun, and yeah, I am fully aware that intra-networks ratings comparisons are completely useless, but here is the ranking of dramas in the past week, just so that we know how big Grimm’s results are (not including the cw for obvious reasons):

    Once Upon a Time 3,3
    NCSI 3,2
    Criminal Minds 3,1
    Grey’s Anatomy 3
    Person of Interest 2,9
    Revenge 2,8
    NCSI LA 2,8
    CSI 2,4
    Elementary 2,2
    Nashville 2
    Scandal 2
    The Good Wife 1,9
    Parenthood 1,9
    Law and Order: SVU 1,9
    Grimm 1,9
    Chicago Fire 1,8
    666 Park Avenue 1,7
    Vegas 1,6
    The Mentalist 1,5
    Private Practice 1,4
    CSI NY 1,4
    Blue Bloods 1,4
    Last Resort 1,3
    Fringe 0,9

    Also, I love having Ouat at the top of the list :P

  • Ultima

    The weekly budget will, of course, be significantly lower than that should it go to series.

    Of course, I just wanted to point that out.

    So if this really was a test run for Mockingbird Lane (as NBC claims it was) will the 1.5 rating be enough for them to send it to series?

    The buzz is that there’s almost no chance for it to go to series; NBC is just trying to get some of their money back.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “So if this really was a test run for Mockingbird Lane (as NBC claims it was)”

    Where exactly did NBC claim that?

    AFAIK it was simply, “We paid lots of money for the pilot, we may as well air it”.

  • CBSviewer

    CBS should renew CSI: NY and Blue Bloods and move The Good Wife to 8/7c for a 13-episodes fifth and final season.
    The CW must order 1 or 2 more episodes for Nikita to have a proper end by May 2013.

  • Dillan

    Not bad for Mockingbird Lane. I thought it would get a little higher but that still is decent. I hope NBC order more episodes.

    Absolutely awful for Nikita. The show is definitely getting cancelled. Syndication can’t save it with a 0.2.

  • The Old Woman

    The NCIS repeats seem to be doing well for CBS. Better than even Fringe or Kitchen Nightmares.

    I don’t see how Nikita is making any profit for the CW. It is currently the cheapest network show in terms of ad price and with ratings like this will a syndication deal be enough to save it?

  • Anna

    That was a terrible week for CW! Just The Vampire Diaries and Gossip Girl had the same numbers that last week.

    Gossip Girl: 0.4 – 0.4
    90210: 0.5 – 0.4
    Hart of Dixie: 0.6 – 0.5
    Emily Owens: 0.5 – 0.3
    Arrow: 1.3 – 1.1
    Supernatural: 1.0 – 0.7
    The Vampire Diaries: 1.3 – 1.3
    Beauty and the Beast: 0.7 – 0.6
    America’s Next Top Model: 0.6 – 0.4
    Nikita: 0.3 – 0.2

  • Court

    Keep up csiny went you guys back next year.

  • justanothernikitafan

    I think Nikita is the best show featured on this page. It is an amazing show, the CW just doesn’t bother promoting it. Also, it’s in a horrible timeslot and should just be paired with Arrow, that would get both their records up!

  • Lisa

    Nikita is BEYOND pathetic. How long before it goes to .1? (And of course I expect at least one person with zero proof to chime in, “But the show is such a HUGE international hit that the U.S. ratings don’t matter!” Prove it.)

  • DougF

    I could see NBC doing a 6-13 episode season of Mockingbird Lane.

    But before they’ll order 3 episodes for the Spring see how they do and then decide on if they want to green light a season for next season.

  • SJ


    The rest of the Friday competition didn’t cost $10 million to produce!

    One could also make the argument that, had NBC put it on a different night, it would also have done a lot better. ;)

  • Tony ^_^

    I have a question about ads and ratings. We saw that “Nikita” made about $23,000/30-second ad. Can the price per ad decrease if a show’s ratings decrease? If so, how low can “Nikita” go and still be profitable? :o

  • Robin

    “Mockingbird Lane” : best A18-49 results (1.55%) Friday at 8pm since… January 2011 and the series finale of “Medium” (1.6%).

    Better results than The Finder, Nikita, CSI New York, A Gifted Man, Chuck, Friday Night Lights, Smallville, Chaos ever have had…

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