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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  • MDM

    Mockingbird Lane did well considering a bit lower than I was expecting but still not bad.

  • Chris

    Grimm’s numbers are awesome!

  • Ultima

    The CW must order 1 or 2 more episodes for Nikita to have a proper end by May 2013.

    If they cancel it this season, why would they order more episodes of show that performs worse than repeats?

    Also, it’s not like the entire season is written at this point – if it doesn’t end well, blame the writers.

  • Rachel

    Oh CW. Good job Mark Pedowitz! You wanted a solid foundation for the network and this is what you get. 2 out of 3 new shows are flops. Returning shows are hitting series lows. LOL.

  • JR

    Shark Tank continuing to perform strongly- and the ratings went down with Lori back on- who would have thought? :) She’s on next week again.

  • Brandy

    Old Woman, Hart of Dixie and 90210 are the cheapest CW shows.Nikitas not as exspensive as last year cause they cut the budget.

  • matt

    not bad for Mockingbird Lane… good for Shark Tank though!!

    My predictions for Next Friday:

    Last Man Stading – 2.1/7.5M
    Malibu COuntry – 2.0/7M
    Shark Tank – 1.9/6.9M

  • Data

    @Bill: I’m not sure where I read it but I always assumed that this was a test run with the option for a series order. So if that was the case, do you think it will be enough for NBC to send it to series?

  • Jinjeon

    I fell in love with “Mockingbird Lane” and would like to see it going to limited series run. You know, six episodes per season. The ratings were actually very decent for a show with only two weeks promotion. And it aired on Friday at 8 which is a very difficult time slot. NBC should realli think about ordering more episodes.

  • OMG

    It is a testament to the show’s loyalty of its very very small fan base. Apparently Nikita’s fans watch both the originals and repeats!

    I have not caught up on Nikita ever since mid-way through season 1. It is not that the story ain’t good, it just got lost somehow as I need to study.

    If Nikita gets picked up with a proper ending provided by the writers, I will perhaps look it up again. I always want shows to have proper endings, whether they have great or bad ratings.

    I think someone posted on how in good spirit, networks should allow the writing, filming and airing of one last episode of those cancelled shows to close the show albeit haphazardly, and especially rushed for those shows with heavy mythology. But it is always better than having a cliffhanger. I know it does not make sense economically to do that, but if just one network does that I think in the long term more viewers will have the confidence to watch the shows, knowing that they will end with some form of ending the writers had in mind. Even if the shows are being cancelled, people can view it as a mini-series with an end.


    Shark Tank 1.8 takes 8:00, but 2-hr Nashville Ladies kinda flat 9-11

    Alarmed the BB up but loses 10:00 to unscripted

    FOX depressed w/ Gordon’s 0.9 return & Fringe 0.9 just as lame

    Impressive 1.5 for Mockingbird & 1.9 Grimm is the Graveyard Smash–too bad NBC didn’t continue Halloween tonite with “Killer Clowns from Outerspace” 25th year celebration

    BIG OUCH FOR NIKITA 0.2–“Oh, Rob” where are you? Like Car 54!

  • Brian

    Go Grimm!!!! The show is just awesome :)

  • Theo_L

    0.2 for Nikita….. that’s just embarrassing…… great for Grimm!

  • Alexis

    Does anyone know how many episodes of Nikita is the CW obligated to air? I know they ordered 22, but if the ratings disaster continues and they can’t possibly afford not to cancel it, do they have the option of stopping production immediately and only airing as many episodes as have already been produced?


    I agree. Shame on the Nielsen box people for their poor taste. Nikita, one of the best action shows on TV, can’t get a tenth of what reality shows are getting. This is sad.

  • Anthony

    Not surprised with Grimm. It was a fairly highly promoted episode (more so than their normal episodes) and it actually had a lead in this week rather than a repeat. Sad for Mockingbird Lane though, while not terrible, I don’t think that that will be enough to make NBC consider a series order for it.

  • Jared

    If Mockingbird Lane wasn’t so expensive I could definitely see NBC pairing it with Grimm. Obviously both shows share a similar audience. But as much as I loved it..I doubt NBC will take it to series.

    Nikita is doing horrible. I wonder how it does when DVR playback is factored in.

  • Kia

    OMG Nikita :(
    I honestly thought it was going to up. it was such an amazing episode yesterday!!!
    Why Don’t People watch it anymore? One of CW’s best shows!! Please watch it people!! The Cw need to change the time slot or put it on another night!!! ;(

  • danny94

    wow at Grimm great numbers. sucks for Nikita and Fringe!!

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “Does anyone know how many episodes of Nikita is the CW obligated to air? I know they ordered 22, but if the ratings disaster continues and they can’t possibly afford not to cancel it, do they have the option of stopping production immediately and only airing as many episodes as have already been produced?”

    WB produces Nikita. WB is half owner of the CW. They can pretty much do whatever they want.

    Nikita is doing its very best to test my confidence in predicting a fourth season.

  • Andrea

    I really enjoyed Mockingbird Lane. It was funny!

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