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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  • Ultima

    You know, six episodes per season.

    Never happen.

    A show would have to pull in monster ratings to be effective doing that (and in that case, they would obviously order more episodes).

  • Austin Lauran

    It seems like dramas and sitcoms on CBS, ABC, and NBC that have 24 episodes in their first seasons almost always get renewed for another season. Does anybody know why?

  • DougF

    Kinda wish bondoel was unblocked for just today. Just for the pure comedy

  • Allison

    I thought Mockingbird Lane was officially a no go and that NBC was just airing the pilot as a Halloween special?

    Wow at Nikita. CW would do way better pulling it immediately and airing Arrow reruns. That way at least they may be able to build some audience for a show that is doing well to make it a bigger hit for them. Nikita is dead, it doesn’t even have a small but dedicated audience. Its already very small audience flees more every week. Time to cancel.

  • HB


  • melbye

    CW need to redo the schedule NOW. Emily Owens is DOA, TBAB is falling fast because of being a bad show and Gossip Girl is ending anyways, keeping Nikita alive should be a priority

  • The Old Woman


    I meant that Nikita is the cheapest show in terms of ad price among all the networks. Like someone mentioned above it gets around $23,000 per 30 sec ad spot. I really hope ‘Huge International hit’ is true for Nikita otherwise it makes no sense if Nikita gets renewed with these numbers.

  • senor chang

    I knew having a lead in would help Grimm, but being up four tenths over the last week is an incredible result. Who would have guessed at this time last year that of all the pilots NBC had in the 2011 season, GRIMM would have been their sleeper hit?

    Not bad for Mockingbird Lane. A 1.5 isn’t great on paper, but it certainly seems compatible with the show following it. Stranger things have happened than a special airing being ordered to a series.

  • Nikki

    lol for the cws nakitia. a 0.2 gosh if it gets adjusted down thats sad.

  • DC

    Unfortunately..I don’t think the ratings are high enough for Mockingbird Lane. I just feel like it would have had to crack a 2 demo for NBC to even consider ordering the series. Its ashame because I really liked it and would have continued watching.

  • Laureen O’ (@ViBarkley)

    Did anyone here watch Mockingbird Lane? Was it any good at all? I was busy catching up on Jersey Shore …

  • s0303

    might as well cancel nikita…no one is going to want it on their channel for syndication…

    wow grimm :)

  • Laureen O’ (@ViBarkley)

    Oh, and YAY GRIMM!!!!

  • KS

    I am NOT a fan of Nikita.

    But I still think, whatever CW replaces show with Nikita as of now, would get almost same ratings. I am sure they don’t want to disturb their Wednesday and Thursday lineup. And I doubt for how many weeks can Arrow repeats actually pull viewers as high as 0.5/0.4, if replaced.
    The only option is an other cycle of their reality show “O Sit!” which may give 0.3 – 0.4 ratings.

  • k:Alex

    I had good hope for Mockingbird Lane, it was a good show.
    Mabye, NBC give it a season, if Animal Practice gets one, this should be good enough for a friday show.

  • eridapo

    shark tank 1.7 6.61/ 1.9 6.89
    20/20:Nash 1.4 5.65/ 1.3 5.44
    20/20 1.4 5.86/ 1.3 5.71

    ML 1.5 5.62/ 1.6 5.25
    Grimm 1.9 5.89/ 2.0 6.13
    Dateline 1.5 4.48/ 1.5 4.62

    ANTM .4 1.14/ .4 1.13
    Nikita .2 .847/ .2 .739

    CSYNY1.4 9.88/ 1.4 10.05
    BB 1.5 10.93/ 1.4 10.68

    GR-KN .9 2.64 / .9 2.70
    Fringe .9 2.62/ .9 2.65

  • alex88

    I love Mockingbird that is all :)

  • Melanie

    People jumping from CW(Nikita) & Fox(Fringe) to NBC(Grimm) for live viewing, maybe? That’s what we’ve done. Not that we have a Nielsen box or anything. IF we did, we’d have been same day viewing for Nikita, we watched it right after Grimm.

    That .2 is really Not Good. Its like the CW Limbo — how low can they go???

    Mockingbird Lane was fun. I wish it was a mini-series. But to be honest, I can’t see it with much longevity if it had been picked up.

  • djt

    Mockingbird Lane was not shown in the Detroit area, it was moved to the THIS channel for tonight at midnight (a non HD channel) not happy about that and I fussed to WDIV programming about it and they told me to watch it tonight, they aired some lame local halloween show instead. I can’t wait to see it.

  • Allison

    “Nikita is the cheapest show in terms of ad price among all the networks” – Its the lowest rated show. Who would be willing to pay a lot for a show that pulls a .2 – .4?

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