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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  • Dan S

    Ashame more people didn’t watch Fringe last night. Best episode of its final season & the return of Lance Reddick was a nice surprise. No spoilers since Zap2 It already managed to do that last night before it even aired on the west coast.

  • senor chang

    Grimm hit a 2.0 in its second half? Wow.

  • Jared

    I get the whole syndication thing but nobody watches Nikita now. What makes them think Nikita will be popular in syndication? I personally don’t know anybody who watches and clearly the ratings fallen to a 0.2 already does not look well for the rest of the season. I mean it’s not even November yet.

  • viewer-x

    Not sure if it helps regarding the international success but so far not a single episode of Nikita has been aired here in Germany.

  • Serial Rocker

    I really like Nikita but it’s not coming back for a fourth season. Not a chance now, regardless of syndication factors. A shame but there you go. Not that The Secret Circle would do any better in its place.

    It does go to show how well Supernatural was doing to hold the ratings it was getting in the Friday 9pm slot.

  • KS

    The Latest episode of Fringe comes as a huge shocker. I am not a huge fan of that blonde, but I feel sorry for Olivia, Peter and Walter.

  • John A

    Crap numbers for KN and Fringe. Why did Grimm jump that much?

  • Craig

    I really like Nikita, and creatively, it’s been really good. But I’m in enough reality that something needs to be done.

    The CW might want to pull it for now until they can find something better to do. Maybe once ANTM is done with its cycle, pair new episodes of Nikita with repeats of Arrow as a lead-in? I’m sure that would do better, considering how well the Arrow pilot repeat did on a Friday at 8.

    The other option could be another night… though that, too, is tricky. It’s not as though Nikita would really pair well with Hart Of Dixie, though I think Tuesdays at 9 is the next available time slot, if they would choose to move it.

    Another friend suggested at one time, if The CW is going to pick it up regardless, to just give it a summer run. Not sure about that, but hey… I’d never object to 22 episodes airing in a row.

    It’s just too bad, because I really do like what they’re doing with it.

  • omabin

    Wow at Grimm’s half hours. It actually rose to a 2.0 in the second half-hour. Even if it’s adjusted down as someone saying, it’s still amazing. I love the show so much. After that very so-so first half of season 1 in which I almost gave up on it, i really love it know.

  • omabin


    Damn it guys, please get us an edit button :P

  • eridapo

    Nikita gets less than 800K viewers. but it generates 75% of the comments on the Friday thread. Goes to show them Nielsen boxes aren’t in the right houses (LOL).

  • eridapo

    Damn it guys, please get us an edit button :P

    I second that motion.

  • Franko

    I still hope somehoew they will give Mockingbird Lane a series order, at least 5-6 episodes.

    As for Nikita, too bad for the ratings, but it’s still a great show. S1 aired in Croatia last fall, s2 is coming soon, the ratings were great.

  • enes


    0.2 Nikita ratings that is so pathetic !

  • John

    Wow! NBC wins 4 nights of the week! What a turnaround from the last few years! Who could have predicted that!

  • omabin

    Also, in regards to Nikita, I agree with Bill. In my home-made prediction model, I apply a syndication factor to shows that are close to it. But that factor is not an automatic renewal, it’s just a number I inserted there to multiply by the show’s average in case it is close to syndication. As it stands, not even that number can save Nikita. I mean, there has to be limits for how low a show can go, even with syndication on the horizon. Sure someone can back me up with some precedent, no?

  • Melanie

    @Bill Gorman “Nikita is doing its very best to test my confidence in predicting a fourth season.”

    I know, right? There’s got to be a bottom line somwhere that WB says – ‘Screw it – even w/ syndication looming we’re losing too much money’ and cuts the losses.

    They would be better off with Arrow repeats – heck, SPN repeats on Fridays did bettert than .2!

    So which is worse? Emily Owens .3 on Tuesday or Nikita’s .2 on Friday?

  • Ultima

    Wow! NBC wins 4 nights of the week!

    Monday, Tuesday, Friday… ?

  • mayorofsmpleton

    Or that the type of people who watch FRINGE are more likely to comment about a series they watch ONLINE. ;)

  • tvwatcher

    Grimm 1.9 5.89/ 2.0 6.13

    Just amazing for Grimm. Shows what a bit of promotion and a compatible, decent lead-in can achieve. Where I live, they didn’t even show ML on Friday at 8 pm. Grimm had a wonderful stand-alone episode with some mytharc for continuity; it’s good to see the show doing so well.

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