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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  • Greg

    I think Nikita airs the planned 22 episodes (specially if Emily Owens falls even further), but it doesn’t get a renewal, not even one of those final season renewals the CW has been giving for its veteran shows.

  • Ultima

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

    Emily Owens, easily. I’m not sure that it even airs its 13 initial episodes.

  • Jere

    Just shows how out of touch the raitings really are. Repeats of Nikita got .3 or .4 all summer so I don’t get it. I can’t see the cw doing another season even if its close to 88. Who wants it on syn. With that

  • silvit


    I think Bondoel is Acer1000 on the Mark Berman site. If you want to have a laugh scroll down his posts.

  • Greg


    And Sundays.

  • Ram510

    This Nikita numbers hurt my one feeling. At this point all I can do is hope for the best with the next few weeks its supposed to get a lot better story wise. I really hope it can miraculously bounce back

    Grimm and Shark Tank price that people will watch tv on Fridays if there’s something worth watching. I hope Malibu Country and Last Man Standing do well next week

  • Ultima

    I think Nikita airs the planned 22 episodes (specially if Emily Owens falls even further), but it doesn’t get a renewal, not even one of those final season renewals the CW has been giving for its veteran shows.

    How does that make any sense at all?

    If they aren’t going to bother trying to get 88 episodes for syndication, they should just pull it and air repeats of their successful shows.

  • Michael

    Is this some kind of record Nikita broke for primetime? LA Complex doesn’t really count (Canadian export).

  • peter

    Gossip Girl had much higher ratings than Nikita and struggled to find someone to syndicate it so the syndication factor is probably non existant

  • Brian J

    Great ratings for “Grimm” and just okay for “ML.” NBC really does have a gem on its hands.

    Greenblatt really is turning around the network.

  • s0303

    fan excuse bingo of nikita’s timeslot doesn’t work when supernatural got a 0.7 consistently in that slot last year :)

    @ ultima…they are including sunday night football, so nbc did technically win 4 nights this week…obviously when football is over, they won’t be winning sundays :)

  • Ultima

    And Sundays.

    NBC is far from a lock to win this Sunday.

    The World Series isn’t down that much and FOX has a monster game as a lead-in.

  • Tony

    In Bulgaria Nikita is total hit..i don`t understant why is so badly in America? I think NIKITA is the best show ever..

  • Ultima

    they are including sunday night football, so nbc did technically win 4 nights this week…

    That’s my point. I don’t think NBC is going to win on Sunday.

  • Nikki

    Nakitia should of been cancelled last year, this is embaressing for the CW. Every one of their shows is in trouble except VD. If the CW made decisions like a normal network and not based on money and whats cheaper to make. They woulf be pulling beauty and the beast next week, cancel Nakitia and Heat of Dixie cause there pathetic. Cancel 90210 cause it should of been canned last year.. gossip girl is over after this season anyways so that would be gone, cancel emily owens cause its been dead since day one. And the only shows they would keep would be Arrow, Supernatural and VD. Then theyd have 2 nights of programing and would probably do better for the week. The CW is a lost cause, they made silly mistakes cancelling good shows for crap cheaper to make shows and now they suffer.

  • eridapo


    Do you know how often the Nielsen household changes. I heard most of the households only stayed a year and then were replaced. Do households change during the season — i.e. every 3 months or every month?

  • richard

    wow grimm! yes!

  • Clarke

    So if Nikita gets renewed for another season, will tvbythenumbers have to start publishing 0.01 ratings? Or 0.001 ratings? Who knows..

    Mockingbird Lane did alright, I really hope it somehow comes back on NBC in some capacity.

  • WillyWonka

    Heh well Mockingbird Lane was Fuller at his finest in my opinion, totally twisted and actually someone who in my opinion gets ‘dark humour’. I would really have loved to see this picked up but I think that ship had already sailed no matter how good the ratings would have been.

    That said I think this type of show would be better off pitched at cable than network television.

  • David

    Nikita does well in the UK too! Seems like it works better with international audiences than just the US.

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