Will Moving to Friday at 8PM Help 'Nikita'? - Poll

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November 30th, 2012

Update: in the preliminary numbers for its first Friday back at 8pm, Nikita averaged a 0.4 adults 18-49 rating and 1.24 million viewers. The Arrow repeat at 9pm averaged a 0.3 and 1.06 million viewers.

Nikita returns tonight with a move to the Friday at 8PM time period where it aired last season. So far this season, the show has languished on Fridays at 9PM earning o.3 and 0.4 Adults 18-49 ratings. Its most recent episode, on November 9, scored an 0.3. At 8PM it will no longer compete head-to-head with Grimm and Fringe which could help improve its numbers. Then again, maybe viewers have just tired of the show or maybe killing off Percy was a mistake. How do you think it will do tonight? Make your predictions then explain your opinion in the comments.

  • John A

    Hilarious so many hoping for a 0.4 as if that is a good rating.

  • omabin

    I think it will pull a 0.4

  • Michael

    0.4 and nothing higher than that!

    Nikita’s ratings are completely abysmal, but it seems like Mark will continue renewing it.

  • Chris

    I think Nikita’s ratings dropped below the “lost cause” line a long ways back. There’s just no way enough new viewers (or former viewers) will tune in to make it profitable, no matter what night or timeslot it’s in, no matter how long the CW keeps it on life support. Even if it doubled its ratings (which I sincerely doubt it will), it’ll still have too small an audience to ever be worth airing.

    At this point I’m not even sure it’d be worth giving it a fourth season at an even-more-dramatically-reduced budget purely for syndication purposes, but I guess we’ll see.

  • Richard Steven Hack

    There are two issues here. One is that Nikita was moved to a time slot which brought it up against genre shows Grimm and Fringe. That probably did negatively affect it to some degree. Just how much vs general audience disinterest will probably never be known.

    The second issue Nikita has had in the first three episodes was the lack of continuity from season two. The producers did this deliberately in the hopes that any new viewers wouldn’t have to know the entire back story. I think this was a mistake since I doubt a show in its third season is going to get a lot of new viewers. Also there’s still so much back story to be known that new viewers would still have a tough time getting up to speed. So that move was a mistake.

    Amanda came back in the last televised episode four at 9PM a couple weeks ago. So we’re presumably now going into the REAL story arc for this season. That might help pick up the ratings by a .1 or even more.

    So I’m guessing ,4 for this week’s episode, maybe even .5. That seems to agree with the poll results.

    As for moving it to another night and pairing it with either Arrow or TVD, I doubt that will help much. Certainly pairing with TVD would only improve its ratings slightly if the lead-in effect was significant. That’s not always the case as witness The Secret Circle which lost tons of TVD lead-in despite being a show almost totally conceived as a different version of TVD.

    As for Arrow, that might work better as a lead-in, as I would expect comic book fans to be spy show fans as well. But there’s no guarantee, as the competition at that hour also has to be taken into account. If the competition after Arrow is heavier than or equal to Grimm or Fringe, clearly Nikita wouldn’t be improved much by the move. It might even do worse than Fridays.

    Finally, given that Nikita is likely to be renewed REGARDLESS of this season’s ratings, due to syndication considerations, it’s really a moot point to concern ourselves with its ratings.

  • Mary Eliza

    Except it’s horrible to see the show doing bad because it really is an insanely good show. With the opening of this season’s mythology on tonight’s ep here’s hoping we’ll see the ratings improve.

  • thesnowleopard

    @Dave Franco

    A repeat of Arrow’s series premiere got a 0.6 in the same slot where Nikita gets a 0.3 on a good week. And I bet Arrow’s repeat tonight will also do better than a new Nikita in its new/old slot, considering the history of both shows.

    So, what, exactly, is your point?

  • thesnowleopard

    @Bill Gorman

    Just think of the number of hits that kind of irony gets you guys, though.

  • david

    I am guessing a .4 tonight. It might hopefully do a bit better at 8 now and it will be facing a football game on Fox and repeat on NBC the commedies on ABC and Under Cover boss on CBS. So it will be the only new drama on tv at that time. As where it was facing 3 other dramas at 9.

  • Mark Wood

    With the larger lead in that the 8pm hour gives it thanks to national syndication it should see some improvement. Of course with a week or so off, it might have been coming back to a .2 or .3 so I say .4 will be surprised if its worse (YIKES!, seriously as a .4 would be roughly half the lead in) and I would be surprised if it was higher then a .4 (well because the show hasn’t been doing much better then 50% of its lead in).

  • Maximillian

    Ill take a leap of faith and say .5 — its been off the air, people may have caught up in the last few weeks, and the time change should work in its favor.

  • Ethan

    Regardless, people love to hate, but when you factor a 30% boost to Nikita for being on Friday, it still outrates other CW shows on better nights. So lets see how it does tonight, and then we can really judge tomorrow.

  • slddl

    The bigger question is – will it manage to get better ratings than the Arrow repeat after it?

  • spence29@hotmail.com

    I watch Fringe and Grimm, also, it should help a little.
    It should get some more 0.4’s.

  • Danimals

    I’m guessing 0.4, but wouldn’t be surprised if it was at 0.3. I’m guessing it will start off 0.5-.04 in first half hour, but will drop to a 0.3 in the second.

  • Martine

    LOL. Like a 0.4 is actually good or something. I don’t think it will be renewed with these numbers even for syndication. I have a feeling that the numbers will actually go lower. I wonder why everyone gave up on it.

  • a p garcia

    Hiring the writers from “La Femme Nikita” wouldbe a step in the right direction but I think it has tried both hours on Friday. If CW puts it on Saturaday may be a step in the right direction.

  • Mi

    0.3, the timeslot change is not going to make much of a difference imo. Just stick a fork in it..

  • don

    ok everybody say nikta is big outside the usa well how big is she i am from canada.i watch the us rating what rating does the rest of the world watch?

  • tv#1

    The better question is will the Arrow repeat rate higher than a new episode of Nikita. My guess is yes. Nikita will most likely get a .3 or .4; the Arrow repeat could very well get a .6.

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