TV Ratings Friday: 'Nikita' Hits Season High, 'Kitchen Nightmares' & '20/20' Up

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January 26th, 2013

Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 1.2/3 1.2/4 1.2/4 1.1/3 0.4/1
Total Viewers (million) 4.989 4.678 3.495 7.439 1.205


ABC, NBC and FOX tied for number one in adults 18-49 while CBS was on top with total viewers.

On ABC, 20/20 earned a 1.4, up 17%  from last week's 1.2 adults 18-49 rating.

On NBC, a two hour Dateline scored a 1.2 adults 18-49 rating, even with last week.

On FOX, Kitchen Nightmares garnered a 1.3 adults 18-49 rating, up 18% from a 1.1 for its most recent original episode on December 14.

On The CW, Nikita earned a season-high 0.5 among adults 18-49, up25% from last week's 0.4. Your predictions were a little too optimistic.

Overnight broadcast primetime ratings for Friday, January 25, 2013

Time  Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
8:00 CBS Undercover Boss - R 1.4/4 7.07
FOX Kitchen Nightmares 1.3/4 3.78
NBC Betty White's Off Their Rockers - R 1.0/3 4.21
ABC Last Man Standing - R 0.9/3 4.83
CW Nikita 0.5/2 1.59
8:30 NBC Betty White's Off Their Rockers - R 1.0/3 3.74
ABC Malibu Country - R 0.8/2 4.17
9:00 ABC Shark Tank - R 1.4/4 5.03
NBC Dateline (9-11PM) 1.2/4 5.50
CBS CSI: NY - R 1.0/3 7.43
FOX The Following - R 1.1/3 3.21
CW The Carrie Diaries - R 0.4/1 0.82
10:00 ABC 20/20 1.4/4 4.50
CBS Blue Bloods - R 1.0/3 7.80


via press note:
In Late-Night Metered Markets 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," 2.1/5 with an encore; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live,"
> 2.4/6.
> * 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 with
> an encore; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.9/4.
> * From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 1.7/5 in
> metered-market households and a 0.7/4 in 18-49 in the Local People
> Meters.
> * From 12:35-1:35 a.m. ET, "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.5/5
> in metered-market households with an encore telecast) beat CBS's "Late
> Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.1/3 with an encore). In the 25
> markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.5/3 in 18-49 with an
> encore) topped "Late Late Show" (0.3/2 with an encore).
> * 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.


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  • Ralph Ford

    Some of the Nikita fans make us other Nikita fans look bad. I actually enjoy B&tB and hopes it moves to Friday after Nikita next season.

    They need to stop speaking for us.

  • Ultima


    My guess is that Nikita will be renewed for a fourth season in the hopes that they can salvage something out of it. While the numbers are probably on the low side of their expectations this season, they should still be expected.

    After that, I think the CW will try and trade Friday night back to the affiliates (along with lower fees), in order to keep the network going.

  • Roswell

    Lol are fans aware there was nothin on last night besides Nikita? Time to bring back Ringer. At least it would have gotten a 0.7

  • filmfanatic

    Nikita was the only scripted show of the night with a new episode and just had a tenth increase in ratings? That’s pathetic. I am a fan of the show, but is this the best it can do? There was nothing else decent on tv that night. Everyone, unfortunately next week it will go back to its crappy 0.4

  • CrimTV

    Wow people are jumping up and down at a 0.5?! Seriously, it had no competition….

  • vcoolwater

    I agree that Nikita will be renewed for a last season for syndication purposes – they could easily sell the show to TNT etc. CW only has three shows that are doing well. Supernatural is starting to show some age. The rest of the shows are doing mediocre to bad in ratings. What do have to lose by renewing Nikita for one more season?

  • John A

    Yeah being the 3rd highest rated show on CW is showing age while Lowest rated Nikita should be renewed? I agree Nikita will get renewed but dont bring Spn into it.

  • Vcoolwater

    @ John a

    Give me a break. What is your problem? I wasn’t insulting supernatural at all. What I meant it is not the rating powerhouse it used to be back in heyday. It is still do well in ratings for a show in the eighth season.

  • Chris

    My mind is literally blown! This was Nikita’s worst episode this season…how are the ratings up?

    I love the show, but I’m supposed to believe someone can cut off another person’s hand cutting through the skin and BONE ? And Michael’s hand is miraculously healed by 3 weeks ? WHAT ? ARE YOU KIDDING ME ?

    Aside all that, the whole rouge storyline is so played out. I’m so sick of the terrible writing…

  • herpderp

    ^Yeah. Nikitards love dragging in other shows to bash when they feel insecure about their own show’s ratings, then act like they’re the victims when they’re confronted. A truly pathetic fanbase.

  • Chris

    @herpderp — I never mentioned any other shows in my post…this is the first time I post here. Not sure what you talking about ?

    Season 1/2 were great, Season 2 being better because they ditched the whole episode mission thing…Now it’s back in Season 3 and it just pisses me off.

    I still like the shoe but the writing has been off…

  • Felipe Nikita

    What do you mean with ” his hand healed in 3 weeks”, he lost his hand and they put like a robot hand to replace it

  • herpderp


    Obviously not talking about your post.

  • Chris

    As in the wound, his whole hand was cut off…it only took 3 weeks for the wound to heal? Makes no sense, does it ?

  • John A

    VCoolWater the way you phrased your comment was like Nikita would be a good renewel and Spn was a old show with low numbers. 0.9 easily beats a pathetic season high a 0.5 for Nikita.

  • Tested

    Interesting that The Following repeat got about what the Fringe series finale got. Fox should be happy with that.

  • Hi

    mimimi sptn and john a goes crazy. no one can talk about sptn, no one. because the fans don’t accept critics. it’s a sacred show. lol

  • Brandy

    I dont believe in “the friday factor”..For a long time Sat. was the dead night for tv,now Fri too?I believe if people really wanted to watch Nikita,theyd either stay home and watch it or watch it then go out since Sat night is also for going out .Its an excuse.I bet if Nikita were going up against Idol,The Voice,Dancing,NCIS,Big Bang Theory it wouldnt do any better than what would fanboys use to defend its crsppy rstings?I also bet if any other show moved to Fri and did 0 4_0 5 and lower, Nikita fans would convientley forget the Fri Factor and bash that show.Its my opinion that theyre shouldnt be a “Fri Factor” & it dosent matter what night of the week a shows on, 0 4 not good.I also think 0.5_0.6 is higher than 0.4 ,no matter night, so saying “0.4 on Fri is the same as 0 5_0.6 on another night” is stuupid, its like saying saying “i got $5 on Wed and $1 on Fri but theyre equal, cause I got the $1 on Fri.”.

  • omabin


    It is not a matter of belief. Networks are willing to tolerate lower ratings on fridays than they are on weekdays, or else most friday shows would have been dead at the end of the last seasons. You may tell me that they should not do it, but it is irrelevant, because it is what they do. So, yes, Nikita’s 0.5 is equivalent to at least a 0.6, probably a 0.7 because the friday factor is commonly believed to be about 30% (I personally think it is actually about 35% looking at historical data on renewals for friday shows). Nikita’s average should be thought of as being of 0.5. There is a reason why Bill lists Friday shows with an F on the index.

  • John A

    Im not even a Spn fan but a show that gets a 0.9 in season 8 is good. The show got a 0.8 with a pathetic lead in(Nikita) last year on friday at 9pm. Both shows could be axed for all i care but deluded Nikita fan boys bash every CW Show that does better a bit sad really.

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