TV Ratings Friday: 'Touch' Premiere Down, 'The Job' Debuts Low, 'Last Man Standing' & 'Nikita' Up

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February 9th, 2013

Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 1.6/5 1.4/4 1.3/4 1.0/3 0.4/1
Total Viewers (million) 6.047 6.529 8.226 3.765 1.027

Note: Due to local market weather pre-emptions in the Northeast, the fast nationals may be subject to more than the usual adjustments. Check back for the final numbers on Monday.

ABC was number one in adults 18-49 while CBS was on top with total viewers.

On ABC, Last Man Standing earned a 1.6 adults 18-49 rating up 14 percent from last week’s 1.4.  Malibu Country scored a 1.3 up 8 percent from last week’s 1.2 adults 18-49 rating. Shark Tank garnered a 1.9 adults 18-49 rating, even with last week. 20/20 notched a 1.3 down 13 percent from last week’s 1.5 adults 18-49 rating.

On CBS, the series premier of The Job scored a 0.9 adults 19-49 rating, down 53 percent from Undercover Boss’s 1.9 premiere on November 9. CSI:NY matched its season high with a 1.6 up 7 percent from last week’s 1.5 adults 18-49 rating Blue Bloods garnered a 1.5 among adults 18-49, even with last week.

On FOX, the season premiere of Touch earned a 1.0 adults 18-49 rating, down 70 percent from a 3.3 for last season’s premiere on March 22 and down 30 percent from  a 1.3 for the season finale on May 31. Your predictions were too optimistic.

On NBC a two hour Dateline garnered a 1.5 adults 18-49 rating up 36 percent from a 1.1. for last week’s one hour episode. Rock Center scored a 1.3 adults 18-49 rating up 63 percent from a 0.8 for its previous original episode on January 24.

On the CW, Nikita matched its season high with a 0.5 adults 18-49 rating up 25 percent from last week’s 0.4.

Overnight broadcast primetime ratings for Friday, February 8, 2013

Time  Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
8:00 ABC Last Man Standing 1.6/5 7.35
NBC Dateline (8-10PM) 1.5/5 7.04
FOX Touch (8-10PM) - Season Premiere 1.0/3 3.77
CBS The Job -Series Premiere 0.9/3 4.11
CW Nikita 0.5/2 1.42
8:30 ABC Malibu Country 1.3/4 6.19
9:00 ABC Shark Tank 1.9/6 6.19
CBS CSI: NY 1.6/5 9.44
CW The Carrie Diaries - R 0.3/1 0.64
10:00 CBS Blue Bloods 1.5/5 11.12
NBC Rock Center With Brian Williams 1.3/4 5.51
ABC 20/20 1.3/4 5.19


via press note:

In Late-Night Metered Markets Friday night: (some delays in Northeast
> markets for weather coverage): 
> * In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The
> Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 3.1/7; CBS's "Late Show with David
> Letterman," 3.0/7; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 2.3/5. 
> * In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49
> Wednesday results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 1.0/4; "Late
> Show," 0.5/2; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.9/4. 
> * From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET Wednesday night, ABC's "Nightline"
> averaged a 1.6/5 in metered-market households and a 0.6/3 in 18-49 in
> the Local People Meters.
> * From 12:35-1:35 a.m. ET, "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.7/5
> in metered-market households) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig
> Ferguson" (1.4/4). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late
> Night" (0.6/3 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.3/2).
> * At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 1.0/4 in
> metered-market households and a 0.3/2 in adults 18-49 in the 25
> markets with local people meters.


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  • Phil

    Pay no mind to the ratings for Touch!! I love Touch, the writing for this season improved!! Tim Kring is awesome!

  • Wright

    Good for Nikita. Too bad about Touch. Bring back Fringe!!!!

  • networkman


    Suburgatory gets a 2.2-2.3 and The Neighbors a 1.8-1.9. But be mindful that Suburgatory is getting a 2.3 out of Modern Family’s 4.5. Whereas The Neighbors has better retention, getting a 1.9 out of The Middle’s 2.4. I just feel Suburgatory is really having a weak season. For the past few weeks it hasn’t even been able to garner as much viewers as The Neighbors. ABC can’t be happy with that. Especially when people should be aware of this show because it did air after The Middle last season.

  • Dan

    Very good for LMS. Very funny show

    And of course Nikita :smile: one of the best shows on TV.

  • Leo

    Nikita :)

  • Ray

    I don’t follow week-to-week numbers as closely as most commenters.

    Nikita was getting total viewers in the 800k-900k range for a few episodes early in the season. With the exception of a dip a few weeks back has been getting 1.2-1.5. That’s a 50% increase.

    Yes, I understand that total viewers don’t matter for renewal and advertising but it’s still an interesting number. And yes, I know the figures are still quite low but the improvement is nonetheless striking to me so I’m wondering if it’s unusual for a show that is not in its first season to have numbers increase dramatically during the course of the year. I haven’t watched the last two episodes but wasn’t seeing a noteworthy improvement in the show’s quality from ep3.1-3 to ep3.6-8.

    Related to this, at the start of the season there were articles about a significant drop in total television viewership this fall, beyond the gradual decline that’s been going on for decades. Does anyone know if the November/December/January numbers are still comparing that poorly to prior years?

    Thanks in advance.

  • omabin

    I hope Nikita doesn’t adjust down. Not that it actually matters, but as a fan, it is very nice. Very good for LMS, this is better than the neighbours (after friday factor, of course). Touch right what I expected (and I have to imagine Fox as well), and the job awful for CBS. NBC better than expected.

  • Statix

    In season 2, Nikita was averaging 1.77 million viewers and now 1.42 million is worthy of a “Go Nikita!”? Nikita has become pointless. The goal was to kill Percy and to dismantle Division. It should have been cancelled after the second season.

    The Dirty Thirty? It’s so lame. All this new drama? Alex taking pills? Michael’s hand!? Ahaha. All this “that’s my fiancé” crap. Who cares. Nikita calling Seymour a nerd all the time. It has just become a standard CW overly dramatic tv show.

    Why was The Secret Circle cancelled again? It had better ratings than Nikita and, unlike Nikita, actually had a reason to be renewed; the story was just beginning.

    Nikita went from being one of my favorite tv shows in season 2, to one of my least favorite in season 3. I’m certain The Secret Circle’s second season would have had way better numbers than Nikita’s third season.

  • SJ


    For the millionth time: retention doesn’t matter!!! Absolute ratings do. Suburgatory does better than The Neighbors in absolute ratings, therefore it is definitely higher on the renewal list than TN.

    @John A

    So what? Parks and Rec perked up after moving back to 8:30. Who’s to say the same thing won’t happen with Suburgatory? Some shows just don’t click in later time slots, no matter how “cushy” those timeslots are.


    I don’t feel like digging up last season’s ratings, but there’s no way Suburgatory averaged lower than The Middle – or lower than 2.5, for that matter.

    See Happy Endings. Twice.

    Have I somehow indicated that I think Happy Endings will be renewed (on ABC)?

  • TheOnlyOneAndOnly

    CSI NY only got a season high because it was a crossover episode and the people who watched the first part @ CSI now watched the second part @ CSI NY.

  • Kim


    I agree so much. The only reason Nikita is getting higher ratings is because they have changed the show entirely in season 3. It sucks!

  • Ultima

    In the end, no. The Middle ended the season with a 2.6 rating average, while Suburgatory’s was somewhere around 2.4.

    Unlike SJ, I like digging up numbers!

    Live+SD averages – Suburgatory 2.6, The Middle 2.6

    Official season averages – Suburgatory 2.53, The Middle 2.51

  • Rollie Dethloff

    ABC should move 20/20 or the new Nightline program to a different slot, and throw in a drama to compete with Blue Bloods (Might I suggest Revenge, Scandal, Body Of Proof, or Zero Hour?)

    The Job will be cancelled after another week or two. They should put CSI: NY reruns in that slot, because having it gone after February 22nd puts it in danger.

    I like the comments about Fridays next year for NBC.

  • A.C.

    C’Mon Kief…can we just get the 24 MOVIE everyone wants and forget about this pedestrian series?!?

  • Dan S

    I find it interesting that Rock Center with a weaker lead in than 2020 had managed to tie it at 1.3 in the demo. It actually edged it in viewers making it a contender to be back next season. IMHO NBC should definitely stick with the Dateline/RC duo on Fri & move Grimm to either Tues or Thur when it returns next month.

  • Nick


    Have I somehow indicated that I think Happy Endings will be renewed (on ABC)?

    No, definitely not. What you did say was that The Neighbors’s burnoff means that it will be cancelled at the end of the season. I was stating that you could very well be wrong because Happy Endings was burned off twice (Season 1 & Season 2), and got renewed both times. (Also add Body of Proof season 2 and the previous season of Parenthood to that)


    I guess my memory is just not that good. Where do you get those numbers, anyway?

  • A.


    The beginning of the 3rd season with all the dirty 30 crap was just a build up to the episode on Friday which shows that after everything, the circle went back around and Division’s now back.

    I don’t like the typical CW crap. But, I stuck with it and as I discovered during Friday’s episode, the writers are bringing back the Nikita we knew and loved in the first season with a possibility of her going rogue again.
    It’s actually quite interesting now and I think we’ll have the old Nikita back in no time.

    Take a look and watch it again. Especially the end of 3X10 – I think you’ll like what you see.

  • sylvie

    any chance CSI NY is cancelled by CBS , another network can take it .

  • Holly


    any chance CSI NY is cancelled by CBS , another network can take it .


  • Kw

    So how does Touch get renewed and Terra Nova does not? I gave up on Touch after the second episode. At least Terra Nova had dinosaurs…..

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