TV Ratings Friday: 'CSI:NY' Slides + 'Touch' & 'The Job' Fall From Premieres

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February 16th, 2013

Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 1.5/5 1.2/4 1.1/4 0.9/3 0.2/1
Total Viewers (million) 6.071 6.075 7.499 2.861 0.611

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

Note: overall Adult 18-49 TV usage levels were down by -7% week to week (30.6 vs. 32.8)

On ABC, Last Man Standing earned a 1.4, down a tenth from last week’s 1.5.  Malibu Country scored a 1.1, down two tenths from last week’s 1.3 adults 18-49 rating. Shark Tank was even with last week's 1.8 adults 18-49 rating. 20/20 notched a 1.5, up two tenths from last week's 1.3 adults 18-49 rating.

On CBS, The Job scored a 0.7, down two tenths from last week's 0.9 adults 18-49 premiere rating. CSI:NY earned a 1.2, down four tenths from last week's 1.6 adults 18-49 rating Blue Bloods garnered a 1.4, down a tenth from last week's 1.5 among adults 18-49.

On FOX, Touch earned a 0.7, down two tenths from last week's 0.9 adults 18-49 rating at 9PM. Kitchen Nightmares earned a 1.1, up a tenth from the 1.0 its last original earned two weeks ago.

On NBC a two hour Dateline garnered a 1.3, down a tenth from last week's 1.4 adults 18-49 rating. Rock Center scored a 1.1, down a tenth from last week's 1.2 adults 18-49 rating. .

Overnight broadcast primetime ratings for Friday, February 15, 2013

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00 PM ABC Last Man Standing 1.4 5 6.65
NBC Dateline (8-10PM) 1.3 4 6.68
FOX Kitchen Nightmares 1.1 4 3.20
CBS The Job 0.7 2 3.37
CW Paper Heart -R (8-10PM) 0.2 1 0.61
8:30PM ABC Malibu Country 1.1 4 5.70
9:00 PM ABC Shark Tank 1.8 6 6.43
CBS CSI:NY 1.2 4 8.50
FOX Touch 0.7 2 2.53
10:00 PM ABC 20/20 1.5 5 5.62
CBS Blue Bloods 1.4 4 10.62
NBC Rock Center With Brian Williams 1.1 3 4.87


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," 2.8/7; CBS's "Late Show with David
Letterman," 2.7/7; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 2.0/5.  

*	In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49
Wednesday results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 0.7/4; "Late
Show," 0.6/3; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.9/4.  

*	From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET Wednesday night, ABC's "Nightline"
averaged a 1.2/4 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" (1.5/5
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) topped "Late Late Show" (0.3/2).

*	At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.9/4 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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NOTE: All ratings are "live plus same day" from Nielsen Media Research unless otherwise indicated.


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Share (of Audience): The percent of households (or persons) using television who are tuned to a specific program, station or network in a specific area at a specific time. (See also, Rating, which represents tuning or viewing as a percent of the entire population being measured.)

Fast Affiliate Ratings: These first national ratings, including demographics, are available at approximately 11 AM (ET) the day after telecast, and are released to subscribing customers daily. These data, from the National People Meter sample, are strictly time-period information, based on the normal broadcast network feed, and include all programming on the affiliated stations, sometimes including network programming, sometimes not. The figures may include stations that did not air the entire network feed, as well as local news breaks or cutaways for local coverage or other programming. Fast Affiliate ratings are not as useful for live programs and are likely to differ significantly from the final results, because the data reflect normal broadcast feed patterns. For example, with a World Series game, Fast Affiliate Ratings would include whatever aired from 8-11PM on affiliates in the Pacific Time Zone, following the live football game, but not game coverage that begins at 5PM PT. The same would be true of Presidential debates as well as live award shows and breaking news reports.

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  • Carrie

    @omabin: Okay…I was trying to think of a nicer way to say this, but forget it. What hallucinogenic drug are you on? Or let me guess…you’re one of those ‘flop-y’ Elementary haters to begin with, which is why you want to damn the show by moving it to a Friday slot?

    Elementary pulls in demo numbers that are stronger than 1s, and yet you want to move it to a weekday slot where it’ll only make 1s — where you say it’ll be ‘useful’ to the network? Yeah. Nice try, sarcastic schmuck.

  • Joseph

    According to Box Office Mojo.com, the nation’s movie theatres took in nearly 39% more money at the box office yesterday (February 15th) than they did the previous Friday (February 8th).

    While the February 8th numbers were actually almost 6% higher than the prior Friday (February 1st), the big snowstorm that had to begun to hit the East Coast on the 8th kept box-office numbers lower than what they could have been.

    Also, many people celebrated Valentine’s Day last night instead of Thursday since they (usually) didn’t have to go to work (or school) this morning (February 16th).

    That may be why the number of people watching television last night was significantly off week-to-week.

    As was the case with Thursday, look for all prime-time network shows broadcast last night to see a 4 to 7% spike in ratings each once the “Live Plus 7 Days” results are in.

  • Shepherd


    I don’t believe that Arrested Development ever really had any sets as it was mostly shot on location using video. So bringing it back only involved getting the actors to return. (A big bonus)! From what I understand, the plan is to do one 1/2 season (13-14 episodes) only, leaving off on a cliff-hanger. If they are successful, then they get their movie. If not, NetFlix can say they were just experimenting with new things to try and find what works for them.

  • Joseph

    I was surprised that Brian Williams and “20/20″ didn’t get higher ratings, given that both shows devoted at least part of their hours to the “Cruise Ship From Hell” (I didn’t see more than a short part of either show, but I wonder if those shows also spent time covering the meteor explosion in Russia).

    I also thought the cable news channels would have gotten a bump in viewership yesterday (February 15th) both during daytime and evening hours, given coverage of both the meteor and the “Cruise From Hell”.

  • Shepherd


    “but moving a second season show with low first season numbers is now a guaranteed loss”

    Wow! You have a very high opinion of the intelligence level of the executives over at FOX!! LOL I’m still not convinced any of them can tie their own shoes without help! j/k

  • Dan

    @RN Taylor – A 1.1 is still garbage no matter how you look at it. The New Normal, Happy Endings, Apartment 23, Guys With Kids, Community, Up ALl Night, Ben & Kate, 30 Rock all got 1.1s sometime this season. Thats the new normal I guess for shows to get low rated. They have gone lower but ABC could keep both in hopes that the numbers will grow.

    Realistically there are 4 options for LMS and MC. Only the first 3 are likely the fourth is unlikely.

    1. ABC can renew both comedies in hopes they will grow. Very possible but without any new comedies on Fridays for either series, it may be unlikely.

    2. ABC can cancel both comedies and try something new fridays. Also possible, they can decide to scrap both shows but its hard to determine what ABC considers success fro fridays. On the one hand both comedies in the demos and the non mattering total viewers have done better than Happy Endings and Apartment 23 and the shows do air on fridays.

    3. ABC can renew Last Man Standing over Malibu Country and pair it with a new comedy on Fridays next year. This is very possible considering MC’s retention isn’t great and LMS does beat the competition on Fridays. A 1.5 to 1.1 to 1.8 from Last Man Standing – Malibu Country – Shark Tank, shows people may not be interested in MC. Also Last Man Standing is 2 seasons away from syndication and multi camera shows are cheaper then single camera ones.

    4. ABC can renew Malibu Country over Last Man Standing. Again not likely since MC is in its first season and loses a considerable amount of its lead in.

    I’d say Option 3 is the most likely since it would give ABC something new to work with and then they wouldn’t give up on Fridays. Option 1 is likely because ABC could see potential in both shows to grow. Option 2 is possible but I don’t think ABC would get rid of both. Option 4 is definitely not likely to happen.

  • Joseph

    Why weren’t Univision’s ratings listed??

    It’s my understanding that Univision has won the 18-34 demo most Friday nights this season and has often won the 18-49 demo as well.

  • Terryjackson1NYC


    I wasn’t sure which show we were talking about.

    Look… I hope Arrested Development’s return is brilliant. I really do. I was upset when it ended, but I was also happy with the finale. Everything wrapped up quite nicely. And the show is already in syndication, so I don’t get what the actual “point” is going to be when some of those actors (Bateman and Cera) are probably pretty expensive.

    The idea of sets isn’t important when it comes to Arrested Development (as opposed to other shows like Fringe and Firefly). It can happen anywhere, since it is going to be about what is going on years later. Few of the scenes will likely require everybody, so there is that in their favor. And, since it’s going to be filmed and released all at once, we’ll be able to judge the entire season at the same time, which can go either way. A cliffhanger is stupid, though, especially since there isn’t one now. That’s a good way to ruin a show, especially if it doesn’t make it to the big screen.

  • Shepherd


    … but I do agree with you. a “better chance at success than Touch” is still a snowball’s chance in hell. :)

  • John A

    It really was so stupid to bring Touch back. Any axed show by Fox last season would have made more sense like Alcatraz or that Bones Spinoff. And even more amusing is that no one cares about Touch. Not 1 fanboy here defending it lol.

  • Shepherd


    Sorry, I slipped that Arrested D comment in there without a quote. It looks like you still managed to follow me though. My bad. I’ve actually never seen AD. I wasn’t actually contradicting anything you said on the matter, just adding a few things I had heard about it.

    last comment was back to TF btw. ;)

  • Terryjackson1NYC


    I wish the reality were different. I don’t have full use of my body and am, for the most part, stuck in the house these days. It’s ridiculous that there is nothing on TV, but the good news is that I like to read. :) But if my life were anywhere near what it was like even 18 months ago, I wouldn’t care at all about what’s happening on Fridays except for when I’d come here to read about it. The truth is that the most exciting aspect of Friday night TV programming is talking about how it performed.

    The only way television is going to be big on Fridays is if corporate America realizes that they need people working seven days/week, which would cause lots of shifts is schedules. Otherwise, Friday and Saturday are done, since those are the nights that people actually like to do something other than be a couch potato.

  • Terryjackson1NYC

    I actually think it’s premature to talk about The Following, at least in terms of where it should be next year. As of now, the ratings are more than suitable for it to remain right where it is. There has been a downtick, but it followed an uptick and I think the next two or three weeks (before the clock changes) are going to be the final weeks that are taken into the most serious consideration for next year. I’m pretty sure they’ve already decided it’s returning. Whether or not it moves, though, depends on their pilots and what happens to the numbers heading into May.

  • Patrick Gillease

    @ Terryjackson1NYC…I agree with you that “FRINGE” in its 5th season incarnation did not deserve a full 22-episode season. There were wasted filler episodes in the 13 that aired as it was, so a full 22 would have been a yawner with the Observers. I just meant that I would have preferred a full 22-episode season along the lines of last year rather than lose “FRINGE” after episode 13 this year and have nothing left to watch on FOX Friday now for me. But, as you pointed out, the production values for its final season were greatly reduced, and even the core cast was gone most of the time. The finale couldn’t even get our future downtown Manhattan skyline correct, with the Freedom Tower and the rest of the New World Trade Center now complete and instead flashed between the 2 universes using previous season FX that was lacking the prominent new 1 WTC. I barely made it through the last season. I was just wishing for more of seasons 3 and 4 in a full final season.

    Now here’s a comment to make the fanboys explode. If people are talking about FOX bringing back “Firefly,” how about “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.” Both won’t happen, but I’d rather see THAT return over “Firefly,” which I never watched.

  • HalCapone

    While I believe the strategy for any network is syndication for their scripted shows, Elementary looks like a goner after next season unless it makes some sort of miraculous recovery (unlikely this year/’ as we move into the Spring ratings decline). A Friday move for Elementary would not be out of the question as filler for CBS’ Friday holes.

  • Patrick Gillease

    WTF with all the “Invalid Data” pop-ups today when trying to post a comment? Fix your site, guys!

    FOX should try something totally different on Fridays rather than more genre programming. NBC and The CW already do it. There aren’t enough fanboys to grab on Fridays. How about the long-discussed “Glee” spinoff, “NYADA” on Fridays?! FOX needs to split out the 2 main subplots in “Glee” as it is and do the spinoff already!

  • Billy

    This just seems to be a down week for TV ratings. Hopefully all shows will pick up next week.

  • chris

    @Mary Sims the perception that

  • omabin


    When instead of commenting on any of the points I make you go for personal attack, goodbye to you.

  • Mirelle

    I am so sad for Touch, with the low/almost non-existent ratings. I love the series so much! It was such a mistake to a)start season 2 so damn late, and b) move it to Fridays. I’d follow this show to any night and time, as long as the series isn’t against TBBT. Altough, I seem to be one, only a few who think that way. Whatever, I am going to keep watching Touch [on TV] until it will be taken away from me—that seems to be inevitable, apparently.

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