TV Ratings Friday: 'Undercover Boss' Returns Down,'CSI:NY' Finale Flat, 'Nikita' Dips, 'Last Man Standing' & 'Malibu Country' Down

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February 23rd, 2013

Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 1.5/5 1.4/4 1.3/4 0.9/3 0.3/1
Total Viewers (million) 5.920 9.258 5.647 2.805 0.949

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

On ABC, Last Man Standing earned a 1.3 down 7 percent from last week’s 1.4.  Malibu Country scored a 1.1 down 8 percent from last week’s 1.2 adults 18-49 rating. Shark Tank garnered a 1.8 adults 18-49 rating, even with last week. 20/20 notched a 1.4 down 7 percent from last week's 1.5 adults 18-49 rating.

On CBS, Undercover Boss returned to a 1.5 adults 18-49 rating down 21 percent from a 1.9 for its most recent original episode on February 1 but more than doubling The Job’s performance in the timeslot last week. The season (and perhaps series) finale of CSI:NY earned a 1.2 adults 18-49 rating, even with last week’s performance. Your predictions were too optimistic.  Blue Bloods garnered 1.4 among adults 18-49, matching last week’s performance.

On FOX, Kitchen Nightmares earned a 1.1 adults 18-49 rating even with last week.Touch 0.7 adults 18-49 ratin, flat with last week.

On NBC a two hour Dateline garnered a 1.4 up 8 percent from last week's 1.3 adults 18-49 rating. Rock Center scored a 1.0 down 9 percent from last week's 1.1 adults 18-49 rating.

On the CW, Nikita earned a 0.3 adults 18-49 rating down 40 percent from a 0.5 for its most recent original episode on February 8.

Overnight broadcast primetime ratings for Friday, February 22, 2013

Time  Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
8:00 CBS Undercover Boss 1.5/5 7.33
NBC Dateline (8-10PM) 1.4/4 6.22
ABC Last Man Standing 1.3/4 6.01
FOX Kitchen Nightmares 1.1/4 3.10
CW Nikita 0.3/1 1.26
8:30 ABC Malibu Country (8:31PM-9) 1.1/3 5.05
9:00 ABC Shark Tank 1.8/6 6.44
CBS CSI: NY - Season Finale 1.2/4 9.39
FOX Touch 0.7/2 2.51
CW Cult - R 0.2/1 0.64
10:00 CBS Blue Bloods 1.4/4 11.06
ABC 20/20 1.4/4 5.79
NBC Rock Center 1.0/3 4.50


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," 2.9/7; CBS's "Late Show with David
> Letterman," 2.5/6; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 2.2/5.
> * In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49
> Wednesday results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 0.7/3; "Late
> Show," 0.6/3; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.8/4.
> * From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET Wednesday night, ABC's "Nightline"
> averaged a 1.5/4 in metered-market households and a 0.5/3 in 18-49 in
> the Local People Meters.
> * From 12:35-1:35 a.m. ET, "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.8/6
> 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" (0.6/4 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.4/2).
> * 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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NOTE: All ratings are "live plus same day" from Nielsen Media Research unless otherwise indicated.


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  • Kavyn

    @Chris: Because there’s very little benefit to airing a new series on Friday, and Nikita is doing fairly decent on that time slot when compared to other shows on the network (no other show aside from the Top 3 are going to do any better on Friday, and it would be stupid to air any of those shows on Friday).

    Monday and Tuesday are absolute train wrecks and those need to be fixed before worrying about Fridays, and since Nikita is only being renewed for syndication, it’s just best to keep it on Friday.

  • TerryJacksonNYC


    You’ve DEFINITELY misread what I wrote. I invite you to re-read it.

    I am 100% against any form of bullying, online or otherwise. And I’m against trolling, which brings me to my point: entering any online forum with no actual point of discussion is senseless. It is even more so when you enter a forum with anger, which always causes people to act inappropriately, ESPECIALLY if said person has no intellectual points to offer.

  • John A

    So when you say a show has bad ratings its bullying now? LMAO

  • TerryJacksonNYC

    I don’t know to whom you’re speaking, John, but I certainly don’t think anything like that. I made an earlier point that was misunderstood by a commenter, Andrew. My point is that if people are “furious” about ratings, they have no business coming here to comment on them, since being “furious” about something that is known to be a fact is irrational. I do know that people here feel bullied, but I don’t. I generally keep things pretty clear and, when people disagree with me, we generally have a back and forth that makes sense. I’ve never bullied anybody and nobody has ever bullied me. That isn’t to say that people aren’t trolling this site; it’s happening in greater and greater numbers every week.

  • Andrew

    @Serial true always the possibility of that and if so then I fully accept that I misunderstood and will accept responsibility for that as well.

    But still the fact that it is so hard for so many here to not be able to comprehend that critiquing the post is whats logical not the poster or ATTACKING them for that matter.

  • Andrew

    @John A: I suggest you learn to read I said nothing about ratings but immature individuals like you and your comments about people going away not being on the computer and patronizing with that asinine comment about how do people adjust in real life is just flat out stupid on your part flat out.

    Funny how people like you get upset about the so called trolls yet you then instigate people with your rude and uncalled for comments basically insulting their intelligence.

    How you do not see the hypocrisy is astounding to me.

    @Terry: My apologies then nowadays comments can easily be misconstrued its as a friend of mine once said its harder to distinguish content context and intent by someones words written online then it is in real life when its far more understandable and less able to be confused or misinterpreted.

  • TerryJacksonNYC


    There are no hard feelings. I just want to make sure that I’m understood. I do think you might have better served your point by asking me what I meant, but you are right: it’s easy to react to something when you don’t even know if you’ve got a full understanding of the context.

  • Andrew

    @Terry: Exactly and it happens a lot online ive seen it happen with my own 2 eyes many many times.

  • gg

    FLOPITA needs to go. Saddest,most embarrassing excuse for a surviving tv show.

  • thesnowleopard

    @Serial Rocker
    The CW, FOX any other network could not possibly care less about a show’s “glory days” once those days are gone. And both Fringe and Gossip Girl’s glory days (such as they were) had long since passed by their final seasons.

    Whatever reasons Fringe and GG were renewed were all about the m-o-n-e-y those renewing them hoped to gain. And they already had ample data to indicate that they wouldn’t be getting it from either show’s ratings.

  • Nikki

    isnt it time to put Nikita out of its misery?? That awful show keeps dropping and dropping.. last year was bad enough. Are they waiting till it hits 0.1? Just cancel it already it should of been canned last year. This friggin network drives me crazy.

  • Andrew

    Glory Days reminded me of that short lived horror mystery suspense show on the WB years ago.

  • Fake Me Out


    Cue people being happy about Nikita’s drop in 5, 4, 3, 2…

    Cue Nikta fanboyz being happy about other shows on the CW dropping so Nikita’s drop doesn’t look as bad in 5, 4, 3, 2…

    There, fixed it for ya


    If Nikita was for sure getting another season it would have been included in the announcement with Arrow, Supernatural and Vampire Diaries.

    I still say the CW wanted to celebrate their victories this season … well, victories by CW standards anyways … and wouldn’t want to taint that by including the all but certain renewal of ratings laggard Nikita being forced upon them by one of the networks co-owners, the WB. Remember folks, the CW will not see a penny of syndication money … that flows to the studio, the WB in this case. I also say the faster they do announce the 4th and final season of Nikita the quicker we’ll see a purge of the bats**t crazy fanboyz much like the drop off of bats**t crazy Chuck & Fringe fanboyz when their final seasons were announced.

  • Brian

    Nikita is such a FLOP CW has bent over backwards trying to give this lame show chances over all their shows..just cancel the crap already!

  • Andrew

    I still dont see how Nikita even as a fan made it to a second season yet Ringer and Secret Circle which if I remember correctly were both doing better in the ratings then Nikita were both canceled.

  • Bob

    Wow! those totals for Blue Bloods are incredible. I know overall stupidly doesn’t matter but holy cow!!!!

  • Serial Rocker


    I think you missed my point a little, or technically got it without knowing you got it, I suppose.

    Obviously the main priority for the networks is the money they will make, no disputing that. My point regarding ‘glory days’ was that Gossip Girl (and Fringe too) had gained enough critical and fan acclaim over the years to make giving them a shortened final season for closure a profitable option, whether that be for the network or the production company behind the show. Someone somewhere deemed it a good financial idea, and my assumption was based on the idea that seeing as how basic ratings couldn’t explain that decision, the show’s former success and standing in public awareness internationally must have played a factor in that decision.

    So yeah, in and of itself, the ‘glory days’ of a given show won’t be enough to keep said show on the air, but if they make a difference in potential profit making, then I think any semi-intelligent TV exec will know enough to be aware of that.

    The problem 90210 has, I believe, is that it never really had those glory days in the first place. Whereas Gossip Girl and Fringe both had fantastic word of mouth and continual press coverage here in the UK, 90210 has barely made an impact, and as far as I can see from the minimal US press coverage of the show online in recent years, the same can be said over there. As such, the reasons for giving it a proper conclusion are far less obvious.

  • Karen Pac

    Malibu Country and Last Man Standing are great shows. I cant believe more people are not watching them! I hope ABC keeps them both.

  • TerryJacksonNYC

    @Fake Me Out

    I don’t know if you noticed it or not, but there hasn’t really been any “drop off” of Fringe “fan boys.” Fringe still gets discussed around here almost every day and it’ll be discussed on Saturdays for months to come. Some of these people are “fan boys,” sure… but most of them are probably people who are interested in discussing the circumstances of Fringe’s five-year history, which didn’t follow any script that could be accurately predicted by the like of sites such as these. Its fourth season renewal was a shock, yes, but its fifth season really came out of nowhere; the show was already at syndication-ready levels and didn’t need the fifth season. Regardless of all of this, Fringe will be worthy of discussion because of the acclaim it received from television critics from across all sorts of outlets.

  • catsrule

    If Vegas can hold its demo it would be a success on Fridays next year.

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