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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  • alffan


    @rockmypants … I am thinking very clearly. NBC needs a reality heavy schedule that will deliver decent enough numbers and run their serialized shows in a row. They probably have to get the AGT deal done for Winter … Basically Voice/Biggest Loser run Fa ll-Spring and America’s Got Talent and the Apprentice run winter. My schedule has some holes and it depends on their development and if the fall shows connect … but this lets them run 18-20 episodes of the three shows they have in a row (sans Super Bowl, Golden Globes, and Oscars). You then order 13 episodes of SVU as a backup or maybe even schedule it in the Fall on Wed at 10pm.



    7pm Football Night In America/Dateline NBC
    8pm Sunday Night Football/Parenthood (Jan-May)
    9pm Specials (Jan-Feb)/Grimm (Jan-May)
    10:00 Specials (Jan-Feb)/Revolution (Jan-May)


    8pm The Voice/America’s Got Talent/The Voice
    10pm New Drama

    8pm New Sitcom
    830pm New Sitcom
    9pm The Voice/America’s Got Talent/The Voice
    10pm New Drama

    8pm The Biggest Loser/The Apprentice/The Biggest Loser
    10pm New Drama

    8pm Parks & Recreation
    8:30 New Sitcom
    9:00 Michael J. Fox sitcom
    9:30 New sitcom
    10:00 Chicago Fire

    8:00 Dateline NBC
    10:00 Rock Center

  • Colin

    You people are dumb complaining about Nikita. The freaking show is on Friday, ALL shows do bad on Friday, that’s why low ratings on Friday still get renewed bc every network has Friday Factor…

  • Colin

    To the idiot who said Ringer and SC did better than Nikita. Let’s see. Nikita averaged a 0.9 first season… SC averaged a 0.6 and Ringer did 0.5. And Nikita last season averaged a 0.5 on Friday. So shut up…

  • Dave


    Thanks for clarifying ;)

  • Dave

    Nikita will be renewed and Hart of Dixie(sadly) will be renewed as well.

    *I dedicated the sadly in parenthesis to Brandy; the ultimate Nikita hater ;)

  • dan

    malibu country is very funny!!!
    love lily
    son cash is a hoot to
    keep it abc!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • networkman

    Well, CSI:NY did worse than I exected. I predicted at least a 1.5 I don’t understand how it got the same demo as last week even though it had Undercover Boss as lead in. And UB garnered .8 more than The Job. I figured the demo would be similar. It should of kept all 100% of demo. We do see it brought in 2 million more viewers than UB. The episode of CSI:NY was rather strong. But it probably is its last.

  • r0ckmypants

    @alffan – When you say “this is what NBC needs to do” and then follow it up with “my schedule has some holes,” you clearly are not thinking.

    How can they run 22 episodes of Grimm, Parenthood and Revolution AND specials January-May on Sundays when there are only 21 weeks from the beginning of January 2014 to the end of May 2014? So they’re supposed to air new episodes of these shows against the Oscars, the Grammys, the Super Bowl, AND have episodes run into summer? And you want them to change their entire schedule and save all their established shows for midseason except Chicago Fire? And you want three hours of Dateline per week? And America’s Got Talent and The Voice can only be 10 weeks each so they stay in-season?

    Your schedule makes no sense. Sorry.

  • thesnowleopard

    @Serial Rocker
    No, I’m quite sure I got your point. One can understand a point without agreeing with it. It is highly debatable how much actual critical acclaim either show ever had and networks don’t care about what the fans think if the fan love isn’t reflected in financials like ratings, DVD sales, and syndication success, which it wasn’t in either show’s case.

    And since neither show got a final season bump, it seems clear that any hopes of recapturing their glory days were in vain. In fact, the only shows that seem to get final season bumps are the ones that are canceled for non-ratings reasons, usually involving losing critical cast members.

    90210 actually did pretty well in its first couple of seasons, then fell firmly in the middle between the hits and the dogs (one of which was Gossip Girl) for another season or so. It’s only really tanked this past season and the final season before mandatory cast renewals (season six) is coming up. Plus, the CW now has that deal with Netflix, which now makes older shows with lots of episodes somewhat more lucrative for it than newer shows with the same ratings. So, depending on how the numbers fall, yes, it could be worth the studio’s while to make the CW order a final shortened season.

    Fame and critical acclaim really don’t factor into renewal prospects for any of these shows. None of them was ever what you’d call a real critical darling in the U.S. (The Hollywood execs don’t care very much about the UK) and the first two didn’t experience any final season bump that would indicate appealing to their glory days was worth it.

  • Jon

    Touch is dead! What happened?

  • thesnowleopard

    @Fake Me Out
    Alas, they’ll just be replaced by the whackjobs pimping some other low-rated show.

  • Craig

    I wish there was a way to block having to see certain posts. The “flop” puns every other post are really getting tired.

  • dave

    For those who are big CSI ny fans for 9 years like myself.That would have actually missed the season finale and poosibly series finale well you missed an excellent episode and I hope it gets another season at least.Kinda sad a rating for a finale hope its adjusted up.

  • Kavyn

    Bitter TSC and Ringer fans are the reason Nikita fans get antsy, which in turn causes everyone to go against Nikita fans. I personally try not to involve myself, but sometimes fans like Brandy and Rob do get the better of me by commenting on how much they hate Nikita every chance they get (ie 3-4 times a week).

    @Andrew You’re coming off way worse than Colin is right now. If you disagree with his analysis then do your research and post it, instead of calling them names.

  • Jim

    CSI NY is getting screwed big time. It’s a great show that deserves better than deliberate sabotage from CBS (why else would they air a clunker like The Job that they know is gonna make viewers watch another network?) and a handful of ungrateful sad sacks that don’t want Mac to have a relationship (probably because you sad sacks can’t get relationships yourselves)

  • Wright

    The CW should cancel all remaining shows that haven’t already been renewed. I watch HOD, BATB, Cult and Nikita, but I would understand if they got cancelled. The new shows couldn’t do any worse than the current lineup. TCD and 90210 definitely need to be cancelled.

  • Rokk

    Alffan, that is one of the few logical schedules I’ve seen around these parts. You understand how to position hits and take advantage of less-competitive time periods. I don’t think Parks can lead off a night, nor does it help NBC anywhere. And I wouldn’t move Chicago Fire. The thing is it is going take NBC years to dig themselves out, if ever.

  • Rokk

    rOckmypants clearly doesn’t remember the “24” strategy.

    Although I doubt they can afford 22 Parenthoods (and Revolution and Grimm will also be out of gas by 2014), none of these shows are competitive enough for Sunday.

    It’s ok for Alf to have holes in his schedules. There hasn’t been a network schedule in the history of television that hasn’t. Especially when he (and the nets) haven’t seen the pilot screenings yet.

  • Call me a hiperflop

    90210 has very bad ratings and needs to go.

  • JohnnyRico

    I think people are overestimating LMS chances. Even taking into account the show is on Friday Tim Allen makes around 250k per episode. That’s a pretty huge pricetag for a show that can’t even maintain a 1.5. If I had to guess his salary it is probably higher then the entire cast of Happy Endings combined. Hell I would say his salary is 2nd only to Modern Family cast members of everyone on an ABC sitcom. If this was a 3rd year show I would say someone would eat the loss for syndication purposes but I think given the trajectory of the shows ratings I think this is toast since I think in the same timeslot even with heavy promotion by this time next year the show would be pulling like .9 and 1.1 and people would be talking about the glory days when this show had a 1.5.

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