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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  • Andrew

    I hope MC and LMS stand a fighting chance and the rude people here rooting for its demise well you speak for yourselves in general in more ways then one derp derp derp.

  • Mon

    Goodbye CSI: NY! You had a good run. Not many series reached 9 seasons.

    Ok so being a normal people, I would blame NY’s 1.2 on somwthing. It seems lead-in didn’t matter so my best guess is the show itself: the polarizing storyline that was happening all season long. That storyline – the Mac/Christine lovefest – took the ir to the next level in the crossover episode. Shippers were so happy. Others were not. My guess many didn’t like what happened it that episode and didn’t come back for the last two episodes which both got 1.2.

  • KS

    I guess pushing Nikita to some other day and pairing it with an other show would help.

  • Denis



  • Felipe

    8-8:30PM 0.4/1 A18-49 1.315 million viewers
    8:30-9PM 0.3/1 A18-49 1.197 million viewers

    ^ Based on half-hours, Nikita can adjusted up? or no? :(

  • Mon

    I meant “as a normal person”. I hope the grammar police forgive me because I’m doing this with my phone in my bed.

  • zerg
  • John

    No… Nikita isn’t too bad for young people! Young people can’t apreciate what’s good, that’s the thing!

  • charmedcraft

    y do people blame a da break 4 low ratings? if u 4get when ur show is goin 2 b on, then da show must b 4getable. ive never 4goten when my spn was going 2 b back on. im sure tvd fans have their alarms set so they dont miss it either.

  • rob60990

    And with fans like John people wonder why people trash Nikita? On any other site his comment would be deleted but not this one.

    Cue Nikita fans thinking half hour ratings will cause an adjustment up. There should be a heading on this site in bold letters that you cant predict final ratings using half hour numbers.

  • Dan S

    Sorry to see NY go out on a low 1.2 demo. I feel certain the best show to fill its shoes next fall is the mothership CSI which may only have 1 season left in it. I feel H50 would do better on Sundays assuming it loses it’s Monday berth. Nikita tied Cult this week at 0.3 which unfortunately didn’t repeat well last night either.

  • Kat

    How about I sum up the rest of the comments in regards to the CW, just to save everyone the time

    Flop pun
    Flop pun
    Upset fan
    Someone being a douche about how it’s awesome for show’s ratings to bomb
    Flop pun
    Overly optimistic fan
    Flop pun
    Couple people who don’t understand how adjustments happen
    Flop pun
    Flop pun
    Syndication syndication syndication
    Flop pun
    People calling each other names because arguing about ratings is now a personal offense
    Flop pun
    Flop pun
    Flop pun

    Did I get it all?

  • fourat sakka

    touch lower then fringe

  • Justin121

    At least Nikita and Cult are one-word names

    The flop puns flopped :D


    Watched LMS & MC last night for the 1st time this year & couldn’t believe how bad they were! What happened?

    ST is now the graveyard smash & should be a fierce foe for Grimm.

    Glad BB tied 10:00 w/ 1.4, the only scripted show making a mark.

    Send out the radar to find FOX & the CW.

  • Jarrod

    @DougF: Part of the reason for TVD, SPN and Arrow being renewed was to inspire confidence in the audience. I’m not saying that season 4 for Nikita is set in stone, The CW is just rather predictable when it comes to it’s renewals.

    @HandSanitizer: Wouldn’t it be hilarious though if it (90210) did get a 0.0?

  • CBSviewer

    CSI: NY still has a chance to be Renewed. Last year it got a 1.2 for its Season Finale and was Renewed instead of CSI: Miami which had a 2.1.
    This year The Good Wife has a 1.6 and no syndication deal and The Mentalist is not owned by CBS. CSI: NY has a good deal and CBS is earning a lot of money thanks to syndication.
    If Golden Boy flops CSI: NY is safe !

  • Mon

    No, it was not a cliffhanger but open ended just like the previous two finales.

    The finale of CSI: NY was great. It had a suspenseful case, great drama and a farewell narration/voice over.

  • Justin121

    I wrote my reply before reading Kat’s comment hehe :D


    If only you removed the “upset fan” and “optimistic fan” you’d have gotten it right.

  • iggy

    Last Man Standing and Malibu Country were preempted in the DC/Northern VA/Southern MD area.

    True, but many of those people can pick up the Baltimore station.

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