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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  • Derek

    Last Man Standing is honestly the MOST daring comedy om TV when it comes to “hot button” issues this season, and does it in a funny, effective way. It deserves way more than a Friday death slot! Funny show!

  • chris23

    ABC: Good for Shark Tank as it is always a Steady Friday Night Show. Considering Fridays ratings I guess Last Man Standing did OK, Malibu Country could use a bump in the ratings though it is too close to that below 1.0 mark. 20/20 doing good as always at 10:00.

    CBS: CSI:NY bowed out with a 1.2. What a weird late season for this show after hitting constant 1.6s and mid 1s the final two episodes hit lows of 1.2. Considering CSI crossover you think fans would flock to both shows giving it a slight boost in the ratings!?! Blue Bloods has the viewers and with Syndication it is safe no matter what. Just like a lot of “CBS Shows” the demo to total viewer ratio is below average. Undercover won its timeslot I bet cbs is happy to see that after two weeks of failing to hit 1.0 at 8:00!

    Fox: Touch is making Fringe look great. Kitchen Nightmares is kinda low considering last years numbers were a bit more stable, I believe…

    CW: Poor Nikita.. It hits a couple 0.5s and then loses momentum hitting a 0.3.. I guess it isn’t the “lowest” rated on the network this week, that title goes to 90210. Cult broke 600k viewers so w/the premiere and rerun combined it did a 0.5 approximately around 1.5 million viewers. (I think it did .86 viewers w/0.3 demo on Tuesday).

    NBC: When is GRIMM coming back? I don’t understand why the long hiatus for a show that did so well On Friday Nights last season and constantly won or finished strong for the Night when up against competition? Atleast Dateline held its own. It is weird that Rock Center does better on Fridays at 10 considering last season shows like One Tree Hill constantly tied or beat it and failed to hit 1.0 most of the times.

  • JacobYates

    Has Touch been cancelled yet? A New Girl repeat can do better than that.

  • sally

    i guess i will start watching cable at 8pm now that CSI NY is cancelled, Blue Bloods is the only other network show i watch on Friday

  • Jazz

    Grimm returns soon…March 8th.

    Poor Touch. It does not feel like the show I loved.

    Revolution returns March 25th.

  • JacobYates

    Blue Bloods again bested CSI NY. And against the season finale no less.

  • JulieDawn


    You know you can’t air the original and repeat numbers together for Cult and say the total was what they rated this week?

  • Barbie

    Hope CSI:NY is adjusted up.

  • Marc

    LMS and MC will both get renewed because they are 1.2-1.5 every week as fully self-starters. The stars have a built-in fan base. They are probably relatively cheap to make, they spend no money in advertising, and have upside in syndication (both Home Improvement and Reba have had strong syndicate runs). Oh, and Friday is one of the few nights ABC wins. Why risk that? Both will be renewed as soon as Happy Endings shows the relative strength of LMS/MC (unless HE magically manages to improve after being moved to Fri, destroying all of history in TV)

  • Dan

    ABC may actually get rid of both friday comedies and keep The Neighbors. Where every comedy is a flop, any comedy that retains something from The Middle is worth renewing.

    Shark Tank should be moved off Fridays, perhaps back to its original Tuesday at 8 slot for next season.

    And goodbye CSI NY, looking forward to the official cancellation in May.

    Nikita is fine BTW, CW will put up with it for 1 more season for syndication.

  • JulieDawn


    That should say you can’t ‘add’ the numbers together.

  • TerryJacksonNYC

    I remember when there was stimulating conversation around here. It seems like things have devolved to a point where people have to take down each others’ favorite shows rather than discussing the ratings as they are. I’m glad the site is more and more popular, but there used to be a lot more people around here who actually cared about the topic at hand.

  • JacobYates

    Zero hour premiered with a 1.4 and had a rerun that pulled a .9, but it fell to a 1.1 the next week. Cult will suffer from a similar effect.

  • Dan

    Have to say I am a bit suprised CSI:NY didn’t go up at all for it’s finale! I expected at least a 1.4 but this “should” seal it’s fate I think. I was looking back a couple of years and it’s a bit suprising that it has about the same total amount of viewers on a friday as it did back then. But the demo has slipped…could one say some of it’s viewers were in/around the age of 49 and has now passed that line? ;)

  • TerryJacksonNYC


    Most shows’ ratings drop during the second and third weeks, with many dropping in the fourth. Your comparison is fair so, likely, your prediction is accurate. The point is that this is pretty much a general rule of thumb.

  • a p garcia

    Sad for Nikita and wondering why MC rarely, execpt for the opening, use Reba’s singing. Too bad that Reba’s show on CW was better. LMS is better than Reba.

  • Mi

    @Dave these are only the broadcast shows he bashed. He also bashed plenty of cable shows this week. Rob sure gets around..

  • Dan

    Smash and Touch, which are both former midseason shows which returned to low horrible numbers will run through May. I’d be surprised if either show was pulled but it probably makes NBC want Parenthood back and FOX probably has other plans for Fridays next season.

    As for Zero Hour, it may be pulled but I expect/hope ABC to run through it’s order but I wouldnt be shocked if they pulled it after next week. Cult will similarly run through its 13 episode order but not return.

    These low rated series’s debuts are good news for other shows. Zero Hour’s low numbers are good for ABC’s bubble shows like Nashville and Smash’s low numbers are good for Parenthood as well as Chicago Fire and SVU. Touch’s low numbers give FOX the room for dramas next season or whatever they want to put on Fridays for Kitchen Nightmares. Cults low debut as well as BATB falling is good news for Carrie Diaries and likely Nikita which will already return for syndication.

  • emma

    “Part of the reason for TVD, SPN and Arrow being renewed was to inspire confidence in the audience.” I don’t think many in the TVD audience was all that concerned about TVD’s renewal so I don’t agree that it was renewed early to inspire confidence. The shows that were renewed early earned it – they are the highest rated.

    If Nikita gets renewed that’s great for the fans and the actors on the show. But, it also proves how badly the CW is run. Any show on any network with a .3 shouldn’t be renewed. There may be some syndication money to come but will it be enough to offset what a ratings loser this show has been? Who would pay high syndication fees for a show that no one even wanted to watch the first time around?

  • Anthony Parello (AP076)

    “If Golden Boy flops CSI: NY is safe !”

    I don’t really understand how the fate of Golden Boy is going to affect the fate of CSI:NY.

    Last season CBS opened up 3 one hour slots by canceling:
    (1) A first season show that ran an entire season but underperformed.
    (2) A pair of shows that aired shorter seasons, one out of the fall and one out of the spring.
    (3) An aging veteran procedural centering around the unrealistic investigation of crimes.

    Those shows were:
    (1) Unforgettable (the later placement on the summer schedule matters not in this discussion)
    (2) A Gifted Man / NYC 22
    (3) CSI:Miami

    This season will shake out with the cancellation of:
    (1) Vegas
    (2) Made in Jersey / Golden Boy
    (3) CSI:NY

    The only things the unexpected success of Golden Boy would do is make the decision about canceling CSI:NY even easier and put The Good Wife and The Mentalist even closer to the jaws of the Cancellation Bear.
    And if CBS wants to put on another hour of comedies to get new comedy players warmed up for retiring veterans this also would seal CSI:NY’s fate even more and guarantee a Good Wife or Mentalist cancellation as well.

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