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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  • Billy

    I hope LMS is renewed but I am not so sure it will be. Malibu Country most likely will not be renewed.

  • TerryJacksonNYC

    Zero Hour’s numbers may be good for Nashville, but they’re bad for ABC. Parenthood doesn’t need Smash to do poorly, but Smash’s numbers are still bad for NBC. Touch’s numbers don’t give Fox ANY room as far as dramas are concerned; they crystalize a sad reality that has become more and more clear season after season for the past five or six years… they’ve been unable to successfully broadcast any drama on Fridays, so if they’re airing anything scripted next season, it’s going to be third and/or fourth year comedies, or they really don’t care about the reality. I’m not even going to talk about any numbers for CW, since none of those shows would last on any other network; to say one is good news for the others is silly, since there is already an open slot with the final season of Gossip Girl… any of those shows can or cannot return and the logic will or will not make sense.

    There is never a reality in which low numbers are good for the network that is receiving them. Fans might be happy to see some shows doing more poorly than their favorites but, in the end, it’s nearly as likely that two poorly related shows will be canceled than one being canceled and one not. It happens, but it’s really hard to say what the definitive reason is when certain poorly-rated shows are renewed. As far as Nashville is concerned, some people might say it was a “face saving” renewal, at least if it’s the only new drama not being axed. You can say the same thing for Chicago Fire. I’d suggest that you can say the same thing about Carrie Diaries, but my guess is that more than one new CW show will return, whether or not they have the ratings to warrant it.

  • sally

    they need to cancel The Good Wife and keep CSI<NY

  • Kavyn

    Last night’s episode of Nikita was definitely the best of the season. Too bad it dropped but I suppose the hiatus didn’t help. The show should be airing non stop now until its finale so it should get a boost because of it.

  • kbmv

    Why would anyone actually watch Nikita? I don’t get it. Terrible uniteresting show.

  • Anthony Parello (AP076)

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

    While I understand your comment says “for sure” it is worth noting that last season The CW issued a press release announcing early (though not as early as this season’s announcement) renewal for The Vampire Diaries, Supernatural, and 90210. Nothing was said of the eventually renewed Nikita, Hart of Dixie, and (mini) Gossip Girl,


  • Joseph

    Even though “CSI New York” probably won’t be on the CBS Fall schedule, I still expect they will have two (or even three) hours of first-run scripted programming on Friday nights this coming Fall.

    But they will likely be the only English-language broadcast network with first-run scripted shows on Fridays next season.

    ABC, The CW, Fox and NBC will all be broadcasting a mix or reality, reruns, or (in the cases of ABC and NBC) newsmagazine shows on Fridays this Fall.

  • Andrew

    @William Fine I agree with that part of it although Id like to know what a half man was?

  • Anthony Parello (AP076)

    “But they will likely be the only English-language broadcast network with first-run scripted shows on Fridays next season.
    ABC, The CW, Fox and NBC will all be broadcasting a mix or reality, reruns, or (in the cases of ABC and NBC) newsmagazine shows on Fridays this Fall.”

    Um….Grimm, NBC?

  • Andrew

    LMS was good but I fear the politics of the show are making people tune out instead of tune in.

    I remember watching the election episode last year it was our second episode watched of this show to see what it was like and it was really hard to get into and the comments about Obama or Romney were very aggravating to say the least.

    Just wasnt really funny but then once we started watching it after that we slowly became fans. I was an immediate fan of MC so it was the exact opposite in that regard I Loved Reba years ago so I was so glad to see Reba back on tv again finally.

    I dont honestly know whats gonna happen for these 2 shows I would hope they would both be renewed but I cant honestly say either way I cant predict the future nor what shows will make it by May or not make it by May.

    Although sadly another favorite show of mine Deception is surely Dead In The Water at this point which sucks so much I cant even put it into words.

  • Joseph D

    Back when Last Man Standing and Malibu Country premiered in November, I will admit I was a touch surprised to see them do so well initially. Of course though, the ratings for both turned out about as uninspired as one would imagine after they stabilized. Both of your site’s “Cancel/Renew Index” pages list the two sitcoms as “Toss Ups” for renewal. With the better performing LMS pulling in a 1.3 at present, I think that’s a fair ruling.

    It will be interesting to see how ABC approaches this hour of comedy when renewal time rolls around, given how at least LMS goes in both directions ratings-wise. The notion of regular scripted programming on Friday nights seems a bit more plausible currently than it was in recent years. It’s not so much because of FOX’s patience with and admiration of Fringe, but because of NBC’s satisfaction with Grimm. Now that’s a genre show, but it has a similar performance rate to LMS. However, Grimm tends to do better, and one must acknowledge that NBC is a weaker-performing network than ABC.

    I can see one of two scenarios happening. Either ABC cancels both shows and resigns Fridays back to news-magazines alongside the strong-performing “Shark Tank”, or they will just cancel Malibu Country and place one of the two current Wednesday night comedies in its current time slot. The latter would aid the prospects for renewal for The Neighbors, or they would even send Suburgatory to that time slot (Though personally, I would prefer if they didn’t).

  • a p garcia

    From watching CSI:NY I think they all know it is a finale even Hill Harper!

  • Dan

    Golden Boy’s failure does not mean CSI NY will be safe, it just means they will both be cancelled. Its like how NYC 22 being cancelled still didn’t help CSI Miami because both were cancelled.

    If Golden Boy fails, then it will join Made in Jersey, Vegas and CSI NY in cancellation. 1 of Mentalist or Good Wife will join it, maybe both. I expect it to fail.

    If Golden Boy succeeds then it will actually guarantee a cancellation of Mentalist or Good Wife in addition to Vegas, CSI NY and Made in Jersey. Also if it succeeds it will be CBS’s first midseason drama since 2006’s The Unit to get a second season.

    Made in Jersey, Vegas, and CSI NY are all gone regardless but Golden Boy Succeeding or failing will only affect the fate of additional dramas being cancelled such as Mentalist or Good Wife. My guess is that Good Wife will get a final season for syndication and to wrap things up, while The Mentalist gets cancelled.

    My guess is looking at Vegas, Golden Boy doesn’t look to improve in that timeslot. It will of course win its timeslot against the low rated Smash and Body of Proof but will it hold on to enough of NCIS LA to be considered successful? And after 2 weeks it will move to Fridays where I will expect that like Made in Jersey and CSI NY, to consistently fall each week.

  • Nick

    What’s with the abnormally low ratings for everything (except 20/20)? Were HUT/PUT levels down for the whole night?

    As for the ABC comedies, I can see a bunch of scenarios:

    A) Both are renewed and say in the same place or move to Tuesday. The Neighbors is replaced by a new comedy.
    B) Both are cancelled, as with The Neighbors, and Shark Tank/The Taste moves to Fri @8.
    C) Both are cancelled, & The Neighbors comes to Fridays with a new comedy.
    D) Malibu Country is cancelled, & The Neighbors comes to Fridays.
    E) Both are renewed, & The Neighbors and a new comedy come to Fridays @9 pm.
    F) Malibu Country & The Neighbors are cancelled. LMS moves to Wed @8:30, while Suburgatory launches a Tuesday block or a new Friday one.
    G) Both are renewed. The Neighbors is cancelled. Last Man Standing launches a new comedy, Malibu Country moves to Wednesdays @ 8:30 or to Tuesdays with Suburgatory.
    H) Malibu Country & The Neighbors are cancelled and replaced by new comedies.

    A, B, and E are a little insane and aren’t happening. C probably won’t happen either. F and G, while smart, are a little too liberal for ABC. I could see D or H happening.

    I say Last Man Standing will be renewed and Malibu Country cancelled.

  • rob60990

    Andrew, hes probably referring to the teenage son.

    Dan, so you’re telling me i deserve to be called what i was called because i insult a few tv shows ratings?

  • Phil

    I still watch Touch! it’s amazing! More people should tune in! The drama on this show is far better than The Following!

  • John A

    People get so worked up about ratings when someone mocks them. How do you guys cope in real life with real problems?

  • jlopie1

    So who had the big party last night and forgot to invite me?? Looks like I was one of the few people to stay home and watch TV! I watched UB and CSI:NY. Really surprised the ratings were that low – but CSI:NY definitely felt like Series finale. Everything too neatly wrapped up.

  • 728huey


    I’ve been on this site for a few years now, and yes, the posts and commenters have seemingly gotten more childish. I think part of that is because you have a lot more causal fans of TV come and go from this site, and many of them have their favorite shows or types of shows and wonder how and why some of them do so well or poorly in the ratings. That was evident in the numerous Chuck/Fringe/Nikita/Harry’s Law threads and is playing out with the whole Scandal/Revenge/OUaT threads. I would hope that some of this behavior is because these posters are passionate about the shows they like and not because they are deliberately trolling the comments. I personally don’t spend time trashing shows I don’t watch, and the only times I have trashed any shows are usually when the shows I do watch have a particularly bad episode (e.g. Family Guy) or when I sample a new show that I end up not liking (e.g., Whitney).

    As for the whole “flop” issue, it’s gotten really old. It’s almost to the point where I feel like I’m watching an old episode of The Smurfs where every other world is smurf.

  • davie

    Nikitas episode kicked ass last night, so its only natural that ratings dropped

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