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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  • Mark3

    Cult is fantastic. Ive never seen nikita. But wow theres tons of fans of the show maybe ill try it:)keep dont understand the hatred toward the show either. Kinda pathetic the people actually want shows that THEY HATE to get canceled. We all love diffrent shows. Who cares. But i did like original nikita from 90s on usa! Back when weird science was om and usa up all night:) amazing back then. So lemme kno nikita fans.. is it addicting? Is it a seriel drama type of show?(love those type)

  • kbmv

    @John A

    Totally agree. People get furious about their shows ratings. It’s best that they stay inside the house as much as possible because they will get hurt(emotionally).

  • Serial Rocker

    @Dan & rob60990

    “If you seriously want people to stop attacking you; then maybe you should look back at all the things you day on a daily basis. You complain that fans attack you but then again you’re the one who instigates it. You really do need to grow up, get thereapy or take your meds because your behavior really is worry some.”

    Could not agree more, Dan.

    Rob, I’ve seen you yourself admit to saying half the things you do just to annoy the fans of the shows in question. Now, you’ve seen my comments about the shows I enjoy and so you know I’m not some delusional fanboy who can’t accept reality when it comes to poorly rated show regardless of whether I like them or not, and yet your comments annoy the hell out of me, so you’re bound to be winding up the more obsessive posters too. You go out of your way to snark and laugh at things other people enjoy and then expect them to not eventually bite back.

    Basically if you don’t want to be called an ass, stop acting like an ass.

  • alffan

    NBC needs to have an emergency meeting and revamp. They need to take shows they know they are committed to and keep them protected. Take some that can stand on their own right now and move them. Take the dead shows like “Smash” and burn them off. Launch the new lineup March 24 as follows
    7:00 Dateline NBC
    8:00 The Biggest Loser
    10:00 SVU (weak slot)
    8:00 The Voice
    10:00 Revolution
    8:00 Go On
    8:30 The New Normal
    9:00 The Voice (results)
    10:00 Chicago Fire (Tuesday 10pm is soft competitively)
    8:00 Celebrity Apprentice
    10:00 Hannibal
    8:00 Community
    8:30 Whitney
    9:00 The Office
    9:30 Parks & Recreation
    10:00 Grimm
    8:00 Dateline NBC
    10:00 Rock Center
    8:00 Revolution (encores)
    9:00 Smash
    10:00 Do No Harm

    Besides their parade of pilots, NBC needs to the do the following:

    1) Run two cycles of “The Voice” as they are now
    2) Cut a deal for 2 cycles of “The Biggest Loser” to also run Fall/Spring
    3) Run “Apprentice” in the Winter
    4) Move “America’s Got Talent” to start in early Spring
    5) Run “Grimm” and “Revolution” from January-May
    6) Order a full 22 episodes of “Parenthood” to also run Jan-May

  • Anon

    It looks like the tarting up of LMS had little effect on the numbers.

  • Jt

    While it might have been a bit offensive if City did not air it based on that there you would have seem a ton of people upset we can’t have this mind set that if its offensive they should not air it.

  • Dan

    @Nick – Actually I now think The Neighbors has a decent shot at being renewed. After looking at the garbage numbers most of NBC, FOX and ABC’s comedies get, The Neighbors OK retention out of The Middle doesn’t look so bad. A few years ago Better With You looked worse but that’s when overall numbers for all shows looked better.

    I believe that ABC will renew The Middle, Modern Family, Suburgatory, The Neighbors, HTLWYP, keep The Middle and Modern Family along with 1 of (Suburgatory, Neighbors, and HTLWYP) on Wednesdays, air a new comedy on Wednesday and air the other 2 comedies on a different night. Last Man Standing, Malibu Country, and Happy Endings may all be cancelled. Last year ABC and NBC were relatively easy to figure out what would be renewed in terms of comedy this year both networks are diffcult with only a handful of guarantees (The Middle, Modern Family, and Suburgatory will 100% return on ABC and Parks and Recreation will 100% return on NBC)

  • r0ckmypants

    @alffan – Except that’s now how life works. If they run both The Biggest Loser and The Voice in the fall, where do they go? Football takes away an entire evening. If shows were to run full 22 episode seasons from January to May, they would have to go straight through from the first week in January to the last week in May with no pre-emptions. If America’s Got Talent starts in early spring, where does it go on the schedule, which you’ve stated already includes The Voice and The Biggest Loser?

    And in what universe is one month enough time to advertise an ENTIRELY NEW LINE-UP? Not to mention The Biggest Loser will be over by then, and Fashion Star and Ready for Love need to be fit in.

    People, please think before you post things.

  • rob60990

    Serial Rocker, the only reason the stuff that i say bothers you and others is because everything i say is the truth. ;)

  • Rebecca

    I still enjoy LMS but see where people could be upset by some of the stuff they air. That’s all we watched last night before putting on a Deadwood dvd. I won’t be upset if LMS doesn’t get another season – it’s not my favorite show (that is P&R).

  • NBC Fan

    Will there be an “How will the Oscars do” poll?

  • Serial Rocker


    No, you give an opinion, which I’m fine with, but you say it in a purposely provocative way, intending to stir up a reaction. That’s what bothers me. Your attempting to disguise that behind simply ‘telling the truth’ is entirely disingenuous.

    For example, was there any reason to call Nikita fans “losers”? I’m a Nikita fan and I assure you that I’m far from being a loser, but it still annoys me that you feel free to hurl insults and then bemoan getting them back.

    Like I said, act like an ass and expect to be called one.

  • TerryJacksonNYC


    As long as I’m not alone in thinking that, I’m happy. I’m not even complaining; I’m just making an observation, so thank you for letting me know that I’ve not lost my mind. :)

  • Adam

    Blue Bloods won the night!!! Way to go!!

  • Cody R

    @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.”

    That is interesting logic you have going there. I suppose it may be impossible for you to forget when a show is coming back after a break, but in my personal experience everyone I know forgets including myself. The exception of course being when one is completely obsessed with a show, which I believe is not the norm. Smallville was the only show in the history of my life that I paid so much attention I knew everything there was to know about it. There are lots of shows I love, lots my friends and family love, and yet the only reason my family knows if a show was on is because it’s on their DVRs. And my friends and I just go with the flow, and half the time if there was a break and we forgot or if we just weren’t around the TV that night we just have to go back and catch it on Hulu. Believe me when I say that watching a television show live when it airs is really not a high priority for many people. Also commercials are so irritating it’s nice when one does not have to sit through them.

  • Acey

    I still feel like Nikita is a better show than its ratings would have you believe.

  • Cody R

    Interestingly enough, Nikita is the only show right now that I actually make an effort to watch live when it airs. Hmm, I hadn’t really thought about it but it’s true.

  • Cody R

    @Acey, I believe that it is, but take that with a grain of salt lol. I mean I think Nikita has a far higher entertainment value and worth than say, American Idol, but such a thing is only personal opinion. I know many people think American Idol and other such things are great, while I find them to be so much drivel. It all depends on the person. There are many people who will not watch anything on the CW, because it’s on the CW, and that’s that. But I certainly agree with you that Nikita’s ratings are not a reflection of the quality of the show. It would be a ratings monster in the U.S. if such things were based on the quality of a show.

  • SJ

    CSI: NY, just like CSI: Miami last year, ends with a series low. I know CBS doesn’t do final seasons, but considering how the CSI franchise defined their network for so long, you’d think they’d want to give them some kind of a proper send-off.

    From what I’ve heard, both Miami and NY’s finales worked as series finales so at least their fans got some sense of closure…

    I’ve skipped over most of the comment section today, so I don’t know if anyone’s already mentioned this, but does the “You Also Might Like” section overlap with the first few comments on your guys’ browsers as well (or is Firefox being weird again)?

  • Cody R

    I wonder how many times I can say “such things” in one paragraph? *Doh!

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