TV Ratings Friday: 'Grimm' Solid, 'Golden Boy' Sinks,'Fashion Star' Debuts Low, ' Nikita' Up, as 'Shark Tank' Wins Night

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March 9th, 2013

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Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 1.7/5 1.3/4 1.1/3 1.0/3 0.3/1
Total Viewers (million) 6.350 8.417 3.976 2.992 1.057

ABC was number one in adults 18-49 while CBS was on top with total viewers.

On ABC, Last Man  Standing earned a 1.5 adults 18-49 rating even with last week. Malibu Country garnered a 1.3 adults 18-49 rating down 7 percent from last week’s 1.4. Shark Tanks scored a 2.0 adults 18-49 rating up 5 percent from last week’s 1.9.   20/20 notched a 1.6 adults 18-49 rating up 14 percent from last week’s 1.4.

On CBS, Undercover Boss scored a 1.4 adults 18-49 rating down 7 percent from a 1.5 on February 15.  Golden Boy earned a 1.0 adults 18-49 rating down 60 percent from a 1.6 on Tuesday and down 40 percent from a 1.4 for the CSI:NY finale.  .Blue Bloods garnered a 1.4 among adults 18-49, even with its performance on February 15.

On NBC, the season premiere of Fashion Star earned a 0.8 adults 18-49 rating down 50 percent from a 1.6 for its first season premiere on Tuesday, March 13, 2012.  Grimm scored a  1.5 adults 18-49 rating down 6 percent from a 1.6 for its fall finale on November 16 but up 7 percent from a 1.4 for last year’s mid-season return. Your predictions were pretty accurate.   Rock Center garnered a 0.9 among adults 18-49 down 10 percent from last week’s 1.0.

On Fox, Kitchen Nightmares' 1.3 adults rating was the same as last week, and Touch dropped a tenth vs. last week to a series low matching 0.7 rating.

On the CW, Nikita earned a 0.4 adults 18-49 rating up 33 percent from last week’s 0.3. In its new time period,  Cult scored a 0.2 among adults 18-49 down 33 percent from a 0.3 for its last original episode on Tuesday, February 26.

Overnight broadcast primetime ratings for Friday, March 8, 2013

Time  Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
8:00 ABC Last Man Standing 1.5/5 7.01
CBS Undercover Boss 1.4/5 7.29
FOX Kitchen Nightmares 1.3/4 3.38
NBC Fashion Star - Season Premiere 0.8/3 3.03
CW Nikita 0.4/1 1.39
8:30 ABC Malibu Country 1.3/4 5.96
9:00 ABC Shark Tank 2.0/6 7.45
NBC Grimm - Spring Premiere 1.5/5 4.97
CBS Golden Boy 1.0/3 7.45
FOX Touch 0.7/2 2.61
CW Cult 0.2/1 0.72
10:00 ABC 20/20 1.6/5 5.69
CBS Blue Bloods 1.4/4 10.51
NBC Rock Center 0.9/3 3.93


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," 2.2/6 with an encore telecast; CBS's
> "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.4/6 with an encore; and ABC's
> "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 2.3/6.
> * In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49
> Wednesday results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 0.6/3 with
> an encore; "Late Show," 0.6/3 with an encore; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live,"
> 0.8/4.
> * From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET Wednesday night, ABC's "Nightline"
> averaged a 1.4/4 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" (1.2/4
> in metered-market households with an encore) tied CBS's first-run
> "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.2/4). In the 25 markets with
> Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.5/3 in 18-49 with an encore)
> topped "Late Late Show" (0.4/2).
> * At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.8/3 in
> metered-market households with an encore and a 0.3/2 in adults 18-49
> in the 25 markets with local people meters.

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  • k:Alex

    What is NBC doing, first girls with fa. star, youths with grim and older people with rock center?
    It doesn’t make sense at all!

  • Holly


    No, it doesn’t make sense, but NBC doesn’t exactly have an abundance of options right now.

  • DeanW

    CSI: NY did do good on Friday ! Why CBS tries to kill the night ? How a new drama like Golden Boy can hit a 1.0 while a Nine-years-old Drama (which is also a third generation Spin-off) can get a 1.6 ?

  • Dan

    I highly doubt any of these series will be pulled of the schedule. Cult & Touch are basically burnoffs at this point and the rest will ride out the season. If a show is airing on fridays this late in the season, there is little chance they will be pulled.

  • KS

    CW Renew/Cancel game was pretty interesting at this time, last year. But this time, its quite obvious.

    >>Cult is a sure goner.
    >>70% chances that Beauty and The Beast will be renewed. Its renewal depends mainly on the ratings of the next 3-4 episodes after it comes back from the hiatus. If they show a downfall, the might be this season’s The Secret Circle.
    >>All other shows are pretty safe at this point of time including TCD. I am sure, CW will give it one more chance and they would happy to have 0.5 – 0.7 range show.

  • Richard Steven Hack

    Grimm’s return was pretty good. We FINALLY got to see a confrontation between Nick and Renard. Couple of nice fight scenes.

    Nikita is up, hopefully will not be adjusted down. Again, not that it matters but it might tone down some of the Nikita hate here.

    The episode was excellent, a continuation from the last episode. NICE cat-fight between Nikki and Amanda! :-) Nice cliff-hanger at the end. If they can keep this up, the show will return to the quality episodes it had in the first two seasons as opposed to the filler episodes we’ve seen this season.

    r0ckmypants: “Why is everyone being ridiculous saying, “Terrible for Cult! When it will get pulled?” etc. It dropped a tenth in its unadvertised move to Friday. And remember when Nikita pulled 0.2s earlier this season? Relax yourselves.”

    It was effectively canceled when it was moved to Fridays. At these ratings if it wasn’t for being on in the spring, it would have been pulled. When Daylight Savings Time hits, it will quite possibly drop to a .1. That might be too much even for the CW on a Friday in a show’s first season. Still, I do expect they’ll burn off all its episodes.

    And Nikita only had ONE .2 early in its season. Since then it’s been pretty stable doing .3-.5 and if not adjusted down this time will be even with the same number of .3’s and .4’s as well as two .5’s. Although number of viewers doesn’t matter, that has fluctuated up and down as well, gaining quite a bit since the debut as the season has gone on.

  • Holly


    How a new drama like Golden Boy can hit a 1.0 while a Nine-years-old Drama (which is also a third generation Spin-off) can get a 1.6 ?

    Are you ignoring that CSI: NY’s last two outings only managed a 1.2?

  • Davis

    Oh @paris

    I don’t know which is worse… Your comment? Or the fact you used all CAPS To make it.

    Good start for Grimm and good for Shark Tank.

  • JJF

    Last Man Standing is doing pretty well for Fridays. It’ll definitely be back, I think. Malibu Country isn’t absolutely horrible, but not that great either. I’d still side with The Neighbors over MC. I think ABC needs to try and premiere less comedies next season. They seem to order much more than they know what to do with. Patch the holes they have now and stop trying to expand beyond what you can handle.

  • Dan

    @DeanW – CBS wants to expose new shows since CSI NY cant last forever. My guess this year CBS will cancel Vegas, CSI NY, Golden Boy and one of Mentalist or Good Wife or maybe both.

  • alexjones

    good to see grimm held up okay despite the long break, season 3 is pretty much a certainty now. cult is dead as a doornail, pathetic ratings, okay ratings for nikita, it should get renewed with 90210 already cancelled(good riddance) and cult certain to be cancelled.

  • Matt

    Go Last Man Standing! So happy this show is maintaining viewers! 7 million for a Friday night comedy is not too bad!!! Bring back TGIF! :)

  • atlanta

    Yay for Grimm, it’s getting better and better. GO GRIMM!!

  • Richard Steven Hack

    KS: “>>70% chances that Beauty and The Beast will be renewed. Its renewal depends mainly on the ratings of the next 3-4 episodes after it comes back from the hiatus. If they show a downfall, the might be this season’s The Secret Circle.”

    They will and it will be canceled.

    “pretty safe at this point of time including TCD”

    You’re delusional.

    “I am sure, CW will give it one more chance”

    Why? It’s pulling the crappiest numbers other than Cult.

    “and they would happy to have 0.5 – 0.7 range show.”

    Since when has it been pulling .5-.07? It’s season average is .51! It’s had ONE .7 in episode four, debuted at a .6, had three .5’s, and has been doing .4 for the last three episodes.

    There is NO CHANCE this dog gets renewed with those numbers halfway through its first season. NO CHANCE! Again, if it wasn’t on in the spring and heavily promoted as a spinoff of a successful series and movies, it probably would have been pulled even on the CW.

  • SJ

    That Friday night line-up on NBC makes as much sense as ABC’s Winter 2012 Tuesday line-up of Last Man Standing, Cougar Town, The River and Body of Proof. It’s a miracle that Grimm is doing as well as it is.

    So Rock Center can’t even muster a 1.0 rating in the time slot usually occupied by Dateline NBC, the show it’s most similar to. So will NBC finally pull the plug on it now or will they still be trying to make fetch – I mean, Brian Williams – happen?

    Good for Shark Tank. I know a lot of commenters have said that ST should stay where it is as it’s doing an amazing job for Fridays, but I would still like for ABC to move it. Sure, their Friday line-up would suffer, but if it gets them a win on Tuesdays or Thursdays at 8, I think they’ll take it.

    Fashion Star, Golden Boy, Touch, Cult – and soon, Vegas – are really just dead shows airing at this point. They’re not even worth commenting on.

  • Ultima

    they would happy to have 0.5 – 0.7 range show.

    Unfortunately for them, they’re stuck with The Carrie Diaries instead!

  • Blaine

    Call it Golden Dog, or Golden Bear. That show stinks! For all the hype it will make me happy when Unforgiven returns this summer.

  • Richard Steven Hack

    Excuse me, TCD season average is now .50 after this week’s episode…

  • Percysowner

    Good to see Grimm come back strong. It shows that a large break doesn’t necessarily kill a show. I hope the same thing happens with Revolution, although that can’t be predicted.

  • Samunto

    Very good for GRIMM!!
    Will Fashion Star get pulled? And NBC surely can’t bring back Rock Center next season. It’s doing the same horrible numbers as it did Thursdays. Isn’t a 0.8 what repeats of Dateline ganer?

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