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

Grimm Face Off

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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  • Dan

    The friday night lineup is just a way to get rid of Rock Center while at the same time burn off Fashion Star and have Grim sandwiched in between. If NBC wont move Grimm to another night then the best they can do is get rid of Rock Center all together and find a compatible show to air Fridays at 8.

    Shark Tank should move to Thursdays at 8 or back to Tuesdays at 8 for next season. Maybe next season ABC should try a 2 hour comedy block on Fridays nut comedy on Thursday at 8 or Tuesdays doesnt work.

  • Dave

    Last night was a fun night! Nikita and Grimm was a great combo. I enjoyed both and glad to see solid ratings for both. :D

  • disney rocks

    NBC needs a switch up in late March/April-

    8-10- Sitcom garbage
    10-11- Rock Center


    8- Dateline
    9- Grimm
    10- Hannibal

  • SJ

    I honestly think Hannibal would stand a better chance at succeeding if it launched out of Grimm on Fridays rather than in its intended time slot.

  • Sarah

    I’m happy that Nikita is up. :)

  • JJA

    Grimm is an awesome show! Loved last night’s episode.

    Nikita did OK in terms of ratings, but the episode itself was excellent (as usual). I really want a season 4!! As much as I’m enjoying this season, the season 3 storyline (focusing on Amanda and her personal vendetta against Nikita) is NOT a proper way to end the series.

  • Geoff

    I agree. Hannibal should be paired with Grimm on Friday nights. It makes too much sense not to do that. Grimm would be a great lead-in for Hannibal!

  • chris

    Considering how many comedy pilots ABC has, I think they will expand to two hours on Friday. The real question is what they do with shark tank. Do they keep it on Friday and make a grand slam night or move it to help Tuesday and Thursday.

  • Ray

    Oh foolish CW execs. You’re reaping the rotten fruit of your decision to cancel the well-performing TSC from your lineup.

  • ragincajun

    CBS really needs to shake things up next fall, and the only way for them to do it is with comedies. All of their recent efforts in terms of procedurals and reality have been very underwhelming, and serial dramas do not work because their regular viewers reject them and new viewers will not give them a shot. That leaves comedies by default. Think about it. Even recent CBS comedy flops like Partners, Mad Love, Accidentally on Purpose, and Worst Week never received demo ratings as low as Made in Jersey, The Job, Golden Boy, and Vegas have this season. So far, almost all of their new comedies sound great on paper, and they are casting them really well. If the net can develop four or more new comedies that are well received by the focus groups, not only should the net do another 2x comedy block on Thursday, but it should also consider developing two more hours on Friday and Sunday.

    Friday could be something like this:

    Jacked Up
    Friends with Better Lives
    Blue Bloods

    Oh, and was anyone else extremely unimpressed with Grimm’s episode last night. That scene with Juliette and Renard was entirely too over the top, and all of the actors seemed to have been prepping at the CSI Miami school of acting.

  • DW

    CSI :NY is not coming back , its 9 years old , long in the tooth , and costs too much. it had a nice run and you’ll be able to catch it at 1 AM in a few months on Netflix when you cant fall asleep.

  • david

    good to see Nikita up. Cult went down, thats to bad is is an ok show and will be canciled. Touch is going to be canciled. Great for Grim it is steady.

  • starship


    PMSL, give it up, I watched TSC last year, but the writing was on the wall when it went down to a 0.5 after it started as the top show of the season.
    This year it would have been doing worse than Beauty and the Beast is at the moment (0.5 with a chance to go up upon its return) and would have probably been tied with Emily Owens and Carrie Diaries at a 0.4. Only difference is that it was a lot more expensive to make (and wasn’t doing anything in Live+7 or internationally).

  • catsrule

    Crappy Golden Boy beat Touch. Now that’s really sad.

  • Justin121

    Grimm is an island.

    It and Chicago Fire are the best NBC has to show for itseld this year, if it weren’t for The Voice, of course.

  • KS

    @Richard Steven Hack and @Ultima

    I have not been following CW ratings or any other ratings, for that matter this season.

    But how many shows is CW going to cancel?
    Gossip Girl, 90210, Emily Owens MD, Cult and you want to add TCD and BBT to the list? I don’t think CW will cancel 6 scripted shows.

  • Peter

    Hannibal looks phenomenal. The broadcast networks might need to do more cable quality if they want to be successful. I think Hannibal could be a hit or a ratings disaster.

  • BH


    One of TCD and BaTB is definitely getting cancelled!

  • herpderp

    BATB will be renewed over TCD.

  • Shepherd

    I surprised GB went that low, I thought it could at least manage a 1.1, if not a 1.2 given the fact that CBS does have a Friday audience with BB, and UB pulling 1.4s.

    Cult really bombed, even the Friday repeat did .2, I thought an original could do better. I only expected a .3, but still.

    Good for Grimm, it did better than I thought I could. I knew it would sink from the fall finale, but I didn’t expect it to rise from last spring given the state of NBC these days. I figured it could get a 1.3 at best, but guessed a 1.2. The number’s aren’t confusing though, given Cult and GB’s low numbers.

    Touch’s disgrace was easily predictable. At least it seems steady.

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