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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  • James

    This nikita show really sucks ass and always has

  • Mon

    “… all of the actors seemed to have been prepping at the CSI Miami school of acting.”

    Hahahaha! Now I miss CSI: Miami, not as a fan though. I had been watching it because I enjoyed pointing out its plot holes, bad acting and all sorts of ridiculousness. Now I do that to The Following, minus the bad acting because Kevin Bacon and James Purefoy are great.

  • GARY

    Nikita’s uptick may be due in part to the director Brad Turner
    who directed episodes of La Femme Nikita.

  • Joseph

    In Boston, a major snowstorm pre-empted daytime programs on the network stations, but prime-time was unaffected.

    Normally, more people would be stuck at home, and that might mean a larger than usual audience for prime-time network shows. Last night, however, the New England Sports Network carried a live pre-season baseball game between the Boston Red Sox and the Minnesota Twins.

    Although a pre-season game, it may well have dominated prime-time ratings in Boston.

  • Shepherd


    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.

    I do, or at least I don’t think they would have any problem doing so. BaTB may still have a chance depending on how well it does into the spring, but I think that TCD is certainly dead at this point.

  • Joseph

    Look for our own Cancellation Bear to eat-up and devour “Cult” early this coming week (March 11th-15th), perhaps as soon as Monday!

  • Rebecca

    Enjoyed LMS and Grimm last night. Grimm will probably rise next week. It’s possible they’re thinking of pairing Hannibal with Grimm, since they gave a lengthy promo/preview for it during Grimm. I’m catching up on Touch…I think I’m just 2 or 3 episodes behind now…watching while knowing it’s most likely not returning.

  • Brandy

    KS, last season CW cancelled/ended six shows:OTH,H8tr,Remodeled,Ringer,SC,The Frame.
    This year so far five :90210,GG,EOMD,Cult,LA Complex,.
    Its not impossible cw cancels six or more shows especially if theyre underperforming & several of these shows shared a timeslot. and CWs going genre next season.Rumors back in Oct was Pedowitz was told to clean house. Hes picked up 8 pilots and I believe 5_6 will air next season.If CD and BaTB are both cancelled,that would give five spots for new shows and one or two could be midseason shows or if he picks up six ,two could be midseason shows.Cws put on five new shows last season and this one.

  • Noel

    Cult will stay there unless it reaches 0.1 or another 0.2. Maybe its better to put arrow repeats or something, like it was once.

  • Shepherd


    Normally, more people would be stuck at home, and that might mean a larger than usual audience for prime-time network shows.

    We rarely see the PUT numbers around here but I didn’t expect more that 5.1 total demo points at 9pm last night. We got 5.4, but that doesn’t see too far off from normal. Of course, its not as though I was looking into a crystal ball or anything.

  • davie

    Touch still making Fringe ratings look good.

    Happy for the Nikita uptick. Grimm couldn’t hold my attention but 1.5 isn’t bad for a long hiatus return.

    Cult = Deader than Dead

  • Brian

    Wow..it really sucks to be CBS on a Friday Night! LOL they deserve it!

  • KS


    I said 6 scripted shows.

  • Holly

    @Shepherd and KS,

    “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.”

    I do, or at least I don’t think they would have any problem doing so.

    I think the question isn’t so much “How many shows can they cancel?” as it is “How many new shows can they premiere at the same time?”

    The CW schedules 10 hours. They have 3 shows renewed and 2 looking very likely (HOD and Nikita), but that leaves them with 4-5 open spots (assuming ANTM doesn’t air in the fall) depending on whether they leave repeats on Friday. I think that’s too many for them to try at the same time. They’ll also need a couple of mid-season replacements, that means they’d need to pick up 6-7 new shows out of their pilots. Considering they only have 8 or 9 shows in development, that seems very unlikely.

  • Dave


    90210 and Gossip Girl= 1 slot(Mon 9p)
    Owens MD= 1 slot(Tues 9p)
    Cult= 1 slot(Fri 9p)
    1 of either Beauty or Carrie would be a fourth slot so there’s still room for at least 1 more cancellation.

  • KS


    Agree with your post. There is little chance for both TCD and BBT to be cancelled. If one among the two, I think it would be BBT.
    That was what I actually meant in the earlier post. I have no idea at all how many shows CW is developing next season or anything about them. So, I talked there in terms of cancellations.

  • J E Sharp

    I thought Malibu Country was great last night. It seems to help ABC with its viewers even tho it is not the highest in ratings. It gets better each week and I cannot see it being canceled until it is given another chance like LMS. Hope it sticks around. It is good for Friday night laughs.

  • Dave

    I’m inclined towards Carrie making it over Beauty as well but then again, The CW won’t premiere a new show on Friday and they’re going to need at least 13 episodes of something old there so Beauty could take Cult’s slot for 13 episodes and be gone by midseason and The CW could then use the slot for reruns.

  • Holly

    @Dave and KS,

    I’m inclined towards Carrie making it over Beauty as well

    I think it depends on the ratings in the next several weeks and factors outside of our knowledge (e.g. cost).

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “I think the question isn’t so much “How many shows can they cancel?” as it is “How many new shows can they premiere at the same time?”

    I will touch on that on Tuesday. I do think those two numbers are closely related, but it’s still difficult to project based on recent seasons.

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