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Friday Final TV Ratings: 'Kitchen Nightmares' & 'Nikita' Adjusted Down; No Adjustment for 'Grimm'

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March 11th, 2013

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Kitchen Nightmares and Nikita were adjusted down a tenth among adults 18-49 versus Friday's preliminary ratings.

Final broadcast primetime ratings for Friday, March 8, 2013:

Time Net Show 18-49 rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00 PM ABC Last Man Standing 1.5 5 6.96
CBS Undercover Boss 1.4 5 7.33
FOX Kitchen Nightmares 1.2 4 3.31
NBC Fashion Star 0.8 3 2.96
CW Nikita 0.3 1 1.37
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8:30PM ABC Malibu Country 1.3 4 5.92
9:00 PM ABC Shark Tank 2.0 6 6.89
NBC Grimm 1.5 5 4.90
CBS Golden Boy 1.0 3 7.41
FOX Touch 0.7 2 2.60
CW Cult 0.2 1 0.68
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10:00 PM ABC 20/20 1.6 5 5.55
CBS Blue Bloods 1.4 4 10.72
NBC Rock Center 0.9 3 3.75

Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2013 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.

 
  • AO’s Sock Puppet Account

    It’s understandable that so many fans are talking about Nikita</b's "quality" and how "good" the show is. I certainly see why they aren't interested in discussing it's ratings.

  • AO’s Sock Puppet Account

    My apologies for the sloppy bolding though.

  • Fake Me Out

    “sloppy bolding”

    Is that a sex thing?

  • TJ

    “We have to remember that the cw renewed Nikita while it was hitting consistent .4s at the end of last season.”

    Well, if it’s already below that and it’s only March, what the heck is it going to be doing at the end of THIS season?

  • TheOneWhoKnows

    Nikita is a fab series and if it was on a different channel would do much better. Dont forget that Nikita has lots of fans abroad and will support the series once again. I am confident that the series will be renewed unless the producers want to give an end. Love Nikita with my heart.

  • Puzzled

    Does Nikita skew old? I don’t really get it. I know 1.37 million isn’t a huge audience, but I would think that gets more than a 0.3 rating. So does that mean a lot of Nikita’s viewers are over the age of 49?

  • googly

    Nikita is on the right network. It does not deserve to be on any other network but the CW. A great spy show would be The Americans. A show that has fantastic acting, writing, and set quality. Nikita relies on stupid name basdardizations as Mikita and Salex for their “who will hook up with who next premise whilst landing a chop kick to the left nut sack. As Heidi Klum would say of a badly designed dress…”it is just so baaaaaaad”. And if you think it’s great tv, here’s a clue…open your eyes.

  • googly

    Nikita is on the right network. It does not deserve to be on any other network but the CW. A great spy show would be The Americans. A show that has fantastic acting, writing, and set quality. Kerri Russell is phenomenal. Nikita relies on stupid name basdardizations as Mikita and Salex for their “who will hook up with who next premise whilst landing a chop kick to the left nut sack. As Heidi Klum would say of a badly designed dress…”it is just so baaaaaaad”. And if you think it’s great tv, here’s a clue…open your eyes.

  • Richard Steven Hack

    John A: “Ha i knew Nikita would adjust down.”

    No you didn’t. And this is precisely the kind of Nikita-bashing remark I’ve called you on before.

    Guess what, homes? Nikita is STILL getting renewed!

    Dan: Yes, Nikita hit a high in viewers last week. It gained about 150,000 viewers. In fact, it’s been gaining in viewers all season. It has fluctuated a couple times up and down but the trend is unmistakeable – more viewers over the season. Would be nice if that means eventually the ratings will trend up a bit before the season is over.

    At this point of course the only reason to be concerned about the ratings is to shut up the Nikita haters who have no other reasons for posting here apparently.

    Fake Me Out: As I’ve said before, Nikita really isn’t a CW type of show. All their shows have been either teen stroke shows or fantasy shows. Nikita is a very GRIM spy show, heavy on very dark drama. If it was a vampire show, it would be great on the CW, but it’s not. It’s darker than TVD, in fact.

    In fact, I just thought the other day that even compared to SPY shows, it’s very “dark” even in its lighting scheme. Almost every episode of Nikita ends up at night or in some dark building. Compare that to Covert Affairs where everything happens in bright office buildings and outside. It’s really interesting to compare them.

    The show should have been on TNT or some other cable show like Burn Notice is. It probably would have gone five seasons easily. The CW is just the wrong network.

  • googly

    @puzzled, I believe Nikita viewers are comprised of octogenarians that have fallen asleep on their Lazyboys after watching the news or Judge Judy on the affiliate network. They finally awake from a sleep apnea phase and turn off the channel for Cult.

  • Richard Steven Hack

    As to whether Nikita skews old, I don’t know. I certainly qualify as over 49. :-)

    I wouldn’t be surprised if it did. This is partly related to the network. The CW made its name for teen stroke shows and fantasies – stuff that appeals to 18-49 and especially women 18-34 – that WAS their TARGET DEMO!

    Nikita is a grim spy drama, entirely different than anything else on the network. It obviously would have less appeal to women, with all the shooting, fight scenes and torture scenes. Why are we surprised that it does poorly on THIS network?

    None of which matters. WB clearly sees the show as syndication potential and as long as they offer it to the CW for a low enough rate, it will get a final season, even if the ratings drop to 0.0.

    So the haters and the ignorant can suck it! :-)

  • Kavyn

    To be honest, as much as I love the show, this season has been the worst of the three, and I blame it on the writers trying to make the show more CW at the start of the season.

    It’s gotten better now that they’re put Amanda in the limelight again, but the writing/acting still doesn’t feel as natural as it did in the first two seasons. Last Friday’s cliffhanger felt so “Drama 101″ with Alex and Amanda (Like for real, Alex could easily just snap Amanda’s neck or knock her out right before she drives if she wants to save herself).

    The relationship stuff has just been super annoying to watch, and I can only hope it is all leading towards Michael’s death, but I know it won’t. If Michael dies in the season 3 finale by Amanda’s hand, then Nikita will snap and we’ll probably see season 1 Nikita again (ie a focused Nikita). Michael’s a great character but all he’s been turned into is another CW boyfriend, so his character is just meaningless aside from adding relationship drama to the story.

  • Kavyn

    @googly, I couldn’t help but laugh.

  • Puzzled

    @Richard

    But yet the thing about Nikita that confuses me most is that if the main audience is men, and older men at that, then why doesn’t the network just accept that and target it at the audience who is more likely to watch it?

    Instead what they do is add romance elements to attract more female viewers. (This is most obvious in the middle of season 1 – network had an intervention I think). Nikita is a great show, but it would be superior if they cut all the fluff they added to attract young females, since it’s obviously not working, and instead resulted in eroding audiences from other demographics.

  • googly

    Thanks Kavyn! Finally, people need to lighten up :) we may not see eye to eye but at least its not eye to left but sack…

  • Kavyn

    @Puzzled I don’t think it’s the network’s decision as much as it is the writers’. The network renewed the show because WB offered them a good deal for it. I remember tweeting Albert Kim – one of the writers – about how the romance fluff was ruining the quality of the show (in nicer words) and he responded saying that he liked the romance stuff just as much as he did the action. It makes me think that they’re the ones deciding on making the show more CW, where as Pedowitz wanted to keep Nikita as it was. After seeing the poor ratings I’m sure they changed views and started focusing more on Amanda.

  • Richard Steven Hack

    Puzzled: “if the main audience is men, and older men at that, then why doesn’t the network just accept that and target it at the audience who is more likely to watch it?”

    I don’t know why Nikita was put on in the first place. It may have been part of the move to broaden the CW’s audience – which is Pedowitz’s goal, to turn the network from one focused on women 18-34 to a more general audience. Maybe they thought Nikita would help do that.

    They can’t change the SHOW to be more for women, because from the get-go it was a dark spy drama.

    “Instead what they do is add romance elements to attract more female viewers. (This is most obvious in the middle of season 1 – network had an intervention I think).”

    No, the whole “Mikita” thing was true in the original series as well. That was always a given that it would be part of the new version. When they brought Sean in for Alex in season two is when they tried to modify the show for more romantic stuff. Which they pretty much HAD to do since Alex was a hot young female character who obviously wasn’t going to be celibate. :-)

    So I don’t think they really tried to modify the show to attract more female viewers. If they had, the ratings would be better.

    The main problem with season three is the lack of focus of the season arc. They introduced a bunch of filler episodes to make it easier for people to get involved in the show – the producers actually said this – and it didn’t work.

    You can see it in the ratings. The first three episodes were .3, .2, .3, In episode four, when everyone knew Amanda would be back, there was a 33% uptick! And then the show held onto .4 and .5 until the last three episodes despite more filler episodes because no one knew when Amanda would be on again.

    Which doesn’t explain the .3′s for the last three episodes WITH Amanda, I agree. But I think we’re seeing the result of the hiatus between 2/08 and 2/22. 2/08 episode had a .5, then the hiatus, now we’re seeing .3′s.

    The show lost ratings after the hiatus AND it also lost viewers dropping from 1.34 million on 2/08 to 1.24 million on 2/22 and down to 1.01 on 3/01, reversing the trend in increasing viewers it’s had most of the season.

    But last week it jumped to 1.37 million viewers. I suspect this may presage a slight upward trend for the ratings between now and the finale – although it may fluctuate some more before then.

  • Lisa

    Good lord, that STINKS for Nikita! Shark Tank is doing a solid job, though, and Grimm looks good.

  • Richard Steven Hack

    Kavyn: “the writing/acting still doesn’t feel as natural as it did in the first two seasons.”

    I’ll agree with that. There was a loss of focus without Percy as the villain.

    “Last Friday’s cliffhanger felt so “Drama 101? with Alex and Amanda (Like for real, Alex could easily just snap Amanda’s neck or knock her out right before she drives if she wants to save herself).”

    Amanda is armed, Alex isn’t. That doesn’t make it “easy”. At worst, it’s minor plot hole. It would have been better if Amanda had shot Alex in the leg, but whatever.

    “”I can only hope it is all leading towards Michael’s death”

    That’s ridiculous. “Mikita” has been an element of both the original series and the movies, it’s not going away in this version. If anything, knock Sean off and get Alex a new boyfriend next season – maybe Owen who’s kind of left out in the romance department except as Nikita’s “defender” when Michael’s ticked off at her.

    I find Sean mostly boring. He was OK as his mom’s enforcer, but now he’s superfluous. He’s ONLY there as a romantic interest for Alex.

    “If Michael dies in the season 3 finale by Amanda’s hand, then Nikita will snap and we’ll probably see season 1 Nikita again (ie a focused Nikita).”

    I think that was the whole point of Michael losing his hand.

    I do think they need to get him a new hand and get him back out in the field with Nikita. His being Operations Chief under Ryan is mostly boring. He obviously isn’t happy with it, either.

    “his character is just meaningless aside from adding relationship drama to the story.”

    If they get back into the field, that won’t be the case. Again, Michael is an ESSENTIAL part of the Nikita story. He isn’t going anywhere.

  • Richard Steven Hack

    Guys, if you want to know where Nikita is heading plot-wise, put this phrase into Google (since we can’t post links here any more for security reasons):

    ‘Nikita’: Season 4 Chances, Amanda’s Backstory And More From Craig Silverstein

    That’s a Huffington post interview with one of the producers and it’s a two-parter (more next week) and it has a LOT of interesting information in it, including how many of the people on the show DID work on “Le Femme Nikita”.

    Really good article for Nikita fans.

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