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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.

 
  • Kavyn

    “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.”

    Obviously it’s not easy, but the actress playing Alex really overdid it in that scene. She acted like she was royally screwed when really, she’s been through much worse. Alex could still do SOMETHING to stop Amanda from taking her, like knocking her out (all Amanda did was sit in the passenger seat, Alex had plenty of time to knock her out in the middle of her speech while Amanda was getting adjusted). I would understand the reaction if Alex had no training whatsoever and was just an innocent, but she’s supposedly one of the top agents in Division so the reaction was over-the-top for me.

    “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.”

    Who cares if he was in the original? That’s like saying OUAT has to follow every single fairy tale on the dot. Why not pull off something like killing Michael? And no, I’m not saying that to mean “That way, Nikita gets to hook up with Owen”. I’m tired of everyone having to be in a relationship. Why can’t Nikita or Alex work on their own, and see revenge for their deceased love one? I suppose you could do the same with Sean, but I think it would have more impact if it was Michael. At this point their too lovey-dovey and considering their wedding is supposed to come up, it would be the perfect time to act.

    “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.”

    Yeah, and look at how much plot-related drama it added. All Michael did was hate Nikita for saving his life, and forced him off the field. You would think such an unexpected and well thought twist would have a little more impact on the story, not just the relationship drama.

  • Kavyn

    they’re too lovey-dovey*

  • Lucas

    Nikita is such a smart, fast-paced, thrilling show… I really don’t know why ratings are so low. There’s no way to explain why such a clever show like Nikita gets lower ratings than a kitchen reality show… Anyway, I’m sure ratings are low, there’s no excuse for that. I just hope the show goes on and gets a fourth and final season, because it deserves it. It is a very well crafted story that must end on a higher note.

  • Richard Steven Hack

    Kavyn: “but the actress playing Alex really overdid it in that scene. She acted like she was royally screwed when really, she’s been through much worse.”

    Hey, it’s AMANDA. Alex has been KILLED by her before (remember season one?) If you’re not scared of that psycho, you’re not breathing! :-)

    “Alex could still do SOMETHING to stop Amanda from taking her, like knocking her out (all Amanda did was sit in the passenger seat, Alex had plenty of time to knock her out in the middle of her speech while Amanda was getting adjusted).”

    Yeah, yeah, yeah. Shock value alone might not held Alex back until it was too late. Hey, it was short, fast scene near the end of show. They couldn’t fit a five-minute fight into it.

    You’re just quibbling. I don’t like plot holes, either, and yes, the scene could have been better. But it worked for its purpose. Don’t over-think it.

    “Who cares if he was in the original?”

    Oh, please. Now you’re being ridiculous. OBVIOUSLY the entire premise of the show since episode one was to get those two back together.

    “That’s like saying OUAT has to follow every single fairy tale on the dot.”

    Nonsense. No relation whatsoever.

    “Why not pull off something like killing Michael?”

    Well, they might. But I doubt it since there has to be something good come out of the show. It’s not THAT dark. Shows mostly follow the principle that “the good guys win” in some way or manner. Killing off Michael, Nikita’s great love, would be disastrous for the fans, if not the general audience.

    “I’m tired of everyone having to be in a relationship.”

    Welcome to American television. Your criticism may be valid but it’s also irrelevant. This is how things are done. Only on The Walking Dead does everyone end up dying, no matter how cool, because that’s the premise of the show.

    “Why can’t Nikita or Alex work on their own, and see revenge for their deceased love one?”

    I said that might work with Alex and Sean. It can’t work with the male lead unless they’re prepared to introduce a new male lead in the last season, which I find unlikely. Cite me how many shows have done that in TV history…

    “At this point their too lovey-dovey and considering their wedding is supposed to come up, it would be the perfect time to act.”

    I think it’s clear from the Craig Silverstein interview that the wedding is unlikely to take place. Maybe in the finale of season four…

    “You would think such an unexpected and well thought twist would have a little more impact on the story, not just the relationship drama.”

    It has. We see Owen and Alex more than we did earlier in the season because they have to go in the field with Nikita now. I think part of that move was to juggle the actors around to lower the budget, so they didn’t all have to be on the show at the same time in every episode. Look at Sean – he was mostly forgotten until recently (and deservedly so IMO.)

    Actors sign contracts to appear in a range of episodes on a show. The leads usually sign for 22 episodes. The supporting cast sign for maybe six or seven episodes. This makes the budget manageable.

    I wouldn’t be surprised to see one of the characters die off before the season finale. I’m pretty sure it won’t be Michael, though. Or Alex. Or Birkhoff unless they get him back in the field somehow, which I doubt. Same for Ryan. My guess is either Owen or Sean gets it in the neck from Amanda somehow.

    Based on the Silverstein interview at HuffPo, they’re also setting up something about the technology of the hand Michael is searching for and the organization that produces the hand. They don’t want to go full-on sci-fi, he said, but they might be as he put it “clawing for it”. This might be a setup for season four.

    There’s also a hint about a Presidential plot in the interview.

    I think the romantic stuff will take a backside from here on out to the finale.

  • pink

    BJH..Nikita is NOT too a “adult” show.There is NOTHING adult about it .In fact there is NOTHING good or interesting about it at all.It is just plain stupid and boring with 2 very bad actors in the roles of Micheal & Nikita.THAT is why people don’t watch anymore.They tried it and did not like it so they like me stopped watching. I think both Nikita & Cult are really dumb shows and should both be canceled already.

  • pink

    Googly.. i agree with you 100%.The Americans just show that you do NOT need a bunch of stunts to be a good spy show but you do need good writing & acting 2 things that Nikita NEVER had.
    Richard..Nikita is NOT dark or grimm,if it were it MIGHT be good but then it does not have any good actors on it to pull that off,that is why it is a DUMB BORING show.And if it were on any other network it would have been canceled 2 yrs ago.It is only still on the air because The CW is a crappy network.

  • Kavyn

    I just think the show needs a major shift in direction, which can be achieved by killing off Michael. I never saw Michael as a lead, I saw Nikita and Alex as the leads. I never saw the original (aside from a couple of syndicated episodes), but for me this show was focused on Nikita escaping Division and stopping it from the inside by using Alex. They worked towards taking over Division with the intention of shutting it down.

    Season 4 needs to have focus, which this season just lacks. For the most part it’s “stop these random dudes that used to work for Percy, oh and be careful because Amanda’s crazy now.” I think Nikita and Michael need to be separated in a more meaningful way. Maybe some sort of difference of opinion with respect to the future of Division. Nikita might stay in, Michael starts seeing a bit of Percy in Ryan, but Nikita doesn’t buy it. Michael leaves and does… something. I don’t know, but right now the Mikita and Salex stuff is just too CW and poorly written. Michael and Nikita have almost no chemistry with each other, and I feel similarly about Sean and Alex.

  • D. Rose #thereturn

    CBS would be crazy at this point not to bring back CSI: NY they haven’t found anything new that can outdo it yet.

    Poor Alex on Nikita gets captured by Amanda again and will probably turn heel so I expect Nikita to remain consistent but its a shame how overlooked Cult is right now. CW has some of the best original concepts that nobody ever sees like LA Complex and stuff like that.

    ABC has crazy stability with LMS and MC is on the rise. With a two-hour block they’ll be cooking.

    NBC should just move Hannibal to Fridays after Grimm.

  • Ryan

    YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Nikita adjusted down :D

  • Richard Steven Hack

    pink: “Nikita is NOT dark or grimm,”

    I don’t think anyone is going to agree with that assessment. As I said, compare it with any other spy show on TV now or recently. As I pointed out, even the atmosphere and lighting scheme is dark.

    “then it does not have any good actors on it to pull that off”

    Others have said Maggie Q is not a good actor. I don’t see it and neither does anyone who casts her in a role. She just got cast in another upcoming movie. You also have zero reasons to back up that assessment. She’s no Oscar winner, but she’s perfectly adequate for an action star. Action stars aren’t noted for being brilliant actors in the first place.

    “And if it were on any other network it would have been canceled 2 yrs ago.”

    Or as I said if it was on a cable network it might have run five seasons or more.

    Once again: You have an opinion. You have an asshole. Both have equal weight with me. :-)

    Kavyn: “I just think the show needs a major shift in direction”

    I’d agree with that.

    “which can be achieved by killing off Michael. I never saw Michael as a lead, I saw Nikita and Alex as the leads. I never saw the original”

    Which is why you don’t get that Michael is one the leads. It even goes back to the original movies. I never saw the original French movie, but I have seen the remake. Gabriel Byrne played a similar role as Nikita’s mentor in Point of No Return. There was never a romantic relationship per se in that movie, but it came close.

    Michael has clearly been one of the important three characters in the show. It was never just two female leads and no male lead. They rarely kill off the male lead in a show. So while you think that might improve the show, I don’t see it happening.

    And I disagree that it would improve the show in any particular way. Unless the two female leads turn “L”, you need a male lead for at least one of them. :-)

    “Season 4 needs to have focus, which this season just lacks.”

    Agreed, so far. I think it’s slowly regaining focus.

    “I think Nikita and Michael need to be separated in a more meaningful way.”

    Which would probably irritate the fans. I don’t think the writers and producers want that, either.

    “Michael starts seeing a bit of Percy in Ryan, but Nikita doesn’t buy it.”

    They’ve already danced around that. The upcoming President subplot may tie into that.

    “Michael and Nikita have almost no chemistry with each other”

    This season. And it’s because of what happened to Michael. In previous seasons they’ve had plenty of chemistry.

    “I feel similarly about Sean and Alex.”

    I’d tend to agree there. Sean was only good when he was at odds with Alex and working for his mother. Now he’s boring. They need to give him something to do or kill him off and mate Alex with Owen, who is a much more interesting character.

  • Richard Steven Hack

    In the spam filter again…

    A little help, guys?

    I really have to start saving my posts before posting them so I can recover from this stuff.

  • mp

    Nikita doesn’t appeal to the gays or females, your typical CW audience. There are no fem-twink men running around shirtless every episode, so why would they bother watching THAT un-fabulous show? I am surprised the show has lasted this long on a network nobody really watches anyway.

  • thensnowleopard

    [sigh] CW, will you please hurry up and make a decision one way or the other about whether you’re going to give a last syndication season to this stupid show so that the Nikita stans will finally shut up?

    Seriously, it’s reaching SGU stan levels at this point and that’s baaaad.

  • ZmaX

    Have all the Nikita viewers been rapidly aging?
    For the previous 0.3 demo rating (ep 3×03), it had .86 million viewers and now they are up to 1.37 million viewers for a 0.3

  • helpful_lurker

    WOW! If I didn’t actually know better I’d swear Richard Steven Hack was Bondoel.

    As for “Nikita” itself – two things – one it always skewed Male over 49 more than Adults or Male 18-49. And in its first season it was “retooled” twice and after each time some A18-49 viewers came back to check it out the problem was they never did stay.

    As for the show itself I tried watching a few times in season one and honestly I just found it a bit cartoony. It may be better now, but by now I don’t have any interest in trying to pick it up again and I suspect others feel the same.

    The only good news for “Nikita” and her fans is that she only needs (after this season finishes) 21 more episodes to make it to the magic 88. The bad news is that there have been some persistant rumors that Mark-P has been told to clean house (i.e. ditch all the ratings dead-weight). Now I’d still bet on a “Nikita” renewal and not against, but if Mark-P is gonna clean house then the only safe shows are those that have officially been renewed already (“America’s Next Top Model” “The Vampire Diaries” “Arrow” and “Supernatural”).

    psst – Dawn-O picked up “Nikita” not Mark-P, so if “Nikita” was picked up to expand the CW appeal then it started with Dawn-O and not Mark-P.

  • Gabriel Roa

    very good Nikita! HOPE FOR A SEASON 4!!!

  • AA

    MY GOD CANCEL FLOPITA.

    90210 cancellation happened, this crap is next.

    No one except a few commenters here watch it.

  • Richard Steven Hack

    thensnowleopard: “[sigh] CW, will you please hurry up and make a decision one way or the other about whether you’re going to give a last syndication season to this stupid show so that the Nikita stans will finally shut up?”

    And so the Nikita haters can shut up for once.

    Actually, I’m waiting for season four so I can shove down thesnowleopard’s throat… :-)

    helpful_lurker: “WOW! If I didn’t actually know better I’d swear Richard Steven Hack was Bondoel.”

    First of all, Bondoel was a clown who thought Nikita would be renewed for all sorts of reasons other than syndication. I never thought Nikita would be renewed.

    I learned. Maybe some of the other clowns here can.

    “And in its first season it was “retooled” twice”

    Citation please. I’m unaware of any such “retooling”, let alone twice.

    “As for the show itself I tried watching a few times in season one and honestly I just found it a bit cartoony.”

    Neither I nor any one else here who likes the show particularly gives a rat’s bottom what you think.

    “The bad news is that there have been some persistant rumors that Mark-P has been told to clean house”

    He’s also presumably under orders to continue generating syndication properties for his parent companies, WB and CBS. The CW network exists to do just what syndicating Nikita will do.

    He’s not cleaning Nikita along with all the other low-rated shows. The whole point of Nikita getting a third season was to get to syndication. That hasn’t changed.

    Unfortunately idiots here don’t seem to realize what that means, so they keep dropping it and saying “Nikita ratings suck, Nikita ratings suck, LMAO, LOL, yada, yada” like a bunch of schoolboys bullying some kid and with about the same level of intelligence.

    And when Nikita gets that fourth season, you can believe I will be here to remember every single user name that did so – and I will shove that season up down your throats, just like I had to have Fringe shoved down mind.

    Have a nice day!

  • dsm

    Fringe ratings look AMAZING compared to FOX’s Friday night dreck now!

  • pink

    Kavyn..Micheal & Nikita were never this boring on the original show and the only time they were a “couple” was when they were working undercover together and they were role playing BUT they DID have ALOT of very “mature Audiences only” sex scenes and ALOT of nudity and alot of those times they had sex was because they were ordered to by their bosses.Plus the few times they did get together as a couple they would split up because of MichealAnd Micheal did not even say the words “I Love You” to Nikita until the very last episode of the show..Plus Micheal was the complete opposite of this new Micheal.Another thing about this show that i hate is all of their villians are weak compared to the villians on the original show.I mean Amanda & Percy would have been eaten alive by Operations & Madeline (LFN’s version of Amanda & Percy).I mean this show is really boring compared to LFN.

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