TV Ratings Friday: 'Touch', 'Grimm' and 'Last Man Standing' Down + 'Nikita' & 'Blue Bloods' Rise

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March 16th, 2013


Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 1.4/5 1.4/5 1.0/3 0.8/3 0.4/1
Total Viewers (million) 7.960 5.753 3.618 2.727 1.148

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

Please Note: On the first Friday of Daylight Saving Time, overall Adult 18-49 TV usage was down -5% on the night, with even sharper declines from 7-8pm (-8%) and from 9-10pm (-6%). Plus, while we haven't received any specific information, there were likely plenty of local pre-emptions for college basketball last night. Adjustments in the final ratings are likely to be more significant than usual.

On ABC, Last Man  Standing earned a 1.3, down two tenths from last week's 1.5 adults 18-49 rating. Malibu Country garnered a 1.0, down three tenths from last week's 1.3 adults 18-49 rating. 20/20 earned a 1.4, down two tenths after last week's 1.6 adults 18-49 rating.

On CBS,  Blue Bloods garnered a 1.7, up three tenths from last week's 1.4 among adults 18-49.

On NBC Fashion Star was even with last week's 0.8 adults 18-49 rating.  Grimm scored a 1.4, down a tenth from last week's  1.5 adults 18-49 rating.   Rock Center garnered a 0.7, down two tenths from last week's 0.9 among adults 18-49.

On Fox, Kitchen Nightmares earned a 1.1, down a tenth from last week's 1.2, and Touch earned a 0.6, down a tenth from last week's  0.7 rating.

On the CW, Nikita earned a 0.5  adults 18-49 rating up two tenths from last week’s 0.3. Cult scored a 0.3, up a tenth from last week's 0.2 among adults 18-49.

Overnight broadcast primetime ratings for Friday, March 15, 2013

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00 PM ABC Last Man Standing 1.3 5 6.40
CBS Undercover Boss -R 1.3 5 6.50
FOX Kitchen Nightmares 1.1 4 3.06
NBC Fashion Star 0.8 3 2.96
CW Nikita 0.5 2 1.45
8:30PM ABC Malibu Country 1.0 4 5.52
9:00 PM ABC Shark Tank -R 1.6 5 5.60
NBC Grimm 1.4 5 4.88
CBS Hawaii Five-O -R 1.1 4 6.37
FOX Touch 0.6 2 2.39
CW Cult 0.3 1 0.85
10:00 PM CBS Blue Bloods 1.7 5 11.01
ABC 20/20 1.4 5 5.70
NBC Rock Center 0.7 2 3.01


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," 2.5/6; CBS's "Late Show with David
Letterman," 2.5/6; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.9/5 with an

*	In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49
Wednesday results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 0.8/4; "Late
Show," 0.5/2; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.8/3 with an encore.  

*	From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET Wednesday night, ABC's "Nightline"
averaged a 1.2/4 in metered-market households and a 0.5/2 in 18-49 in
the Local People Meters.

*	From 12:35-1:35 a.m. ET, "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.6/5
in metered-market households) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig
Ferguson" (1.3/4).  In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late
Night" (0.7/4 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.4/3).

*	The 0.7 for Jimmy Fallon is his highest Friday rating in the
Local People Meters in 10 weeks, since January 4 (0.7), and equals the
top "Late Night" Friday result since July 20, 2012 (0.9), the night of
the London Olympics Opening Ceremony.  Friday's guests included Justin
Timberlake and Hayden Panettiere and Timberlake was also the musical

*	At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.9/3 in
metered-market households with an encore and a 0.5/3 in adults 18-49
in the 25 markets with local people meters.

*	The 0.5 for Carson Daly is his highest Friday rating in the
Local People Meters in 13 months, since February 3, 2012 (0.5).

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

NOTE: All ratings are "live plus same day" from Nielsen Media Research unless otherwise indicated.


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Share (of Audience): The percent of households (or persons) using television who are tuned to a specific program, station or network in a specific area at a specific time. (See also, Rating, which represents tuning or viewing as a percent of the entire population being measured.)

Fast Affiliate Ratings: These first national ratings, including demographics, are available at approximately 11 AM (ET) the day after telecast, and are released to subscribing customers daily. These data, from the National People Meter sample, are strictly time-period information, based on the normal broadcast network feed, and include all programming on the affiliated stations, sometimes including network programming, sometimes not. The figures may include stations that did not air the entire network feed, as well as local news breaks or cutaways for local coverage or other programming. Fast Affiliate ratings are not as useful for live programs and are likely to differ significantly from the final results, because the data reflect normal broadcast feed patterns. For example, with a World Series game, Fast Affiliate Ratings would include whatever aired from 8-11PM on affiliates in the Pacific Time Zone, following the live football game, but not game coverage that begins at 5PM PT. The same would be true of Presidential debates as well as live award shows and breaking news reports.

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  • Shepherd

    I’ve always said that if Nikita could manage a .6, then there was no reason Touch couldn’t do the same. I guess Keefer just got tired of waiting for La Femme. ;-)

    I’ve no reason to think that Nikita will break .5 this season, but there’s still a chance she can beat Touch on the same night. (Assuming FOX doesn’t decide to burn off Touch).

    At least Grimm held fairly steady, although there was a lack of original competition from ABC or CBS.

  • Rebecca

    @Anthony P
    The director for the 24 movie said it’s not going forward, but they could find another director – the project is dead with HIM but if the others want the movie made TBTB could find someone else to direct.
    Thought I saw a comment here but can’t find it now (maybe it was on another site), about how Amelia’s mom in Touch is a “psychopath” – not really; she’s just a desperate mom looking for her daughter who’s been missing for 3 years (and her death faked). The psychopath is the creepy assassin who thinks he’s on a “mission from G*d” to kill these 34 special people. A mother trying to find her daughter can and will do anything in her power…I find no fault with her. I do hate seeing kids in mortal peril on TV, though, and while it doesn’t really look like anyone’s trying to kill Amelia (just do experiments with her brain, and why couldn’t the scientists just get permission from her parents to do this and not make them think she was dead….dumb story) it’s terrible to see Jake in such danger like he was last night – I have no problem with Touch ending this season, as long as it ends well for all the “good guys.” I’ll keep watching, but this season isn’t as good as season one IMO.

    Enjoyed Grimm and LMS, though.

  • Anonymous

    @bl I hope fashion star gets adjusted down. I saw that in its 8:30 portion, it lost 12% of its audience in the 18-49 rating.

  • Anthony Parello (AP076)


    I see your point about another director but the reports in the press seem to indicate there were more problems than the director.

    As to Touch ending well, I believe most if not all the episodes were filmed prior to airing (at least I know they were filming in August) with its disastrous ratings so that may not bode well for an ending let alone one that ends well for the “good guys”.

  • Anthony Parello (AP076)

    @Richard Steven Hack

    Thanks for doing the grunt work of looking up the Nikita data to put to rest the talk about how it adjusts down.

    Can I just say that your arguments would have been better to read if you chose not to use the word “retarded” as a pejorative. It really is a terrible thing for parents of those kids who may be classified as such.

    I am sure you can do better than that.

  • Ram510

    It’s funny that Blue Bloods ratings rise when it’s being aired in a sea of repeats. I find it strange that CBS didn’t just save that episode for after basketball was over

  • Alberta


  • Richard Steven Hack

    Anthony Parello (AP076): I’ve been asked before not to use words like “retarded” or “brain dead” due to people being sensitive to those situations because of their situations.

    I really can’t censor my language for reasons like that. I’m obviously not referring to anyone with a serious condition. I’m merely being insulting to people who deserve it for being stupid. Everyone just needs to hold their nose if they don’t like it.

    The problem is that Internet trolls can basically say anything insulting they want and get away with it as long as they’re even minimally clever about making it snarky rather than direct. But if you stomp on them, you get banned from the site. I’ve been banned from God knows how many sites while lames and trolls continue to spout nonsense and insult people with impunity just because the moderators tend to ignore or favor snark if it agrees with their prejudices or just because they don’t think it’s significant.

    But it is significant. You let people walk all over you on the Net, it’s the exact same thing as allowing bullies to beat up kids. Bullies need to be called on it and pay for their actions. They may never learn, but they still need to pay.

    So I just don’t care any more. If someone is stupid, I either ignore them or stomp them.

    Best answer I can give you.

  • Hoose

    For what’s it’s worth, St Louis CW was pre-emempted. Nikita was on but Cult didn’t air here until 9pm Saturday. Bet lots of ratings got scewed.

  • thensnowleopard

    Not even on the CW is a 0.6 considered great. At best, if it’s a steady average, it *may* get a show another season.

    They already tried that in season one and it didn’t work especially well. But the show is very steady on Friday nights. Contrary to what fans believe (or worry), a show is not automatically dead just because of the slot it has–especially when it overperforms in that slot the way Grimm does.

    @Richard Steven Hack
    Dude, chill out. Seven posts in a row rhymes with “spammer” and gives the opposite to your intended impression as a calm, rational poster rather than a rabid fanboy.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “Not even on the CW is a 0.6 considered great. At best, if it’s a steady average, it *may* get a show another season.”

    I’ll leave the adjectives to fans and network PR, but a CW show that can average a 0.6 rating this spring is certain to be renewed.

    The CW’s overall average for new episodes this spring is a 0.63, and networks do not cancel their average rated shows unless there are special circumstances.

    Hart of Dixie may not average a 0.6 rating and I still judge it likely to be renewed.

  • Dave


    Once again, you’re awesome! Unfortunately though, all of what you just said is irrelevant to the above posters. They literally have too much time in their hands. I rarely post a comment on here(unless its Friday) but I do read through the first few pages of the Sunday-Thursday thread to see the comments. It’s almost always the same core group that just sit there and type utter nonsense.

    Mark Wood can’t call himself “MW” is he doesn’t talk about Nikita’s stats at least once a week even though they’re irrelevant. Like we haven’t read them before!

    Rob06990 has to come here and put a ” :D ” when Nikita’s ratings are low or adjusts down. My guess, Lyndsey Fonseca probably turned him down when he asked her out ;)

    John A lives and breathes by the term Flopkita

    thesnowleopard and Brandy(haven’t seen her in a while) come here with their typical snarky comments.

    But other than that, everyone here is pretty normal. It just this core group. If I were you, don’t even waste your time. Grated, I do love to read your comments every time you give it back to them. It’s completely useless because they will be back on March 30th with the same repetitive comments.

    But it’s all good because we get new episodes of our show. And they get high blood pressure. So in the words of thesnowleopard “Chill, out”.

  • Dave


    This is probably a question for the CW index thread, but what’s your opinion on the CW bubble shows? Between BATB and Carrie, which one do you believe gets the cut?

    I agree with you that Dixie is pretty much a lock at this point.

  • Mark3

    Ya i live in st louis and no cult in friday night. The whole state if missouri couldnt watch. So ratings did get a lil screwed

  • James

    Yeah. TvByTheNumbers…where I live (Eastern North Carolina) the local ABC station had the Duke Men’s Basketball game on…even though it was also on ESPN2 I believe. That’s the ACC for you…they have a deal with ABC here. Or maybe it was UNC…whatever, there was a game on.

  • Richard Steven Hack

    Dave: Oh, yeah, I know who the Nikita haters are. Everyone else is mostly fine. Currently my only arguments are with the people who really think TCD has a shot at renewal and some of the BATB people who think it’s doing better than it is.

    Brandy used to be a pain, but she actually seems to have learned from some of my more “instructional” posts to her about how things work.

    Nice snark on your part. :-) I think Rob06990 didn’t ask Lyndsey out – I think he asked Devon Sawa out and got his butt kicked. :-)

    Yeah, it’s a waste of time, as I said before. These trolls will be back here trolling Monday with the finals, especially if Nikita does adjust down, as it well might.

    Bill: Good point on the .6. That’s kinda how I see it. These days on the CW a .6 gets you renewed, a .5 is likely cancellation – depending on what season you’re in, that is. Any show in season one with a .5 is dead as a doornail. At the end of season two, it’s a different story, at least if the studio sees syndication potential.

    thesnowleopard: I’m very chill. I’m Burke chill, if you’ve ever read Andrew Vachss. But you can count on your snark getting destroyed every time it’s posted here. Fair warning.

    First Commandment: Thou Shalt Not Suffer the Butthead – Period.

  • JakeSnake

    LMAO at Touch! They should have just given Fringe a full final season. It wouldn’t have done much better, but it would still be pulling close to 1.0 at least. I don’t even know why they’re airing Touch anymore. Reruns of Bones would probably do better at this point.

  • Sil

    Blue Bloods: Nearly double the audience of anything else on Friday night, and the highest demos of the evening, to boot.

    ’nuff said.

  • Linda E.

    @Mike: You’re a HF-0 basher. Why would I care about anything you’d write when you’re not correct, even if I could understand what you post.

  • thensnowleopard

    @Bill Gorman
    Actually, I was talking about for the whole season, as I’m pretty sure the poster I was answering was. Sure, a 0.6 average for just the spring is looking pretty good for the CW, but that’s after Gossip Girl has ended, TCD and Cult have tanked out of the gate, and Emily Owens and 90210 have been canceled. The network has fewer options now for what it chooses to cancel and most of its shows are sinking in the ratings over the course of the spring.

    A CW show going into the spring with a 0.6 average, though, could be in trouble, since it would be almost certain to sink from that. Sure, they’re all jockeying around the 0.6 number now, but if the CW does want to get rid of anything else before the fall, something in that pack is going to have to go. The only show way down whose fate isn’t already decided is Nikita and that’s allegedly safe for syndication reasons.

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