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).

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


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  • cc

    Undercover Boss was a rerun last night.

    Grimm will adjust up. One of the few watchable shows on NBC.

  • Mon

    Undercover Boss was a repeat. It was switched to repeat when Golden Boy was pulled from Friday.

  • John A

    Fox should just yank Touch. Repeats of The Following could do better.

  • Felipe Nikita


  • John A

    Weird that Blue Bloods got a season high with a repeat Lead in i meant.

  • William

    OMG!! Malibu Country… 1.0?? Interesting, the Blake Shelton episode gets a 1.4, then the following week comes a 1.3 on an out of sequence episode. Then everyone runs for the hills last night!!! ABC blew it after the Blake episode! they needed to keep the male audience from the Blake episode by catering more towards a male audience. Time is running out!!! FIRE THE WRITERS NOW!!!!!!

  • CBSviewer

    Hawaii Five-0 will move to Friday next season. It beat last week’s Golden Boy and help Blue Bloods to hit Season high.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “The bear says we should wait the final numbers”

    Sage advice.

  • Gary A

    Just a thought:
    But to a lot of those complaining about the joy others take in saying that your show will be adjusted down, perhaps if you didn’t go on in such an annoying fashion about your favorite show, then others wouldn’t be so mean in thier post?

    I get that you are passionate about your show but for others who don’t share that enthusiasm some times the things you say bring out the venom because it’s essentially fan raves. Nothing to do with the numbers and reality, sometimes.

  • Dorothy

    Does anyone know why touch has been so low this season?? Has the quality been that much down. Have they changed the direction of the show?

  • Nina Lisanmonster

    LMAO @ Beauty and the flop getting the same ratings Nikita gets. And Nikita is on a FRIDAY! Beauty and the flop needs to be axed ASAP looooool!

  • Chris

    CBS was preempted here in Knoxville for SEC Network games. However, the entire lineup did air at its regular time on the station’s digital subfeed (which is still widely available here). The Late Show with David Letterman also aired on the digital subfeed.

  • Beckstle

    I like Blue Bloods well enough, but in terms of ratings, it’s up against two news shows – it’s always going to do well. I’m not sure it would do as well against another scripted drama like Grimm – or even Touch.

  • Ashton Butcher

    Blue Bloods outside of CSI: NY hasn’t had it easy with lead-ins all season but the show has shown how strong it really is this season. I think CBS has found Hawaii Five-0 a new night on Fridays. A smart lineup would be 5-0 leading off then Blue Bloods moving up an hour then ending the night with either The Mentalist or CSI: NY.

    The ABC comedies held up a lot better than I thought they would since just like the rest of the week the 8pm shows for the most part have nose-dived this week. When I compare the Friday comedies to the Wednesday comedies only including Neighbors and Suburgatory they’re performing a lot better in comparison. MC has been real consistent with its viewership lately so the only question I have is will it move back an hour or stay next to LMS next season after they expand. I know ABC is going to start hating seeing the Friday numbers once Happy Endings takes over in a couple of weeks.

    Shark Tank is just too strong in the demo for Fridays plus its been repeating really well on Thursdays so its a better fit on that night so I’ll be interested to see how Shark Tank breaks that curse next season.

    Poor Grimm to be on an island all by itself like that with the weakest lead-in its had all season long. NBC is going to make some changes again to this night put Dateline back at 8pm and wrap the night up with Rock Center although it should’ve been Hannibal. As for Fashion Star as much of a loser that this show is I blame NBC for not putting it on Sundays or Tuesdays that was one of the worst scheduling decisions of the season.

    Stronger performance from Nikita with the Amanda and Alex stuff I had to kind of expect that but too bad that the one-week hiatus will stop that momentum. Cult performed much better this week maybe its slowly catching on with the Nikita fans we’ll have to keep an eye on that one.

  • Bad Wolf

    @Gary A

    Wow. You’re basically saying that people who express their love for their favorite show and rejoice because it doesn’t drop ACTUALLY DESERVES to be attacked ?
    So now, if one’s being too much enthusiastic about their favorite show, one deserves hate in return ?
    Interesting that you’re posting such garbage after a post featuring Nikita, even if you don’t explicitly name it (but it’s the only show fans “rave” about, so easy to figure out). Care to warn Supernatural/Arrow/Vampire Diaries/Scandal fans who regularly claim their favorite shows are the “best shows ever” and “deserve better numbers because they’re better than everything else” ?

    Come on Gary, you don’t like Nikita and you’re mad because it hasn’t crashed and burned yet. I know the feeling, I experienced it during Chuck’s two final seasons, you know, another one of those “best shows ever” (like MASH, Cheers, Friends, E.R., Frasier, The West Wing and The Good Wife, to name a few, never existed). But I’ve never would have fallen as low as telling Chuck fans to shut their mouth because their passion was getting on my nerves. Never.

  • AX

    @Dorothy, I can’t say if this is the reason why the ratings for Touch fell, but to me, the characters this season are simply too unpleasant and unsympathetic to care about. Amelia’s mother is really one of the more unpleasant characters on TV, almost a deranged psychopath, why anyone should care about her having lost her daughter is beyond me. Even Jake’s father is going from being irritating to becoming unpleasant. Why should anyone watch the show when there is no one there one would care to watch?

  • TSC’s Revenge

    I can’t believe NBC exiled one of their best show (Grimm) to Friday nights and put it behind the dreadful Fashion Star. NBC has the worst management ever!!

  • Ashley

    C’mon Grimm, adjust up! Why can’t NBC give this show a decent lead-in???? Why do they hate Grimm to give them a reality fashion show??? And then Rock Center after? It’s amazing Grimm does as well as it does!!!

    Good job, Nikita!!!

  • Becca Keener

    @rnt I heard ABC make the comment about MCountry, also. I love the show. I think it will be around for a second season. It has helped ABC viewing on Friday night and it does have a following of loyal Reba viewers. Last nights show was cute and funny and the show is family made for comedy.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “I can’t believe NBC exiled one of their best show (Grimm) to Friday nights and put it behind the dreadful Fashion Star. NBC has the worst management ever!!”

    It’s certain to be renewed. Why should fans care when it airs? (other than personal scheduling like “I party on Fridays”).

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