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.


Rating: Estimated percentage of the universe of TV households (or other specified group) tuned to a program in the average minute. Ratings are expressed as a percent.  More information on ratings is available here.

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.

Time Shifted Viewing – Program ratings for national sources are produced in three streams of data – Live, Live+Same Day (Live+SD) and Live+7 Day. Time shifted figures account for incremental viewing that takes place with DVRs. Live+Same Day (Live+SD) include viewing during the same broadcast day as the original telecast, with a cut-off of 3:00AM local time when meters transmit daily viewing to Nielsen for processing. Live+7 Day ratings include incremental viewing that takes place during the 7 days following a telecast.

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  • Jane Elliot

    @Kat: Take comfort in the fact that, like last year’s “hater”, the fad of using “flop” in every other post will eventually pass. Eventually. *sigh*

  • disney rocks

    CBS 12-13 schedule-

    Sunday- 60 Minutes
    8- TAR/Survivior
    9- Hawaii Five-0


    8- HIMYM (Final season!)
    830- M&M
    9- 2bg
    930- mom (new sitcom)
    10- CSI


    8- NCIS
    9- NCIS:LA Spin-off (NEW)
    10- POI


    8- NCIS:LA
    9- NEW DRAMA
    10- CM


    8- TBBT
    830- NEW sitcom
    9- 2.5 men
    9:30- ROE (Final full season!)
    10- Elementary


    8- Survivor/TAR
    9- TM
    10- BB


    Two dramas on Fall schedule for sure. Spaces for new dramas later- TGW in midseason timeslot; Fridays at 10; Take Elementary off at 10 thurs january-march. So, order 4 dramas and 2-3 on fall sched.

    Sitcoms- 2 new sitcoms; ROE and M&M are spots for a third in JAN-MARCH.

    TGW final season, ROE final season and HIMYM.

    Lots of time changes.

    Canned- CSI:NY, Golden Boy, Vegas

  • POI


  • Hi

    @TSC’s Revenge

    Grimm has better ratings than the almost all NBC’s shows, and, “thanks grimm, it’s friday”. So, don’t worry.

  • Ram510

    So Nikita again see’s as .5 and CW is going to put Nikita on a random break AGAIN!!!! For a repeat of justin Timberlake?!? Wow CW. It’s crazy cause just 3 days ago it was still showing that their would be a new Nikita so it must’ve been a super late/random decision on CW’s part


    Every time Nikita is up, they kick her right back down.

    Seriously they have only aired 14 episodes to this point twy could’ve at least aired all new episodes through March and let Nikita catch up to the rest of the line up

  • Ashley

    @ Bad Wolf, good point. People should be able to express their happiness about the shows they like. I just don’t like all this stupid competition between shows, ie Scandal and Revenge or Grey’s and POI and the people arguing over it. Each show is unique in its own way so I wish people would stop creating drama. Just enjoy your shows and root for what you like.

  • Lisa

    Yaaaaay for Nikita :D

  • Scott

    CBS was pre-empted in my area last night, but not the CW.

  • Ashley

    @ Bill Gorman…we Grimm fans care how they sandwich Grimm b/c we think it’s a spectacular, unique show and know it deserves better ratings than a 1.2-1.5. If NBC wasn’t so inept, they would have done a better job in show placements and Grimm would be a huge success, IMO.

  • lll

    I know my ABC affilate showed SEC baskeball last night so that may or may not affect the ratings.

  • Phil

    I watched Touch as always, I don’t understand why people don’t like greatly written dramas such as Touch! It’s not fair!

  • Larry

    Finals are going to be all over place but for now Nikita and Cult are looking good.

  • Darkridedan

    Despite the quantity of Nielson viewers between Undecover Boss, Kitchen Nightmares and Shark Tank, Friday is a quality night for (business improvement) reality tv. I’m thankful that NBC airs Biggest Loser and the aging Apprentice on different nights so as to not dilute the audience (and overwhelm a couch potato like me!)

    I wonder if Neilson would ever supply users with dial meters like those used to determine the audience likeability (or believability) of a politicians speech or debate. Does Neilson track the sampling’s enjoyment of a particular episode or series
    currently? I know studios use these to determine what random people like. Considering that the Nielson families set the add rates and help decide the cancel/renew factor, I think it would be particularly helpful to find out what these people specifically enjoy about particular shows.

    Other than knowing that Nielson families like a program more if it’s on CBS, I don’t agree with the assumption that the quality of an episode is reflected in its quantitative ratings. If I were to make an assumption on Neilson ratings, I would say they reflect a number of people who randomly happen to be home at that time (or have enough time in the week to view off of DVR) and had enough interest to turn on a show, based on reasons that could be random. Was it the quality of the episode? How would the Nielson family make that conclusion until they viewed the episode and were counted as a viewer?

  • James

    Very good for Blue Bloods! Great to see, my favourite show.

  • Darkridedan

    *Politician’s and ad rates

  • Mike

    Good numbers for Grimm, but it would be doing better with a stronger lead in. And probably BB too,

  • Densio

    Season Low for GRIMM

    Not good

  • Peg Sims

    Love reading all of these comments. Will say Grimm and Nikita sure has faithful followers. Want to get my support on here for Malibu Country. Go, Reba!

  • Brenda Frasier

    Malibu Country is said to be the most watched new comedy. I think it will be back. Last night’s episode was one of the best, and I’ve watched them all. It is good family viewing, it’s light, it’s funny, it just needs to secure it’s audience. The cast meshes together like a real family, & this is just season 1. Hoping the numbers are adjusted up, for all the shows. There was preempting all around last night with sports.

  • Bee

    these numbers make me really scared for what sunday’s numbers will look like.

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