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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  • Lucas

    So, if it stays like that, fridays at The CW are doing better than the Mondays, kk! LOL

  • AA

    To note: I read some comments about how a basketball game was on instead of Grimm in some cities.

    That might be the reason for the drop?

  • Dahne

    This weekend for sure all celebrating and hating should be held until the finals else people look like fools.

  • Larry

    @ Brenda Frasier

    I just realized that Malibu Country’s is this season’s most watched new comedy and that’s pretty good for a comedy that started its run on a Friday in its first season. I have no doubts that ABC will bring it back the only question really is if they bring back Happy Endings or Neighbors?

  • Matt

    I still dont see what is bad with these LMS and MC ratings. Let’s break this down.

    First, they are shows on ABC, a struggling network for the past 6 years.

    Second, they are comedies on ABC, a struggling comedy network that only has 1 major comedy hit, Modern Family, and 3 other somewhat successful comedies, The Neighbors, The Middle, and Suburgatory, all only on ONE comedy night.

    Third, they are FRIDAY shows. Friday is the place where shunned TV shows go for burnoffs, same with Saturday also.

    Fourth, they are FRIDAY shows in the 8PM FRIDAY DEATH SLOT.

    Fifth, they are FRIDAY shows on ABC.

    Sixth, they are scripted FRIDAYS shows on ABC. ABC has always had trouble with scripted comedies and dramas, especially on FRIDAYS, which is why they have stuck with basic reality/news programming such as 20/20, Shark Tank, and Primetime.

    Finally, these shows do GREAT in viewers on FRIDAY. What comedies get more than 6 million viewers on an average basis on Friday on ABC? ABC’s last trip with TGIF Comedy Block, comedies like Hope&Faith averaged 3-4 million and were DOA from the start. These shows have showed they can stick around for awhile. The Premiere of MC received over 9 million viewers and a 2.3, better than CBS’s landmark FRIDAY procedural’s Blue Bloods and CSI: NY premieres. Even though low 1’s in the demo usually call for cancellation, on FRIDAY that is average and so is 5-7 million viewers, which is pretty valuable for FRIDAY shows, especially scripted.

  • Linda E.

    Not that it means anything, but Hawaii Five-0 had the highest number of viewers at 9pm with a rerun. It is one of the best episodes. The show is
    repeating well this season.

  • Jaime04

    Wow, the highest rated show was a 1.7?

  • Michael

    Wow, Nikita against the odds has increased this week? Lol.

  • Douglas from Brazil

    Grimm season/series low against a Shark Tank repeat is awful,I don’t like.

  • Larry

    @ Matt

    There’s nothing wrong with the ABC comedy ratings all people need to do is see how the other comedies excluding Middle and MF on the network are performing and they’ll get their answer.

  • Mike

    @Linda E
    But H50 R was too the one with the strongest lead in in total viewers.
    And Shark Tank R and Grimm gained demo and total viewers after the lead in. H50 R didn’t.
    H50 repeats r weaker than the other CBS repeats.

  • JR35

    That 1.0 does not look good on Malibu- maybe it will be adjusted up in the finals?

  • Nick

    These ratings are strange.

  • mary sims

    Seasons #1 watched comedy. Way to go, Malibu Country. I an waiting for a second season. It will have its storyline kicked up a bit now that it has laid its groundwork. Some of the favorite shows have lower ratings, but a lot of support.Do you really think ABC is going to drop Malibu Country without giving it a second chance? I do not think so.

  • Mon

    8:00PM H/P 25.6
    8:30PM H/P 28.1
    9:00PM H/P 29.8
    9:30PM H/P 31.3
    10:00PM H/P 31.4
    10:30PM H/P 31.0

    Looks like all were lower than Monday-Thursday and Sunday 8pm. Heck, maybe even lower than Sunday 7pm.

  • Densio


  • rob60990

    Horrible for MC. It does not deserve a 2nd season. Shark Tank repeats are just amazing. Where are the syndication deals?

    Ok for Grimm. Rock Center has got to go and FS needs to move to Saturday.

    I dont believe BB rated that high so will wait for finals.

    Still shocking FOX gave Touch a 2nd season. What a waste.

  • Billy

    DST is here. Get ready for lower numbers, especially for 8:00 shows, through the spring.

  • Justin121

    Horrible night all around.

    NBC needs shows other than Grimm.

    ABC needs 2-hour TGIF block. Move Shark Tank to Thursday or Tuesday.

    CBS Good Wife-Blue Bloods double bill could hit.

    FOX meh.

    CW meh.

  • Nikki

    Well Nikita didnt have much room to go down anymore so i guess going up a little was pretty much a given. But it will be adjusted down just like it is every week. This show is so dead.. its really pathetic the CW bothered to keep it on.

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