TV Ratings Friday: 'Happy Endings' Flounders, 'Grimm' Dips & 'Nikita' Flat

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March 30th, 2013


Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 1.9/6 1.3/4 1.0/3 0.7/2 0.3/1
Total Viewers (million) 6.398 4.885 3.988 2.494 0.947

Due to the nature of live  programming the ratings for CBS (NCAA Basketball tournament) are approximate and subject to more than the typical adjustments in the final numbers. See below for more information on these Fast Affiliate Ratings.

CBS was number one in adults 18-49 and with total viewers.

On ABC, a double shot of Happy Endings earned a 0.9 at 8PM and a 0.7 at 8:30, both down from the 1.2 and 1.3 their last originals earned back in January. Your predictions were too optimistic. A new Shark Tank earned a 1.7, down three tenths from its last original's 2.0 adults 18-49 rating.  20/20 earned a 1.4, down two tenths from last week's 1.6 adults 18-49 rating.

On CBS,  the NCAA Basketball Tournament averaged a 1.9 preliminary adults 18-49 rating.

On NBC Fashion Star scored a 0.8, up a tenth from last week's 0.7  adults 18-49 rating.  Grimm scored a 1.3, down a tenth from last week's 1.4 adults 18-49 rating. Rock Center was even with last week's 0.8 among adults 18-49.

On Fox, Touch earned a 0.5, down two tenths from last week's 0.7 adults 18-49 rating.

On the CW, Nikita was even with its last original's  0.4.  Cult was also flat with last week's 0.2 adults 18-49 rating.

Overnight broadcast primetime ratings for Friday, March 29, 2013

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00 PM CBS NCAA Basketball Tournament (8-11PM) 1.9 6 6.40
ABC Happy Endings 0.9 3 3.10
FOX Kitchen Nightmares -R 0.9 3 2.58
NBC Fashion Star 0.8 3 3.03
CW Nikita 0.4 1 1.29
8:30PM ABC Happy Endings 0.7 3 2.38
9:00 PM ABC Shark Tank 1.7 5 5.98
NBC Grimm 1.3 4 4.78
FOX Touch 0.5 2 2.41
CW Cult 0.2 1 0.61
10:00 PM ABC 20/20 1.4 4 5.93
NBC Rock Center 0.8 3 4.160


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," 1.7/5 with an encore delayed by basketball; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 2.2/5.
  • In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 Wednesday results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 0.7/3; "Late Show," 0.5/3 with an encore delayed by basketball; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.7/3.
  • From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET Wednesday night, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 1.3/4 in metered-market households and a 0.4/2 in 18-49 in the Local People Meters.
  • From 12:35-1:35 a.m. ET, "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.5/7 in metered-market households) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (0.9/3 with an encore delayed by basketball).  In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.6/3 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.3/2 with an encore delayed by basketball).
  • At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 1.0/4 in metered-market households and a 0.4/3 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

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  • Melissa

    Half-hours per Marc Berman

    NCAA Basketball – 1.6/2.1/1.9/1.3/2.4/2.3
    Fashion Star – 0.7/0.8
    Kitchen Nightmares (R) – 0.9/0.9
    Nikita – 0.4/0.4

    Shark Tank – 1.6/1.8
    Grimm – 1.3/1.4
    Touch – 0.6/0.5
    Cult – 0.2/0.2

    20/20 – 1.5/1.4
    Rock Center – 0.9/0.7

  • Marc

    Say hello to very quick renewals for both LMS and Malibu Country. I guessed between .7 – .9 and Happy Endings got one of each. Not good that viewers left in droves after the first episode. I also think this is worse than the LMS and MC repeats were doing (double ouch). Shark tank was only down slightly from it’s season average, but not a season low. Most of the shows were down, but not by more than .2 off their season averages. Not even TBS will touch you.

    I also think viewers are just getting “gayed out” with TV right now. I tuned in for about 15 minutes it was all about gay this and gay that. I don’t have a problem with it, but it’s becoming an over-the-top theme with shows recently badgering us over the head…

    Kinda surprised ANYONE thought it would somehow be able to maintain or improve on it’s Tuesday numbers..

  • brandon

    God dammit happy endings!

  • Lily


  • Glue

    I feel bad for HE. Good episodes.

  • Dave

    Go NIKITA!


    Fashion star went up, not down.

  • Norma

    This is great for Nikita after being of for a week and with Easter and daylight savings

  • iMember

    Yaaay! Nikita. Last night was another great episode. I can see it being renewed at this point for one last season and syndication.

    I hope Grimm adjusted up. I can definitely see it rising for next week’s episode. Juliette should finally be getting her memory back which means she’ll finally know Nick’s secret, hopefully this time for good. Last night’s episode was great.

  • Noel

    Good for Nikita, doing better than Carrie now, bad for Carrie. I wish Nikita would go more up but this is still good. Ouch for Happy endings, specially the second episode they aired.

  • forg

    As expected for HE. At least Shark Tank was not as hurt as badly and a full tenth rise from 8:30.

    Touch’s 0.5 = Lowest rating for original ep of a scripted series on FOX?

  • AJ

    I hope TBS or FXX picks up Happy Endings.

  • Shay

    It’s funny how. Every other cw shows are getting affected by day light saving but nikita ,SPN. Remain the sme as the others go down including TVD

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  • forg

    full point rise* not full tenth

  • D Max

    Also, no basketball excuses for HE. LMS scored a 1.4 and MC a 1.2 when they faced the Cotton Bowl which got a 3.5 in early January. And the last LMS rerun was a .9 and the last MC rereun was a .8.

  • Olka

    Good that Nikita didn’t adjust down.
    Next week 0.5 or even higher please.

  • AJ

    BTW i heard that Casey Wilson will guest star in the season finale of How I Met Your Mother which I find ironic since some critics called Happy Endings ‘How I Met Your Mother with a brain’.

  • Justin121

    Actually 3 million on a Friday isn’t so bad, compared to NBC’s Thursday comedies.

    Bye bye Touch.

    Sandwitching Grimm between Rock Center and Fashion Star…

  • rob60990

    Happy Endings did terrible but who can be surprised? honestly if I were ABC I wouldnt even bother to pull it. Fans have been jerked around enough and it didnt bring Shark Tank down that bad. Just deal with it for 4 more weeks.

  • Lane

    I think Happy Endings just took a bullet for Malibu Country.

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