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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  • Norma


    Dixie and Beast would do worse or the same as Nikita on a friday when looking at the ratings they get on the weekdays and are also both younger shows than Nikita.

  • Remote Patrolled


    Of course ‘blacked out’ is an offensive phrase – just as ‘gayed out’ is an offensive phrase – I was comparing the two to make a point

    And you’re really not getting that point – on any level!

  • forg

    People just love to pick on The Big Bang Theory when their favorite ‘edgy” sitcoms fail in the ratings. Sorry guys it’s not TBBT’s fault that your favorite comedies are not doing well. People have different taste so deal with it. I do get why people hate TBBT but it is so silly it has now become the punching bag when so-called ‘smarter sitcoms” flop.

  • Carm

    there needs to be a better way to rate these shows!!
    Most people go out on Fridays, therefore they do not watch live TV. So you can’t rate these shows. Grimm, Last Man Standing, Shark Tank and Blue Bloods are awesome shows!!!

  • dan

    cant wait for season 2 of malibu!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

  • Rollie Dethloff

    @ Carm

    Sure lots of people go out on Fridays, but the ratings should be reported

  • Patrick Gillease

    RIP “Happy Endings.” It was nice knowing you. Sorry your network killed you, like the rest of their shows. Here’s hoping TBS picks you up, too!

  • Kavyn

    @forg Can’t hate a guy for bringing up how horrible the writing on TBBT is… Well I guess you could if it was your favourite show. ;)

    HE is dead, it’s pretty obvious based on the ratings. It’s unfortunate, but it’s basically fact at this point. I don’t really see TBS buying HE either. I’m sure TBBT will be around until Sheldon and Leonard are trying to figure out how to teleport diarrhea from their butts straight to the toilet, laugh track and all.

  • Wright

    Fox should bring Fringe back. Hopefully Grimm adjusts up…it’s a great show. Glad to see Nikita steady.

  • Nick

    @Patrick Gillease

    RIP “Happy Endings.” It was nice knowing you. Sorry your network killed you, like the rest of their shows.

    Oh, don’t give me that BS. Giving a show the timeslot behind its highest-rated comedy for two seasons is not the kiss of death.

  • Jon

    Why would a network pay the syndication rights to a show that can’t even get descent ratings the first time around. I finally did watch a couple of episodes of Nikita. All I can say is while it’s not the worst show in the world, it isn’t really compelling enough to watch again. I guess this must be the general consensus from most people. There are only so many viewing hours in a week, and some things just don’t make the grade.

  • Jon

    @Dan…..you are going to get another season of Malibu. As pathetic as the sitcom ratings for ABC have been, they are bound to renew something. I would come back with Reba and a whole new cast, but that’s just me. Outside of her and Lilly Tomlin the rest of the cast just sucks, and I bailed on the show right before Christmas.

  • anotherhour

    Um- WHY is Happy Endings on Friday? That’s my demographic and we’re usually going out at that time, Can’t they put it back to Wednesday after Modern Family? Suburagorty is for kids, Dancing With the “Has-Beens” is for geezers move them to fridays!

  • ZmaX

    @Jon which episodes did you watch?

    The new episodes that are currently airing or from the beginning of the series?

  • scifi

    So Grimm will be adjusted up because of half-hours.

  • Richard Steven Hack

    Norma: “Dixie and Beast would do worse or the same as Nikita on a friday when looking at the ratings they get on the weekdays and are also both younger shows than Nikita.”

    That’s what I said. I said they POSSIBLY could do better – but it’s unlikely.

  • Richard Steven Hack

    Jon: “Why would a network pay the syndication rights to a show that can’t even get descent ratings the first time around.”

    You misunderstand. The NETWORK does not pay for syndication rights. The STUDIO does the syndication. As long as the studio offers the network a low enough license fee, it stays on the air until the studio has enough episodes to syndicate it (or in some cases, sells the syndication rights for a very successful show even before it has enough episodes.)

    In addition to that fact, syndication airings ratings are unrelated to first run airings ratings. A show may or may not do well in syndication regardless of its first run ratings. Of course, if the show is utter garbage, presumably it’s not worth trying to syndicate it and therefore it won’t get there. Most shows don’t. But a show that makes it through two seasons is probably good enough to try for syndication, at least if the studio thinks so. Then, while the studio would like season three and four ratings to be good, it’s not so relevant.

    The studio decides on whether a show has syndication potential, based on the history of their portfolio of previously syndicated shows and how well the show did in international sales during first run and how well the show did in local airings during first run. We probably will never know the actual reasons a show gets syndicated.

    Presumably since Nikita was renewed despite low ratings, WB thinks it can do adequately in syndication.

  • omabin


    MC is not my type of show at all in theory, but I find myself liking it very much as well and sticking with it. I wouldn’t say to cut the whole cast. Sarah Rue is okay and I like the kids, especially the boy, he cracks me up with his silliness. I do think Joffrey doesn’t have to be a regular though, and they would be wise to introduce a strong male character in there for Reba to go against. Either that or turn Sarah Rue in that character, but I think the former is better.

  • John

    Why are you talking about ratings like Nikita is a hit “Richard Steven Hack”. It`s not. The show has only survived by luck and nothing else.
    I guess that you are in to asian girls or something because the show isn`t that great. I have watched about 20 episodes.

    It`s not like it`s making 1.8 just 0,4…more 0,3 but still

  • Rollie Dethloff

    I agree with the cast changes for MC. Making Jai Rodrigueiz a recurring cast member sounds like a good idea, and a male lead actor besides the boy is needed

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