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


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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.

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  • disney rocks

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  • Mickey


    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.

    “By luck and nothing else”? You think studio and network execs have a wheel of fortune in their office and they spin it to decide the fate of a show?

    No, they base their decisions on whether or not they believe a show has any potential to make money. Even the TVBN experts have long been saying Nikita was kept alive due to its syndication potential. And RSH didn’t say Nikita was a hit. He said other factors might lead a studio to believe a show has syndication potential in spite of low first-run ratings. He said “Presumably since Nikita was renewed despite low ratings, WB thinks it can do adequately in syndication.”

    In the case of the CW, the network as a whole has low ratings as their viewers have fled in droves over the last few years. I could see a studio thinking a CW show hadn’t reached its potential audience because the pool of viewers is so small on the CW. Perhaps the show is doing better on non-CW channels in the international market, and perhaps they believe it could find more viewers on a healthy cable network in the States.

  • Richie Rich

    I’m a 50 yr old gay male, or what some might call straight friendly. I don’t understand why most gay characters are actually caricatures of what straight poeple think gay is. Why are there so many sissies on tv. Out of probably 100 aquaintances I have, I’d say 10-15 are feminine acting.
    Of course it doesn’t help when the news shows the gay pride parade and only focuses on the flamboyant ones.
    My neighbors have known me since 7th grade and do not understand the “gay thing”, however, they still love me like one of the family. I asked them that if homosexuality is really a sin, wouldn’t there be a commandment against it? Maybe that was on the third tablet that Moses dropped coming down from the mountain.
    Happy Easter!

  • kpinantioch

    The channel that normally carries Grimm did not do so because of a baseball game. Since this is in the SF Bay area it is a large market. At about 9:10 I found Grimm was showing on another channel. This could definitely could have affected its ratings in this market.

  • Ryne

    I was a fan of the show happy endings last year but there is no way that this show deserves a renewal this year whether tbs or someplace else. Writing has gotten worse just like the ratings have. I am sorry but it is time for this show to be out out to pasture.

  • Dan T

    Amanda, can you note that the Washington, DC ABC preempted Happy Endings for local programming and numbers may be affected due to this?

  • MichaelChickless

    Touch-ed the basement of ratings.

  • Scot

    Wow, I bet Fox wishes they hadn’t cancelled Fringe at this point, Fringe was delivering monster 1.0 ratings compared to Touch, LOL. NBC needs to do something else with Grimm, either they need to move it or it needs a better lead in, it could be getting WAY better ratings if it weren’t sandwiched between 2 pieces of junk that can’t even muster higher than .9’s!

  • pete5125

    Yes but Fox kept Keither Southerland in their grasp one more season

  • William

    What i didn’t like about Happy Endings was these were grown adults & they acted like 17 & 18 year olds with no sense.

  • Rollie Dethloff

    @ Johnny

    I like your schedule, except for one part. Switch Go On and Whitney. If ABC keeps LMS and MC on Fridays in the 8:00 hour, Go On can compete with LMS, and Whitney can compete with MC.

  • thedemoisdum

    So sick of the ratings only counting for the STUPID Demo. I guess you just stop watching TV on your 50th birthday even though you have more money to spend then ever

  • jude

    Cmon ABC, On Easter weekend, you expect HE to do great numbers. Hold the episodes until that stinker How to Live with your mother airs with lousy numbers and then put it back where it belongs, Wed 9:30

  • Martine

    Total viewers makes zero importance anyhow. The only important number is the 18 to 49.

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