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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  • kbmv

    Why are there male Nikita fans? Makes no sense. Kinda fruity.

  • Douglas from Brazil

    It’s because was holiday last night that ratings are down.

  • Bryan

    ABC please cancel HE, you’ve done so much to save this show, all the marketing and promotion. It is time to call a spade a spade. America doesn’t find the show funny and don’t want to watch it. The jokes are tired, repetitive and downright silly. Focus on trying to create a show like The Walking Dead. Now that’s a great show and the ratings back it up.

  • Melissa

    If people think that The Carrie Diaries, which pulls in the same demo as Nikita (which airs on FRIDAYS), is going to be renewed, they’re delusional.

  • JD

    Well, ABC successfully murdered their best comedy. I love how they started marketing with #savehappyendings, like it isn’t their terrible scheduling that largely is the whole problem. Idiots.

  • iMember

    @kbmv Have you ever watched an episode of Nikita? It’s a show that can appeal to a wider audience, males included. It’s not a feminine type show a la Vampire Diaries, Beauty and the Beast, and the like.

  • Shay

    Happy ending ratings are well deserved I’m sorry the actors and characters are not likeable there’s something so irritating about this show .they try to hard to be funny .

  • Ted Craig

    Cougar Town was getting about the same ratings on ABC that it is getting now on TBS. If that holds true for HE, TBS probably won’t be interested.

  • John A

    Wow At Touch. Good for Shark Tank. Lol at HE.

  • r0ckmypants

    @Marc – Funny how when something is “gay” it is “badgering you over the head” (whatever that means), but the rest of the time, when things are “straight,” it’s just… normal.

    Perhaps the problem is with you, not the programming.

  • Remote Patrolled

    @Marc – re being ‘gayed out’

    Try replacing ‘gayed out’ with ‘blacked out’ – do people ever complain about this when Greys / Scandal / New Girl feature black characters or storylines

    I do admit that sometimes a show like New Normal can be over-preachy – but as a gay man I promise you that I’m bombarded with straight storylines / characters / ads 99.99% of the time – so a little balance is fair enough, finally!

  • Marc

    Always blame the scheduling. If you are up against the Super Bowl, complain. But ABC tried them everywhere. If people wanted to watch it, they would. The Neighbors and Suburgatory would have equal fates, though.

  • Densino

    TBS won’t touch FLOPPY ENDINGS


  • forg

    I hope ABC airs all episodes of HE since Shark Tank ratings are not affected big time

  • Dan

    I’m sure ABC will definitely try to shop it to TBS and I hear its less expensive then Cougar Town. Maybe TBS will consider it, especially for syndication options.

  • Shay

    @mellissa Nikita is in it’s 3rd season as where TCD is in it’s. 1st season nikita only needs 22 more episodes for syndication where TCD needs 75 and is already under 1 million viewers ,TCD is getting the boot over nikita .

  • Joe


    I agree with the “gated out” theme of current TV, most who are straight don’t care to view it…live your life like you want but stop shoving it down are throats…you want low ratings, make it so niche that ppl will not watch

    HE is doomed, the fall at the 1/2 hurt SharkTank…ABC would be foolish to keep it

  • Dan

    @Forg – While ABC will probably cancel Happy Endings, its highly unlikely that they will pull the series. It has 4 weeks left, they may as well burn through the order. Same with low rated Red Widow.

  • Marc

    Hah. Shocked people are offended. (Not really.) My point is I’d rather see gay storylines integrated into shows without the constant pity parties or 100% victimization of evviiilll bullies and christians and straight intolerant people. The gay storylines are not relatable or realistic to people who actually are gay or have gay friends and family members. So, grow up and stop being so offended with everything.

  • merrranga

    “called Happy Endings ‘How I Met Your Mother with a brain’.”

    if that’s what it means to have a brain, then i don’t want one.

    is ‘the brain’ the part where all the characters are awful, unlikeable people?

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