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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  • Data

    @Densio: What is you Point exactly? And enough with the flop-puns finally – it’s getting old.

  • Tom

    @Marc – Seriously? “Gayed” out? I’m sorry that in 3 out of 50 network shows there are gay people who once every 20 episodes get some significant screen time. If anyone should be tired of something it’s me. I’m “straighted” out but you usually don’t hear me about that…..

    Now, back to what I come to this site for: ratings. Yikes at Touch almost being beaten by Nikita. I’d be stunned if Fox aired the remaining episodes. Repeats of The Following on Saturday do better than this.

    Sad to see Happy Endings go so low. Never watched it myself but all my friends love it. I doubt even Sony can perform a miracle with these ratings. I suppose I should be happy tho because HE’s failure makes Malibu Country’s ratings look a lot better.

    Nikita seems to be stable which is good. I no longer like it as much as in the first 2 seasons but it’s still very entertainable and I would love a season 4.

  • TV Gord

    Fast-paced dialogue does not equal funny. I’ve never understood the wild praising for Happy Endings on the message boards (the show always seemed to be trying too hard, to me). It seems a good number of those fanatical worshippers couldn’t be bothered to follow it to its new night.

  • Melissa


    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 .

    Did you read my comment? My point was that The Carrie Diaries is definitely going to be cancelled.

  • tobes

    Happy endings is DOA

  • were123

    wow, Touch is getting bad ratings EVEN for the CW! Beauty & the Beast topped it! That’s really sad.
    I’m also sad for Happy Endings :(, it’s such a good show, it should rate higher!

  • Shay

    @mellisa my bad sorry mis read .

  • rob60990

    Why is Touch even still airing? Who is Kiefer sleeping with?

  • Greg

    Hopefully ABC will air the remaining episodes of Happy Endings. There’s enough for just 4 more weeks anyway.

  • Chris

    AJ, don’t know what you’re smoking, but FX and TBS will not be saving HE. It wouldn’t make any sense. Also, how HIMYM is doing great, even without the brain.

  • antonio

    I don’t get it ……Grimm got 1.3 will be renewed meanwhile Medium used to get like 1.5 but got cancelled. WTF is NBC thinking ??

  • disney rocks

    Really- ABC has messed up big time! Last year (2011-2012) when Modern Family was at its peak, the lead-out spot should not have been wasted on HE and A23 which are uncompatible and not widely appealing. HE should have never seen a season 2 and neither should A23. ABC had their chance last year to launch Suburgatory in that slot, i think it took too long to get it in that slot. AWFUL scheduling!

  • PJM

    Well, ABC will get its wish and Happy Endings will be cancelled and they can blame the ratings. Never mind that younger people (other than sci-fi fanatics) watch TV on Friday nights, as evidenced by 20/20 and Rock Center pulling 6 and 4 million viewers, respectively.

  • BigBrotherFan


    I generally get a kick out of all the “FLOP” names but dude, please lay off HAPPY ENDINGS! It’s overkill on that one

    ABC can suck my………middle finger! I hate that network.
    1. Pulled of the sched. of well over two months NO PROMOTION at all


    What in the heck makes ABC think that people who like this show WOULD EVER be home on a friday night? I’m sure the .8 it had was thanks to the 40-something-year olds or 30-somethings THAT have to stay home with their kids on good friday.. but US 20-SOMETHINGS are partying on friday nights!!! ABC is trying to KILL HAPPY ENDINGS, really..THIS SHOW HAS NO BUSINESS ON A FRIDAY when it’s biggest most loyal fans (i assume ages 20-35) are out!!!! I HATE YOU ABC YOU SUCK! SCREWING WITH NASHVILLE, KILLED REVENGE AND NOW THIS! AGHHHHHHH!

    I hope youre okay with your precious SCANDAL.

  • DM

    @Justin121 actually 2 million on a Friday is pretty terrible considering LMS got 6 million in the same time slot.

  • dan

    Good for Nikita looks like it will stay a 0.4 in the finals.

    And terrible for HE. Shame cause its really a good show.

  • BigBrotherFan

    disney rocks

    You’re joking, right?

  • forg

    Much as ABC’s scheduling had been awful this year, they tried their best with Happy Endings as they really liked it, It got a somehow surprising second season renewal (I thought Better With You back then had more potential to grow especially the ratings rise it had on its finale) and then it got a post-Modern Family slot instead of a new show. I think it was mistake that ABC thought the show was strong enough to start a new Tuesday comedy block but the move was promoted very well (every TV related site I visit I was bombarded with Happy Endings-Apt 23 season premiere ads)and it did premiere to 1.9 but they can’t even hold on to that and fell even further.

    I love the show and I do hope Sony will work its magic yet again and find a way to get another season elsewhere

  • disney rocks

    @anotonio- Yeah NBC screwed up cancelling Medium. Like they thought they were too good for it and that they were gonna have success with pilots? Come on, NBC! Stop fooling around! Medium was a stable drama for them and was always good to them. IDIOTS!

  • r0ckmypants

    @Marc – “The gay storylines are not relatable or realistic to people who actually are gay or have gay friends and family members.”

    So you’re a straight man speaking on behalf of every gay person in the country about every gay storyline on every show?

    “So, grow up and stop being so offended with everything.”

    Seems like you’re the one who’s offended. I just found your statement ignorant. There’s a difference.

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