TV Ratings Friday:'Happy Endings' & 'Shark Tank' Rise, 'Grimm' Up, 'Vegas' Sinks & 'Nikita' Down

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April 6th, 2013

Grimm April 5

Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 1.6/6 1.3/5 0.9/3 0.6/2 0.2/1
Total Viewers (million) 5.177 8.937 3.670 2.285 0.924

ABC was number one in adults 18-49 while was CBS was on top with total viewers.

On ABC, Happy Endings earned a 1.1 adults 18-49 rating at 8PM up 22 percent from last week’s 0.9. A second episode at 8:30 scored a 1.0 up 43 percent from last week’s  0.7 Shark Tank garnered a 2.1, up 22 percent from last week's 1.8 adults 18-49 rating.  20/20 earned a 1.8 up 29 percent from last week's 1.4 adults 18-49 rating.

On CBS, Undercover Boss earned a 1.6 adults 18-49 rating up 14 percent from a 1.4 on March 8. The timeslot premiere of Vegas garnered a 0.9 adults 18-49 rating down 40 percent from a 1.5 on February 21. Your predictions were far too optimistic. Blue Bloods scored a 1.4 adults 18-49 rating even with its most recent new episode on March 15.

On NBC Fashion Star scored a 0.6 down 14 percent from last week's 0.7 adults 18-49 rating.  Grimm earned a1.5 up 7 percent from last week's 1.4 adults 18-49 rating. Rock Center garnered a 0.7 down 13 percent from last week's 0.8 among adults 18-49.

On Fox, Touch earned a 0.6 up 20 percent from last week's 0.5 adults 18-49 rating.

On the CW, Nikita earned a 0.3 down 25 percent from last week's  0.4 adults 18-49 rating. Cult scored a 0.2 up 100 percent from last week's 0.1 adults 18-49 rating.

Overnight broadcast primetime ratings for Friday, April 5, 2013

Time  Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
8:00 CBS Undercover Boss 1.6/6 8.45
ABC Happy Endings 1.1/4 3.30
FOX Kitchen Nightmares - R 0.7/3 2.17
NBC Fashion Star 0.6/2 2.58
CW Nikita 0.3/1 1.26
8:30 ABC Happy Endings 1.0/4 2.67
9:00 ABC Shark Tank 2.1/7 6.77
NBC Grimm 1.5/5 4.96
CBS Vegas 0.9/3 7.59
FOX Touch 0.6/2 2.40
CW Cult 0.2/1 0.59
10:00 ABC 20/20 1.8/6 5.78
CBS Blue Bloods 1.4/5 10.77
NBC Rock Center 0.7/2 3.48


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," 2.6/6; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 2.3/6.
  • In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 Wednesday results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 0.6/3; "Late Show," 0.6/3; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.9/4.
  • From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET Wednesday night, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 1.5/5 in metered-market households and a 0.6/3 in 18-49 in the Local People Meters.
  • From 12:35-1:35 a.m. ET, "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.6/5 in metered-market households) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.2/4 with an encore). 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).
  • At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.9/3 in metered-market households and a 0.3/2 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.


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  • Jon

    Why would the USA network take on Happy Endings? It doesn’t fit it’s model of programming in any way.

  • alvar

    Sorry Happy Endings fans, your show is still getting cancelled.

  • alvar

    or should I say FLOPPY ENDINGS

  • Picky

    If Nikita’s mind gets hacked by Amanda, I am out: maybe the show should be called Amanda.

  • Richard Steven Hack

    Gary A: “And I get the 4 year syndication idea but in Nikita’s case, is it a good business decision for the CW?”

    The CW is owned by WBTV and CBSStudios. As long as it’s a good deal for THEM, meaning syndication, it will get a fourth season. And they clearly think it is because they DID renew it for a third season. The show, at least in season one, was also a major hit in France, apparently.

    “In the case of Nikita, I think if it makes it a fourth season, it will be it’s end.”

    Pretty clear that’s the game plan – unless WBTV wants 100 episodes instead of 88. I think that’s doubtful.

    “What is your take on other shows that are entering their fourth season? M&M? BOP?”

    Body of Proof is no where near syndication. It will only have 42 episodes in the can at the end of this season. It needs another two full 22-episode seasons to get to syndication and than two MORE episodes. No way it ever gets syndicated. Its ratings are relatively low and this season’s quality has been, well, bizarre.

  • Richard Steven Hack

    I like Bree Turner, too. Grimm is the first thing I’ve seen her in.

    Re Agents of SHIELD: I think Clark Gregg is not the guy to be heading that show. He’s a cool actor and should be on the show, but he’s not leading man material. I also notice they’re tossing in several female agents, evidently going for the stroke aspect. Also, the comic was mostly about Nick Fury – without him, a SHIELD show looks pretty barren. I’ve got a bad feeling about this – maybe another Dollhouse in the making….If they don’t do this right, I suspect it will debut high, then collapse. I wonder just how much input Joss is having with this show, given he’s working on the next Avengers movie.

  • Fred

    Rare to see a 0.9 on CBS.
    Just as rare to see an NBC scripted show win over CBS.

  • Frank Lee Reed

    Touch is such a great show because it has connections and numbers. Though the ratings aren’t as high as other shows – it has a good following.

  • Fred

    A 2.1 for a cheap Friday unscripted show like Shark Tank is perhaps the best scenario for a major network at this time.
    Helps make up for the many scripted lo$ers throughout the week.

  • Grey

    Wow. Goodbye Vegas, it was nice while it lasted. Hoprfully it won’t end on a cliff-hanger.

  • Alex

    Noooo Nikita!!!! Don’t go down. That episode was brilliant. Hopefully next week the ratings will go up again.

  • thesnowleopard

    Yeah, that’s my fear, too. Don’t go there, writers. Give us a complete story, even if it’s only 22 episodes long.

  • Aeiouy

    Is shark tank out doing celebrity apprentice? I would love for Cuban to be outdoing trump

  • Anthony Parello (AP076)

    Posted April 6, 2013 at 6:26 PM
    “Why would the USA network take on Happy Endings? It doesn’t fit it’s model of programming in any way.”

    USA will very much be getting into the sitcom business with their purchase of syndication rights to Modern Family. They need to pair something with it. Whether it will be Happy Endings or not, we will not know for several more weeks.

  • Bern

    Ahh!!! No Nikita. :(

  • Anthony Parello (AP076)

    “Although, if we are comparing to LMS and Mc (as so many on this thread are), I would wage $100 that HE stomped both of those in younger demos.”

    I wouldn’t be so quick to place that wager. MC and LMS have basically stomped HE in the all important 18-49 total demo. With an average cast age of 32, I wouldn’t expect 18-28 year olds to be flocking to the HE in any large numbers. Also of those 18-49 demo viewers, logic would dictate that the 18-34 subset would be much more likely to be out and about than the 34-49 subset.

    Also MC and LMS have teen and 20 somethings cast members that may appeal to the younger demos more than 30 somethings of HE.

  • Anthony Parello (AP076)

    @Mickey 1.0
    “I certainly hope they don’t move it to Friday next season. It’s never a good sign when a show is moved to The Night Where Shows Go To Die.”

    With the spots opening up being a troubled Tuesday at 10pm and the Friday spots it seems likely that 5-O will find a home either on Friday or Sunday. CSI:NY survived several years on Friday. Fear not.

  • Pada

    @JD – I was thinking the same thing…why doesn’t ABC put Shark Tank @ 8pm and then follow with the HE comedy block?? I still think it’s just dead wrong to have this show on Friday – I wonder if FX would ever consider picking it up? I think it could pair well with some of their comedies…

  • Networkman

    Vegas should be cancel effective immediately. It should be unacceptable for CBS to have a show on the schedule that is not able to garner at least 1.0 CBS should of simply gave CSI:NY a full 22 episode order. It would of then also produced over 200 episodes this season.

    As of now they should move Blue Bloods in the 9pm slot to see how it will perform after Undercover Boss and then put drama repeats on at 10pm. I will love to see how Good Wife would perform at 10pm after Blue Bloods.

  • Doug

    @Anthony. Please. MC and LMS have older audience stamped all over them. About 50% of HE’s audience is in the demo, while around 30% are in the demo for the other two sitcoms. Add that to the fact that LMS and MC never appear in the DVR lists (which favor younger audiences) while HE does, and there you have your answer.

    FWIW, Happy Endings 18-34 ratings on Tuesday were frequently equal to its 18-49 rating, which is not something that often happens on broadcast TV these days.

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