TV Ratings Friday: 'Happy Endings' Goes Low, 'Vegas' Dips + 'Nikita' & 'Fashion Star' Up

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April 13th, 2013


Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 1.2/4 1.2/4 0.8/3 0.8/3 0.3/1
Total Viewers (million) 8.183 4.318 2.833 2.311 0.955

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

On ABC, Happy Endings earned a 0.8 at 8PM and an 0.6 at 8:30, both down significantly from last week's 1.1 adults 18-49 rating at 8PM & 1.0 at 8:30PM.  20/20 earned a 1.5, down three tenths from last week's 1.8 adults 18-49 rating.

On CBS, Undercover Boss earned a 1.4, down three tenths from last week's  1.7 adults 18-49 rating . Vegas garnered a 0.8, down a tenth from last week's 0.9 adults 18-49 rating. Blue Bloods scored a 1.3, down a tenth from last week's 1.4 adults 18-49 rating.

On NBC Fashion Star scored a 0.8, up two tenths from last week's 0.6 adults 18-49 rating.   Rock Center garnered a 0.8, up a tenth from last week's 0.7 adults 18-49 rating.

On the CW, Nikita earned a 0.4, up a tenth from last week's 0.3 adults 18-49 rating.

Overnight broadcast primetime ratings for Friday, April 12, 2013

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00 PM CBS Undercover Boss 1.4 5 7.30
ABC Happy Endings 0.8 3 2.76
FOX Kitchen Nightmares -R (8-10PM) 0.8 3 2.31
NBC Fashion Star 0.8 3 2.91
CW Nikita 0.4 1 1.32
8:30PM ABC Happy Endings 0.6 2 2.10
9:00 PM ABC Shark Tank -R 1.3 4 5.11
CBS Vegas 0.8 3 7.00
NBC Grimm -R 0.7 2 2.53
CW The Carrie Diaries -R 0.2 1 0.59
10:00 PM ABC 20/20 1.5 5 5.41
CBS Blue Bloods 1.3 4 10.25
NBC Rock Center 0.8 3 3.060


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," 2.8/7; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 1.6/4 with an encore delayed by golf; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.9/5.
  • In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 Wednesday results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 0.9/4; "Late Show," 0.3/2 with an encore delayed by golf; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.8/4.
  • From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET Wednesday night, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 1.1/3 in metered-market households and a 0.5/3 in 18-49 in the Local People Meters.
  • From 12:35-1:35 a.m. ET, "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.5/5 in metered-market households) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.0/3 delayed by golf).  In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.6/3 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.3/2 delayed by golf).
  • At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.8/3 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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  • Mike9

    Elisha losing more clothes = bigger ratings. Seriously, lately she’s dressing like a nun and she still has a smoking hot body. ;)

  • Jarrod

    I hope Nikita adjust up to 0.5. Last nights episode was incredible (as usual) and I’m literally on the edge of my seat for next weeks. Honestly, if they’re pulling what they pulled last night, I can’t even imagine the finale.

  • Rollie Dethloff

    Friday nights aren’t worth it after Last Man Standing, Malibu Country, and CSI: NY exited 2-3 months early

  • Holly

    Has everyone passed the denial phase of the TV fan’s five stages of grief for Vegas now?

  • Ram510

    I hope Nikita can continue to rise

  • CBSviewer

    @ The End

    I’m not sure CSI: NY is dead. If it is why CBS did not announce its cancelation when all the others Shows were Renewed ? I think CBS is not sure of CSI: NY’s fate. They can keep it in case of a new drama flops on Friday.

  • Lisa

    yaaaaay for Nikita

  • Holly


    Nets rarely issue official announcements for a cancellation if they aren’t pulling episodes immediately. They simply don’t renew the show,

  • Mon

    CBS is down across the board!

  • Dave


    LOL! :D

  • The End


    Don’t get me wrong, I was supportive of the show being renewed, but do think any renewal decision regarding this show, if there were plans for it to come back would of been made by now. I don’t think things are looking good for it, but that’s just my opinion :)

  • Melissa

    I feel like reruns of NCIS or Person of Interest would do better than Vegas.

  • r0ckmypants

    Why was Grimm a repeat last night? Four straight months off the air weren’t enough?

    Also, shouldn’t Fashion Star be in second place at 8:00? It tied Happy Endings and Kitchen Nightmares in the demo but had the most viewers.

  • James

    @Jarrod, I have to totally agree with you! I actually can’t wait for the Season Finale- its probably going to be the best by far! I have to admit tho, these rating business puts me of- like it feels like if the ratings aren’t good enough then Nikita is Over which is really Hard to believe! Please guys watch Nikita! Fell in love with This Show ever since it began! Please watch :)

  • Alex

    Ouch for Happy Endings. What the hell happened there? ABC obviously aren’t bringing it back and I can’t see why USA would be considering saving it at this point regardless of how cheap it might be.

    I’d say Vegas dropping against broadcast repeats is bad but at this point what does it matter? I still think its a shame Vegas hasn’t worked out. Not because I’m especially fond of it but because it was at least CBS attempting something a little bit different.

  • James

    What are the Half Hours?

  • Petar Ivanov

    CBS fridays are disaster all season long. And sundays too. They need to revamp both days.

  • Richard Steven Hack

    The Nikita episode was pretty good, showcasing Devon Sawa, plenty of Nikita-Amanda stare-downs, and Alex off the rails. And there’s five episodes left! I’m beginning to understand why Maggie said the fans won’t like where the season ends, because clearly everything is falling about for Nikita and her friends and it probably won’t get better until end of season four. :-)

    We’ll have to wait for the finals on Monday to see if holds the .4, not that it matters a whit.

  • Dan

    Yeah Nikita was awesome last night. The whole season has been incredible. Just an amazing show.

  • CBSviewer

    @ The End

    Maybe CBS wants a drama for mid-season. I’d like to think CSI: NY will be Renewed :) After all it is the luckiest Show on TV (it survived when everyone thought it was dead).

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