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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  • Roy

    Sad Endings.


    Honestly how about moving the original csi back to Fridays. Next year will be season 14 and it’s a good times lot for a show that’s been on so long and I think it would do steady numbers.

  • Anna Bones Clarkwood

    RE the Grimm repeat talk.

    I think NBC pulled a “Sunday ABC move”.

    Last week, against NCAA game, Grimm was new, but this week against “nothing” it was a repeat?

    That doesn’t make sense.

    If NBC wanted a repeat once during a 10 week spring run, last week was the best week to have it. Not this week.

  • Dave

    “What are you talking about? The Carrie Diaries averaged a 0.5 rating, better than Emily Owens and Cult, and much better than 90210 since midseason.”

    I should’ve clarified but I was talking about The Secret Circle. I wasn’t a fan at all but in all fairness, TSC averaged a 0.8 and was killed. And based on that particular cancellation, it seems as if the average ratings for a show on The CW is meaningless. The show has to be some what stable. TSC started with a 1.3, ended with a 0.6 and averaged a 0.8

    Carrie started with a 0.7 and has fluctuated between a 0.4 and 0.3 for its 13 episodes.

    I don’t see why it should even be considered for a renewal.

  • Fake Me Out


    Clearly You Haven’t Watched Nikita. Even if you did, you Know inside your heart that Its an Amazing show …

    Clearly you are mistaken … and delusional … take your meds and chillax

  • BigBrotherFan

    At this point I can only hope another network like USA or whatever picks up HAPPY ENDINGS it is such an unerrated comedy and honestly, the core demo for that show is not even home Fridays! even if they are I highly doubt they are watching TV!

    I hope NIKITA doesn’t get adjusted down. I haven’t seen last nights episode, yet nor Happy Endings but it’s a great show!

    Damn VEGAS!!!!! I watched last nights episode today and it was REALLY GOOD! I wish this show could pull and audience but it just can’t, I guess. I guess my weeks with Sarah Jones are numbered. I really am loving the direction her character is going too!

  • PurpleDrazi

    After all it is the luckiest Show on TV (it survived when everyone thought it was dead.

    Sorry, that title goes to Fringe. (or possibly Community)

  • Dave


    Don’t forget Chuck and NIKITA. ;)

  • Pamela

    “Yay Nikita” – 0.4 gets a yay? Those ratings may be better than a 0.3 but they are far from good, not even decent. If CW renews Nikita for more than 13 episodes they deserve the 0.2s it will be pulling next season.

  • Marc


    Sure, but I think ABC also needed something to compare the performances of LMS and MC with, since there wasn’t much comparable with that lineup before. A .8 and .6 is pretty awful, and ABC is probably not too willing to ruin what they have already with LMS/MC, which pulls a 1.4-1.5 for the combined hour. The odds are probably higher that whatever they put in place of the two would pull a 1.0 rather than pull a 1.8. So unless there is a sure thing that could pull in bigger numbers…

    Also, ABC has enough problems with Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8-9 with an endless rotation of failure (and even performing worse than the Friday shows…)

  • Ken

    I’m sure Vegas will be cancelled. At this point I’m just hoping CBS doesn’t yank Vegas before showing all the scheduled episodes.

  • James

    @Fake Me Out
    “Clearly you are mistaken … and delusional … take your meds and chillax”

    I’m so chilled that I make polar bears wear sweaters…lol..Obviously you have no Taste!!! I wonder what kind of shows you watch…..

  • Ultima

    @Anna Bones Clarkwood
    Last week, against NCAA game, Grimm was new, but this week against “nothing” it was a repeat?

    Final Four was on Saturday last week, not Friday. Grimm was up against March Madness the second and third week it was back.

    @Fake Me Out
    Yes it is, so glad you agree NBC makes yet another stupid mistake in not waiting 1 more week to return

    First, I was being facetious. Second, you think it would have been better for it to return against March Madness than to air a repeat in April?

  • A

    Happy Endings is down cause it’s weekend 1 for coachella. Duh.


  • SJ

    Dammit, Happy Endings! I don’t want ABC to screw us out of the final four episodes of the season. Although if it is moving to another network, they’re likely obligated to air all the episodes they produced while the show was on ABC.

  • Olka

    Good for Nikita :).

  • Brandy

    @Dave, SC & CD are two totally shows,different genres shows with different ratings history .SC was suppossedly the second big hit last season after Ringer.It had the same genre and author as Vzd,had the best leadin,had lots of promotion but it declined over the season and crashed in spring ratings wise.Czd didn’t have the best lead in.SC didn’t sell well internationally or do well online according to Mark.CD does very well online.SC was exspensive to make with a large cast and location shoots and special effects.CD may be exspensive to make too I don’t know.I also don’t know how well it sells internationally.But CD was supposed to be a big hit this season but it wasn’t.SC couldn’t keep VDs audience and CD gets 0.3-0.4 out of a 0.7 local leadin., not 0.5-0.6 out of a 1.4 that’s the networks best leadin.CW did a lot of promotion and repeats of both to try to get them to catch on, but they didn’t.Now if CD does well online and internationally ,at least well enough to justify rewewal, (. Making enough money in other ways besides ad revenue), it’ll be back.If not it’ll be cancelled.SC 0.5-0.6 at the end of last season wasn’t good for a first season show especially one aring after the best leadin on the network.

  • Gary A


    Why do online viewers matter to a network and the advertisers? If I watch online as opposed to dvr or on demand, am I still getting the commercials or what? Because if I don’t, then why does the number of online viewers matter at all?

    Where are all the HE fans who last week were posting that the USA is sure to pick up the show? It’s not how good a show does ina single week but it’s overall picture. Any network decision on a series is based on more thna one weeks numbers. ( & fyi – I watched both episodes of HE last night so I’m not a bitter hateful person who doesn’t like or get your show ).

    I would still like someone ( not a fanboy ) to explain to me, other than the so called infallible syndication rule, why Nikita should be renewed for a fourths eason? The numbers are poor – even going up from 1 0.3 to 0.4 is nothing to brag about even on the CW. Overseas sales and the like are not going to make money for the affiliates here – you know those poor stations who are airing this stuff and have to make their money on local ad sales in their own markets. And why renew a show hoping for a syndication sale when nobody seems to be watching it first run?


  • cris

    Vegas has less rating than Made in Jersey :D

  • Ben Thompson

    Ouch at Happy Endings. I don’t think USA will pick it up.

    Repeats of so many other CBS shows would do better than Vegas at this point.

    Baseball aired instead of Nikita last night in Chicago btw.

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