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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NOTE: All ratings are "live plus same day" from Nielsen Media Research unless otherwise indicated.


Rating: Estimated percentage of the universe of TV households (or other specified group) tuned to a program in the average minute. Ratings are expressed as a percent.  More information on ratings is available here.

Share (of Audience): The percent of households (or persons) using television who are tuned to a specific program, station or network in a specific area at a specific time. (See also, Rating, which represents tuning or viewing as a percent of the entire population being measured.)

Fast Affiliate Ratings: These first national ratings, including demographics, are available at approximately 11 AM (ET) the day after telecast, and are released to subscribing customers daily. These data, from the National People Meter sample, are strictly time-period information, based on the normal broadcast network feed, and include all programming on the affiliated stations, sometimes including network programming, sometimes not. The figures may include stations that did not air the entire network feed, as well as local news breaks or cutaways for local coverage or other programming. Fast Affiliate ratings are not as useful for live programs and are likely to differ significantly from the final results, because the data reflect normal broadcast feed patterns. For example, with a World Series game, Fast Affiliate Ratings would include whatever aired from 8-11PM on affiliates in the Pacific Time Zone, following the live football game, but not game coverage that begins at 5PM PT. The same would be true of Presidential debates as well as live award shows and breaking news reports.

Time Shifted Viewing – Program ratings for national sources are produced in three streams of data – Live, Live+Same Day (Live+SD) and Live+7 Day. Time shifted figures account for incremental viewing that takes place with DVRs. Live+Same Day (Live+SD) include viewing during the same broadcast day as the original telecast, with a cut-off of 3:00AM local time when meters transmit daily viewing to Nielsen for processing. Live+7 Day ratings include incremental viewing that takes place during the 7 days following a telecast.

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  • Ultima

    @Gary A
    Why do online viewers matter to a network and the advertisers?

    Most streaming services air commercials; it represents only a tiny fraction of the overall advertising revenue though.

  • John A

    0.8 and 0.6 for HE good luck to Sony to get a Cable Network to save that loser.

  • Ultima

    @Gary A
    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?

    Nikita will be renewed for a fourth season because the revenue from selling 88 episodes into syndication will most likely be greater than the losses from producing and airing 22 more episodes.

  • Anyanka

    @Gary A

    What else would the CW air on Fridays? Hart of Dixie or Beauty and the Beast would probably do about the same on a Friday. Carrie Diaries would do worse. They’re not going to ship any of their best programs off to Fridays and it is unlikely they would launch a new show on Friday when they need to launch new shows during the week. The only reasonable alternatives are America’s Next Top Model and repeats. And there are a limited number of repeats for the network to air.

    CW COULD go for some combination of BatB/HoD/ANTM/repeats, but that might leave too many holes during the week. And all of that for maybe .1 higher ratings doesn’t seem worth it.

  • John A

    Norma was Bondoel. Surprised he lasted so long. He been posting all week.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “Norma was Bondoel. Surprised he lasted so long. He been posting all week.”

    That just demonstrates that I have been doing better at ignoring comments this week.

    Still, there’s lots of room for improvement.

  • John A

    Bondoel/Norma wasnt insulting though. He was just posting under the radar so to speak.

  • Hi

    CW – Nikita
    Viewers: 1.36 million (#5), A18-49: 0.4/ 1 (#5)
    CW – Nikita
    Viewers: 1.29 million (#5), A18-49: 0.4/ 1 (#5)

    YAY Nikita!!!! :D
    CW give us a season 4 now!

  • John A

    The 9pm Kitchen Nightmares got a 1.0. Just proves that Fox have been stupid keeping Touch on the air.

  • david

    good to see Nikita up. Happy endings dropped allot. To bad
    Touch was not on last night.

  • Joe Robby

    There have been articles recently singling out HE as an example of a show with a fan base but low ratings that really signifies changing viewership in their target demographic. By this I mean how, when, where, and through what mediums we watch “television.”

    I’m hoping it moves to cable, I’m sure it would do better there (sure looks like game over at ABC). Also, happy to see Nielson is planning to start counting online streaming for ratings in the fall. It shows that many of us whining (yes, I include me) that we don’t own tv’s but faithfully watch online, or that we do a tv night with our DVR whenever convenient and don’t watch the night of we’re heard (in the sense ratings need to be tallied differently).

    I watched one episode (I buy off iTunes) last night after seeing Yeasayer in concert. Second one when I’m free over the weekend (I have brunch plans, a run, hike, etc.). What I don’t do is pause my life for a show. This is the case with us urban 20/30 somethings. The rating system doesn’t really count us (and its why the number of shows I watch continues to shrink every season).


  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “There have been articles recently singling out HE as an example of a show with a fan base but low ratings that really signifies changing viewership in their target demographic. By this I mean how, when, where, and through what mediums we watch “television.””

    No different from the parade of similar articles about past doomed shows. Happy Endings fans noticed recent ones only because they were about HE.

  • Joe Robby

    For how long Bill? Hulu, iTunes, etc. while not *brand* new are pretty new and with every padding season technology improves and more people shift to new viewing habits. Also, total viewership on the main four are down year-by-year, no?

  • Joe Robby


  • Ashton Butcher

    Ever since CSI: NY and the ABC comedies finish their season this night has been extra boring every week.

    Happy Endings ratings are just plain beyond bad their in the NBC territory now, this is a show that doesn’t deserve to be picked up by any cable network like USA or TBS, those networks are better off producing their own comedies under a cheaper price. It already didn’t work out really with Cougar Town on TBS. ABC should just pull HE and throw in another repeat hour of Shark Tank or LMS and MC.

    Blue Bloods is a mad monster as this is one of the lowest lead-ins its ever had and its still doing dirty work. Blue Bloods deserves stronger shows around it. I don’t know why CBS renewed Undercover Boss either that show has performed so weak lately.

    Nikita doing a consistent job for CW but sad that a really original show like Cult never caught on. I have no idea what CW can put there with Nikita on Fridays because I don’t think Supernatural should move back to Fridays they should have it anchor Tuesdays next season with Beauty and the Beast.

  • Bitter Ringer Fan

    Bye Bye HE getting picked by USA with a 0.6!!!

  • r0ckmypants

    @Ultima – I’m not an idiot; I understand why repeats air. But what was the point of having ONE repeat in the middle of all new episodes? Especially when it wasn’t up against a special event and the rest of the line-up was original? Bring it back one week later, or finish it up one week earlier. It doesn’t make sense.

    My comment about the table was not directed toward you or anyone in the comment section. In the past, the site (and others) has often used total viewers as the tiebreaker when the demo is the same. That’s all.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “For how long Bill?”

    Until TV advertising, and syndication revenue, cease to be the vast majority of the revenue for TV networks and studios.

  • Ashton Butcher

    @ The End/French Guy

    I think CBS should’ve made another CSI spin-off after they cancelled Miami the franchise has proved its staying power when new life is put into like they did with the casting of Ted Danson and Elisabeth Shue on the original CSI.

    @ Felipe Nikita

    I didn’t see last night’s but these have been the best episodes of the series so far ever since they turned Alex heel after Amanda kidnapped her.

  • ZmaX

    Hopefully Nikita doesn’t adjust down.
    Nikita was amazing last night and the way it ended, hopefully next week rises.

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