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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  • Chad

    HAPPY ENDINGS down this week and next– “A” was RIGHT Down for Coachella, then up MAJOR in it’s final week on ABC. ha!

  • pete5125

    Cw is owned by cbs and wb so if they think they can make money any other way than they will make cw continue to order said show….on cw though where a 1.0 is great and 0.6 is averag for a fri show its not doing bad

  • Dahne

    @Ashton Butcher – If Arrow and Supernatural are split next year, there is no way Beauty and the Beast will be paired with either one of them. They will either remain together on Wednesdays or be paired with new shows.

  • Fake Me Out


    …Obviously you have no Taste!!! I wonder what kind of shows you watch

    Honey Boo Boo, Hillbilly Handfishin’ … basically any show where the people are speaking english yet still require sub-titles … and you though I had no taste [harumpf!]

  • Fake Me Out


    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?

    You were? and I ignored it?! My bad. ;-)

    Yes, given the totality of it’s season schedule … you keep wanting to just focus on it’s spring airings and not the fact it was off for 16 weeks. It’s not the same as other shows that took 2~8 weeks off around the holidays … this was gone long enough to grow half a human, returns, airs 3 new shows then does a repeat? If you can see the sense in that, and support that, then we’ll have to agree to disagree as I see it as a failure on the part of the NBC Schedule Monkeys.

  • Billy

    Bye Bye Vegas and Happy Endings.

  • brandon

    Sad for Happy Endings. But it’s not like anything else is doing much better!

  • Nick

    Remember when CBS used to have good shows on Friday nights, like Joan of Arcadia and Ghost Whisperer and Numb3rs? Hell, I remember when CBS’ schedule used to be filled with interesting shows. Now all they have is crime dramas. Every drama on their schedule is a crime drama, same procedural format and everything, and nearly the same characters with the same old recycled storylines. It’s embarassing. When is CBS going to stop with these shows and infuse a little more variety into their schedule? It’s one thing to have a solid franchise like NCIS, and a few solid hits like CSI and Person of Interest, but people can only take so much of it.

  • Mark Drei

    Wasn’t the point of the large Grimm hiatus to have it air continuously until the end of the year?

  • Wright

    Glad to see Nikita went up. I would love to watch live to help the ratings, but I work 2 jobs on Fridays.

  • 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.

    Bring it back one week later and it premieres against March Madness. End it one week earlier and that’s one less new episode for May sweeps.

    While repeats the final week of May sweeps are not uncommon, NBC is coming off an embarassing fifth place finish and doesn’t appear to be taking any chances this time.

  • Glue


    I think you’ve mistaken Happy Endings for The Middle

  • PurpleDrazi

    “It’s embarassing. When is CBS going to stop with these shows and infuse a little more variety into their schedule?”

    How is it embarassing? Those shows have been hugely successful for them. They get decent to high ratings and do great in syndication. Awards are nice and all but they don’t pay the bills. CBS is doing very well right now.

    They will stop making those shows when people stop watching them. You may not like them but clearly many people do.

  • Cory Stark

    I love Happy Endings, but I think that .6 is the lowest rated comedy original this season. CBS had Partners, which got a 1.8 as its low. FOX had Ben & Kate that got a 1.1. ABC has had Don’t Trust the B, which I think got a .9 before it was cancelled. Now Happy Endings. NBC even had a higher low. Go On, Guys with Kids, Community, and Whitney all fell to a 1.0 atleast once. The New Normal and 1600 Penn both hit their respective lows at a .7 (to be fair, 1600 Penn’s was on Maunday Thursday). I think Prime Time Dramas have ranged between a 4.1 – .5 (Revolution and Touch). Comedies have ranged between a 6.4 – .6 (The Big Bang Theory and Happy Endings). Yes, I know Elementary has the highest, but it aired out of prime time. So it doesn’t count in Nielsen’s book

  • Ultima

    @Joe Robby
    Also, happy to see Nielson is planning to start counting online streaming for ratings in the fall.

    You know this has nothing to do with the ratings for the shows, right?

  • Mert Uzun

    Good news for CSI:NY fans :)

  • Travis

    I hope USA is actually interested in Happy Endings. If it could maintain those numbers then it would be a mild success on that network.

  • Alex

    I hope USA is actually interested in Happy Endings. If it could maintain those numbers then it would be a mild success on that network.

    No it wouldn’t.

  • Paul P

    Wow even Blue Bloods moving lower. CBS didn’t ruin Vegas – the last few episodes have been awful.

  • Joseph

    After looking at the numbers for last night (April 12th), my guess is that come Fall, only CBS will air first-run scripted shows in prime-time on Fridays next season.

    I suspect Univision topped the broadcast networks in the 18-34 and 18-49 demos, but in most major markets, local baseball probably dominated the ratings.

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