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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  • Joseph

    Tonight, “Smash” (and everything else on NBC, ABC, or CBS) will really get killed by sports (NASCAR on Fox; not to mention several local baseball, hockey, and basketball telecasts in major markets)

  • SJ

    Good news for CSI:NY fans

    No, it’s not. CSI: NY is as good as cancelled, why are people having such a hard time grasping this?

    Did NBC quietly move Smash to 8pm Saturdays when no one was looking? Talk about adding insult to injury.

  • Jayzel

    Is this mic on? Hello

  • Ellen

    Fashion Star was #2 for the hour not #4.

  • BretU20

    I like Blue Blods and The Mentalist, so they should tag team them on Friday nights and that would make for a really Good Friday night, I really like the mentalist and Sundays aren’t working out for them so maybe moving it to Friday night could make it too where it’ll stay around for at least 3 or 4 more seasons, and Blue Bloods somehow does good even with a bad lead in, in Vegas, so The Mentalist and Blue Bloods would be a really Good Friday night.

  • Mr Mumble

    @SJ, the news of Smash’s burn off created a 14 page comments thread back on March 13 (also a poll last weekend).

  • Billiam

    Goodbye, Vegas! You are a great show and I will enjoy the upcoming episodes but other than Tom Selleck, no one seems interested in seeing old guys on TV anymore, even though Dennis Quaid is a much better actor than the one at 10 pm… I had hoped that Vegas would stay around 1.4 and get picked up for another season but putting it on hiatus then moving it to Friday killed any possibility of a renewal, it seems. Reminds me of the same fate as that of the Defenders.

  • Mert Uzun


    Same story for two years, I’m sure you were saying the same thing last year. But it’s not cancelled.

  • Billiam

    “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.”

    Huh?? Where else would networks send declining shows to die? Sundays aren’t yet the ‘night of death’… true, it is getting there but I seriously think that is because most Nielson viewers are dying off and need to go to bed early enough on Sunday nights to have the energy to get up on Mondays and start the week over again… wait, I have to do that too!! LOL.

  • SJ

    @Mr Mumble

    Duh. That was when NBC was moving it to 9pm on Saturdays where it aired last week. It’s airing at 8pm tonight. That wasn’t announced.

    @Mert Uzun

    And had CBS not renewed The Mentalist and The Good Wife already, you may have had a point. The fact is, CBS only has room in its fall schedule to renew one more existing drama and that is going to be Criminal Minds. I think it’s already been established that CBS doesn’t do mid-season starts for returning scripted dramas. And there is no way they’d only premiere two new dramas in the fall.

  • The End

    @Ashton Butcher

    Personally I think it’s entirely likely that once all 3 CSI shows are off the air, the last of course being CSI. That Anthony Zuiker will create something entirely new for CBS, which could be seen as a good thing. He’s only 44, lot’s of life left in him as a producer and with his CSI experience behind him, he’l probably create something even better.

  • The End


    Somewhat correct, a few million and a 0.6 onwards on Cable would be mildly decent. Not amazing or anything you would shout from the rooftops about but it’d be alright for an average cable network. The first thing USA will be looking at is the budget, if it needs cutting, it’l be cut. If your show needs downsizing for cable, the budget is usually the first thing looked at.

  • disney rocks

    Im guessing CW will dissolve in May 2016. No new broadcast “netlet” will ever come along.

  • Alex

    @The End
    Personally I think it’s entirely likely that once all 3 CSI shows are off the air, the last of course being CSI. That Anthony Zuiker will create something entirely new for CBS, which could be seen as a good thing. He’s only 44, lot’s of life left in him as a producer and with his CSI experience behind him, he’l probably create something even better.

    I don’t know. Producers and writers tend to find it quite difficult to follow the kind of success that Zuiker has seen with CSI. I also wouldn’t be so sure that any follow-up projects would land at CBS. He’s an executive producer on ABC’s new summer reality series Whodunit and he was an EP for NBC’s now pushed Wonderland pilot. Plus he’s branched out into various web based stuff as well which has gone quite well for him.

  • Alex

    @Mert Uzun
    Same story for two years, I’m sure you were saying the same thing last year. But it’s not cancelled.

    Not really the same story though. CSI: NY didn’t finish its short season order in February last year. Historically a show ending its season in February isn’t a great sign that the network is considering picking up another season. And unlike Parenthood on NBC which finished a short run in January CSI: NY doesn’t have the advantage of actually being a strong performer for its network that out performed expectations for it. Nor does it have the advantage of airing on a network that’s a giant mess.

    The fact that Vegas is predictably dying on Friday nights doesn’t improve New York’s chances. The show will be judged on its own merits and frankly CBS isn’t short of shows it could potentially air in this slot next season. Its not like its CSI: NY or nothing.

  • forg

    Sad for HE :( But I don’t think ABC will pull it out, just 2 more weeks and Shark Tank is not affected by the lower lead in anyway.

    Yikes Vegas, horrible ratings even for Friday

    Did NBC quietly move Smash to 8pm Saturdays when no one was looking? Talk about adding insult to injury.

    Futon Critic tweeted about the scheduling change but no really care anymore I guess

  • alvar

    I love seeing all of these NIKITA fans trying to talk up its terrible numbers. NIKITA is a flop.

    CBS need to flip VEGAS and BLUE BLOODS – the latter would do better at 9pm.

  • alvar

    And surely its time that ABC pulled FLOPPY ENDINGS from the schedule. The number of lifelines ABC keep giving this dreadful show is just hilarious.

  • Rebecca

    CBS doesn’t always announce all their renewals at the same time (when announcing early) – they held off on Rules of Engagement last time (the example that comes to mind, since like the Vegas fans now that was the show I was waiting for news about THEN).

    Ratings are bad for HE but anything not titled Undercover Boss did the same or worse last night, and on a Friday. I’m already in “acceptance mode” that HE probably won’t come back on any channel so I’m enjoying what’s left. (SPOILER) Too bad Penny won’t be getting married, but it was good how she handled her life-changing decision.

    Grimm will be new for the next five weeks, and Touch has three episodes left, so Fridays will be fun again starting next week. And always fun with HE. :)

  • GARY

    I tip my hat to the writers for delivering better NIKITA scripts.
    If they keep it up NIKITA is certain to be renewed.

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