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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  • harry

    Comparing happy endings to Cougar town , happy endings was treated good.
    Cougar town was put on 3 months hiatus in order for abc to launch mr sunshine that became a flop . Then Cougar town aired its season 2 finale against AI finale and got a 2.0 .Next year ABC put Cougar town on an unknown hiatus and didnt even had it in its original schedule… after 10 months hiatus Cougar town returned at tuesdays in the death slot… and it came back at a 1.8 … Poor scheduling from ABC if they kept Cougar town after Modern Family it would grow eventually . But they killed their show , like they did with many other shows .

  • forg

    Poor scheduling from ABC if they kept Cougar town after Modern Family it would grow eventually . But they killed their show , like they did with many other shows .

    Cougar Town had the longest stay at 9:30 of all the shows that aired behind MF. I don’t think it will grow even more as the ratings even dropped as time went by.

  • forg

    I wonder if CBS is going to pull out Vegas? Maybe move to Saturday? That rating is really low

  • The End


    I didn’t realize he was that busy to be honest, I guess his future involvement with CBS once CSI has been retired too will likely depend the level of involvement with his other projects. It wouldn’t surprise me if he at least is in discussion with the network about life beyond CSI, if the network wants another show in the same vein. He’s clearly a man of talent and not someone I think CBS would want to not be actively involved in, in some way. :)

  • Peg Sims

    Friday night is not a good tv night no matter what is on. Malibu Country and LMS look better every time the ratings are posted for Friday night.They helped ABC hold their own-do not see that now.

  • The End

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

    I wouldn’t call any show with a decent budget, currently on its third season a flop personally.

  • Joe Robby

    @Ultima, I think you are confused. Next season, they will factor it into the ratings. Exactly how remains to be seen, though.

  • rachel taylor

    @Peg Sims/could not agree more. maybe soon we will hear that MC and LMS have been renewed and given some promo time next season as well as re-runs to get us thru the summer. MC never got any promos and I believe it would have helped. Nikita seems to have a lot of support, so I wish the best for its viewers.

  • Hess

    Happy endings has the patina of being a good show because its quick and zippy and the cast is attractive. But it’s not good. It’s about nothing and the stories feel like broad satire, without the content of satire. There are occasionally good jokes, but mostly there’s just “energy” and mugging.



  • Pavelsauce

    Last night’s episodes of HE were hilarious! They’re the best episodes of the show I’ve seen so far. If Univision was counted last night, it probably would’ve been #2 or even #1 due to the finale of Amor Bravío.

    Umm, what about Grimm, LMS, and MC?

  • 728huey

    Man, what incredibly crappy ratings for Vegas, Happy Endings, and Nikita. It’s about time CBS, ABC and the CW pull those steaming pile of turds off the air and…..

    OK, I’m just kidding about the steaming pile of turds comment. Frankly, I don’t know whether these programs are good or not, since I don’t watch them. But I find it odd that so many posters on this site are rather passionate about begging the networks to renew said shows even though their ratings are in the crapper, yet have no qualms screaming for cancellation of a particular reality TV singing competition which, while certainly not generating the ratings and viewership it did during its heyday, is still the highest rated and most watched program on its network.

  • Hi

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

    A flop. With 3 seasons and locked for renewal.


  • thesnowleopard

    Yeesh at Vegas. This is going to get ugly, isn’t it?

    The usual five Nikita fans left trying to drum up enthusiasm for lousy ratings. And the TCD repeat gets exactly the same demo as the last few Cult episodes. It’s kind of a shame. I rather liked Cult, but the CW didn’t seem to know how to promote it. It’s an odd show.

    Nah, I’m still watching Vegas. Figured I might as well as long as it’s on. To be honest, though, I’m still kind of surprised it managed to get a back 9.

  • thesnowleopard

    @John A
    Getting the same demo in the overnights as repeats of two of the top three shows in the finals on the same network is nothing rodomontade about, but I guess some have to take their victories where they can.

  • The End


    Check out Defiance next Tuesday on the Syfy channel, you might like that. If you’re into Scifi. That’s new.

  • The End

    *next Tuesday

    Opps, meant Monday. Got my dates muddled.

  • Melissa

    @Joe Robby

    Ultima, I think you are confused. Next season, they will factor it into the ratings. Exactly how remains to be seen, though.

    Ultima is not confused. Online viewing will be reported by Nielsen to its subscribers, just like Twitter statistics are, but these reports are not correlated with the program ratings. Nielsen collects lots of data since the networks will pay to see it (largely for PR purposes), but this additional data carries no weight in determining a show’s advertising rates or renewal prospects.

  • Dave

    “The usual five Nikita fans left trying to drum up enthusiasm for lousy ratings”

    And it always the usual two who come here every week to water down the enthusiasm. Feel better now?

  • wade

    abc needs last man standing back. show would have been number 1 this week easy. cant beleive they let it only run 18 episodes so they could move happy endings to friday!!!

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