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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  • andri

    Fashion star, happy endings, kitchen nightmares all atoll the sameness in ratings. Undercover boss embowering low ratings surprised.

  • David Howell

    Those numbers sure make LMS look good.

    Shark Tank certainly warrants a shot at Thursday 8/7c rather than Friday now – for years it was impossible to launch a scripted show against Idol for obvious reasons, but the CBS dominance of the hour (or at least the first half of it) now is right up with how much FOX dominated it a few years back. 2.5 Men regularly beats even the stronger second half of Idol now. There is room to go unscripted in an hour dominated by sitcoms – the idea of drama as the solution for ABC has been tested to destruction.

    Nikita isn’t doing badly enough to be cancelled midway through a de facto 44ep order. It arguably didn’t deserve that order in the first place, but it got it, and the CDub will see it out.

  • Call Me A Hiperflop

    Dissolve the CW in acid.

  • Call Me A Hiperflop

    Too bad Touch was not on last Friday.
    I would like to see how terrible ratings it can get now.

  • Matt thompson

    Friday night is a big bore now that Mcountry is gone. I hope they start showing reruns and give this show a second season. It may not be as woolly as some of the higher rated shows but it is family oriented and the comedic part is great. The cast works well together and I believe it will be even better this next season. ABC, are you listening? Question? How can Nikita be so well liked and so low in ratings? Sometimes, I doubt the raters. I believe they rate the shows they like and over look the others.

  • Regina Taylor

    @Matt Ditto! Could not agree more. Great comment.

  • bizzarr1000


  • rein

    I’m a fan of Nikita but I am not feeling as much love as some of the more zealous fans about the current storytelling. It almost feels Dollhouse like but worse. IMO, Nikita (the show) works best when the A-Team is focused against a common enemy. Making Alex a part of the mutiny was weak writing (especially using the Amanda needlepoint method). And don’t get me started on the Michael’s hand storyline…. “….but I didn’t know it was possible so I am willing to forget the millions that might be killed/maimed by us assisting the Shop.” Again, this is IMO, but it feels like the writing has moved characters away from their… …well, character.

  • bizzarr1000

    vegas was really good last week

  • Anthony Parello (AP076)

    @Matt Thompson
    “How can Nikita be so well liked and so low in ratings? ”

    And your evidence it is so “well liked”? If you think it is because “everybody I know watches it” that is no reason because people we know and are friends with tend to like the same things…..that is why we call them friends.

    If you think it is because it has a loud and vocal presence on the internet that to is no reason either. Some of the least watched shows, constantly in danger of cancellation, have had vocal internet supporters. It is in fact because they are in constant danger of cancellation that they have these followings. See Chuck, Fringe, etc.

    “Sometimes, I doubt the raters. I believe they rate the shows they like and over look the others.”
    That is a pretty idiotic assertion. So there is a super secret conspiracy within Nielsen to rate shows you like poorly. What kind of business sense does that make? Did you work that theory out with Glenn Beck?

    @Regina King
    One can only hope you are agreeing with the first part of Matt’s comment and not the nonsense that came up in the final two sentences.

  • The End

    @How can Nikita be so well liked and so low in ratings?

    Perhaps it’s popular in non Nielsen households? Stranger things have happened.

  • luke

    I am a big fan of happy endings but the quality of many episodes this season has been awful. So maybe it’s good that it’s canceled soon. I still watch out of loyalty though.

  • CBSviewer

    @ Andy

    You’re right The CW needs to produce, at least, 21 episodes for syndication. Nikita is 100% sure to be Renewed for full season. Then, it can be Renewed for a fifth season of 11-13 episodes to reach 100 episodes.

  • William

    ABC,,,, Please bring back Malibu Country!!!!! Great show for friday night with the family!!!

  • Barbie


    “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.”

    Exactly. Nick, think NCIS, Criminal Minds, Person of Interest and NCIS: Los Angeles. What else does a network need, really? If you think that besides these, CSI, Elementary, and Hawaii Five-0 also make the 2.0s pretty much every week, CBS is made. Add their hit sitcoms, they don’t have to change much.

  • selena

    This last episode of Nikita had me at the edge of my seat. It had so much suspense, it made me extremely excited and anxious. I cannot wait for the next episode !! Simply amazing show……….

  • Brian

    Nikita was freakin’ AWESOME……the fight scene between Michael and Owen was intense and the whole takeover of Division was incredible….. what the heck is Nikita going to do now…..? – Can’t wait.

  • todd35

    @ The End

    There are talks about a NCIS spin off, My guess it will get the Friday timeslot. I’m so dissapointed that Vegas isn’t doing better. It is so different than anything that is on right now.

  • thesnowleopard


    More than two wish you’d put a sock in it. Or at least pick a fan excuse and stick to it instead of waffling endlessly between asserting that a tiny uptick in bad ratings will save the show and gloating that the show is a lock for a fourth season, even though that hasn’t been confirmed.

    Acting as if only a moron wouldn’t agree that your show is the most brilliant piece of art being suppressed by the Great World Conspiracy of TV Freemasons since Fringe finally folded doesn’t help your cause, either.

  • Misha Lauenstein

    Clearly all the old people who watch Vegas are out partying on a Friday night.

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