TV Ratings Friday: NBC's News Coverage Wins the Night - Updated With Program Information

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April 20th, 2013

Boston Bomber captured

Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 2.4/8 1.8/6 1.4/5 1.1/3 0.3/1
Total Viewers (million) 8.93 7.21 6.74 2.99 1.06

Note: Live news coverage of the capture of the Boston Bomber resulted in numerous local market pre-emptions and network schedule changes last night. Currently, we have overall network numbers for the night, but no individual program ratings. We will update when more information becomes available.  Check back Monday for the final ratings.

NBC was number one in adults 18-49 and with total viewers.

Take this grid with big grains of salt. In the Eastern time zone, the news coverage lasted throughout primetime. The CW does not have a network news division, but plenty of local affiliates chose to preempt for news coverage. Check back Monday for the Friday final ratings which will be far more accurate.

Overnight broadcast primetime ratings for Friday, April 19, 2013

Time  Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
8:00 NBC Fashion Star/News 2.6/9 10.47
ABC Last Man Standing - R/News 1.7/6 7.79
CBS Undercover Boss - R/News 1.5/5 6.99
FOX Kitchen Nightmares - R/News 1.2/4 3.24
CW Nikita/News 0.4/1 1.14
8:30 ABC Malibu Country - R 1.7/6 7.36
9:00 NBC Grimm/News 2.6/8 9.22
ABC Shark Tank/News 2.0/6 7.75
CBS News Special 1.5/5 7.28
FOX Kitchen Nightmares - R/News 1.0/3 2.75
CW Oh, Sit! - R/News 0.3/1 0.97
10:00 NBC Rock Center/News 2.1/6 7.11
ABC 20/20 /News 1.8/5 6.30
CBS Hawaii Five-0 - R/News 1.3/4 5.95


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," 2.6/6 with an encore telecast; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.1/5 with an encore; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 2.6/6.
  • In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 Wednesday results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 0.8/4 with an encore; "Late Show," 0.5/2 with an encore; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.0/5.
  • From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET Wednesday night, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 1.8/5 in metered-market households and a 0.8/4 in 18-49 in the Local People Meters.
  • From 12:35-1:35 a.m. ET, "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.4/4 in metered-market households with an encore) beat CBS's first-run "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.1/3). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.6/3 in 18-49 with an encore) topped "Late Late Show" (0.3/2).
  • At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.9/3 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.4/3 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.


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Network numbers from TV Media Insights.

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.

For more information see Numbers 101 and Numbers 102.

  • Max

    But Revenge still sucks.

  • Jacob

    Lol ^^^ I think everybody’s programming was pre-empted. I really wanted to see Shark Tank

  • michael

    Did regular programming air on the west coast?

  • Don

    CA was all repeat and local coverage. Rovk Center was not even shown here

  • Jacob

    Maybe NBC should air their News Special more often, considering everything else they air has horrible ratings

  • Patrick Gillease

    Max still sucks!

  • Gene

    It’s a good thing NBC has the top news division.

  • Danak

    Would it be right to assume only the 10pm hour (maybe 10:30 or later) will be rated in the final numbers for CBS, NBC, Fox, and ABC given the news coverage from 8-10 or later was done without commercials? I thought I read The CW ran their usual programming.

  • fra

    So Nikita at 0.4 i guess, i hope for a 0.5 :D

  • BaiDu_Nikita_Ba

    Go Nikita

  • Jane Elliot

    @Shay: “Ouch at nikita…”
    @Jarrod: “GO NIKITA!!!!!”

    …are you guys seeing something that I’m not. For example, actual ratings for Nikita?

  • Jane Elliot

    *sigh* My punctuation needs work. (Oh, edit button. We hardly knew you.)

  • Ya Know

    The ratings not showing up for anyone else?

  • Fake Me Out

    via press release

    Nikita was the only non-news show on and the public has spoken …

    Nikita 0.1
    Watching paint dry 1.2
    Laundry 0.6
    Early bed time 0.9
    Self abuse 27.6

  • X-Tina Factor

    @fra Nikita could’ve also gotten a 0.5 and the other show a 0.1

    @Jane Elliot they have the averages on the top in the average table.

  • Kaaboom

    @Glenwithme No they didn’t. Bye

  • Nerdbot

    If I had to guess the ratings of Nikita based on that 0.3 of The CW: in the best situation, it got 0.4 and the repeat of Oh Sit! 0.2. Now, if I am more realistic (considering how the show has perfomed lately), I’d say 0.3 for each show, which could be not so accurate since Oh Sit! repeats barely reach 0.2.

  • ChipL

    “Rock Center” was shown at 7:00 p.m. Pacific time in Los Angeles. “Fashion Star” aired a new episode at 8:00. “Grimm” was a repeat at 9:00, not the episode originally scheduled. Don’t know what they showed at 10:00.

  • Chris

    GOD BLESS AMERICA!!! ‘Nuff said.

  • Danak

    I think it’s safe to say the schedule was a total hash last night and the ratings will be the same.

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