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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  • austin

    grimm was on and new

  • TV Gord

    I wonder how many NBC executives are working this weekend to figure out how to turn it into a series.

  • Kurt


    Where I live on the East Coast Grimm was preempted. Where did you see it?

  • SJ

    Any news on when ABC will air the two Happy Endings episodes from last night? Do they just get pushed to next week, with next week’s episodes being pushed to May 3?

  • david

    Rock Center did air but at a bit after ten Pm eastern. Twenty Twenty did air a little bit after at ten Pm est and both were live coast to coast. The CW did still air Nikita and the repeat of OSit. At 8 pm my ABC affiliate had a Last Man Standing repeat at 8:30 a Happy Endings repeat and at 9 a old Shark Tank repeat. My NBC affiliate had Fashion Star and at 9 Grim aired. CBS had UB and H50 repeats an hour later than planned. Every thing was pushed back an hour except for Fox repeats dnd the CW shows.

  • ChipL

    I thought it was very interesting that, for the last 40 minutes of “Fashion Star” (didn’t pay attention during the first 20), there were no commercial spots occupied by paid national advertisers. All of the commercial breaks consisted of promos for upcoming NBC shows. There were a couple of spots for the local Honda dealers sales event, but those were local ads during the affiliate breaks.

    I don’t recall ever seeing an episode of a commercial television series with commercial breaks but with no paid commercials. I wonder if NBC placed spots they sold in other shows because of the Boston bombings coverage disrupting the schedule … or if they just weren’t able to sell any spots on “Fashion Star” last night … or if the heavy involvement of Fiat, Macy’s, Saks and Express in the show made it unnecessary to sell commercials so NBC could use the commercial breaks as a vehicle for promoting other series … or what.

  • alexjones

    I doubt the network’s will factor tonight’s ratings into the renew/cancel decisions due to all the prememtions, so don’t worry if your favourite show gets really low ratings.

  • Joseph

    One reason NBC’s news coverage may have won the ratings race among the broadcast networks might have been the fact that “Nightly News” is the top-rated network evening newscast, and has been for quite a few years.

    I suspect the cable news channels also had huge spikes in viewing, and may actually have been competitive with the broadcast networks.

    Given the fast-breaking events last evening (April 19th), I could understand that “20/20″ and “Rock Center” would be broadcast live from coast-to-coast.

    I wouldn’t be surprised if CBS expands “48 Hours” tonight (April 20th) to two hours so they can present a really in-depth wrap-up of the week’s events in the Boston area.

    I can also see ABC dumping one of the two “Castle” reruns and NBC dumping the “Voice” repeat for prime-time specials which likewise would wrap-up the week.

  • BJH

    With an average of 1.06 viewers and assuming the 9pm repeat received under a million (as CW repeats usually do), Nikita most likely got at least 1.07 million or higher. However, that’s without preempting or choosing media coverage instead. It’ll most likely adjust down, but I hope it stays over 1 million and a 0.3/1. It might match its season low of 0.2/1.

  • JoshuaCanada

    Grimm and the first happy endings episode aired here in Canada. If you want to see them, you all know the sites that are a click away.

  • Mickey 1.0

    It was such a relief to see Suspect #2 captured and Boston’s ordeal finally come to an end. The networks made the right decision to pre-empt, I think people needed to see the closure.

    I’m a little surprised NBC won the night. Though Brian Williams is my favourite American anchor, I haven’t heard that NBC news is more highly regarded than the other networks, and in fact, because NBC has a younger audience, I would expect their news programmes to have lower ratings. Could NBC’s higher numbers last night be due to the fact that some affiliates still aired Fashion Star and Grimm, as other posters are reporting?

    I see Max has finally given up all pretense at being PARIS and having gone away like he said he would. And I see his irrational hatred for Revenge comes out even when it is completely irrelevant and trumps even such concerns as terrorist bombers.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “I see Max has finally given up all pretense at being PARIS and having gone away like he said he would. And I see his irrational hatred for Revenge comes out even when it is completely irrelevant and trumps even such concerns as terrorist bombers.”

    Not only was the “real” Max able to troll people at will without them being able to ignore him, but “fake” Max’s seem to have the same ability.

    Will the trolled never learn?

  • Joseph

    “Fashion Star” and “Grimm” apparently were seen only on the West Coast.

  • Gene

    @Mickey 1.0

    It’s not really surprising that NBC won. They usually win during special news events (elections, debates, etc.)

  • emily

    If anyone wants to see the two Happy Endings that were prempted they have then over at Hulu.

  • Ike

    The CW affiliate in New York City, WPIX 11, did not air Nikita last night. There is no word yet on when or if they will reschedule the episode. I am hoping it will air tonight (Saturday) at 8 p.m.

  • ZmaX

    Nikita was great last night! Very BIG revelations with Amanda and great development with the Division mutiny storyline…oh yeah, and a series regular got killed off…

    They aired a repeat of Grimm (season 2 episode 2 to be exact) here in SoCal, there was no new episode, but according to Grimm’s facebook page last night, they’ll air this week’s episode next week.

    Does that mean that Grimm will be a week ahead in Canada, or will they skip a week so it’s all evened out with the US airings?

  • Dan S

    I thought last nights Grimm seemed familiar to me. It was still very fun to watch & it too did no local advertisinig at the break. There was no mention of its move to Tues starting April 30th when I assume that’s when it’ll air again. Vegas that got bumped to tonight still isn’t scheduled on my DVR. It says to be announced so I’m sure it’ll hit a series low being on Sat & DVR’s missing the last minute change.

  • Jay Raskin

    I was switching between ABC, NBC and CBS for about an hour. NBC was doing the best job of getting new information. ABC had a few nice scoops too. CBS just kept repeating old information and they would get the new information five or six minutes after NBC and ABC.

  • Colin

    CW wasn’t pre-empted. I watched Nikita and repeat of Oh Sit!

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