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.

  • Richard Steven Hack

    Grimm was on and was pretty good.

    Nikita on the other hand was AWESOME! That episode was probably was one of the best, if not the best, of the three seasons. It could have served as the season finale. The back story on Amanda, death of a major character, Division in ruins. It doesn’t get better than that. The pace was breakneck, the tension was non-stop through the entire show. And it was nice to see Christopher Heyerdahl, late of Sanctuary.

    Performance were superb as usual, especially by Lyndsy and Aaron and also Maggie and Melinda. Even Lyndie Greenwood did well.

    I suspect by the finale – there are still four episodes left – that the show will be changed major. I suspect even Alex will be killed off, as well as Amanda. That will leave the core three leads – Nikita, Michael and hopefully Birkhoff – back on the run from the government with no Division at all. It would be a nice budget-cutting move for season four.

  • Hillbilly

    I’m glad there’s cable TV. :)

  • Joe

    @Colin Yeah it was for people in at the very least New england/Northeastern US, not one show was on during 8-11pm primetime was continuous news coverage on all network stations. Kinda mad that they aired it at all, cause now the only way to catch up is watch an episode online.

  • Richard Steven Hack

    By the way, I believe the Grimm I saw here in San Francisco was new. If they didn’t show it in SoCal or elsewhere, that’s really going to mess up the continuity. Major events re Juliette’s situation and Adalind’s pregnancy occurred in this week’s episode. They have to show it or people will get confused.

  • JulieDawn

    @ZmaX – good question re Grimm in Canada 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?”)

    My onscreen guide still shows the new April 26th ep scheduled for CTV next Friday, but as it also still says the same thing for NBC and we know that’ll change, I don’t expect it to be updated over the weekend. They may just re-air this weeks ep.

  • Douglas from Brazil

    Why people saying that Grimm was new last night?According to its facebook page,the episode that was supposed to air last night was pushed to a week later.Nothing new was on but CW.

  • American

    Absolutely nothing on…Boston this, Boston that on EVERY CHANNEL.

  • Richard Steven Hack

    Repeat: The Grimm I saw last night here in San Francisco WAS NEW. It was the episode listed in IMDB as “Ring of Fire” about the group’s confrontation with a “volcano god” which was supposed to air last night – and did here in San Francisco.

  • Richard Steven Hack

    Let me amend that. I do NOT know it was aired in San Francisco. That was stupid of me to say that. It was aired SOMEWHERE – and I downloaded it.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “Let me amend that. I do NOT know it was aired in San Francisco. That was stupid of me to say that. It was aired SOMEWHERE – and I downloaded it.”


    Our reports are that US episodes were repeats.

  • EatMorePez

    Last night’s Nikita did not air in many markets, but it is up for streaming at the CW website today.

  • Ultima

    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.

    As I understand it, the commercial free news specials will be sustained; that is they will be unrated and not count in any averages. This will apply to basically all of ABC, CBS and NBC (unless they had commercials in the 10pm hour – I saw that ABC/NBC switched to their regular newsmagazines, even though the content didn’t change).

    FOX and the CW did not have national news coverage, although there was probably widespread local news preemptions. If the national coverage dips low enough, those hours could be broken out; they would get national ratings, but those numbers wouldn’t count in any averages.

    Alternatively, Nielsen could just break out the entirity of the night (as they did in response to Hurricane Sandy); in that case, nothing would count in any of the averages.

  • Ultima

    *Alternatively should be “Additionally”

  • Mickey 1.0


    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?

    We don’t have access to their IP address like you do. You’re the moderator, you’re the one with the power to know who is real and who is fake, and the power to put an end to trolling, it’s your responsibility to deal with trolls. Instead, you mock the people who are dealing with the trolls because you are not.

    And I’m done here. (And unlike Max, I will leave for real.)

  • Richard Steven Hack

    Bill: Fairly probably Canada. A certain number of shows I download come from Canadian airings, although it’s usually not obvious to me.

  • Survivor Fan

    I just watched the Boston coverage on FOX News. It will be interesting to see cable ratings.

  • Richard Steven Hack

    Nikita fans: If this week’s episode of Nikita was preempted in your area but is streaming on the CW site today, GO SEE IT! It was one of the best episodes of all three seasons. MAJOR events occurred.

  • Ultima

    Instead, you mock the people who are dealing with the trolls because you are not.

    You aren’t dealing with the trolls, you’re feeding them. That’s why you’re being mocked.

    Just ignore them.

  • Felipe Nikita

    @Richard Steven Hack
    Nikita was awesome!

  • david

    I watched Nikita here in Phoenix last night and it was really good. and yest the last hour of prite time ten Pm est that was 7 Pm out here in the west did have commercials on Rock Center for NBC twenty twenty on ABC and i think CBS news had commercials but not sure about ehm because i did not reallly watch them. For the news last night i watched NBC for the breaking news.

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