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.


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  • JulieDawn

    I was actually really surprised the new Grimm did still air as scheduled here in Canada, usually whenever most series are pre-empted in the US they are in Canada too – even last minute – as the contracts rarely allow Canadian transmission prior to the US airing.

    Must have all happened VERY last minute, or something fell through the cracks or in a loophole.

    I’d DVR’d Grimm last night and was all ready to just delete it this morning after hearing abt the pre-emption, but something made me check it first. I was a bit confused when I saw it was the new ep…but not complaining!

  • jeanº

    GOD BLESS RUSSIA! ’nuff said

  • John

    this might have already been answered but was happy endings on?

  • Darkridedan

    People refuse to watch NBC (for good reason) during regularly scheduled programming, but fall asleep with CBS on unless breaking news occurs in which they leave the great reporting of CBS and opt for the slant of NBC. People are funny.

  • Ultima

    I was actually really surprised the new Grimm did still air as scheduled here in Canada, usually whenever most series are pre-empted in the US they are in Canada too – even last minute – as the contracts rarely allow Canadian transmission prior to the US airing.

    The networks didn’t break into national news coverage until the late afternoon, at which point it was probably too late for CTV et al to pull the programming. Presumably Vegas, which was preempted earlier in the day, wouldn’t have aired.

    The same thing happened last year when the rescheduled-to-Monday Daytona 500 ended up running through primetime – House and Alcatraz still aired in Canada.

  • Liam

    Wheres the table????

  • Richard Steven Hack

    Liam: Try reading the post. There are no ratings to put in a table.

  • bluejoni

    NBC’s Pete Williams is the class act of ALL TV journalists !!

  • RandyL

    @Fake Boston Tragedy
    You and Dzhokhar would make very good friends.

  • Mark3

    Thank god we killed one terrorist now other will be interogated.to full exrent then become an AMERICAns boyfriend in prison rhen prob death. But the prisoners will prob kill him soon enough :)

  • Jo

    Still no Nikkita ratings? The terrorists have won.

  • 728huey

    I’m pretty sure the broadcast networks except FOX aired non-stop news coverage of the Boston bomber hunt from nightly news time thru President Obama’s news conference just after 10:00 pm EST commercial free. After that, both Rock Center and 20/20 aired on NBC and ABC respectively, though their entire telecasts were just a recap of the events in Boston. (And I’m sure many FOX affiliates aired local news coverage or the FOX News coverage of the event.)

    At any rate, here’s where I predict the ratings were for this special news coverage:

    1. NBC
    2. ABC
    3. Fox News
    4. CBS
    5. CNN
    6. MSNBC

  • Just

    so, do we have to worry about nikita hitting a new low? :(

  • alexjones

    possible, but it’s no big deal if it has, the CW will be aware that it was probably due to the boston bombings, and won’t factor it into their decision on whether to renew or cancel it.

  • TSC’s Revenge


    Wheres the table????

    Agreed! Something is NOT right.  I too, am not seeing the usual ratings table.  

  • Jacob

    Personally I hate listening to Scott Pelley talk, he takes a year to finish a sentence and I feel CBS News is slow and outdated.

  • Ultima

    Agreed! Something is NOT right. I too, am not seeing the usual ratings table.


  • USAmerica1st

    C’mon, the cable news stations were much better: they were farther ahead in the news event timeline, had 24/7 coverage, and were much more thorough than the channels which seemed to be giving summaries that the cable channels were developing. CNN and Fox were way ahead of the field, even though they pushed too hard at times.

  • 728huey


    Actually, the cable networks were particularly bad with their coverage of this whole episode. They were making random speculations about who the suspects were before all the information was even released, much of it way off the mark. Fox News was terrible as usual with their fearmongering, but CNN was really bad as well for most of the week, mostly for reporting an arrest which had not been made at the time they reported it. MSNBC was slightly better, but deferred much of their content to their NBC News brethren.

  • John A

    Nikita got 0.4 18-49 and 1.14 million via Marc Berman. Plenty other ratings at his site but they all look highly inflated.

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