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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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.

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  • Rollie Dethloff

    I watch ABC News because I don’t have cable or satellite. They are the best in my opinion over NBC and CBS.

  • Ultima

    Hourly Preliminary Ratings via Travis Yanan

    East Coast / West Coast (if different) – A18-49 rating, total viewership

    NBC News Special / Fashion Star – 2.7, 10.47 million
    ABC News Special / Last Man Standing (R) + Happy Endings (R) – 1.7, 7.58 million
    CBS News Special / Undercover Boss (R) – 1.6, 6.99 million
    Kitchen Nightmares (R) – 1.2, 3.24 million
    Nikita – 0.4, 1.14 million

    NBC News Special / Grimm – 2.6, 9.22 million
    ABC News Special / Shark Tank (R) – 2.0, 7.75 million
    CBS News Special – 1.5, 7.28 million
    Kitchen Nightmares (R) – 1.0, 2.75 million
    Oh Sit (R) – 0.3, 0.97 million

    Rock Center – 2.1, 7.11 million
    20/20 – 1.8, 6.30 million
    CBS News Special / Hawaii Five-0 (R) – 1.3, 5.95 million

    Note that FOX and the CW had preemptions for local news coverage in many markets.

  • Richard Steven Hack

    Anyone who watches ANY broadcast or cable news is being fed BS from the get-go. Local stations aren’t much better. I was watching WCVB in Boston on the Net when the latest events started and they spent hours babbling solely about info they got hiding behind the police lines – and not even talking to the cops.

    REAL reporters would have collared every cop they could grab and ask them questions. They would have bugged the ones in charge until they got a statement. These morons stood in the street and knew absolutely nothing. The ONLY interesting info they got was from videos from people who witnessed the events and filmed them with their own cameras.

    News is a joke in this country. How else would over seventy percent of Americans think Iran already HAS nuclear weapons when they don’t even have a weapons program (something all 16 US intelligence agencies AND Israeli intelligence agree on.) And ninety nine percent think Iran is a threat to the US, when Iran has ZERO ability to project military power beyond their borders except for a few hundred missiles that can hit regionally only. It’s because the news is manipulated for the benefit of the military-industrial complex, the oil companies, the banks who finance those entities, and the politicians who profit from doing what those entities want – which is war for oil.

  • Richard Steven Hack

    With Nikita at .4 and numerous local preemptions, we can expect it to adjust down. I might as well get that in there before someone else does. :-) Not that it matters, of course – season four is still a lock despite all these clowns claiming it will only get 13 episodes.

  • Hi

    @Richard Steven Hack

    This numbers above is counting with the preemptions? I thought that was WITHOUT the markets with preemp.

  • Ultima

    This numbers above is counting with the preemptions? I thought that was WITHOUT the markets with preemp.

    Preliminary ratings include preemptions; they are removed for the final ratings.

  • Hi


    Oh.. Thanks!

  • Colin

    @Joe, I’m from Maryland, and it aired.

  • RandomCommentor

    Pretty sure Grimm was a repeat along the entire west coast despite minimal pre-emptions. I think where people get confused is that the built-in digital tv guides by the providers (for DVRs and such as well) state it is the new episode “Ring of Fire”, but it is in fact a somewhat old repeat (what’s old is new again?).

    As others have said, even it did air a new episode in some areas it is largely a wash anyway.

    P.S. Does that “anti-spammer” checkbox really work well? It’s just an old javascript trick (forcing javascript to be enabled to comment)

  • Kike Kikerson

    Lol at war for oil dude a few posts up. Cut the Richard Steven out of your name and HACK is what you are.

  • Jo

    I’m not surprised CBS’s coverage got such low ratings. Their viewers are confused by crimes which aren’t solved in an hour.

  • Richard Steven Hack

    Kikerson: Your ignorance costs American lives in pointless wars for the benefit of the rich. But of course you don’t care because you’re a “patriot” and “chickenhawk” who’s probably never been in the military himself. I served from 1967 to 1970 in the US Army – and I was an idiot for doing so. I wised up. Why don’t you?

    Could we PLEASE get rid of that spammer checkbox which is utterly useless against real spammers?

  • Olka

    Where are the ratings?

  • Fake Me Out

    @Richard Steven Hack

    Could we PLEASE get rid of that spammer checkbox which is utterly useless against real spammers?

    I think the whole checkbox thing is part of a giant mindf*** perpetrated on us by Robert just to test some theory of his … although I could be wrong.


  • Fake Me Out

    @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.

    I watched a net obtained version last night and I can confirm it was a NBC broadcast and not a Canadian version. It was NOT the usual style like a WEB-DL version as it had the NBC brand bug and promos for other shows on the bottom defacing the screen. At the end during the previews there was mention of the move to Tuesdays. My best guess is some station had already obtained their copy for broadcast and the broadcast monkeys never got the pull it at the last minute memo so it ran ‘as scheduled’. Just another giant cluster f*** on the part of NBC folks.


    PS: I loved the tip o’ the hat to Young Frankenstein in the show … it happened so fast I had to back up and replay it to be sure I heard/saw right the first time … LOVED IT! So slight, so sly but nice all the same.

  • sapra

    Friday: 8:00 – NBC News Special/ Fashion Star: 2.7, ABC News Special / Last Man Standing (R) / Happy Endings (R): 1.7, CBS News Special / Undercover Boss (R): 1.6, Kitchen Nightmares (R) (* local affiliate news special): 1.2, Nikita (* local affiliate news special): 0.4. 9:00 – NBC News Special / Grimm: 2.6, ABC News Special / Shark Tank (R): 2.0, CBS News Special: 1.5, Kitchen Nightmares (R) (* local affiliate news special): 1.0, Oh Sit (R) (* local affiliate news special): 0.3. 10:00 – Rock Center: 2.1, 20/20: 1.8, Hawaii Five-0 (R): 1.3

  • Fake Me Out


    I watched a net obtained version last night and I can confirm it was a NBC broadcast and not a Canadian version…

    I guess I should correct myself and say it was the version meant to be broadcast Friday by NBC … most likely case is it did slip through and was aired however it’s possible someone at a NBC station RIPed a copy to distribute or someone snagged it from the NBC satellite uplink earlier in the day before it was pulled.

  • Lucas

    NBC would have better ratings as a 24-hour news network on broadcast.

  • David

    May I ask why ABC has decided to air a random Once Upon A Time episode at 8 leading into some special? Revenge and Red Widow have less episodes left?

  • Idontknowwhatnametoput

    @USAmerica1st CNN and FOX had the worse coverage, MSNBC was fine up until they brought in their regular political teams. FOX and CNN both were embarrassed earlier in the week when they both declared that the suspect had been arrested. They were the only networks to report this misinformation.

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