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.

  • Simon

    It is not a random episode of Once, it is new.

  • Richard Steven Hack

    I am irritated that once again we have no Revenge episode…yet another hiatus…It does make one feel that every airing of Revenge is “random”…

  • rob60990

    @David, Revenge & Red Widow aired episodes with Once being a rerun on 3/31.

  • David


    Thanks, I was on vacation then hence why I didn’t know.

  • wade

    nbc actually won some ratings without the voice. they should hope for terrorism more often.

  • Nerdbot

    Please, Nikki, don’t get adjusted down :(

  • Paolo

    I don’t get it: was Grimm a repeat or a new?

  • GARY

    Nikita scripts are improved. Thank you writers and whoever else
    is responsible.

  • Tom

    @Paolo NEW. GRIMM WAS NEW.

  • Karen Pac

    Our programming in CT was all preempted :( Malibu Country would have been on in our house!

  • Simon

    If those ratings hold for Grimm then that’s a SERIES HIGH!

  • Jacob

    Someone said Shark Tank was a repeat, also I thought Happy Endings was new on Friday? HMmm

  • Martine

    Grimm is doing great. Thats why they are going to kill it by moving it to tuesday. Then they will move it back, but it will take it a long time to recover. Anytime you move a show you hurt it. Especially Grimm belongs on Fridays. I hate NBC. How can they be so stupid and uncaring?

  • Mark2


    NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams has been #1 for years now.

    He averages around 9 million viewers every night.

  • Martine

    Are people really stupid or something? If Grimm was a repeat there would be an R. It wasn’t. I watched it it was new.


    @idontknow. CNN was acually the network to report the misleading information. Not FOX. MSNBC blamed the Tea Party for the Boston attack, showing why they are always last.

  • Martine

    @ idon’tknow; CNN reported the incorrect arrest.

  • Fred

    Rock Center series high. First time it beat 20/20. Just when I thought NBC should move or cancel Rock Center it wins the slot !
    I flipped between ABC’s 20/20 and NBC’s Rock Center.
    Both informative as usual,but I give the edge to 20/20 .
    20/20 stepped up its game and accomplished some serious reporting .
    It will be interesting to see how Rock Center performs next week against the usual champ 20/20.

  • Douglas from Brazil


    Grimm wasn’t new friday only aired on Canada that’s the reason why people can download and watch it.I repeat: Grimm wasn’t new in US,only on CTV, Canada.

  • TT

    So it doesnt show Happy Endings as being on Friday? I know the news was on here but how did it get changed to Last Man Standing and Malibu Country or whatever instead? I know I DVR’d the 2 episodes that were supposed to be on and those 2 shows were not listed as being on instead. What am I missing? Any idea if the 2 Happy Endings episodes will air? I saw they are online to watch though so I dont see how they didnt air somewhere Friday.

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