TV Ratings Friday: 'Grimm' & 'Happy Endings' Fall as 'Vegas' & 'Blue Bloods' Rise

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April 27th, 2013


Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 1.3/5 1.2/4 1.0/3 0.8/3 0.3/1
Total Viewers (million) 8.82 4.32 3.86 2.64 0.98

CBS was number one in adults 18-49 and with total viewers.

On ABC, Happy Endings earned a 0.5 at 8PM and an 0.6 at 8:30, both down from their last original's 0.8 adults 18-49 rating at 8PM & 0.7 at 8:30PM. Shark Tank earned a 1.9, down two tenths from its last original's 2.1.   20/20 earned a 1.2, down half a ratings point from last week's 1.7 adults 18-49 rating.

On CBS, Undercover Boss earned a 1.6, up a tenth from last week's  1.5 adults 18-49 rating . Vegas garnered a 1.0, up two tenths from its last original's 0.8 adults 18-49 rating. Blue Bloods scored a 1.4, up a tenth from its last episode's 1.3 adults 18-49 rating.

On NBC Fashion Star scored a 0.7, down a tenth from its last episode's 0.8 adults 18-49 rating. Grimm earned a 1.3, down two tenths from its last original's 1.5   Rock Center garnered a 0.9, down a full point from last week's 1.9  adults 18-49 rating.

On the CW, Nikita was even with last week's 0.3 adults 18-49 rating.

Overnight broadcast primetime ratings for Friday, April 26, 2013

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00 PM CBS Undercover Boss 1.6 6 8.75
FOX Kitchen Nightmares 1.0 4 2.96
NBC Fashion Star 0.7 3 2.92
ABC Happy Endings 0.5 2 2.22
CW Nikita 0.3 1 1.18
9:30PM ABC Hapy Endings 0.6 2 1.80
9:00 PM ABC Shark Tank 1.9 6 6.40
NBC Grimm 1.3 4 4.86
CBS Vegas 1.0 3 7.36
FOX Touch 0.6 2 2.32
CW Oh Sit -R 0.3 1 0.80
10:00PM CBS Blue Bloods 1.4 4 10.36
ABC 20/20 1.2 4 4.56
NBC Rock Center 0.9 3 3.81


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; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.3/6; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.8/5 with an encore.
  • In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 Wednesday results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 0.7/3; "Late Show," 0.5/2; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.7/4 with an encore.
  • From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET Wednesday night, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 1.2/4 in metered-market households and a 0.5/3 in 18-49 in the Local People Meters.
  • From 12:35-1:35 a.m. ET, "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.4/5 in metered-market households) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.1/3).  In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.5/3 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.3/2).
  • At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.8/3 in metered-market households and a 0.3/2 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

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  • HalCapone

    Grim ratings all around. Terrible, terrible shame about Happy Endings, the best comedy on television in years–that no one is watching.

  • Claudia

    LOL karma its a bitch TVBTN never been so entertaining to read :)

  • Richard Steven Hack

    Claudia: Karma will be a bitch for BATB this time next year – if not sooner. :-)


  • r0ckmypants

    @glover – Oh Sit wasn’t even close to beating Touch.

  • Carmen

    “Please be aware a Lot of people are reporting DVRs did not record Happy Endings”

    Possibly, but that can’t have anything above a miniscule impact on the ratings.
    The sad fact is that Happy Endings does not attract an audience.

    Watching both episodes last night, I couldn’t escape the feeling that the show has regressed and despite the great camaraderie among the 6 leads, the show is not that good and that somehow the show as a whole does not equal the sum of the parts.

    A couple of items struck me as a problem.

    1) They can’t all be zany characters. Somebody has to be the (occasionally at least) voice of reason. They really needed a “Andy Taylor” type steadying influence.
    – That started out as being Brad (the husband) as the successful business professional, but they quickly made him into little more than a buffoon for Janes manipulations.

    2)They needed for 2 of the 6 to become the leads and the others to be somewhat supporting characters.
    – To spout an ancient cliche, “Too many cooks spoil the broth”

    Maybe go more the “70’s Show” model where 2 of the teens are more of the focus.
    Or even like Modern Family where Clare, Jay, and sometimes Cam are more often the focus than the others.

    On HE, I think they tried to spread the wealth around and sometimes force others into the plotline when it wasn’t needed. The result was a mess of zaniness.

  • Ike

    Also, regarding Nikita syndication: A domestic cable channel could probably lie and promote the show as completely new, and hardly anybody would know the difference! :) Doesn’t that actually IMPROVE its syndication chances? ;) J/k, I love the show. But I wonder, will it end up syndicated to an extremely obscure channel like Esquire (formerly G4) or Reelz? They almost really could start with the pilot episode and say “an original Esquire series!” and only a few of us would know the difference.

  • ViolaDeWynter

    LOL! This is beyond pathetic for Nikita. Just cancel it already. Wanna know something funny? I was a Nikita fangirl once, back in S01 when it was actually a decent action thriller. Unfortunately, it has turned into Gossip Girl w/ guns and I absolutely hate it now.

    The Following, on the other hand is my new favorite show. So sexy and intense! Love it <3

  • Malcom

    So more viewers watched Vegas, but Shark Tank won the time slot with less viewers? Plus it appears that Vegas was third in total viewership for the night.

    I don’t get how they assume so many people from age 18-49 watch these shows, and then decide who won the ratings when it’s clear more people watched Vegas than Shark Tank.

  • Red Jane

    I wonder how Grimm will fare on Tuesdays now… It has been relatively solid on Fridays (ok not so much this week but some folk may have seen this chap before) and it’d be a shame if it does worse on the new, in principle better, slot

  • CrimTV


    Grimm can easily score above a 2.0 after The Voice because The New Normal rose from like a 0.9 to a 1.7.

  • CrimTV


    I would hardly call The Following ‘sexy’

  • Holly


    I don’t get how they assume so many people from age 18-49 watch these shows, and then decide who won the ratings

    Click the FAQ at the bottom of the page and let the puppets explain it all.

  • thesnowleopard

    @Bill Gorman

    Thanks for reminding me about the syndication factor! It helps that Grimm’s ratings trends indicate it could get renewed at the end of next season even on its own merits if it continues to hold up. That bodes well, so far, for its reaching a fifth season or even beyond. It’s certainly built for that.

  • rob60990

    I read the CW was preempted in Chicago again so Nikita could adjust down. :D

  • Claudia

    LOL RHS ! Really?! I dont think so, Your predictions or disliking of certain shows are a slap in your face, BATB is in its way to become the next SPN fandom said by the leaders of that fandom, and if it doesnt, believe me I will not be spewing hate towards other shows because I dont like them….its too narcissistic what you try to do in this site while you are been delusional with Nikita yourself!!!!!

    Death to Nikita (ok, at least 10 episode in respect to the other fans)

  • ViolaDeWynter


    That’s your opinion. And it’s absolutely irrelevant! There’s nothing sexier than hot guys murdering people. The Following is such a beautifully erotic experience.

  • Fake Me Out

    Not only was a broadcast version of Grimm available, a WEB-DL version was available before last night.

    Not sure how many people may be screwed over by their DVRs and the last minute shuffle last week but I can say from personal experience that mine was messed up. I have Grimm set to record all new episodes on NBC … last week my NBC feed was showing the Boston story but the guide showed Grimm so it was DVR’d … last night my DVR saw the Grimm episode as a duplicate event and skipped recording it … given the mess the schedule was and the availability of downloads (legal and otherwise) and the fact I still think some NBC affiliates out west aired the episode last week I think a 0.2 fall is pretty amazingly low … could have fallen further.

    Now my question is what square does the above fall on in Fan Excuse Bingo? The SCF square? (SCF = Scheduling Cluster F***) Is there a SQF square?


  • John A

    Oh Sit will adjust down if Chicago was pre empted. That sucks. Nikita wont i assume. Come on its a loser but not that big to a 0.2.

  • Bizarro

    Oh Sit rerun ties with Nikita WOW!

  • Richard Steven Hack

    Claudia: “BATB is in its way to become the next SPN fandom”

    Bwahahahahahah!!! :-) Not a chance! It’s ratings won’t allow it to be on the air long enough to even come close to SPN’s eight seasons! It won’t make it past two – if that. :-)


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