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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  • Juan

    Well wasn’t that basically a repeat of happy endings as it was the episodes from last Friday, it was on iTunes and west coast got to see them, so of course it’s down

  • BJH

    Maybe ABC should let Shark Tank lead into Happy endings. Would it make a difference?

  • John A

    I just think Nikita has bottomed out 0.3 for this season. Next season it might hit regular 0.2.

  • Freddy Arrow

    “Sigh… No that isn’t the “big question”. The goal is international syndication, not local, as I just pointed out above.”

    Isn’t Nikita already syndicated internationally? Don’t pretty much all shows that last any amount of time at all get syndicated internationally? I don’t see how international syndication explains a show getting renewed. There doesn’t appear to be any kind of episode barrier (88/100 episodes) for international syndication, so why renew a show just for that unless Nikita some how makes much more internationally than other shows. I’d love see a source for this if that’s the case.

  • MJ

    I wish they would just renew LMS and MC..put poor HE out of its misery!!!!

  • Claudia

    @Freija, Weve been humble all the time and only wish for the show to have a S2, our attacks are personal to the Death BATB hater and delusional Nikita fan in this website aka RHS, nothing personal against any other fan of any other show, there are some others in here but we take it as they are, haters! But yeahhhh we dont have a superior feeling or narcissistic kind of vibe like others in here!!!!

  • outlawz

    so if C.Beast.S wins tonight they would win 5 of the last 7 days
    did C.Beast.S promoted that Mayweather special? only now i know about it

  • Dee

    As long as it is experimenting season at CBS, I would love to see what would happen if Vegas and Blue Bloods were flipped for a couple of weeks. (Yes, I would do ANYTHING to save Vegas.) I’ll bet, if Moonves’ wife really loved the show, they’d find a way to renew it, demos be damned.

  • Richard Steven Hack

    thesnowleopard: “I think your constant references to international popularity that doesn’t exist for your favorite show”

    Really? Nikita in at least its first season (I’m not sure which season the article refers to) was according to a French source being watched by 22 percent of the French TV audience.

    “BatB may not be posting stellar ratings, even for the CW, but it’s still doing much better than Nikita”

    So what? Neither BATB nor Nikita have anything to do with each other. And I have never said so. What I have done is respond to beasties to have taken to being Nikita haters because I diss THEIR show.

    So YOU don’t know what you’re talking about. And never have, since you’ve been a Nikita hater here for months if not years.

    “and it’s guaranteed another season, which Nikita is not yet guaranteed because it has not been renewed.”

    Duh! Once again…as usual in your posts here, you’re a master of the obvious and irrelevant.

    “So what if BatB may not see a third/fourth season?”

    Because the beastie to which I was replying claimed it would be the ‘new Supernatural”. Yeah, right… This level of stupidity is why I snipe at the show.

    “For that matter, the odds of BatB seeing a third season are currently higher than those of Nikita getting a fifth season.”

    This statement is simply stupid. No one expects Nikita to get a fifth season – even if that might be smart for WBTV to get 100 episodes like they did with Fringe. While the odds of BATB getting a third season are just about nil.

    “Even if the syndication gods smile on Nikita, and it gets a full fourth season, there isn’t a justification in the world for the network or the studio to invest any further than that.”

    And I never said they would. Which is again why your constant misrepresentation of my position simply demonstrates your own intellectual dishonesty.


  • moshane58

    Really think Touch is a good show.To bad its not getting the attention it deserves.Grimm is just a great show.

  • Cass

    @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.

    Chicago was indeed preempted. I would expect Oh Sit to adjust down and I hope Nikita doesn’t. It’s only hit a 0.2 once this season, which was when it was in another timeslot, with its ratings rebounding once it swapped back to its current one. Obviously, one or two showings don’t make much of a difference but I had hoped Nikita would stay steady in these last few episodes. Would make it more palatable for the CW to go beyond a 13 episode season 4 order.

  • TSC’s Revenge

    Hmmmm… Vegas was number one in its time-slot for total viewers. The demo wasn’t impressive; however, it wasn’t embarrassing either. Could we see redemption for Vegas??

  • Richard Steven Hack

    Freddy Arrow: “Isn’t Nikita already syndicated internationally?”

    “Syndication” is not the same as “international sales”. As far as I know, Nikita is not syndicated anywhere yet.

    “I don’t see how international syndication explains a show getting renewed.”

    It explains it because syndication is where a show is sold in other markets (domestic or international) AFTER (and in some cases for long-running shows during – after enough seasons have occurred) their domestic first runs. The show can generate revenue for years to come and this revenue can exceed the ad revenue earned during its first run. Syndication is a major revenue producer for the studios (not the networks.)

    “unless Nikita some how makes much more internationally than other shows. I’d love see a source for this if that’s the case.”

    As I mentioned above, Nikita allegedly has done well in France at least initially, being watched by an estimated 22 percent of the French TV audience. This is logical since the original Le Femme Nikita was a French/Italian film.

    One would also expect Nikita to do well in Asia as Maggie Q is a well-known action star there.

    Again, the point is that the studio decides whether a show has syndication potential based on its experience with similar shows over the years. If the studio offers the show for a low license fee to the network to get enough episodes for syndication, then the network has no reason not to renew it for as many episodes as the studio wants.

    Especially in the case of the CW which is OWNED by WBTV and CBS Studios precisely for the purpose of generating syndication properties.

  • JR35

    Good showing for Shark Tank. Next week is yet another episode with Lori- I don’t mind her, but Babs, where are ya? :) Next season, we may see the two ladies in the same week.

  • emily

    HE is lower then unusal because they already showed last nights episodes on Hulu last Saturday.

  • Samunto

    I think it’s time the cancellation bear started eating some posters here. Anyone who’s been here long enough knows that international syndication really doesn’t count. Most international broadcasters do not even make a tv episode at the price of $500,000 – an average hour long in the US costs 2mil.

    I think the last thing to be saved by international broadcasters from cancellation is Baywatch.
    Not even Without A Trace and Cold Case were saved which at their time were very popular overseas.

    None of these bubble shows will be saved as none of them are even known to exist overseas!!!
    But “international sales /syndication” will continue to be mentioned here high and low.

  • Doug

    Kind of a special case for HE – these two episodes were available in Hulu last Saturday, apparently did air in Canada, and didn’t record on a lot if DVRs because they were coded as repeats. I wouldn’t put too much stock in these.

  • s0303

    Love Happy Endings, but it’s over. Hope the cast get good jobs elsewhere, they’re a talented bunch. I bet Damon Wayans jr regrets living New Girl, which is going to be on Fox for a long time.

    bryan, damon wayans jr. has nothing to regret….he could not stay on new girl since he was contractually obligated to stay on happy endings…he might wish happy endings had been cancelled so he could have stayed on new girl though :)

  • Richard Steven Hack

    Samunto: Clearly you, too, do not know the difference between syndication and first run international sales.

    The idea that none of these shows are known to exist overseas is ridiculous. Nikita airs in many countries as do most US shows. One of the main reasons for BATB being renewed is undoubtedly the $1.5 million per episode it got from some international sales.

    I suggest you close mouth before engaging brain…assuming you have one.

  • Kyle R

    These episodes of Happy Endings were online for a few days last week and there was also a DVR error, so I don’t think these ratings really matter.

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