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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  • Marc

    “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.”

    LOL. You guys kill me. Why not “oh and they were aired on Fridays and people still aren’t used to that” and “they aired against Fashion Star and Kitchen Nightmares, which might as well be like airing them against the Voice!!!!” Derrrp. Yikes, people…

  • snoot

    Happy endings is making last man standing and malibu country look like juggernauts

  • RyanCanada

    to me grimm was a rerun, as it aired last week in canada and anyone can view it online

  • davie

    so, the 8PM Happy Endings got 0.5 with 2.22mill and the 8:30 episode lost 400,000 viewers, but went up a tenth in demo? really weird, huh?

    Unless the 8pm hour is inflated or that 400k drop in viewers were WAY older.

  • davie

    Nikita..flat. I had more confidence when it was pulling those couple 0.5’s earlier in the season.

  • Kyle R


    Uhhhh…because these are actually valid excuses? ABC didn’t decide they were going to air these episodes on Friday until earlier this week. A lot of DVRs thought these episodes aired last week, but they were pre-empted due to the manhunt, but many DVRs still thought they were repeats. When ABC announced this, a prominent tv critic warned everybody that the ratings for HE this week would be egregiously low and they shouldn’t matter in the long run. “People don’t know it’s on Friday” isn’t a provable excuse, but “these episodes were on Hulu and iTunes for a few days” and “a lot of DVRs thought these were repeats” are provable.

  • Marc

    @Kyle R

    Not the same scenario for Shark Tank which did fine? Either way, if Happy Endings fans can’t manage to find out when their shows are on they are not as smart as they think. Or maybe they are just a bunch of DVR dependent mouth-droolers? I know I am old and like 30ish but I am usually self-sufficient enough to figure out when “THE GREATEST SITCOM IN THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD OKAY YOU IDIOTS” is on.

  • Happy Diego

    Happy Endings’ not gonna have a happy ending.

    Seriously, Fashion Star?

    Vegas holds on on Friday…

    Shark Tank to thursdays at 8pm!

    I wanna kill myself when I watch the Touch’s ratings.

    Rock Center doesn’t rocks at 10pm.

    End of my observations.

  • Kate

    I can’t believe Nikita is going to be renewed. What an absolute joke.

    My DVR didn’t record Grimm, so I assumed it wasn’t on due to the fact that they’re going to start airing episodes on Tuesdays now.

  • Ken

    My Comcast-driven DVR didn’t record either Happy Endings or Grimm. I watched Happy Endings on Hulu earlier in the week, so no biggie. But kinda pissed that a new episode of Grimm was ignored by Comcast of all things.

  • Tyson

    People, May sweeps started Thursday. If you’re going to make assumptions, assume everything is new between now and May 22. I’d assume you’re smarter than your DVRs but, judging from the comments each day, my assumption would be wrong in many cases.

  • John A

    Lol no one commented on Touch. It doesnt even have one fan hoping for renewel. I feel sorry for it. Every show deserves 1 crazy fan hoping for renewel.

  • omabin

    @John A,

    I agree, Touch’s ratings are so so bad that it is crazy how there aren’t more people commenting on it.

    It is averaging a 0.72, down 70% from last year’s 2.41. Even if you give it a very generou friday factor of 35%, that puts its average at 0.97, which is still a 60% drop!! Accounting for the inflation (as in general scripted shows decline year to year), that means a 54% drop!! So even being very very generous towards it and using all fan excuse bingo possible, it still has a higher fall than 50%, it is crazy! Only Smash and Happy Endings have comparable falls (53% and 50%).

  • Anthony Parello (AP076)

    @Happy Diego
    “Vegas holds on on Friday…”

    Hold on to what? 1,250,000 (approx.) people under 49 watching? ;-)

  • PurpleDrazi

    Oh Happy Endings…why must you make me so sad.

    At least I know Grimm is already renewed.

  • Anthony Parello (AP076)

    @Kyle R
    “they shouldn’t matter in the long run.”

    Well you got that part right. The show is cancelled in all but name only. I would go as far as saying the show is in The Bear’s jaws and that he just hasn’t clamped down yet.

    I suppose I could see a scenario where USA would pick it up for a pairing with Modern Family but given the results of the TBS Cougar Town “experiment” I don’t see why.

    Even though it has been renewed Cougar Town did not exactly light up the TBS schedule, even underperforming their original comedies, and Cougar Town was a lot better rated than Happy Ending has been this year.

    I have to wonder if NBC pulled the plug on Whitney (which I don’t think they will) if it would be a better fit for USA in that it is a Universal production.

  • Anthony Parello (AP076)

    @TSC’s Revenge
    Posted April 27, 2013 at 11:05 AM
    “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??”

    Oh I wish I knew how to do the eyes rolling figure. I can think of no comment that merits it more.

  • W

    Vegas is a great and entertaining show! Dennis Quaid and Michael Chiklis are superb actors!

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “Oh I wish I knew how to do the eyes rolling figure.”

    While Robert cringes a bit every time I repost this…


  • wade

    last man standing reruns would kill happy endings right now. unbelievable that happy endings could be doing so badly that it is only competing with lame Nikita

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