TV Ratings Friday: 'Happy Endings' Finale Up; 'Shark Tank' & 'Undercover Boss' Down, 'Nikita', 'Blue Bloods' & 'Touch' Flat

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May 4th, 2013

Happy Endings May 2

Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 1.3/5 1.1/4 1.0/4 0.9/3 0.3/1
Total Viewers (million) 4.489 8.104 4.170 2.613  0.995

ABC was number one in adults 18-49 while CBS was on top with total viewers.

On ABC, Happy Endings earned a 0.8 at 8PM up 33 percent from last week’s 0.6 and  season finale scored a 0.7 at 8:30, up from 17 percent from last week's 0.6 adults 18-49 rating at 8PM. Your predictions were about right.  Shark Tank earned a 1.7 down 15 percent from last week’s  2.0.   20/20 earned a 1.6 up 33 percent from last week's 1.2 adults 18-49 rating.

On CBS, Undercover Boss earned a 1.2 down 29 percent from last week's  1.7 adults 18-49 rating . Vegas garnered a 0.9 down 10 percent from last week’s 1.0 adults 18-49 rating. Blue Bloods scored a 1.3 adults 18-49 rating, even with last week.

On NBC Fashion Star scored 0.7 adults 18-49 rating, matching last week’s performance. Dateline earned a 1.2 adults 18-49 rating down 14 percent from a 1.4 for its most recent Friday episode on March 1 and down 8 percent from Grimm’s 1.3 in the time period last week.  Rock Center garnered a 1.1 up 22 percent from last week's 0.9  adults 18-49 rating.

On FOX, Kitchen Nightmares notched a 1.1 adults 18-49 rating up 10 percent from a 1.0 last week. Touch earned a 0.6 adults 18-49 rating , even with  last week.

On the CW, Nikita scored a 0.3 adults 18-49 rating, even with last week.

Overnight broadcast primetime ratings for Friday, May 3, 2013

Time  Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
8:00 CBS Undercover Boss 1.2/5 7.19
FOX Kitchen Nightmares 1.1/4 3.00
ABC Happy Endings 0.8/3 2.72
NBC Fashion Star 0.7/3 3.01
CW Nikita 0.3/1 1.21
8:30 ABC Happy Endings - Season Finale 0.7/2 2.13
9:00 ABC Shark Tank 1.7/5 5.53
NBC Dateline 1.2/4 5.29
CBS Vegas 0.9/3 7.26
FOX Touch 0.6/2 2.23
CW Supernatural - R 0.3/1 0.78
10:00 ABC 20/20 1.6/5 5.51
CBS Blue Bloods 1.3/4 9.86
NBC Rock Center 1.1/3 4.21


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," 2.3/5; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.4/6; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 2.1/5 with an encore.
  • In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 Wednesday results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 0.6/3; "Late Show," 0.5/2; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.8/3 with an encore.
  • From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET Wednesday night, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 1.3/4 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" (1.3/4 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" (0.4/3 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.2/1).
  • At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.8/3 in metered-market households and a 0.2/1 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.


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  • Danimals

    @ John A.

    It was no secret that you wanted it to tie or beat it ;)
    Although I like both shows, I knew this would happen, Supernatural tying. Kind of expected SPN to get a .4

  • Potato


    Sounds like an awesome spanish french fry XD

  • Danimals

    @ Potato

    I think it makes it a funnier, cause at this point he is the only person doing it.

  • Dillan

    Bye Happy Endings. I don’t even think USA will pick it up after how low ratings went.

    A repeat if SPN equalling Nikita..

  • rob60990

    @EatMorePez, just because a show lasted 3 seasons does not mean it is not a flop. Of course Nikita is a flop. It premiered with a 1.4 and has dropped all the way down to a .2.

  • Dennis


    Flopkita !! :D

    1.4 alllll the way down to a PATHETIC 0.2

  • Bryan

    When you look at that big jump from HE to Shark Tank at 9pm (1 full point), you realize that people really don’t want to watch HE. Abc has no choice, but to cancel it. Sayonara, HE!

  • John A

    If CW promoted Supernatural on friday it probably would have beat Nikita. They wouldnt promote a repeat of course.

  • Josh Emerson

    Really hoping USA (or TBS) picks up Happy Endings. :(

  • Danimals

    Wow Shark Tank dropped 3 tenths from last week.

  • Danimals

    .3 *

  • JD

    At least HE rose. Creatively, it’s as good as it’s ever been, and hopefully USA picks it up. I don’t watch Nikita, but I also don’t rejoice in it having low numbers, because that is beyond pathetic.

  • chris23

    Wow most of CBS programming this week taking hits. I love how Blue Bloods gets a renewal at it’s lower than stellar ratings when CSI NY is deemed as canceled for the identical numbers BB gets. And YES I KNOW Blue Bloods gets the syndication factor but with everything bombing one would think NEW YORK looks like a solid option for the 9 slot.

    Nikita broke a million viewers. I wonder if it can manage a .4. I figured Supernatural would’ve broke near a million viewers in repeat and a .4 but what can u expect for a repeat after a low rated new episode of NIKITA!!!

    Shark Tank and 20/20 solid performers as usual. Not even the weaker shows leading into these shows have influence on their ratings. I figured Happy Endings would hit a .7/.8 range for the finale.

    Not bad for Dateline at 9 and surprised Rock Center hit a 1.1, I remember last season the CW shows were Beating this show on Wednesday Nights or Thursday was it? And yes I know this show has broke a 1 before and almost hit a 2 but that was because of the Boston Bombing. But still a 1.1 for this show at 10 is ok..

  • Peter

    Very bad numbers for Blue flop.

  • Nerdbot

    So much for a Supernatural repeat beating Nikita. I’m still waiting for the renewal announcement, anyway.

  • Danimals

    Shark Tank had the biggest drop from last week on Friday.

  • Jake

    Nikita up in viewers no?

  • Danimals


    I don’t think we will hear anything about Nikita’s renewal until the scheduled date on Finales week?

  • Noel

    Nikita is up in viewers in millions, so that is something.

  • Nerdbot


    Yeah, I agree. After all, they’re renewing their lowest-rated show. I don’t see them announcing it with fireworks as they did with Supernatural, Arrow and TVD.

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