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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  • Shiro

    Once again, there some people coming here just to make themselves look stupid. yeah, its the person who always use the word FLOP for all series they don’t like! go away!

  • rob60990

    Danimals, and yet it was still the highest rated show last night and no it did not have the biggest decline last night. Undercover Boss dropped 29%. You fail AGAIN. :D

  • Raul

    Goodbye Happy Endings, maybe well see you on another network next year?

  • TV Addict

    Undercover Flop, Kitchen Flopmares, Fashion Flop, Flop Tank, Dateflop, Vegflop, Superflopural, 20/Flop, and Flop Center.
    Now we’re done. So flop making these.

  • M Andrew Thompson

    I hope Abc will wise up before making their announcement on renewal and realize that LMS and Malibu Country did a lot for them on Friday night-a poor viewing night to begin with. Reba has a lot of fan base and so does Lily Tomlin.

  • David



  • Chris


    Nice burn! Danimals needs to calm down.

  • Kelly

    Sucks cause I missed Nikita last night, thanks to the stupid baseball game.

  • thesnowleopard

    So, a Supernatural repeat of an episode that already aired on Wednesday–at 9pm–tied with Nikita at 8pm? That’s funny in a dark sort of way.

    If the network really does renew Nikita for syndication purposes, Friday night ratings next fall and spring are going to be even sadder than this season.

  • Carmen

    @ JD

    “At least HE rose. Creatively, it’s as good as it’s ever been. . . ”

    A major problem with the show has been it’s inconsistency. To me, last night was a good example.

    Spoiler alerts

    The first (8:00) episode which featured

    1)Jane and Brad throwing an illogical in your face victory dance in front of the membership chairman and

    2)Dave and Penny deciding that it was a good idea to kidnap a toddler to dissuade their parents from adopting a child was so far over the top the Hubble Telescope couldn’t see it.

    The 2nd (8:30) episode surrounding the wedding of the (up until now unknown) older sister was pretty good.

    This is the overall history of the show. One good, a couple bad.

  • Ultima

    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.

    CBS needed to cancel a veteran drama because they renewed Elementary. CSI New York was presumably the least profitable drama, so it was canceled. Simple as that.

    Wow most of CBS programming this week taking hits.

    Nope. Out of the 18 CBS shows that have aired so far this week, only eight were down from their last original episode (four were flat, six were up)

  • Ultima

    Sucks cause I missed Nikita last night, thanks to the stupid baseball game.

    Doesn’t your local affiliate air the preempted CW programming at a different time?

    I know WGN (Chicago) uses Saturday and Sunday primetime for that.

  • Jared

    Nikita is the only show the entire CW network that stays consistent every week! Even the highest shows like Vampire and Arrow drop and rise pretty frequently. But Nikita stays flat almost every single week!

    So unfair to have it back for a shortened final season when it deserves to keep going.

  • Dave

    “If the network really does renew Nikita for syndication purposes, Friday night ratings next fall and spring are going to be even sadder than this season.”

    And blah and blah and blah. What else is new dude?!

  • Alex

    I can’t quite understand why people are still clinging to the idea that USA are going to pick-up Happy Endings. As much as I enjoy the show it would be utter madness for USA or anyone else to pick it up given how poor the numbers have been. I think it would be a particularly bad idea for a network trying to launch original comedy to pick-up Happy Endings. There’s just no logical reasoning behind any of this.

  • Nikki

    lol at Nikita.. poor poor CW.

  • Michael1

    With the cancellations of “Mr. Sunshine”, “Don’t Trust the B…”, and possibly “Happy Endings”, it appears as though “Cougar Town” remains far and away the most successful show to follow “Modern Family” in that 9:30pm Wednesday time slot. Maybe ABC can bring it back?

  • Marc

    Pretty awful for Happy Endings. Congrats, the finale got half of what the finales of intentionally older skewing shows Last Man Standing (1.6 vs .8) and Malibu Country (1.4 vs .7) got with 5 million fewer viewers overall.

    Honestly, the show was not for me though I tried to like it and always gave it a few episodes every season. It always seemed to me a karaoke version of a comedy where all the actors are on speed.

    But I’m also glad it sunk so low, because the fans are at CW-like obnoxious/annoying levels and the media push for the show is over-indulgent. (Oh, and so much for the “millions of people watched it early/Canada showed it/etc” cries from last week). Love how fans/media take to insulting people who don’t watch it. It’s probably the most obsessively propped up failure since Arrested Development (another show that will just never go away.) Over the last few days I’ve seen full length pieces on Huffington Post, Entertainment Weekly, Rolling Stone, USA Today and on and on and on admonishing people to watch this crap this weekend. I’d hate to see the ratings if it received no push from all these sources. Yikes…

  • John A

    I dont see HE getting to USA. Too many Episodes away from syndication. Had it got 1.2 on friday maybe USA wouldve renewed it.

  • davie

    the cw will renew Nikita for a full 22 episodes or not at all. A 13 episode Final Season gives Warner Bros no benefit whatsoever with regaining the profit loss on the show with syndication. It’s at 67 episodes when S3 ends, Season 4 needs at least 21 to justify a renewal. Otherwise, they may as well cancel it.

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