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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  • Penny

    I hope USA picks up HE.

  • Claudia


    You know why people bashes at your so precious Nikita…because YOU cant stop being biased when you talk about this show, but you are so damn biased about talking about shows you DONT LIKE, hypocrite, huh?!!!!!

  • KevinY

    Those last two episodes of Happy Endings were awesome! I won’t be quite as sad if it’s canceled now. Sure hope USA or TBS picks it up!

  • Justin121

    ABC Friday will work with 4 TGIF sitcoms: Neighbors, LMS, Malibu Country, and Family Tools?

    Shark Tank joins Wipeout salvaging the “cursed” Thursday 8pm timeslot.

    Move Scandal to anchor another night, laucn a new drama out of Grey’s.

  • Janus

    Nikita more and more looks like a shortened final season despite what some rah rah fanboys state. Syndication doesn’t need 88 episodes as has been pointed out many times. With it’s poor rating Nikita fans should be thankful the show would even get that.

  • Richard Steven Hack

    Snowleopard: Why don’t you just shut up and wait for the announcements?

    Not to mention the rest of you moron trolls.

  • Carl

    Do you think they put an SPN rerun on Friday to test moving it back there next season or was it just because they needed something to put there this week?

  • CBSviewer

    @ Carl

    The CW put a rerun of Supernatural on Friday because they wanted to increase Nikita’s ratings and they knew it was good on that slot. Supernatural is still #2 or #3 Show on The CW (depending on the weeks). Beauty and the Best and Hart of Dixie are the more likely to move there.

  • thesnowleopard

    No. They’ve put TVD and Arrow repeats there in the past and that was to fill in the space–but also, to promote them more. SPN’s previous record in that slot, and its good repeat ratings now, fully justify doing the same thing for promoting the final three episodes of its season. If anything, they’re having more luck with that strategy with SPN than with other shows.

    There’s no rational reason to put SPN back on Fridays as its main slot. Even splitting the show from Arrow and relocating it, yet again, to another night is questionable. It’s doing exactly what it’s intended to do right where it is. Don’t fix what ain’t broke, as they say.

    @Richard Steven Hack
    There is an abusive, nasty troll here who does his level best to make life miserable for anyone who doesn’t watch his favorite extremely low-rated show and also does his level best to extend that nastiness to discussion of other nights’ ratings. I think we all know that troll is not me.

  • jimmers

    I am so happy Happy Endings rised. “USA! USA! USA!”

  • Jimmy

    I hope Happy Endings gets a chance on USA. It was a much better show than Cougar Town ever was, so it deserves a second chance with more closure for fans.

  • Rook

    I’m a Nikita fan, and I would be thrilled with shortened season. Look at what short seasons do for most British TV shows – they’re focused, on-point, no filler, every episode is critical for developing the plot, lore and relationships central to the theme of the show. Compare that to the overly bloated 22+ episode seasons of US TV…how many dead spots, runs of poor episodes, or just outright losing their momentum happens to US shows? Like an increasing number of Americans themselves, American shows are just too fat and slow to survive in a competitive environment.

  • Fred

    I just finished watching the Happy Endings season (hopefully) finale. I never missed an episode of this very enjoyable sitcom.
    This past season has been especially fun. The only ep I didn’t enjoy was the the one a couple weeks back after Penny broke off with her boyfriend and created an awful play. The episode was just terrible . But the 4 episodes after that were incredible!

  • JFC

    I am starting to think we may not see a season three of Touch. Or maybe it it’s just me.

  • bryer

    get rid of Nikita. TCD has better ratings than this crap

  • serendipity’s last stand

    Oh nikita you should have never been renewed after season one and now cw is stuck with you.

  • Cornish Game Hen

    USA is starving for an original comedy, and with HE they get:
    1) built-in fanbase (not huge obviously, but research suggests the show attracts a HUGE demo – households earning $100,000+ annual income)
    2) three full seasons worth of DVD sales and future syndi rights
    3) a show that has only one more season (22-25 eps) to syndication.
    4) a good deal from ABC & Sony packaging new creative and syndi all in one.
    5) critically well-received show with sets already built and transferable.

  • serendipity’s last stand

    @davie nikita can be syndicated without 88 eps now a days lots of shows do and many make money back by streaming like netflix and amazon. That 88 episode crap is not set in stone at least not anymore you can google it and find lists of shows that syndicated without that many I did and had no problem finding several.

  • Laila

    please dont cancel “Happy Endings”. I love this show

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