TV Ratings Friday: 'Touch' & 'Vegas' Flat for Series Finales + 'Blue Bloods' & 'Fashion Star' Fall

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May 11th, 2013


Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 1.4/5 1.2/4 0.9/3 0.9/3 0.2/1
Total Viewers (million) 5.106 7.692 3.920 2.917 0.843

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

On ABC,  Shark Tank earned a 1.8, up a tenth from last week's 1.7.   20/20 earned a 1.7, up a tenth from last week's 1.6 adults 18-49 rating.

On CBS, Undercover Boss earned a 1.6, up four tenths from last week's 1.2 adults 18-49 rating . The series finale of Vegas was even with last week's 0.9 adults 18-49 rating. Blue Bloods scored a 1.1, down two tenths from last week's 1.3 adults 18-49 rating.

On NBC Fashion Star scored a 0.5, down two tenths from last week's 0.7 adults 18-49 rating. Dateline earned a 1.1, down a tenth from last week's 1.2 adults 18-49 rating.  Rock Center garnered a 1.2, up a tenth from last week's 1.1  adults 18-49 rating.

On FOX, Kitchen Nightmares was even with last week's 1.1 adults 18-49 rating . The series finale of Touch matched last week's 0.6 adults 18-49 rating.

On the CW, Nikita was flat with last week's 0.2 adults 18-49 rating.

Overnight broadcast primetime ratings for Friday, May 10, 2013

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00 PM CBS Undercover Boss 1.6 6 6.93
FOX Kitchen Nightmares 1.1 5 3.33
ABC Shark Tank -R 0.7 3 3.39
NBC Fashion Star 0.5 2 2.46
CW Nikita 0.2 1 1.09
9:00 PM ABC Shark Tank 1.8 6 6.08
NBC Dateline 1.1 4 4.52
CBS Vegas 0.9 3 7.06
FOX Touch 0.6 2 2.51
CW Supernatural -R 0.1 0 0.60
10:00PM ABC 20/20 1.7 5 5.85
NBC Rock Center 1.2 4 4.78
CBS Blue Bloods 1.1 4 9.90


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," 2.2/6; 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,” 0.7/3; "Late Show," 0.5/2; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.8/4 with an encore.
  • From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET Wednesday night, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 1.4/4 in metered-market households and a 0.6/3 in 18-49 in the Local People Meters.
  • From 12:35-1:35 a.m. ET, "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.5/5 in metered-market households) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.2/4).  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 with an encore and a 0.3/2 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

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  • rob60990

    Wow a cancelled NBC show beats a renewed CBS show.

  • Body of Poof

    Nikita is a good show. Better then any other Friday shows. Sad to see such low numbers for quality shows.

  • Mon

    Undercover Boss did well for a clip show. 

    Blue Bloods to a series low! It tied a cancelled news program. 20/20 won by a landslide. Why did CBS renew this mess again? (rhetorical) Karma

  • Hi

    Nikita was renewed to final season so… Whatever. But still is really annoying these 0.2 with so many viewers.

    And a repeat of supernatural with 0.1??? “O.M.G”
    First time? Hahahahahaha

    I suppose the fans will say that repeat doesn’t count (and really don’t) but is just funny how they scream to say “DEFEATED BY A REPEAT”.

    Just funny.

  • Fakeem

    So Supernatural’s entire audience was 50 and over? maybe CBS should air it instead.. :-D

  • Melissa


    Wow a cancelled NBC show beats a renewed CBS show.

    I was just thinking that! Which is all the more ironic because Blue Bloods is certainly much more expensive.

  • Mon

    I meant “It BEAT by a…”

  • Dillan

    This is why Nikita is only getting 6 episodes.

  • reedmac

    If they only give Nikita around 6 episodes they could potentially air them all before they start to air their regular season which I assume will be an October start again?

  • Dan S

    Wow Blue Bloods, it was the most watched show last night & yet hit a series low. I don’t disagree that next year may likely be the end for BB. Assuming H50 stays on Fri at 9pm permanently in the fall it’ll be interesting how both shows do overall.
    No more Touch but hopefully we can expect the return of Jack Bauer next season.

  • Square

    Nikita fans are crying, Why? If you people bothered to watch the show, it wouldn’t have gotten 6 final episodes. Stop it.

  • Joseph

    Look for the shortened final season of “Nikita” to air in a midweek slot.

    For ABC, The CW, Fox, and NBC, this will likely be the end of first-run scripted programming on Friday nights. Next Fall, Fox and the CW will likely program reality and/or reruns on Friday, while ABC and NBC will likely be a mix of reality and newsmagazines.

    However, I think that CBS will have at least two hours, and maybe three, of first-run scripted prime-time programming on Friday nights next season, and for at least a couple of more years after that.

  • Mark

    Save Rock Center!

  • Tom Shaw

    What CBS renews on Fridays next year will be interesting to watch.

  • Joseph

    Next Friday (May 17th) and Saturday (May 18th), prime-time viewing levels may take a steep dive.

    Although part of the reason may be due to the new “Star Trek” movie opening in theatres, the major reason why I expect a steep decline in prime-time viewing levels next weekend will be due to the fact that most of the nation’s colleges and universities will hold commencement (graduation) ceremonies on the weekend of May 18th and 19th.

    That will lead to millions of family members of new graduates traveling to their loved ones’ commencements, in some cases, for many hours. That will cut down on Friday viewing. Saturday viewing will be down because so many people will be away from TV sets, either celebrating their loved ones’ graduations, or preparing for such commencements the next day.

  • DenverDean

    Let’s see: BB hit low with MIJ, GB and Vegas, but was solid with CSI:NY. Talk about stumbling to syndication – as if anyone would want this really old skewing show.

  • Joseph

    Tom Shaw:

    I do expect CBS to have first-run scripted programs on Fridays this Fall, and probably for at least a couple of years after that.

    CBS may air new shows on Fridays (I can even see them going for “all-family” fare between 8 and 9 P.M. Eastern/Pacific), or they could go for the jugular and move a couple of established hits to Fridays and back that move with a major ad campaign designed to try to convince viewers to stay home and watch.

    If, as I expect, CBS will be the only network broadcasting first-run scripted fare on Fridays next season, they may attract far more viewers on Fridays than they did this past season, simply because the other broadcast nets will likely be reality, reruns, or newsmagazines.

  • Ram510

    WTF happened to Nikita! It’s a great show, I don’t understand why people aren’t watching

  • Ultima

    Look for the shortened final season of “Nikita” to air in a midweek slot.

    You are, by far, the most ridiculous person here. :roll:

    Are you intentionally inane or do you have some sort of mental handicap?

  • Ultima

    If, as I expect, CBS will be the only network broadcasting first-run scripted fare on Fridays next season

    Once again, your expectations are not even remotely based on reality.

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