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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  • Dillan


    The CW has ordered far too many shows to let repeats air on a Friday.

  • Tom

    Does Nikita skew old or young?

  • rob60990

    Ultima he predicted the same nonsense last year. Expect every network to have some sort of scripted programming on Friday next year.

  • Ultima

    he predicted the same nonsense last year

    Yeah, I’ve seen him make the same ridiculous predictions over and over.

    Unless he’s being intentionally obtuse, I actually wonder if he’s mentally retarded and simply incapable of processing information and applying critical thinking.

    Should I feel bad about mocking him? :(

  • cc

    Guess I wasn’t the only one who didn’t want to see this crap offered by the broadcast networks.

  • JJF

    CBS should try comedies next season on Friday. They need SOMETHING to revitalize this night.

  • bjssp

    A few things:

    1. There’s some speculation that CBS might try a comedy block on Fridays, rather than expanding on Thursdays, per Deadline. I don’t know what to think about that. It’s been many years since CBS tried this, and considering that one of the shows, Crazy Ones with Robin Williams, is kind of high profile even if possible older-skewing, why would they do that? If they are looking for a boost, why not just put NCIS:LA here? I think it’d do pretty well in the 8:00 hour, although maybe they’d do that in addition to launching new comedies there. I like the idea of more aggressive scripted programming on the night, to be sure, but if this happens, it seems like a misfire.

    2. I, too, was a little puzzled at Rock Center’s cancellation, but perhaps it’s more cost effective to just roll everyone involved in that show into Dateline and the larger NBC news division.

    3. What is Fox going to put on this night next season? Some have suggested Glee, which makes sense, but what to pair it with? And it seems like a waste to try two new, fairly high profile shows on Friday nights. Might we see Bones moved here?

    4. And what does NBC do? This is possibly even harder, because while it seems easy enough to move Grimm back to then night, what is the network going to pair it with? Believe? Revolution? Maybe, but it’s gotta be something, right? Perhaps Parks and Community leading into Grimm in the fall, or maybe Dracula or Crossbones or Wonderland if and when it is ready? And if it doesn’t move Grimm back to the night, what else might they put? I’ve suggested some combination of SVU or Chicago Fire, with show like CPD or Ironside, might work.

  • bjssp

    Hey, Ultima, slightly off topic, but in the blitz of renewal pickup threads yesterday, I saw you mention how lots of people mistakenly think Seinfeld started off poorly. I tried to find it, but I couldn’t. What is it that you were saying?

  • Samunto

    Was Fashion Star actually cancelled?

    Depressed ratings allover. I see Shark Tank moving to a midweek slot or even Thursdays at 8. I mean it was used in the season almost everywhere. ABC may just give up on trying high concept pilots only to see them wither and die Thursdays at 8.

  • bthfun

    Hsd cbs noticed that the only reasonably successful series they have had at 9 is csiny. Rating have fallen in that time period and for Blue Bloods ever since it has gone off the air.

  • Pamela

    Nikita shouldn’t have gotten any episodes next year. A 0.2 show doesn’t deserve renewal.

  • Pavelsauce


    Should I feel bad about mocking him? :(

    I don’t know. After all, this is the same guy that is suggesting, ad nauseam, that AI be rested for 2-3 seasons, and that Univision will be #1 for an entire season. In 18-49.

  • Nerdbot

    That 0.2 for Nikita almost made my eyes bleed. Anyway, it got a fourth season, no matter how many episodes it will be. The thing is that we’re getting the proper ending every fan wants for the shows they love :D

  • Bad Wolf

    As a Nikita fan, I’m thankful the CW bothered to order even a severely shortened season. It’s a gift given its ratings.

    I know quality is relative, but I’m now convinced there is one rule on TV : a really good TV show (well acted, well written, displaying depth and ambition, bothering to renew itself regularly – which de facto excludes the procedurals -, building a rich and coherent universe) will likely be too demanding to its audience, thus watched by few (especially the youngest viewers) and low-rated : Alias, Veronica Mars, The Good Wife, Nikita…

    I mean, NCIS, Two and A Half Men How I Met Your Mother and The Big Bang Theory hardly require excessive attention or thinking from their audience. People obviously care for the characters but beyond that, there’s little more to be found (let’s compare Barney, Gibbs, Tony/Ziva to the persons they were at the beginning). The Good Wife’s season 4 finale is the perfect example for this.
    SPOILERS if you haven’t seen it yet.
    It ends with Alicia saying “I’m in”. Two words. Two little words who are gonna change the show forever. And not for the sake of it. Because it’s time for the character and for the show. Because it’s good for the character and for the show. The Good Wife has just done what shows like NCIS will never be able to do : taking chances, jumping into the unknown, without fear because it’s time to do it. Just like Alias (“You’ve been missing for 2 years”), Veronica Mars or Nikita (Michael’s hand this season, the Division’s fate last season) also did.

    I think those who need more than the average ‘quickly seen, quickly forgotten’ shows should enjoy the shows they love as much as they can, and be thankful for every single new episode produced.

    Nikita fans, the show is ending in its own terms and it’s a reason to be thankful ! Enjoy it while you can, and just ignore comments from people who are unable to say a single thing remotely positive or constructive and who bash and trash endlessly because it probably makes them feel superior, they probably treat real people as badly (if behind their back) as they treat shows that they don’t even watch but care so much about.

  • Billiam

    CBS should have renewed CSI:NY and cancelled Blue Bloods. Once they took CSI:ny off, BB started diving in ratings. At least Vegas was steady in ratings… If they had kept it on Tuesday, it would have ended the season with its 1.5 instead of 0.9 on Friday. If they renew BB next year, we will know that something stinks at CBS… BB started out strong but steadily declined. It should have never gotten a second season, based on how CBS evaluates their other shows.

  • imadiva

    lol Nikita I want to see them hit 0.1.Come on you can do it. Six episodes is way too many episodes for this show. It’s not go matter anway because no one is going to watch it except for the five fans they have.LOL

  • Ultima

    Hey, Ultima, slightly off topic, but in the blitz of renewal pickup threads yesterday, I saw you mention how lots of people mistakenly think Seinfeld started off poorly. I tried to find it, but I couldn’t. What is it that you were saying?

    There’s a common misconception that just because Seinfeld wasn’t a #1 show right out of the gate, that it must have been a failure initially and would never survive it today’s world of canceling low rated shows.

    There are so many absurd assumptions involved that it’s ridiculous, primarily that the 80s and 90s were a magical fantasy land where networks didn’t cancel low rated shows and, more specifically to this case, that Seinfeld had anything remotely resembling bad ratings.

    It’s first season, they aired four episodes in the summer (June-ish) as well as a repeat of the pilot they had aired the previous season (as dead pilots made up most of the “original” summer programming in those days).

    It aired after Cheers repeats on Thursdays and had ~87% retention. It’s premiere was the #2 show for the week and it retained most of its audience over the next four episodes. To put it in today’s terms, at a minimum, it would be like a sitcom averaging a 2.0 rating after summer repeats of The Big Bang Theory. That’s good. That’s awesome. When was the last time a summer scripted series pulled 2.0s?

    Seinfeld did falter a bit during its second season (a 13-episodes midseason run). It was still essentially a brand new show and its Night Court lead-in wasn’t even able to hold its own against ABC’s freshman hit Doogie Howser, M.D. NBC quickly pulled it after a few episodes and reschedule it after Cheers again, where it instantly hit a series high.

    For its third season, it was back on Wednesday, but having established an audience, it was basically on par with Night Court and would flip timeslots to anchor the night come midseason before finally moving to Thursdays permanently the next season and ascending to megahit status.

    This doesn’t even sound remotely like any of the shows people like to compare to Seinfeld. What’s worse is that maybe they could be forgiven for not knowing about an older show, but people make the same comparisons to The Big Bang Theory. It wasn’t #1 it’s first season, my show wasn’t either, but it could be!… and so on.

  • Ultima

    I don’t know. After all, this is the same guy that is suggesting, ad nauseam, that AI be rested for 2-3 seasons, and that Univision will be #1 for an entire season. In 18-49.

    Exactly… are we sure he doesn’t have brain damage?

    If he keeps making predictions, I’m going to have to break out the thsaurus to keep my criticisms original! ;)

  • yoyo

    Nikita isn’t getting renewed. 6 episodes is like throwing it in the trash because that’s what it deserves.

  • Rollie Dethloff

    I am still angry about CSI: NY being cancelled, especially after Vegas dived in that slot. Happy Endings dived on Fridays too. The result? Shark Tank and Blue Bloods dived.

    My guesses for Fridays next year are…

    ABC: LMS gets paired with a multi-cam of some sort, followed by Shark Tank and 20/20. I don’t see them throwing a drama on the night.

    CBS: Undercover Boss, followed by Mentalist, Good Wife or H5O, then Blue Bloods. If they do comedies, my guess is Two And A Half Men with a new comedy.

    FOX: Gordon Ramsay and Glee or Bones

    NBC: Dateline, Grimm, and a new show or a drama

    CW: Nikita and a new show.

    The fun begins next week! :)

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