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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  • vincentdante

    Blue Bloods will go at least 5 seasons. Last night was an anomaly because both news programs were centered on the Cleveland story– which is, in itself, a crime drama.

  • Carl

    Ghost Whisperer was not good in its last season but before then, GW/Moonlight/Numb3rs was the last time I really watched any of the CBS lineup. Nothing there has interested me since.

  • ZmaX

    Nikita was amazing last night! I wasn’t sure how Amanda was trying to defeat Nikita, but damn, her plan is fantastic(but evil)!

    It connects with Nikita’s past, making Nikita become an assassin again after years of trying to amend for her sins. She has to kill the President or Michael dies a truly disgusting and bloody death. When Nikita fell to the ground, realizing that either way, she’s going to lose Michael forever.

    If she doesn’t kill the president in 24 hours, Michael dies.
    If she tells Michael about the plan, Michael would rather die, than let Nikita kill an innocent person.
    If Nikita kills the President, she’ll definitely be captured by the government and killed.
    Nikita can’t tell anyone about this because now she has a nano-chip inside of her so Amanda can track and hear everything around Nikita.
    and all of this is leading to a cliffhanger ending in the season finale…Thank You CW for the renewal :D

  • Alan

    Fashion Star :(

  • Nikki

    lol at Nikita.. how pathetic. And they renewed it yet again so it can stink up the line up next season. silly silly CW.

  • anon

    Nikita’s only getting 6 episodes for it’s S4? Oh that’s sad indeed, and even less than the 10 episode renewal Gossip Girl got for its S6 in 2012. I guess Nikita will either be a temporary replacement if a freshman show severely fails, or they’ll just air its 6 eps straight through this Fall, like the CW dids w/GG in the Fall of 2012.

    I also can’t believe they renewed The Carrie Diaries, since it was so milquetoast compared to SATC or even GG (esp first season). :P

  • KC

    Well at least the powers that be had the fore sight to tie up most all the loose ends in final Touch.

  • rob60990

    Rollie, ABC didnt pick up any multicams to pair with LMS.

  • juliedawn

    Agree abt Touch…it was nice to see it well wrapped up in the finale, especially as I was really enjoying it this year (unlike last year where I was often bored). Made sense for it to end though, both ratings and storywise.

  • Gene

    I’ll enjoy watching NBC replace Rock Center with a new more expensive show that fails spectacularly

  • m8991

    Vegas was really hurting Blue Bloods. CBS needs to put something stronger (like CSI :NY, oh well cancelled) to hold the audience.

  • Iggy

    Kind of a weird ending for Touch. Who would’ve guessed the kid was an android?

  • John A

    So did Touch end on a Cliffhanger? Dont watch but just curious.

  • Cass

    CBS will regret CSI: NY’s cancelation. Blue Bloods is very low even for Friday.

    I doubt they will regret it. No doubt whatever couple tenths they lose in the process are off-set by the fact that they saved loads of production money given how expensive old shows get. Also, BB was renewed because it was in its third season. Season four is the minimum for syndication. If the ratings don’t perk up next year, don’t expect it to come back.


    Wow, I spent a few comment threads trying to explain things to Joseph because I thought he genuinely did not know what was going on. What a waste of everyone’s time if he’s been on this idiotic bender for years…

  • Gabe

    No idea what happened to Nikita. Going from 0.3 to a 0.4 to a 0.5 and then 0.2. The quailty hasn’t dropped, so I guess it has to be something else.

  • David Howell

    Blue Bloods was renewed for syndication, it starts next season as a hot favourite to be on the bear’s spring menu. Mind you, last year that was true of TGW!

    Rock Center is doing better than the comedies on the same network, even built out of a Dateline lead-in, and it got cancelled. I suspect cancelling Revolution, giving that slot to Chicago Fire, and giving that show’s slot to Rock Center would be more financially viable than what they’ll actually do.

    I don’t understand the economics of giving Nikita six and only six more episodes, but it was lucky to get these 22.

  • Cath

    At least Vegas had a satisfying wrap up ending with enough left over…just in case.

    Gee, what do you expect on a Friday night in May? In our area we had college graduations and celebrating going on. The weather was nice. They have to program something. Obviously the sensationalism bolsters 20/20 and the demo is savvy enough to record what it want to watch or watches online later. Weren’t there major sports games on Friday also?

    Choose an excuse.

  • memphis

    Nikita is one of the best shows I have ever watched. I don’t understand why people in the US are not watching it. I am from Bulgaria and last year one of the national televisions aired the first two seasons one after another every weekday in the primetime and each episode was watched by 500 000 – 600 000 people (while Bulgaria has a population of only 7 million) which makes it very successful. I wish American producers could take syndication more seriously.

  • Fake Me Out

    Most of the big news is outa the way … waiting for upfronts for schedules, ep counts, etc … what to do what to do?

    New Poll Suggestion

    Breaking In, Unforgettable, Arrested Development, 24

    What is the next series to be uncanceled, and for bonus points, when will that announcement be made?

  • Debsafan

    Can’t understand why Blue Bloods is still on and they cancel a good show like Golden Boy. Wish they had moved it to another night and give it one more try. The actors are so good and story telling is the best. Where the only reason Blue Bloods is still on is Tom Selleck, and he ain’t like he use to be.

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