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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  • Bizarro

    I have seen a few scenes of Nikita every now and then, and I have got to say that it was pretty good episode. I will have to check out the season finale now, its a shame more people aren’t watching it but this goes for just about all of the CW shows now!

  • Iggy

    Fake Me Out, I’ll go with Malibu Country to CMT this week, before Viacom’s upfront.

  • Norman Charles

    Thank you, NBC, for cancelling Rock Center. A weary and grateful nation thanks you. Our long national nightmare is finally over.

  • Erick

    @John A every time I read this comments you’re always bashing Nikita, I simply don’t understand why so much hate for Nikita?!

  • Stephens

    Good performance by undercover boss yet again. Maybe CBS needs more reality and less drama on Fridays?

  • Anthony Parello (AP076)

    Posted May 11, 2013 at 2:12 PM
    “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.”

    Debsafan the reason Blue Bloods was renewed is that next season will get the show to around 88 episodes which makes enough for the show to be sold into very profitable syndication. So Tom Selleck is HARDLY the only reason at all and CBS will probably be happy to cancel Blue Bloods next year even with the great and powerful (as you seem to think he is) Selleck.

    As to Golden Boy. Jesus they planned the show for Friday but gave the show several weeks on Tuesday first. When they saw the show had the smallest spark of life in it they moved the failing Vegas to Friday instead.
    BTW Tuesday at 10pm Golden Boy had two of the weakest rated (and now cancelled) shows on TV as competition, Smash and Body of Proof.

    Honestly fans of weak rated shows are something else. They complain when a show remains in a time slot that the show should have been moved around and when a show is given a trial move they complain that the show was moved around too much.
    Was CBS supposed to disrupt their schedule successes for a show that they never had much confidence in to begin with?

    I tried to channel my inner Ultima with that post. I hope I succeeded. It felt good.

  • Anthony Parello (AP076)

    Thanks for the insight about Joseph folks.
    I now know to completely ignore his idiotic rants about all 5 networks going to unscripted fare year after year.
    What a tool.

  • Timothy

    I have 13 episodes of Touch on my TiVo, waiting to be watched. I enjoyed Season 1, but if S2 has a cliffhanger and is not conclusive, I don’t wish to watch it. Does it have a conclusive ending, or should I just delete them all?

  • William

    Shocked by Blue Bloods low ratings, guess its too family oriented and not as violent as the other cop shows…

  • Rebecca

    @JohnA and @Timothy
    I have ten minutes left to watch of last night’s Touch, so I’ll come back here when I’m done and tell you with a spoiler warning for the others. A minute ago I was cursing at the show, lol, but that moment/scene seems to have blown over. I thought, geez, if they let this beautiful young girl die I’ll be glad the show’s not returning.

  • Rebecca

    Okay, Touch *SPOILER?* ended well enough – it wrapped everything up for the second season. I guess there were stories that could be told for another season had they renewed, but there isn’t anything in my opinion that would have had to carry over story-wise from this season season. I won’t say what happened.
    So….@Timothy, feel free to watch it on TiVO as a “fully realized” season. :)

  • Rebecca

    season season….duh, I didn’t mean to type it twice.

  • Timothy

    If you could go back in time, knowing it was getting the axe, would you tell your then-self not to watch it, or is it actually worth watching?

  • josh2770

    thank you cbs for getting rid of touch that show should not of even lasted as long as it has;)

  • josh2770


  • josh2770

    FOX God dang it FOX FOX FOX is what i meant to say

  • tv_viewer

    I want to thank Kiefer Sutherland and the rest of the Touch crew for providing a season 2 finale that wrapped up all the story lines and hinted at future plots for Martin and Jake.

    Even though there was a rumor that ABC executives told V producers to accelerate the plot in season 2, V writers ended up giving fans a bad season 2 finale. Touch’s finale was much more satisfying than V’s finale. Good luck on the rumored 24 limited series.

  • Brian

    CBS has cancelled sooo many good shows with higher ratings..way higher and they renew Blue Bloods! WHAT A TOTAL JOKE!

  • Rebecca

    Not sure if I would if I KNEW it would be cancelled…. but it at least was good more often than not and I was always glad I watched. Saw every episode. I usually don’t care if something winds up with a limited run, as long as I enjoyed it while it lasted. Season 2 was very different from season 1 but was still good in my opinion. I don’t fight to help save shows any more. Not since Chuck.

    BTW…Happy Endings fans, the actor who played Max has a couple fun short scenes in Iron Man 3….saw it tonight.

  • Rebecca

    Ditto what @TV viewer said. I agree.

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