TV Ratings Friday: 'Nikita' & 'Shark Tank' Finales Rise

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May 18th, 2013


Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 1.5/6 1.2/4 1.0/4 0.6/2 0.3/1
Total Viewers (million) 5.720 5.207 4.918 2.182 0.936

ABC was number one in adults 18-49 and with total viewers.

On ABC, a double shot of Shark Tank earned a 1.2 at 8 PM and a 1.9 at 9PM, with the latter up a tenth from last week's 1.8 adults 18-49 rating.   20/20 earned a  1.5, down two tenths from last week's 1.7 adults 18-49 rating.

On CBS, Undercover Boss earned a 1.0, down six tenths from last week's 1.6 adults 18-49 rating .48 Hours scored a 0.9 adults 18-49 rating.

On NBC a two-hour Dateline matched last week's 1.1.  Rock Center garnered a 1.3, up a tenth from last week's 1.2 adults 18-49 rating.

On the CW,the season finale of Nikita earned a 0.4, up two tenths from last week's 0.2 adults 18-49 rating.

Overnight broadcast primetime ratings for Friday, May 17, 2013

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00 PM ABC Shark Tank 1.2 5 5.00
NBC Dateline NBC (8-10PM) 1.1 4 5.27
CBS Undercover Boss 1.0 4 5.38
FOX Kitchen Nightmares -R 0.7 2 1.91
CW Nikita (Season Finale) 0.4 1 1.08
9:00 PM ABC Shark Tank (Season Finale) 1.9 7 6.57
CBS Undercover Boss -R 1.1 4 5.00
FOX Bones -R 0.6 2 2.46
CW Supernatural -R 0.3 1 0.79
10:00PM ABC 20/20 1.5 5 5.593
NBC Rock Center 1.3 4 5.073
CBS 48 Hours 0.9 3 4.37


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," 3.0/7; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.0/5; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 2.2/5 with an encore.
  • In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 Wednesday results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 0.9/4; "Late Show," 0.4/2; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.7/3 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 0.5/3 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" (1.0/3).  In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.6/4 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.2/1).
  • At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.9/3 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.4/3 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

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  • jeanº

    Shark Tank is a beast.

  • John A

    Thats impressive for Nikita to go up 2 tenths. If it had held at 0.4-0.5 for the past few weeks im sure it would have got a full final season.Too little too late though.

  • TOM

    half hours from Nikita?

  • rob60990

    I knew that first episode of Shark Tank wouldnt do so good. Glad the 2nd one rose.

    The UB rerun did better than the orignal. DST.

  • Gene

    Not too bad for NBC. Interesting how Rock Center has risen in the couple of weeks since its cancellation was announced.

  • maxwell

    Yes for Nikita! It was outstanding last night!! Probably the best episode of the season (if not of the series)! I expect the haters to comment once again and to say: “Flop” or “LOL Nikita” but remember that no matter how dumb you are, and no matter how you hate Nikita, it is going to stay one more season and there’s nothing you can do about it!
    I’m happy that the CW is giving it a proper ending (even if it’s for 6 episodes). I will really miss this show (but not the haters who in 2 years are going to find another show to comment on!)
    See you next year Nikita!

  • gigi

    UB repeat beats the original? Seems like nobody new it was new.

  • Noel

    Yes Nikita!!!!!!

  • rob60990

    Rock Center rose again. Too little too late i suppose.

  • John A

    Bones Repeat got the same as Touch Originals. Lol

  • truth

    maxwell is Bondoel :D

  • rob60990

    @truth, the punctuation in maxwells post is too good to be Bondoel. :D

  • John A

    Too bad 48 Hours didnt do better. People are sick of Jodi Arias i suppose.

  • truth

    Trust me, that’s Bondoel. He’s been spamming his same propaganda on other sites too.

    Nikita will adjust down as always. :D

  • Body of Poof

    NIKITA :)

  • Sarah

    Nikita :)

  • CBSviewer

    Undercover Boss season finale was very low (Series low ?) but it’s probably because it was a meeting between several bosses and not an usual episode. 48 Hours is best on Saturday.

  • Grayson

    The CW should order an extra 7 episodes of Nikita to give it a final 13-episode season!

  • rob60990

    Nikitas half hours were .4/.3. :D

  • Chris

    I don’t get Abc putting a repeat of shark tank a few weeks back, and then 2 new episodes tonight. That 8pm episode brings down the shows average ratings.

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