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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  • John A

    Nikita got a 0.3 at half hour. Likely to adjust down then.

  • maxwell


    I’m not “Bondoel” or who ever that is! I’m just someone who likes this show because as you can see there’s not only “Bondoel” who’s watching Nikita, there is at least: 1.05 million people every friday! ;)

    and @rob60990 i guess Bondoel is not a very good writer! i’m not even english! :)

  • John A

    Bondoel is more insulting to people too.

  • Ram510

    Happy Nikita is up! But I was really hoping for a .5 and show CW Nikita should get more episodes . Anyhow great finale last night

  • Marcelo

    To be honest, as a huge Nikita fan, I don’t really care how many episodes we’ll get for the next season. I want quality, not quantity. And yeah, I just wanted an ending and I’m glad we’re even getting that :)

    But yeah, I’m happy it increased in ratings, even though they doesn’t matter to Nikita anymore.

  • rob60990

    Chris, I dont think the 8pm Shark Tank will count towards its average since it aired out of its normal timeslot and it was a separate episode. This wasnt the original plan though. ABC and other networks preempted programming for the manhunt of the Boston bomber a few weeks ago so ABC had this extra episode.

  • truth

    That’s exactly the kind of thing Bondoel would say, trying to use the numbers game to make himself feel better.

    By the way, 1.05 million out of 7 billion people. How does that make you feel? :D

  • Dan

    Incredible episode of Nikita and overall just another great season.

  • kbmv

    Nikita will adjust down without a doubt.

  • maxwell


    I won’t even argue with you! :)

    And i’m feeling fine with 1.05 million thank you for asking! See ya! Say hello to Bondoel for me!

  • Felipe Nikita

    Nikita was perfeeeect!

  • truth

    Bye Bondoel! :D

  • maxwell


    Funny, i was excepting that pathetic joke! smart! ;)

    Your life must be really sad…

    And please, can someone tell me who the hell is Bondoel?? because apparently we have similar comments!!

  • k:Alex

    Lol at Rockcenter.
    Maybe it will come back (would be a good summer/saterday show)?

  • truth

    I thought you were leaving? Pathetic as usual :D

  • Gene

    I really think NBC should think of some way to keep Rock Center. It’s cheap, a little unique, and obviously not doing that badly. They’ve got plenty of open space on Saturday.

  • John A

    So what will air in the 8pm slot on CW for the summer Nikita or TCD repeats?

  • Justin121

    Nikita up 100% week-to-week.

  • Justin121

    Last night The Big Bang Theory was adjusted up 2 Nikita’s :D

  • Jenna

    I was hoping CW would move Nikita to a different night just to test its ratings, I think it would have performed alot better, Still least she’ll get a proper send off, an imo its one of the better quality shows on CW atm although it kinda doesn’t suit the network.

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