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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  • CBSviewer

    @ John A

    According to The Futon Critic it will be Nikita. The Carrie Diaries will start to repeat on Monday at 9 on June 3.

  • maxwell

    Oh i get it! You’re trying to irritate me? But it won’t work! Maybe Bondoel gets mad easily but i don’t!

    Alright i’m pathetic! I am pathetic Nikita fan! happy? :)
    But please, stop saying i’m Bondoel!

  • John A

    Kind of dumb to air TCD on Monday when its airing Friday in the fall.

  • Shepherd

    Makes me wonder how Nikita has been doing in Live +7. It’s obvious that the audience never completely left the show.

  • truth

    Yep, I’m happy now! :D

    Enjoy your dead show :D

  • maxwell

    I will! thank you! ;)

  • truth

    Glad I could brighten your day, Bondoel :D

  • Camilla

    Incredible finale for Nikita. It’s a real shame that this gem of a show never caught on.

  • Hi

    Nikita is already renewed to a final season, so what is ter point? I don’t remember these people bitching fringe’s final season for example. LOL

    Hey guys, time to get a new show to annoy. BATB or Revolution maybe? Be my guest. ;)

  • maxwell


    You did!

    And i think you did brighten Bondoel’s day as well because right now, he must be following our conversation and laughing his ass off! ;)

  • maxwell

    And i ask the question one last time!!


  • Seth

    Nikita is the highest rated show that starts with a N and ends with a A and has IKIT in between!

  • truth

    Thanks for proving you are indeed Bondoel :D

  • Gregg

    @Maxwell, I don’t watch Nikita, but I’m glad you really enjoy it and have another season to look forward to (short as it may be). I appreciate everyone who feels so strongly about “their” show, no matter what show that is.

  • Tom

    I don’t believe Nikita fans especially benefited from the third season. The first two seasons weren’t that bad. However, in retrospect, it’s pretty clear that Xander Berkely was the glue that held the show together. Once Percy’s arc ended, the writers clearly didn’t provide the show with any comparable sense of purpose. Viewers gave up on the show and with good reason.

    Next season will be similar to this one in that the CW has holes in its schedule notwithstanding its five new shows. So, you could say that Carrie is next season’s Nikita. If things don’t improve next year, then expect the CW to renew another ratings flop in place of Carrie. The sad part is that the CW will still profit from this tactic no matter how long it continues.

  • maxwell


    When did i proved that?

    I said that he’s laughing right now because you’re thinking that it’s me, which is not the case!!!
    So Bondoel, wherever you are, i would very much like for you to show yourself!

  • maxwell


    Thank you for understanding! ;)

  • maxwell


    Because apparently some people don’t!

  • imadiva

    Another pathetic rating for Nikita only six more episodes to put it out of it’s misery, nobody watches and noboby will.

  • truth

    This is hilarious. Keep on talking to yourself like a madman, Bondoel :D

    ROFL only 6 episodes. So much for being an international success! :D

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