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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  • Stan

    You haters are so pathetic, 3,5 seasons these days is a pretty good result. Bet that a few shows that you watch didn’t even make it that far.. So over this sh*t

  • Figgie

    @Tom, actually the second half of season 3 has been great, leveled with the other two seasons, imo. And I adored Percy and Xander Berkeley’s performance, it was very sad to watch him “leave”, but it didn’t at all diminish the quality of the show. But I guess that’s just my opinion. You still watch it?

  • maxwell


    Okay you’re only goal in life is to irritate people! And that’s just pathetic! Because i’m sure you know that i’m not bondoel, You’re just trying to get me mad!

  • Cass

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

    Half-hours have nothing to do with adjustments. Only the half-hours to the final ratings will be averaged. The half-hours you’re looking at right now are the preliminary half-hours. Click on the “why adjustments occurs” link on the post (which is linked to in every single ratings post) for more information.

  • truth

    Your typing pattern gives you away :D

    Bravo for the international smash hit FLOPKITA and it’s pathetic final season of 6 episodes that CW isn’t even sure when they want to air it! Bravo! :D

  • JR35

    Yes, the 8 p.m. Shark Tank was the one that was to air a few weeks back, but was pre-empted. I watched both. Nice numbers at 9.

  • david

    Nikita had a good finale last night. Undercover boss was kind of a clip show last night that is why it fell so much.

  • maxwell

    My typing pattern? hum, okay…

    I know I’m not Bondoel so that’s a good start right? ;) Think whatever you want! Goodnight!

    Flopkita? Never heard of it!

  • iMember

    The only losers here are those who kept thrashing Nikita or laughing at it. In the end, the fans and dedicated viewers are the winners since they get to see their show end with resolution. Not many other shows on television get to say that.

    Ratings are a mute point now, because it no longer matters for Nikita. So haters, you go on wasting the time in your life while the fans who watch the show will enjoy it till the end.

    PS. Last night’s finale was incredible. Can’t wait to see how it all ends. This show has managed to keep up quality and entertain all through its run and that’s incredible work on part of the cast, crew, and writers of the show.

  • Maxwell


    Well said ! :)

  • Danimals

    I agree with John A.
    It is nice to see Nikita go up, but it feels kind of too late.
    And I think they will air Nikita for the first half of summer then move to TCD, didn’t they do that with Supernatural when it moved to Wednesday and off Friday.

  • Tom

    @ Figgie

    Nope. I just drifted away from the show for lack of interest.

    @ Stan

    “You haters are so pathetic, 3,5 seasons these days is a pretty good result.’

    I’m not a hater. However, the issue isn’t so much the 3.5 seasons as why the CW didn’t pull the plug when the ratings tanked in season 2. One reason is that the CW apparently didn’t have the budget to put a new series in its place. That same lack of financial commitment by CBS and the WB is also responsible for the poor quality of other CW shows.

    Another possible (or additional) reason is that the CW won’t walk away from a series that has filmed two seasons because it wants the syndication revenue. IMHO that’s also inevitable as to Beauty and the Beast. Mr. Gorman disagrees with that conclusion, but we’ll know more at the end of next season, provided Beauty’s ratings don’t improve.

    So, although I enjoyed the first two seasons on Nikita, I doubt if maintaining the quality of the show was a priority for the CW after season 2.

  • networkman

    I believe the Bones repeat did just as good as Touch. And we all see that Nikita has the potential to rise back up to a .4 or .5 in the Fall. I still feel it should be given a full episode final season.

    Anyways, besides that Friday was quite boring with all reality and newsmagazines competiting against one another. I can’t wait until Last Man Standing starts repeating once again. And ABC should repeat The Neighbors during the Summer as well on Friday Night.

  • POIFanatic

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

    Can you please change your name? You’re slandering that word.

  • Ike

    @Tom, season 3 of Nikita improved significantly as it went along. About 7 or 8 episodes in, it started getting increasingly interesting again. The writers took too much time to adjust to life without Percy, but eventually they did. Even so, I’d say it wasn’t usually quite as excellent as S1 or S2 but I still enjoyed it. I’m glad the show got a S3 and I’m glad it gets six final episodes despite the lousy ratings.

    And wow, 100% up from last week, 0.2 to 0.4. I’m sure that’s not precise, just rounded numbers, but even so, that’s peculiar.

  • kbmv

    How does Nikita go from 1.02 mil viewers and a .2 rating to 1.08 mil and .4? The viewership is just about the same. There’s no way it stays at a .4. It will unquestionably be adjusted down. It’s pretty pathetic that their fans get excited with .4s lol

  • truth

    Burn FLOPKITA Burn! :D

  • John A

    I wonder what happened with Nikita and WB. I mean why didnt it get a full final season for syndication? Was it falling to 0.2-0.3 a issue for CW as they thought it was too low? Did WB try to get a syndication deal but couldnt? Im surprised this site isnt so shocked by this as it does break that syndication rule of when a show gets a 3rd then automatically gets a 4th full season to 88 Episodes.

  • Melanie

    To whoever was asking about DVR ratings for Nikita — in the 5 instances this season (so far) where Nikita has been in the chart for largest percentage increase, it gained a .2 each time.

    11/9/12 Live & SD rating = 0.3 + .2 for DVR for total 0.5
    11/30/12 Live & SD rating = 0.4 + .2 for DVR for total 0.6
    1/18/13 Live & SD rating = 0.4 + .2 for DVR for total 0.6
    2/1/13 Live & SD rating = 0.4 + .2 for DVR for total 0.6
    2/22/13 Live & SD rating = 0.3 + .2 for DVR for total 0.5


    I know my DVR didn’t record Shark Tank @ 7, didn’t know it was on then

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