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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  • Figgie

    @Tom that’s too bad, although the first episodes of the season were more stand-alone episodes, it really, really grew during the second half of the season, which is basically what happened in the first two seasons as well. And it all culminated in what I consider to be the best season finale of all three, last night. It was just epic!

  • Joseph

    I noticed about two million fewer viewers watched broadcast-network prime-time TV last night (May 17th) than the previous Friday.

    Although the new “Star Trek” movie earned $22 million at the box office (according to Box Office Mojo.com), I severely doubt that was the reason for the drop.

    I suspect the major reason for the drop in viewing was the fact that all but a handful of the nation’s college and universities are holding Commencements (graduations) this weekend (May 18th-19th), and that many people last night were traveling to out-of-town campuses to see their children/nephews/nieces/grandchildren/neighbors/friends graduate.


    Next Friday, millions of people traveling for Memorial Day weekend will likely depress viewing levels further. I would be very surprised if ABC, CBS, The CW, Fox, and NBC between them attract more than 12 million total viewers next Friday (May 24th) and possibly no more than 9 million betwen them next Saturday (May 25th).

    It could be a weekend of historically low ratings!

  • Figgie

    And @truth, do you actually take that much pleasure in prostrating a show that has already been renewed for a final season? Or is it just some sick need of yours to bash Nikita fans? Either way, just let it go dude, it’s not healthy…

  • Joseph

    Wasn’t the second-to-last episode of “Smash” going to have been broadcast tonight (May 18th)??

    If that was the case, maybe our own Cancellation Bear decided to put the show out of it’s misery early!

  • Bern

    Hopefully a CW show fails in the fall so we Nikita fans can get an extra 7 episodes.

  • Melanie

    @John A Supposedly the Nikita renewal # of episodes was linked in with a whole package WB was doing for the new shows and probably Carrie.

    Right now, all the dramas on the CW are produced by WB and/or CBS Studios. (In tandem with the shows’ individual producers, of course)
    WB only: Supernatural, Arrow, Carrie Diaries and Nikita
    CBS only: Beauty & the Beast
    Joint WB & CBS: Vampire Diaries, Hart of Dixie

    All the new pilots are listed as joint productions.

  • Brian

    A sure night of Bomb shows! None worth watching..and it shows! :-)

  • Dan S

    I watched Nikita live which I rarely do. It was definitely 1 of the best episodes in the series run. Nice setup for its final 6 episodes which will hopefully run this fall. I will miss Amanda but look fwd to seeing Melinda Clarke again in another show.

  • Lisa

    Nikita’s numbers? P.U.!

    The second episode of Shark Tank performed nicely.

  • thesnowleopard


    Well, the CW is a business, after all. It’s about the monetary bottom line for them.

    Yes, on the half-hours. However, Nikita also has a long history of adjusting down in the finals. So, that’s not *entirely* true in this case.

  • Nick

    Can someone remind me why NBC cancelled Rock Center? It’s done really well the last two weeks.

  • Gene

    Can’t NBC figure some way to keep Rock Center? It’s ratings aren’t that bad. Maybe throw it on Saturdays for awhile then move it back if Dracula or Crossbones fail next year?

  • Erik

    If Rock Center keeps rising I wonder if NBC renews it and uses it as scheduling spackle?

  • josh2770

    “i wonder if NBC renews it”

    you mean “resurrect” it rock center already got cancelled by NBC!

    “maybe throw it on saturday”

    even if the rating’s keep going up NBC probely will not resurrect it and the last thing they want to do is put it on saturday ;)

  • chris23

    Even though Nikita fans are probably more than thankful for the short season renewal for the upcoming tv season, IF Carrie gets more episodes at 13 than Nikita at 6 that would be very insulting..

    Not only did Carrie fail on Epic Levels it hit below a million viewers constantly and hit .3 and .4 for the most part towards the end. Nikita on Fridays hit .2-.5 so either way both shows are pathetic but Carrie on a weekday takes the cake by getting a 13 episode renewal compared to Nikitas 6.

  • I love TV!

    I don’t even watch Nikita, and I think you Nikita haters are pathetic… Grow a pair dudes…

  • pete5125

    Nikita is guaranteed 6, could get more, if it goes to weekend syndication, like most dramas do then it wouldn’t need anymore.

    probably will get at lease 12 before the year is done, it has the benefit of the guy running the network, loving the show and the producer owning 1/2 the network.

    6 episode season means WB will be able to sell DVD box sets, get another season of netflix…not bad for the lowest rated show 3 seasons in a row to get full season renewals

  • forg

    That 1.2 for Shark Tank at 8 is surprisingly low, good thing, ratings went back to normal levels this season. Last week’s 0.7 repeat rating for Shark Tank as well was also way low for a ST rerun these days. I can’t help but feel like the Happy Endings hour killed ratings momentum at 8 PM for ABC.

  • forg

    * good thing ratings AT 9 PM went back to normal levels this season.

  • Flarikker

    I wonder if the extra Shark Tank episode was the one that was supposed to be on when the Boston Marathon shooting capture interrupted everything.

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