TV Ratings Friday: '20/20' and 'Rock Center' Down on Quiet Memorial Day Weekend Friday

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May 25th, 2013

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Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 1.3/5 1.0/3 0.9/3 0.7/3 0.3/1
Total Viewers (million) 4.785 5.108 2.842 4.953 0.893

Note: NBC's programming was preempted for baseball in San Francisco. The ratings are subject to more than the typical adjustments in the finals.

ABC was number one in adults 18-49 while NBC  was on top with total viewers.

On ABC,  20/20 earned a 1.1 down  27 percent from last week's 1.5 adults 18-49 rating.

On NBC, Rock Center garnered a  0.9 down 31 percent from last week's 1.3 adults 18-49 rating.

On FOX, a special airing of a series that normally airs on National Geographic Channel Brain Games: Blow your Mind scored a 1.0 adults 18-49 rating.

Overnight broadcast primetime ratings for Friday, May 24, 2013

Time  Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
8:00 ABC Shark Tank - R 1.3/5 4.40
NBC Dateline (8-10PM) - R 1.0/4 5.64
CBS Undercover Boss - R 0.8/3 3.94
FOX Bones - R 0.8/3 2.96
CW Nikita - R 0.3/1 0.91
9:00 ABC Shark Tank- R 1.6/6 4.93
FOX Brain Games: Blow Your Mind 1.0/3 2.72
CBS Blue Bloods - R 0.7/2 4.82
CW Supernatural - R 0.3/1 0.88
10:00 ABC 20/20 1.1/4 5.03
NBC Rock Center 0.9/3 4.05
CBS Blue Bloods - R 0.7/2 6.10


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In Late-Night Metered Markets Friday night:


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  • andy

    Wow Shark Tank repeated great. :X

  • Chris

    Shark Tank is a beast. Totally owns Fridays.

  • Noel

    Nikita repeats doing better than original episodes? Akward but good at the same time.

  • Loki

    And the CW only gave Nikita 6 ep renewal and TCD 13 ep. Thats why you fail CW! Worst network ever created they are beyond clueless lol.

  • John A

    Great for Shark Tank. Nikita ratings are weird. How does a repeat match and beat most of your originals during the season?

  • rob60990

    Shark Tank is a beast in reruns. ABC should just stick with the 2 hours and put What Would You Do somewhere else.

    Nikita was either preempted or their fans dont know if theyre watching an original or a rerun.

  • Loki

    @john a

    i believe its because Nikita has been very unlucky because being preempted the last couple of airings this season. If there is no preemptions Nikita does quite well for CW.

    CW is made out of fail lmao.

  • Dennis





  • OWL

    Let’s just forget about Nikita for the Summer… Talking to fans and haters.

  • Nathan

    What an ugly and boring night..

  • truth

    Loki is Bondoel :D

  • Melissa

    Shark Tank is a powerhouse.

  • Robin

    Yes CW is a fail for renewing nikita for so long

  • romo

    When do we get the full season show rankings list ?

  • Brandy

    @Loki,aka Bondoel.You should be thankful for CW cause 1.You wouldnt have Nikita(a show you enjoy/are obsessed with) without it / if not for CW 2.They gave Nikita three seasons more it deserved ratings wise & more seasons than any other network wouldve and 3. Theyre giving the show a chance to wrap up properly for fans like you.

  • Joseph

    It’s Friday of Memorial Day weekend, which explained why even “Dateline” was a rerun.

    In fact, wasn’t “20/20″ also a rerun??

    My guess is that tonight (May 25th), we are going to see a new record for the fewest number of people to watch prime-time TV, combining broadcast and cable, for any night in May since the mid-1950’s; and the fewest number of people to watch the broadcast networks on any night in May since around 1952 or 1953.

    Regional baseball on Fox will draw some viewers in the cities whose local teams are playing, and NBC’s hockey game may also draw some viewers in Chicago and Detroit.

  • Melissa



  • Melissa

    NETWORK AVERAGES (per Marc Berman)

    -Total Viewers:
    NBC: 5.11 million, CBS: 4.95, ABC: 4.78, Fox: 2.84, CW: 0.89

    -Adults 18-49:
    ABC: 1.3 rating/5 share, NBC; 1.0/ 3, Fox: 0.9/ 3, CBS: 0.7/ 3, CW: 0.3/ 1

  • Bryan


    Deadline has a complete list of show rankings on their site.

  • david

    I really enjoyed Rock Center last night. That was really cool to see the report about the producer of Friends work at the school for the blind outside of Boston. The report they did on tornado in Oaklahoma was really sad to hear about the school being destroyed.

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