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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  • GARY

    Congrats Nikita!

  • CBSviewer

    Friday is not the same without CSI: NY. It was too expensive but its ratings were not so low for a nine-year-old Show. Blue Bloods is good but will not last long without it. I hope Hawaii Five-0 does decent next season.

  • Gene

    I’m really going to miss Rock Center when it finishes in June

  • Cass

    My guess is some pre-emptions took place for the CW. Those ratings for Nikita/SPN are rather high for repeats, particularly given that it’s Memorial Weekend Friday and loads of people are out and about.

  • Tested

    Fox did very little promotion of Brain Games. They have to be pleased with the results.

  • Joseph D

    I caught a little bit of the “Brain Games” special last night, but had no idea it was a regular series on a lofty tiered cable network (probably because my mother will never pay for a higher cable service than what we currently have).

    So imagine my surprise when I noticed this was a new special airing on a Friday night on a major network (albeit doing decently considering the low traffic for the night, especially after the season has ended). The Nat Geo Channel explanation makes sense, and makes me further wonder what the deal is with that Tailgating special airing tonight on ABC.

  • Alan

    LOL Nikita with a repeat doing better than originals.

  • Mon

    I caught a little bit of the “Brain Games” special last night, but had no idea it was a regular series on a lofty tiered cable network (probably because my mother will never pay for a higher cable service than what we currently have).

    So odd. We have NGC but not AMC and FX (which were included on basic cable package on our previous providers). We don’t want to pay for an upgrade because if we did we’re gonna have to pay for a buttload of channels we wouldn’t even watch. These cable providers are ridiculous.

  • Dave

    Fridays will be very interesting next season!

    CBS’s golden child Five-0 and the Flop Carrie bradswhaw will both be airing on Fridays. At least Five-0 has a built in fan base but Carrie will fall flat on her face! Maybe Tyra will help to keep her up but that’s highly doubtful! :D

  • Felipe Nikita

    Nikita did kind of great, TCD will get 0,2 on friday , im sure

  • charmedcraft

    Nikita will be adjusted down. SPN always repeats good, but there was baseball in Chicago so might get adjusted down.

  • truth

    “Nikita did kind of great”

    Hilarious! :D

  • John A

    Nikita already hit 0.2 on friday so TCD will be only matching it.

  • Bern

    Now that Nikita is ending people decides to watch it, which I’m glad. Hopefully CW give it at least 2-4 extra episodes. Great quality/action show!

  • therealmaxwell

    It’s pretty clear that it doesn’t matter what CW puts on Fridays. It’ll always get 0.2 – 0.4.

  • Dave


    Well Cult got a 0.1 for a new episode. It might even get a 0.0 when it returns :D

  • CBSviewer

    @ therealmaxwell

    It’s pretty clear that it doesn’t matter what CW puts on Fridays. It’ll always get 0.2 – 0.4.

    Supernatural was around 0.7-0.8 for its seventh season on Friday. It also scored a 1.3 for its sixth season Premiere.
    Plus Nikita season high is a 0.5.

  • Ultima

    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

    You do understand that the U.S. population is growing and that overall TV viewership is increasing, right?

    Oh, wait, I forgot – you’re incapable of actually processing information and applying critical thiking skills.

    Do you even realize that basically all of your predictions are wrong or is it beyond your mental capacity to understand even that?


  • Pavelsauce

    He only understands that US Hispanic population is growing. ;) (according to his equally senseless Univision predictions)

    But yeah, you have to wonder what makes him so determined to make the same inane prediction every weekend, despite failing every time.

  • forg

    wow at Shark Tank!

    But I think ABC should start airing reruns of Last Man Standing and The Neighbors maybe in June. Ratings will likely be lower than Shark Tank reruns but I think reruns could pick up new viewers in the long run. Let’s see

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