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TV Ratings Friday: 'Cult' Rebounds Slightly as Newsmagazines Rule the Evening

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July 6th, 2013

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NBC ABC CBS FOX CW
Adults 18-49: rating/Share 1.1/4 1.1/4 0.7/3 0.5/2 0.2/1
Total Viewers (million) 4.61 4.27 4.94 1.89 0.586


NBC was number one in adults 18-49 , but CBS won with total viewers.

Note: Sorry, we only have half hours ratings today. In the meantime, averaging these half hours into ratings for each show will often lead to errors

Overnight broadcast primetime ratings for Friday, July 5, 2013

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00 PM ABC Shark Tank -R 1.0 4 4.50
CBS Undercover Boss -R 0.8 3 4.09
FOX Bones -R 0.7 3 2.48
NBC Siberia -R 0.6 3 2.77
CW Cult 0.3 1 0.82
8:30 PM ABC Shark Tank -R 1.2 5 4.88
CBS Undercover Boss -R 0.9 4 4.64
NBC Siberia -R 0.7 3 2.45
FOX Bones -R 0.7 3 2.63
CW Cult 0.2 1 0.61
9:00 PM NBC Dateline NBC (9-11PM) -R 1.1 4 4.51
ABC What Would You Do? 1.0 4 3.88
CBS Blue Bloods -R 0.6 2 6.64
FOX The Following -R 0.4 1 1.28
CW Cult 0.2 1 0.49
9:30 PM NBC Dateline NBC (9-11PM) -R 1.3 5 5.49
ABC What Would You Do? 1.0 4 3.93
CBS Blue Bloods -R 0.7 2 4.88
FOX The Following -R 0.4 1 1.16
CW Cult 0.1 0 0.42
10:00 PM NBC Dateline NBC (9-11PM) 1.4 5 6.01
ABC 20/20 1.0 4 4.11
CBS Blue Bloods -R 0.8 3 5.59
10:30 PM NBC Dateline NBC (9-11PM) 1.5 5 6.44
ABC 20/20 1.1 4 4.30
CBS Blue Bloods -R 0.8 3 5.79

-Friday's Ratings Via TV Media Insights

In Late-Night Metered Markets Friday night:

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NOTE: All ratings are "live plus same day" from Nielsen Media Research unless otherwise indicated.

Definitions:

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Share (of Audience): The percent of households (or persons) using television who are tuned to a specific program, station or network in a specific area at a specific time. (See also, Rating, which represents tuning or viewing as a percent of the entire population being measured.)

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Time Shifted Viewing – Program ratings for national sources are produced in three streams of data – Live, Live+Same Day (Live+SD) and Live+7 Day. Time shifted figures account for incremental viewing that takes place with DVRs. Live+Same Day (Live+SD) include viewing during the same broadcast day as the original telecast, with a cut-off of 3:00AM local time when meters transmit daily viewing to Nielsen for processing. Live+7 Day ratings include incremental viewing that takes place during the 7 days following a telecast.

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  • 1mars

    Little shocked at how badly The Following repeats. Guess everyone that wanted to see it has.

  • The End

    @FLOP Detector
    @The Following will become The Flopping next year.

    Strongly disagree, if they mix things up next season, there’s no reason why it can’t retain its audience.

  • The End

    @rob60990
    @Being renewed does make your show a success. Andrew is right. TCD is a failure.

    I guess it would depend on how some people define a success Rob, certainly if you’ve had a long run on TV you can say it was a success, however if you’ve had a long run and no ones watching you, how can it be a success to people who aren’t fans of the show?

    To me a successful show wins awards, is popular, and rates fairly well on TV, and has a lot of positive vibes from it lol

  • The End

    @FLOP Detector

    I agree with you that I doubt The Following will hit 6 seasons, as I think the ratings will likely decline with each season, and Kevin Bacon will likely get bored of doing the show/or will have other commitments(Like movies) and will call it a day after a few more seasons, at least in my opinion.

    Hannibal will likely get a season or two after being dumped off NBC in the near future. It won’t get 7 seasons though.(I think 4 seasons at most).

  • John A

    Not really fair to compare Smash and The Following. Smash had the voice as its lead in and tanked when it moved. The Following had a weak Bones lead in and built from that each week. The Following will do ok next season.

  • Dennis

    @Flop Detector

    Fringe and Chuck were far from flops…..you’re such an idiot…

    Flops don’t make it to 100 episodes, Fringe started with high ratings, was critically acclaimed…won alot of awards,(Anna Torv won best actress 4 years ruining at the Saturn Awards), had strong dvd/bluray sales, worldwide success… Nowhere near a flop, but a cult favorite.

    I didn’t watch Chuck but that did well by NBC’s standards too.

  • thesnowleopard

    Interesting about Cult’s numbers. Looks like it bottomed out last week, at least. I’d like to believe the show got a little more interest with all the reveals in the past few episodes, but I don’t think that’s how burnoffs work.

    @Noel
    Nikita was hitting 0.2s as early as last fall. During the regular season and not, you know, July 5. As for repeats, they don’t matter when your show is flopping as hard as Nikita has been doing and ask the Vegas fans how much audience numbers matter these days.

    @Dennis
    TV is all about making money. Initially, shows like Nikita and Fringe did well, but they dropped heavily, with just enough cushion (and their network rivals doing slightly worse) to make it to a third season, practically guaranteeing a fourth. This is not the same thing as being a success. Doing well in syndication might change that story, but Fringe is so far not lighting any fires in that category and who knows on what cable channel the CW will be able to foist Nikita?

    As for Chuck, it was always a “cult favorite,” meaning relatively low-but-steady numbers. It remains to be seen if it will do well in syndication.

    Hits on the CW are more like The Vampire Diaries, Smallville, Supernatural, and even Arrow. Modest hits could also include Hart of Dixie and perhaps Gossip Girl and 90210 (though, personally, I think the amount of promotion required to reach what ratings those two shows got, plus their cost, canceled out most of what revenue they made).

    Nikita is not among that number. It’s made a career of being the network’s low-hanging fruit and now that fruit is about to drop, whenever the network chooses to air those final six episodes.

  • rob60990

    “I watched 20/20 last night because I was being pathetic and stayed home on Friday…WHAT A BORING SHOW! This show belongs on CBS NOT ABC!”

    The show has aired on ABC for 35 years and CBS already has a show like it. It’s called 60 Minutes.

  • Wallaby2012

    I have enjoyed Cult but with this TV house of worship popping up….not so sure where this will end. looking more like a one season gig may be best–IF they wrap up the story.

  • The End

    @thesnowleopard
    @Nikita was hitting 0.2s as early as last fall.

    I remember the Season 3 premiere raised a few eyebrows, such dreadful numbers. I remember it got a 0.3, and a lot of people pretty much agreed that the show had run its course. While the show getting 6 episodes to conclude things is odd, it’s clear that they’ve sold this show to a network happy to accept 73 episodes, and the CW simply want to distance themselves from it.

  • Jon

    In the grand scheme of things repeat summer airings have nothing to do with a show getting renewed or cancelled. Why spend the time arguing about them, and chirping that this show got a 0.5 instead of a 0.4….big whoop de do

  • CBSviewer

    @ FLOP Detector

    Despite being flops, Fringe and Chuck (Warner Bros. productions like The Following) were not canceled because they needed a few episodes to get a syndication deal

    It seems you don’t know what a flop is. A Flop is a Show that get canceled after a few episodes or a single Season (Partners, Made in Jersey,…). If a Show is Renewed it can not be considered as a flop.
    Fringe got 100 episodes and Chuck 91 episodes. :rool:

    @The End

    Hannibal will likely get a season or two after being dumped off NBC in the near future. It won’t get 7 seasons though.(I think 4 seasons at most)

    I hope you are right !

  • CBSviewer

    @ FLOP Detector

    Despite being flops, Fringe and Chuck (Warner Bros. productions like The Following) were not canceled because they needed a few episodes to get a syndication deal

    It seems you don’t know what a flop is. A Flop is a Show that get canceled after a few episodes or a single Season (Partners, Made in Jersey,…). If a Show is Renewed it can not be considered as a flop.
    Fringe got 100 episodes and Chuck 91 episodes. :roll:

    @The End

    Hannibal will likely get a season or two after being dumped off NBC in the near future. It won’t get 7 seasons though.(I think 4 seasons at most)

    I hope you are right !

    *Sorry :)

  • The End

    @CBSviewer

    I get the feeling that they’ll push forward, with or without NBC, but with is clearly more preferable.

  • thesnowleopard

    @The End
    I know the general wisdom is that all shows that last beyond a certain point are milked in such a way that they will make back money in syndication, just as most movies are supposed to make back their budget at some point (Hollywood accounting or no). However, I think it’s more likely that the business model in which a few successful series and films (like novels in publishing houses) support all the majority failures, is correct. Otherwise, no matter how abysmally a show does, especially after the first two seasons, it would be continued to syndication numbers. What’s a few extra crappy ratings if it’s all about a sure syndication revenue?

    Since this is not the case and Nikita is being canceled short of that number, it makes sense that syndication is only one factor and not necessarily the most important one, even in a show’s third season. As for the having been unloaded into syndication–then why cancel it after less than four full seasons? I think schedule spackling is a more likely reason.

    @CBSviewer
    I don’t think either “flop” or “hit” means what you think it means.

  • platypus Perry

    Glad CULT didn’t bottom out, I figured it wouldn’t get a flat line maybe if it aired on the actual holiday that might of been the outcome.. I for one don’t watch the show however I Don’t want the show or CW to dig an even deeper hole. I’m hoping this season will bring some modest Or BreakoutI hits for the struggling network!!!

  • CrimTV

    @FLOP Detector

    Erm, Parks & Recreation launched in mid-season and this season it’ll be on Season 6. The Office also premiered Mid-season

  • CBSviewer

    @ thesnowleopard

    I don’t think either “flop” or “hit” means what you think it means

    I think a “hit” is a Show which gets good ratings and will be Renewed without any problems. While a “flop” is a Show with low ratings which will be removed from the network’s Schedule after a few episodes (Partners, Made in Jersey, Do No Harm, 666 Park Avenue,…) or will be canceled after a single season (Golden Boy, Vegas,…). A “Flop” is also a Show which rates under what the network expected or under the network average.

  • harry

    @CrimTV

    The office and parks and recreation started mid season and so did greys anatomy , but they came back at falls for full seasons afterwards. the following is not . it will,return next february . almost 8 month hiatus will kill the show. we dont compare when premiere started. we compare shows that came bavk every year midseason… only lost could hold some of its audience , and even lost , lost many viewers…

  • scifi

    Well, NOW Cult will be resurrected by some cable channel for sure!!

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