TV Ratings Friday: 'Cult' Finale Flat , 'Dateline' & '20/20' Down, 'What Would You Do?' Up

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July 13th, 2013

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Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 1.1/4 1.0/4 0.7/3 0.5/2 0.2/1
Total Viewers (million) 4.168 4.727 4.471 2.084 0.517

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

On NBC, Dateline earned a 1.2 adults 18-49 rating down 8 percent from a 1.3 on June 28.

On ABC, What Would You Do scored a 1.1 up 10 percent from last week's 1.0 adults 18-49 rating. 20/20 garnered a1.1 down 15 percent  from a 1.3 on June 28.

On the CW, Cult notched a 0.2 at even with last week. The series finale at 9PM earned a 0.1 adults 18-49 rating matching last week’s performance.  Your  predictions were too pessimistic.




Overnight broadcast primetime ratings for Friday, July 12, 2013

Time  Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
8:00 ABC Shark Tank -R 1.1/4 4.57
CBS Undercover Boss - R 0.8/3 4.04
FOX Bones - R 0.7/3 2.88
NBC Camp - R 0.6/2 2.42
CW Cult 0.2/1 0.62
9:00 NBC Dateline( 9-11PM) 1.2/4 5.88
ABC What Would You Do? 1.1/4 3.92
CBS Hawaii Five -0 - R 0.7/2 4.23
FOX The Following - R 0.3/1 1.29
CW Cult - Series Finale 0.1/1 0.41
10:00 ABC 20/20 1.1/4 4.02
CBS Blue Bloods - R 0.7/2 5.15


In Late-Night Metered Markets Friday night:
  • In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 2.6/6; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.1/5 with an encore; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.7/4 with an encore.
  • In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 0.8/4; "Late Show," 0.5/3 with an encore; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.6/3 with an encore.
  • From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 1.2/4 in metered-market households and a 0.4/2 in 18-49 in the Local People Meters.
  • From 12:35-1:35 a.m. ET, "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.4/4 in metered-market households) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.1/4).  In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.5/3 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.3/2).
  • At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.8/3 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.3/2 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.


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  • thesnowleopard

    Let’s put it this way–almost all of the questions that you have during the first two-thirds of the season are answered. And the last episode ends in a manner fitting for the show. It’s not, say, like Hellcats, where everything was left up in the air, completely unfinished.

    But it does end on a few cliffhangers.

  • rehabber

    @thesnowleopard, thanks and I like your user name.

  • Nikolas

    @rehabber The final two episodes wrap up the current mysteries in the show (Who is Steven Rae?, What happened at Moon Hill? etc.) but in doing so opens up a few new plot threads that we’ll never see to fruition. A blessing and a curse, as I thought they were the two most interesting episodes of the season/series.

  • rehabber

    @Nikolas, well guess I will finish the series, since I love 3 of the actors.

  • mike

    Cult was a classic show!
    Not given a chance.

  • Ryan

    Can Fox and CW just merge already?

  • Mark3

    Cult was awsome. Damn cliffhangers. But awsome show. Thanx cw for airing the rest

  • Mark3

    Can any cult fans out there tell me. Was the reporter guy at the end of tge episode the girls father ….we he Stephen rae? I think so but not sure! Also wat tge hell does these things just snap roght.right off mean?! Thanx

  • r0ckmypants

    Cult did not answer who Stephen Rae was… there were two people who could have been Rae.

  • CBSviewer

    FOX should stop repeating The Following. Every episodes repeated on Friday from January 25 to May 4.
    It gets awful ratings because people watched it once or twice already. FOX should keep repeats to air them in the fall and say “People The Following is coming back. Re-watch Season 1 before season 2 premieres in a few weeks !”.

  • CBSviewer

    @ FLOP Detector

    CW should merge with NBC to create the FLOP newtwork

    NBC has many strong Shows. Did you hear about SVU, The Voice, Revolution or Chicago Fire ?
    It had been the #1 Network for many years with rating monsters like F.R.I.E.N.D.S., the Law & Order franchise or E.R.

  • Joseph

    If Flop Detector is successful in his efforts to merge CW and NBC into The Flop Network, he should hire the Cancellation Bear to serve as chairman, CEO, and president!

    There wouldn’t be a better choice given that the Flop Network would be the place where TV shows go to die a painful death.


  • Josh

    @Joseph :lol:

    FOX should stop repeating The Following. Every episodes repeated on Friday from January 25 to May 4.

    yes that is a show i would defiantly not watch twice! in my opinion the best shows to watch twice is stargate and stargate:atlantis (i have watched them over about nine times)

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