TV Ratings Friday: 'Hawaii Five-0' Premiere Down, 'Shark Tank' Rises + 'MasterChef Junior' has Solid Friday Start

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September 28th, 2013

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Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 1.6/5 1.4/5 1.3/4 1.1/4 0.3/1
Total Viewers (million) 9.631 5.422 3.499 5.686 0.852



CBS was number one in adults 18-49, and with total viewers.

On CBS, the season premiere of Undercover Boss matched last season's 1.5 adults 18-49 premiere rating. The season (and time period) premiere of Hawaii Five-0 earned a 1.5, down three tenths from last year's  1.8 premiere adults 18-49 rating. Your predictions were too optimistic. The season premiere of Blue Bloods earned a 1.7, up from last year's 1.5 premiere rating among adults 18-49.

On ABC, Last Man Standing scored a 1.2, down three tenths from last week's 1.5 adults 18-49 rating.  The Neighbors notched a 1.0, down two tenths from last week's 1.2 adults 18-49 rating Shark Tank garnered a 1.9, up a tenth from last week's 1.8 adults 18-49 rating   20/20 matched last week's  1.3 adults 18-49 rating.

On NBC, Dateline earned a 1.3, up two tenths from last week's 1.1  adults 18-49 rating.

On FOX, the series premiere of MasterChef Junior earned a 1.6 adults 18-49 rating, up from last fall's premiere of Kitchen Nightmares in the time period (which earned a 0.9 adults 18-49 rating on October 26)

On The CW, Perfect Score matched last week's 0.2 adults 18-49 rating.   America's Next Top Model was also even with last week's 0.4 18-49 rating.

Overnight broadcast primetime ratings for Friday, September 27, 2013

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00 PM FOX MasterChef Jr. -P 1.6 6 4.22
CBS Undercover Boss -P 1.5 6 8.13
ABC Last Man Standing 1.2 5 5.66
NBC The Michael J Fox Show -R (8-9) 0.8 3 4.01
CW Perfect Score 0.2 1 0.81
8:30PM ABC The Neighbors 1.0 4 4.11
CW Perfect Score -R 0.2 1 0.61
9:00 PM ABC Shark Tank 1.9 6 6.75
CBS Hawaii Five-0 -P 1.5 5 9.38
NBC Dateline NBC  (9-11PM) 1.3 4 6.53
FOX Sleepy Hollow -R 0.9 3 2.77
CW America's Next Top Model 0.4 1 0.99
10:00 PM CBS Blue Bloods -P 1.7 6 11.39
ABC 20/20 1.3 4 4.62


In Late-Night Metered Markets Friday night:

  • In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 2.8/7; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.4/6; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.8/5 with an encore.
  • In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 0.9/4; "Late Show," 0.4/2; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.5/3 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 0.3/2 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" (1.2/4).  In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.6/4 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.3/2).
  • 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.

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


Rating: Estimated percentage of the universe of TV households (or other specified group) tuned to a program in the average minute. Ratings are expressed as a percent.  More information on ratings is available here.

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.)

Fast Affiliate Ratings: These first national ratings, including demographics, are available at approximately 11 AM (ET) the day after telecast, and are released to subscribing customers daily. These data, from the National People Meter sample, are strictly time-period information, based on the normal broadcast network feed, and include all programming on the affiliated stations, sometimes including network programming, sometimes not. The figures may include stations that did not air the entire network feed, as well as local news breaks or cutaways for local coverage or other programming. Fast Affiliate ratings are not as useful for live programs and are likely to differ significantly from the final results, because the data reflect normal broadcast feed patterns. For example, with a World Series game, Fast Affiliate Ratings would include whatever aired from 8-11PM on affiliates in the Pacific Time Zone, following the live football game, but not game coverage that begins at 5PM PT. The same would be true of Presidential debates as well as live award shows and breaking news reports.

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.

For more information see Numbers 101 and Numbers 102.

  • Stu

    Shark Tank beat every show. You all say not bad for CBS. WTF.
    1.5 4 H50 premie,r spin the numbers any way u want. Nothing but old folks watching CBS. They must think they are watching the original H50 am Magnum PI.

  • Edward

    Looks like NBC is on track to win the first week of the season. Good for them.

  • June

    LOL And some were saying H50 was going to do better than BB and that it was going to help BB because the show skewed old. What a joke.
    Good for BB !!!! Tom S. maybe old , but the man is a terrific actor and he can carry a show. That cannot be said for H50, worst CBS show right now.

  • Blake

    I am glad to see Hawaii Five-0 doing as well as CSI:NY did….in fact, I enjoy watching CSI:NY and the original Hawaii-Five-0 streaming on Netflix….and while we are at, I enjoy watching old Friday night shows Numb3rs, Medium, and Ghost Whisperer on Netflix from time to time as well

  • Percy

    I think Hawaii Five-0 will hold up well and if you see the half hours, it went up. So that’s good!

  • Renz

    To settle it ALL TN so far pulling 4 million viewers with do far 1.0-1.5 Demo. Malibu Country pulled 5.96-7.00 million with a 1.1-2.3 demo. LMS got roughly 7.5 million a week with a 2.0 demo. ABC look at it!! Shark Tank is saving ABC Friday. CBS bad descision on putting Hawaii Five-O fridays no one will match Blue Bloods! NBC should just make it all news not sitcoms them dateline. FOX masterchef JR doing OK so far, Sleepy Hollow reruns may help the show but for how long. TheCW is a joke with their ratings so i won’t bother!!!

  • Renz

    BTW LMS numbers now 5-6 million with 1.0-1.5 demo!!!

  • Sarah


    “Anyway, I hope Bones does OK on Fridays once it moves.”

    Me too.

  • Kenny

    I seen the pilot for The Neighbors and i was “Holy cow this is TERRIBLE” AND STOPPED WATCHING. Well i was sick in bed one friday night and there was nothing else on so i decided to give it another shot, and you know it got funnier, so that sunday i binge watched the WHOLE SEASON {sans the terrible pilot} and you know what the show is funny, i have always had a crush on Jami Gerz since High School{Square Pegs and Less then Zero} but please give the show another shot it is deserved it`s funny and the leads try really hard and the guy playing Larry Bird is really funny. And Jami Gerz..Still have a crush on you..LOL

  • cc

    I hope Undercover Boss tops MCJ in the final ratings.

    And whether viewers matter or not, cbs had twice as many as anyone else.

  • Kim

    I love The Neighbors! It’s different from all the lame sitcoms. I didn’t like it at first but now it’s my favorite comedy.

  • Tommy M.

    Correct me if I’m wrong here but I thought H5-0’s TNT syndication deal was for a little over $2 million an episode? If that’s the case I really think CBS’s 3 canceled dramas will be The Good Wife, The Mentalist and Hostages. With that said CBS still has Intelligence on the bench and if it doesn’t gain traction it could save TGW for another season. Blue Bloods will be spared even without a syndication deal being that it will likely be their highest rated Friday drama.

  • Kim

    Malibu and LMS were/are as generic as sitcoms cat get. It’s too bad people aren’t giving The Neighbors a real chance.

  • BigBrotherFan

    LOL Blue Bloods skews OLLLLLLLLD!!!

    What I want to know is who here between 18-49 actually watches this? lol

  • Leah

    CBS President Les Moonves said that on Friday nights viewers matter most and H50 second only to BB, 1.5 mil more viewers than Shark Tank. Lead in from Undercover Boss demo stayed the same but grew in viewers by over a mil. Should it do better yes, will it do better, I hope so. All the H50 haters continue to hate and laugh, I wonder why? What pitiful lives they must lead, I may not watch Shark Tank or Dateline and I do watch H50, but what I don’t do is trash those shows or any other shows for that matter. I have a real life which I enjoy and it makes me happy so maybe that’s why I don’t hate on a TV show. Very doubtful if haters watch a tv show they are hating on, seems they just want to vent because they aren’t happy in their Real lives. I hope by hating on ANY show makes them happy but I seriously doubt it will.

  • Ryan

    That’s okay for H50. It doesn’t have a lot of room to decline though. These numbers do establish though that in terms of ratings, Blue Bloods > Hawaii Five-0 in addition to The Mentalist > The Good Wife. All but The Mentalist are owned by CBS. Blue Bloods should be the safest of these four unless the other shows have more profitable syndication deals, which may be the case as purported with Hawaii Five-0.

    My guess is that The Good Wife ends this season and either The Mentalist or Hawaii Five-0 gets cancelled as well, depending on how low their ratings go. CBS won’t be cancellation trigger-happy with any of these.

  • Katherine

    BBF. I’ve got more than another decade in the demo and I think it’s a brilliant show.

  • Denise

    Hurrah for Blue Bloods!!! This article should read “BLUE BLOODS HAS MOST VIEWERS FOR SEASON PREMIERE”. Give credit where credit is due please.

  • r0ckmypants

    @bjssp – “Is there any reason NBC shouldn’t simply rerun episodes of its sitcoms at 8:00 on Fridays for most of the season? I know Dateline is scheduled to go here, but that can go pretty much anywhere at any time. The goal now should be to drive as many people to its Thursday comedies as possible.”

    If the Thursday episode is repeated on Friday, what’s the impetus to watch it on Thursday? If I don’t watch a show on Thursday because I don’t have time, but I have time on Friday, I’m going to watch it on Friday… not Thursday. So what’s the point of wasting reruns and a primetime slot on repeats to “drive as many people to its Thursday comedies” when it’s not actually going to drive many people to the Thursday comedies?

    @Justin121 – Hostages, The Mentalist, Hawaii Five-0 are my picks for the “CBS cancels 3 dramas each year”.

    Yeah, but CBS also has two midseason dramas coming up, and their midseason dramas almost never survive (see: Golden Boy, NYC 22, Chaos, Miami Mecical, Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior, etc).

  • Diana

    BB is not going anywhere. Highest rated show in both, demo and total viewers . I can see Hawaii being canceled first, it is a weaker show and more expensive. And I don’t see TNT thrilled with the numbers it is getting on syndication.

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