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.


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  • Russell

    CBS will win Fridays in viewers and demos: Leave line-up as it is.

    ABC: Last Man Standing falling and The Neighbors doing worse. Both shows should be cancelled. Shark Tank is fine at 10 and 20/20 is okay.

    NBC: Dateline at 8:00 will do okay when Grim returns on October 25th. I could see Grimm and Five-0 battling it out for second in demo but Five-0 will win in viewers. Dracula will flop.

    FOX: Jr. Masterchef will do okay. If Raising Hope and Enlisted are put on Friday at 9:00 and 9:30 they both will fail.

  • BigBrotherFan

    Why don’t you wait and see before you speculate THE GOOD WIFE will be canceled. I highly doubt it’s going to come back with over a 2 but who knows? look at SVU. I would of not had that one at over a 2 for it’s premier and figured MJF show would do a 3 atleast

  • Oliver

    I think the H-50’s biggest problem is that it has pulling awful ratings in its syndication run on TNT. For many weeks it was getting poorer ratings than Supernatural in its 7gazilliance repeat. H-50 finally moved up this week, so it’s not a total lost cause, but unless it justifies its big syndication numbers, that will be a problem, more than low ratings on Friday, IMHO.

    That’s not the network or production company’s problem. TNT is paying the same regardless of its syndication ratings.

  • CBSviewer

    Blue Bloods will adjust down. If not I’m really surprised and happy :)

  • Mitchell

    @Tommy M

    I’m pretty sure Hawaii Five-O’s deal is $1.5m an episode, but that still makes it one of the most expensive shows out there. TBS gets episodes of Big Bang for cheaper than TNT pays for H5O.

  • brent w

    geez, ABC, Malibu Country looking pretty good right about now, i would guess….stupid move

  • Dan

    Hawaii 5-0 did better than expected, same with Blue Bloods. Both CBS shows will get full fifth seasons to get over 100. That Syndication deal is just to good to cancel these shows.

    Not sure what will happen to Last Man Standing and the Neighbors but my guess is FOX will somehow find a way to bring the show back for syndication purposes.

  • chloe

    If LMS flopped it 3rd season would it get renewed for a 4th season because of syndication. Someone please answer my question.

  • RJ

    Well, I was totally incorrect about the ABC comedies rising this week due to it being premiere week for most other shows. Yikes. There have got to be some queasy stomachs over at the Alphabet network looking at the LMS and TN ratings.

  • Justin121

    Sunday & Friday dramas could live on in Summer seasons if they maintain, say, 1.5+ ratings.

    Most-to-least likely to move to Summer:

    Hawaii 5-0: Lower rated 9pm show, has lucrative syndie deal, still relatively young.
    The Good Wife: 1.5 would keep it on Sunday, 1.3 would move it to Summer, adored by the critics, the media, the fans, still has a few more seasons in it (serialized, and implemented its semi-serial format very well for as long as it has been on the air).
    Bloods: A Friday tentpole.
    Mentalist: seems to have reached the end of its useful life, not a CBS production


    Intelligence will most likely take Hostages’ slot.

  • Cara

    CBS did well last night and the entire week! I enjoyed everyone of the new and returning shows!

  • Fake Me Out

    Although I don’t watch, I feel sorry for ‘The Neighbors’. Moved to Fridays was bad enough but to have LMS as your lead is just killing the show. Why ABC decided to renew LMS after it’s continued decline last year is a mystery to me as it’s ratings, even on Friday, weren’t renewal worthy. Even a repeat of the weak MJF from the night before was competitive with a new LMS for goodness sake.


  • Justin121

    Anyone has network averages for premiere week so far?

  • bluejays

    I think unless HFO starts to do a bit better in syndication it might actually go this year. And if it does the writing killed it. I used to love the show but last season was like pulling teeth. the episode with Doris breaking and entering was insultingly bad. Lenkov has lost the plot and CBS have done nothing to rein him im.

    Having said all that – if HFO can build in syndication and actually command the dollars of the original deal – then I simply cannot see CBS cancelling it over Good Wife, Blue Bloods or Mentalist – those syndication dolars are literally worth their weight in gold.

    Blue Bloods is a strong show for CBS. When you consider those numbers are for Friday and look at the ten pm numbers for the rest of the week Blue Bloods is not that far behind at all. I mean CSI did horribly as did Elementary.

  • Percysowner

    I think the H-50?s biggest problem is that it has pulling awful ratings in its syndication run on TNT. For many weeks it was getting poorer ratings than Supernatural in its 7gazilliance repeat. H-50 finally moved up this week, so it’s not a total lost cause, but unless it justifies its big syndication numbers, that will be a problem, more than low ratings on Friday, IMHO.

    That’s not the network or production company’s problem. TNT is paying the same regardless of its syndication ratings.

    For now very true, but when it comes time to renew the syndication deal, or try to sell it to other outlets doing poorly in syndication will have some effect on the numbers. That said, TNT moved their scheduling of H-50 around and it’s starting to gain traction, so it may all work itself out, in which case the Friday numbers won’t matter as much.

  • CBSviewer

    @ chloe

    If LMS flopped it 3rd season would it get renewed for a 4th season because of syndication

    At the end of the season, Last Man Standing will have 64 episodes which means it’ll needs a fourth season (of 24 episodes) to reach the magic 88 for syndication.
    We can’t be 100% sure but it’s likely to be Renewed.

  • Tommy M.

    @ Justin 121,

    I’m sure Intelligence will take Hostages timeslot over. But that doesn’t guarantee it will do well and get renewed. If it’s successful it will cause one of the lower rated veterans to get cancelled, but if it’s not it could allow a bubble show the chance at another season.

  • Justin121


    “and their midseason dramas almost never survive”

    Which is why I didn’t include them in my analysis.

  • bluejays

    Oliver. I think there would likely have been parameters built into that syndication deal though. I might be wrong but with the numbers HFO has been getting in syndication I imagine that CBS might not be getting the 1.5 mil from TNT. I think they might have to take less? If someone who knows more about syndication could answer for def I’d be grateful but I’m sure unless it does better in syndication it might be a goner this season.

    CBS has a bit of an issue with its dramas. This year one failed straight out of the gate – literally crashed and burned and in the monday night slot. POI hasn’t done much at ten. CSI was very weak. Elementary too. They might be very tough this year. Cancel a lot of the Sunday and Friday shows so they can move weak ten pm shows to those slots and try to find something that hits for them.

    I do believe that with the season one and two numbers HFO could have grown into a solid performer for them, but absolutely horrific writing has killed it (plus the Monday night issues with Men and the bad scheduling decisions last year).

  • ragincajun

    Great news for H50, and the episode itself was one of the best that the series has ever produced with its being one of the more action packed that I’ve seen on TV is a long time. It looks like H50 even helped Blue Bloods. Who knew that those two shows would be so compatible?

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