TV Ratings Friday: 'The Carrie Diaries' Rises & 'Hawaii Five-0' Flat as 'I Love Lucy Christmas Special' Tops Night

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December 21st, 2013

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Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 1.2/4 1.2/4 1.1/4 1.0/2 0.7/2 0.3/1
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 0.6/3 1.0/4 0.7/3 1.0/3 0.4/2 0.3/1
Total Viewers (million) 9.40 5.31 5.37  2.72 2.64 0.81

CBS and ABC tied for  number one in adults 18-49, but CBS won with total viewers.

On CBS, The I Love Lucy Christmas Special notched a 1.4 among adults 18-49. Hawaii Five-0 matched last week's 1.2 adults 18-49 rating. Blue Bloods earned a 1.1, down a tenth from last week's  1.2 adults 18-49 rating.

On ABC,  20/20 notched a 1.2, down two tenths from last week's 1.4 adults 18-49 rating.

On The CW, The Carrie Diaries garnered a 0.3, up from last week's 0.2 adults 18-49 rating. Nikita matched last week's 0.2 adults 18-49 rating.

Overnight broadcast primetime ratings for Friday, December 13, 2013

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00 PM CBS I Love Lucy Christmas Special 1.4 5 8.65
ABC Shark Tank -R 1.1 4 5.08
NBC It's a Wonderful Life -R (8-11PM) 1.1 4 5.37
FOX Bones -R 0.8 3 3.39
CW The Carrie Diaries 0.3 1 0.87
9:00 PM ABC Shark Tank -R 1.3 4 5.48
CBS Hawaii Five-0 1.2 4 9.38
FOX Happiness is a Warm Blanket Charlie Brown -R 0.6 2 1.90
CW Nikita 0.2 1 0.74
10:00 PM ABC 20/20 1.2 4 5.49
CBS Blue Bloods 1.1 4 10.18

via NBC press note:


In Late-Night Metered Markets Friday night:


  • In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 3.0/7; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.7/7; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 2.2/5 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," 0.5/2; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.7/4 with an encore.


  • From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 1.5/4 in metered-market households and a 0.5/3 in 18-49 in the Local People Meters.


  • From 12:35-1:35 a.m. ET, "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.7/5 in metered-market households with an encore) beat CBS's first-run "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.3/4).  In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.6/3 in 18-49 with an encore) topped "Late Late Show" (0.3/2).


  • At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 1.0/4 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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  • Dillan

    Yay for TCD!

  • Charmed

    Go Carrie!

  • Charmed

    Haters gon’ hate

  • Clarke

    As a huge I Love Lucy fan myself, it is great to see the show do so well again on CBS! The TV Networks should really consider airing more Christmas episodes of classic TV.

  • rob60990

    Hawaii 5-0 couldnt even beat a Shark Tank rerun lmao. both Hawaii 5-0 and Blue Bloods skew so old that a 60 year old rerun beat both of them in the demo and had less viewers.

  • Nick

    Yay for Carrie! Glad it rose! Last nights episode was probably the best of the season! Does anyone have half-hours?

  • Cam

    So, a 60 year old sitcom almost won the night? Maybe writers of the “comedies” that are shown today should take note of what kind of programs people want to watch.

  • Brad

    No CW in LA. Some stupid Christmas special. Carrie is on tonight for me

  • John A

    Lol at the CW burnoff shows.

  • Ram510

    I still don’t understand why CBS waited so late in December to air new episodes when they could’ve aired them in the beginning of the month instead of repeats.

    Did they hire someone from ABC’s scheduling department?

  • anna g

    I was hoping H50 would go up – 1.2 doesn’t look good. It was another good episode. ST rerun did OK though.

  • Jordan

    I’m glad TCD rose!

  • Charmed

    @Nick 0.4/0.3. It probably won’t adjust up but at least it won’t adjust down!

  • David Howell

    What amuses me most about the I Love Lucy special is that it actually skewed younger than the rest of the night.

    Not quite sure why this was an original night for CBS.

  • Charmed

    @BlindFanboy I’m honored

  • Percy

    I wish Hawaii five-0 went up! Can it still get renewed?

  • John A

    Not that i care but why did CBS even air H50 and Blue Bloods? Obvious they would perform this bad this time of year.

  • Me

    @John A You are so repetitive.

  • Jay S.

    Interesting how the 60-year-old show had the lowest total viewers for CBS but the highest 18-49-year-olds.

  • Maria

    Oh CBS. I was wondering what was the point of airing new Blue Bloods so late in the year as normally the last episode of the calendar year would be the first week in December. Now we know: it hit a series low in the demo! Morons.

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