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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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.

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  • Brandy

    Glad Carrie rose.Great episode,I love Christmas episodes.

  • Lasko6

    Hopefully H50 and BB can still get renewed…

  • sally

    I watch Blue Bloods and Hawaii 50,cant stand Shark Tank

  • Dan S

    Call it fan excuse bingo but last nights H50 & BB low numbers is the fact it’s just days away from Christmas. People are out shopping or going to Christmas parties. Why schedule new episodes now ? They easily could’ve been used later when reruns are more prevalent especially in the Spring. Bottom line is both shows will still be back next season.

  • Adrian

    Wow TCD delusional fans thinking half-hours have to do with adjustments lol

    Airing the show this late in December can only tell you they are just burning off the episodes.

    Can H50 and BB still be renewed with those numbers? I am curious. They’ll be at 88 episodes by the season’s end, right?

  • HalCapone

    Blue Bloods with 1.1 and more than 10 million viewers–that just slays me…or is that “sleighs” me?

    The colorized I Love Lucy was kinda cool. I could see CBS colorizing them all and running them as specials in blocks or even a series on Friday night for a limited run. The comedy is timeless and not mean spirited or vulgar like Two Broke Girls, for instance or Two and A Half Men or Mom or The Millers, etc.

  • OriginalRandy

    I have to admit, I was shocked that H50 didn’t go up after that last episode being so well written. Plus no Grimm and a ST rerun for competition.
    That is concerning, I think, if this trend continues. I still think it has a 5th season but that might be it.

    As far as people Xmas shopping, well,that would affect even more a ST rerun than a new episode of H50, I would think.

    I watched this episode and it wasn’t anywhere nearly as well written as last week’s episode. I was hoping it would be another high quality ep.

    Of course, last week’s episode was a hard act to follow. IT was excellent.

  • David F

    Nikita was great last night. I’m glad the show has the opportunity to wrap things up, but I hope no one else dies in the finale.

  • Nick

    @Charmed That’s good news! It’s disappointing that it adjusts down when it’s 0.3/0.2 but fails to adjust up when it’s 0.4/0.3.

  • Mon

    H50 and Blue Bloods did good last night in total viewers, many younger people like myself had Christmas parties to go to.

    LOL! Really?! I mean, this could be true but do you really have to say this? It seems defensive and desperate. H50 and BB have always been weak in 18-49. This is not a news at all.

  • Ronald

    Great to see Carrie steady, the friday shows are those kind of ratings so it`s kinda good for CW standars

  • Russell

    Next year CBS should rerun two Christmas episodes from The Lucy Show. One episode is from 1962 called Together For Christmas and is in black and white while the second episode is in color and from 1965 called Lucy The Choirmaster. They would make a great 8-9 block. Since Saturday night is so dead I can’t see why they don’t air I Love Lucy and The Lucy Show reruns from 8-9 pm. I bet they would get decent ratings. Now that CBS has a new hit sitcom Lucy I look forward to more specials.

    Hawaii Five-0 and Blue Bloods did great in viewers and lately that is all that matters. The networks are coming to terms that younger people are flocking to cable and that’s why CBS keeps advertising that they are the number one network in viewers. If I was head of a network I would go for the viewership and not concentrate so much on 18-49 demos, although, 18-54 demos are more valuable. The 18-34 demos I don’t even look at.

  • Russell

    P.S. I would definitely watch Best of I Love Lucy and Best of Lucy Show instead of The Crazy Ones which in my opinion is tied for WORST COMEDY with Season Saves The World and The Michael J. Fox Show.

  • JJA

    Last night’s Nikita was awesome. Season 4 really has been the best string of episodes the series has delivered. The finale is going to be EPIC.

    @David F — I think there will be more death. There will likely be some sort of sacrifice by someone, either Nikita or Michael.

  • r0ckmypants

    @Cam – “So, a 60 year old sitcom almost won the night?”

    No, it didn’t almost win the night; it DID win the night.

    I’m very happy the I Love Lucy special did so well. I hope it exposed some younger people who otherwise wouldn’t know or care about the show to just how funny TV can be. I don’t care how old you are or what year it is, Lucy in that grape vat is funny.

  • OriginalRandy


    As I am sure you know, number of viewers with a demo of 1.2 means nothing. The demo at 1.2 is a killer.
    But I am sure it will get a season 5 because of syndication.

    I understand your thoughts but I have found something very interesting from following ratings. Every week there are always a ton of “legitimate” excuses as to WHY a show didn’t do well by its viewers.

    But if H50 had done a 1.5 people would have said that last week’s episode brought back viewers because it was so good.

    I guess my point is that all the excuses in the world can be made to fit whatever a viewer wants it to fit.

    The younger viewers missing; people said that they went to Xmas parties. The older viewers missing; people say they were Xmas shopping.

    On a regular week, the young people missing; people say they go out on Friday nights. The older people missing; they say they go to bed early and don’t watch late shows.

    Bottom line. I think we have to take the ratings as they come and accept them. JMO

    Sometimes I wonder why I watch ratings. Before I did I blissfully watched my fave shows and never stressed over what would happen. If they suddenly were canceled I lamented for about one week and then moved on. :-)

  • Nick

    @Ronald Exactly, the ratings are not great by any means but for the CW, that’s the best they’re gonna get on a Friday. I don’t remember anything on the CW getting above a 0.4 on a Friday so a 0.3 isn’t horrible. Honestly, if the CW doesn’t renew TCD then ultimately they’re just going to have B&TB (which already gets these ratings on a Monday so it would only do worse on Friday) and repeats (excluding the cycles of ANTM & WLIIA). Lets face it, no network wants to be forced to air repeats because they can’t fill up the schedule so I honestly don’t see why everyone is saying Carrie’s chances are so little.

  • JJ

    I’m tempted to watch Blue Bloods just to see the commercials. Is it just 18 total minutes of Hoveround ads?

  • Jeff (Canada)

    A repeat of Bones did better than a new episode of Raising Hope, that’s not good.

  • John A

    Bones repeating very well. Its starting to build a loyal audience on friday. Fringe was performing at this level at this time last year even lower in viewers i think for new episodes lol.

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