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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  • Brandy

    @Nick, in it’s second season, (first one on fri) Nikita got 0.5-0.6.SPN got 0.8-0.9 in fall & 0.6 in spring on fri the second season it was there.if I remember right & a couple holiday specials got 0.5 last season.But you’re right,CW targets a young audience and most go out on fri so they’re not home to watch.Almost every network does bad on fri.CW won’t be worried about fri til the season after next anyway cause next season they’ll work on Mon.Regarding BatB,the fact they didn’t move it to fri with HoD and putting it on I definate hiatus with episodes left ,no return date and replacing it with another show says BatB is done.

  • Kelly


    SPN did much better than 0.4’s on a Friday. I believe the lowest it ever hit on a Friday was a 0.6 (and I think that was only once?), the majority of weeks were either a 0.7 or a 0.8. I didn’t follow ratings closely at the time, but I’m fairly certain Smallville did better than 0.4’s on Friday’s too. I think the CW can absolutely get above 0.4’s on a Friday (in fact, they’ve proven they can), they just need the right shows to do it.

    As a sidenote, I don’t watch TCD, Nikita or SPN, so I have absolutely no fan bias here whatsoever, just passing on info.

  • Charmed

    Does ANTM air through to October next year? With HOD airing at 9, I can see TCD taking over ANTM’s slot for another 13 episodes next year.

  • Charmed

    @Kelly SPN and Smallville are obviously exceptions. SPN does well and helps new shows on weekdays, I can’t see it going back to Friday. And I can’t see them trying anything else on Friday either.

  • CrimTV

    Some people don’t get it. TCD rising to a 0.3 does not mean it is doing fantastically and @Charmed, Half hours are not an indicator to whether a show adjusts up or down!

  • JR35

    Hope Lucy adjusts up. :) And, Cam, it actually did win the night in the demo, barring any downward adjustment/upward adjustment for something else.

  • Kelly

    @Charmed –

    I don’t think they’re ‘exceptions’ – not at all. They are/were simply high rated shows, so they were able to maintain a decent audience, even on a Friday. I don’t think that makes them exceptions – if you put any higher rated show (for the CW) on a Friday, I think it would also do above a 0.4 – TVD, Arrow and Originals could all manage above a 0.4 on a Friday I’m sure. Of course, none of these shows would ever go to Friday, as they’re too highly rated. But that doesn’t serve to make them exceptions. It simply goes to prove that if the CW can get a hit, it will stay a hit (relatively speaking) even on a Friday. The problem with TCD was that it wasn’t a hit in the first place. It couldn’t manage decent numbers on a week night, so it was never going to on a Friday.

    I think the CW basically have these options for a Friday:

    Move a ‘hit’ show to a Friday to improve the numbers like SPN did when it was moved there (never gonna happen, didn’t even happen when they moved SPN, as they basically moved it to kill it, not to improve their Friday numbers. That was just a happy accident).

    Stick low rated shows that otherwise would be cancelled on a Friday and basically use it as a filler ‘lost’ night (which is basically what they’re doing now).

    Try and actually launch a ‘hit’ on a Friday (kinda like what NBC did with Grimm – I’d personally like to see them go this route, but they evidently need to fix their weekdays, particularly Monday, before worrying too much about Friday’s).

  • CrimTV


    The Carrie Diaries is in a terrible position regarding a renewal.

    1. It only scores 1 tenth above a burn-off low-rated show (Nikita)
    2. ANTM, which is probably a lot cheaper than TCD, scores higher ratings.
    3. After this season of TCD, there will be only 26 episodes produced, which leaves 62 episodes until syndication. If The CW were to air 13 episodes every season, they would have to keep the show on the air until the 2018-19 season!

  • cc

    “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.”

    Thinking the same thing. Nice to see too.


    It’s obviously a tough time for all shows right now on the demo side — low numbers all around but 5-0 & BB continue to maintain their high viewership levels.

    Hopefully 5-0 & Blue Bloods will rebound well in January they are both airing repeats for a couple of weeks now.

    Hope you all have a MERRY CHRISTMAS and Happy Holiday Season !

  • Charmed

    @CrimTV syndication doesn’t mean that much to The CW! And TCD is the 3rd most watched show online, it has many things in it’s favor!

  • eelna

    The reason, TCD was renewed, was, because it did well in online numbers. It’s doing even better than Supernatural, Arrow etc.
    Nikita fell a lot. TCD has the same numbers, like at the end of Season One. It does better in W18-34. And I’m pretty sure, that shows five years ago, did better, because that’s the fact. If any higher-rated show, would move, it’d only get 0.5-0.8 on Fridays. I’m pretty sure. And the reason, they haven’t cancelled it yet, means that they still have faith in the show.

    My favorite CW shows are Reign, TCD, TVD. I’m just a pathetic fan, who has hope. But TCD is on the bubble. It’s a underrated show, just like HOD: I’ve recently caught up on it, it’s great. Funny and Cute.

  • CrimTV


    Television ratings are The CW’s first priority, at the moment Vampire Diaries, Arrow, Reign, Hart of Dixie, Supernatural, The Tomorrow People and America’s Next Top Model rate higher than TCD.

  • OriginalRandy


    Just wanted to wish you a Merry Xmas and a Happy New Year also. :-)
    Forget about the ratings for now. And don’t worry. I do think H50 is safe for next season. I also hope Grimm is. All we can do is cross our fingers.

  • BigBrotherFan

    Hawii old people
    Blue old people
    It’s a wonderful old people
    20/20 old people

  • Rich

    FOX scheduling department screws up again. A Charlie Brown special at 9pm on a Friday? WTF?

  • BigBrotherFan

    What’s next?

    Blue bloods: geriatric edition?

  • OriginalRandy


    You are the same pathetic poster here who thinks everyone is the same person and yet YOU post with a different name several times on each blog.
    Your psychotic babble is better than a DNA marker and points out who you are every time.
    YOU are painfully predictable and extremely obsessed.
    And ridiculously obvious. You don’t care about ratings. You just want to hate.

    Can’t you find another place besides a RATINGS site to hate?

  • CBSviewer

    Hawaii Five-0 will be Renewed for sure. But if Blue Bloods goes below 1.0 it won’t make it into season 5 !

  • Shamrock317

    @Ken or Terry or whatever your name is …

    Quit trying to lump everyone into Lucia from long ago. Get over it. Alex doesn’t want you either. Try concentrating on ratings, which is what this forum is all about.

    Programming Suits at CBS messed up scheduling the new H50 & BB episodes; there should never have been a three week break. Lost valuable viewers – dumb mistake. Hope both shows can bounce back in 2014.

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