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.


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.

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  • MattyD.

    Good for I love lucy

  • MattyD.

    @Big Brother Fan

    20/20 is a news program smart one, so it’s for all ages.

  • anna g

    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.
    Spot on again with your comment. Sometimes I wonder why I even go to the ratings site – I am always anxious and nervous after watching the ratings. I do have some nice discussions with people here nut I’m a bit worried each time as well.
    1.2 for H50 certainly doesn’t look good no matter what the reasons can be. It’s disappointing because this season has been very strong so far. I can only hope the show can rebound in January but if it doesn’t that may be its last season. It’s that simple I guess.

  • a p garcia

    Comedy writers should look that Lucy won the night with material that was 60 years old. CBS should consider airing a Christmas episode from some of their classic comedies.

  • Charmed

    TCD got 0.5 W18-34, up from 0.4 last week.


    Wow to I love Lucy what a great classic that is.

  • Josh

    Maybe we should just let Charmed stay delusional since she refuses to listen to any of the perfectly logical and many arguments for TCD’s cancellation so she can light up the comments section come whenever the article comes out that officially confirms TCD is cancelled.

  • Paul928

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

    In my short time on this interesting site, this is by far the funniest post
    I’ve read.

  • Fellow Penguin Who Watches T.V.

    What’s with the Charlie Brown special on at 9 pm eastern. FOX could have switch BONES and the special around for just one week.

  • Alan

    yay TCD! Awesome episode.

  • OriginalRandy


    I agree. You know, this following ratings is like an addiction for us. Highs and lows. HA
    Let’s hope January brings some more of those highs!

    I swear my new year resolution should be not to come here to this site. But I won’t make that resolution because I just KNOW I will break it! LOL

    Merry Xmas and Happy New Year to you, Anna!

  • Joseph

    The “I Love Lucy” special consisted of two colorized episodes, the 1956 Christmas Eve episode (which wasn’t rebroadcast for about 35 years) and one of the most popular episodes of the series, the one where Lucy stomps grapes with hilarious results.

  • DryedMangoez

    I am beyond excited to see the I Love Lucy special do so well.

  • Joseph

    Last night (December 20th), Univision came to within a few thousand viewers of winning the night among viewers between 18 and 34, and within two-tenths of a ratings point of winning the night in the 18-49 demographic.

    Had it not been for several Holiday specials and the colorized “I Love Lucy” episodes, Univision may have won the night in both demos.

  • Mike1

    Hawaii 5-0 or better Senior 5-0 . As some predicted low 1s demos. When u premiere in the fall with a 1.5 demo , u can expect low 1s demos after a while.
    It’s real funny , this show was going to be the new Lost with high 5 demos, LMAO
    ST numbers are fantastic for a rerun,

  • SJ

    Are some people actually thinking that TCD could get renewed? The show has been all but cancelled, deal with it.


    @ OriginalRandy

    I too think 5-0 and Grimm will both be back next year (Blue Bloods as well)

    Nice to hear that you watched and enjoyed the 5-0 Pearl Harbor episode last week, it was excellent! Last night was very good too, but not quite as strong. Once they return with new episodes in January, Grace Park’s back as Kono. I’m looking forward to her return, they all play their roles so well.

    If you haven’t seen it, CBS is airing a repeat of last season’s ‘bomb episode’ 9:00 (EST) — it’s a very good one with flashbacks to Danny’s days as a Jersey cop.

    Take care and Merry Christmas !


    @ OriginalRandy

    The 5-0 repeat is airing tonight @ 9:00 (EST)

  • Shamrock317

    @Mike1 or Ken or Terry
    Go somewhere else. Hawaii Five-0 is doing just fine. And, no, Alex still doesn’t want you.

  • dan

    We still love Lucy!

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