TV Ratings Friday: 'Nikita' Finale Flat, '20/20' Down, 'What We Wasted Our Year On' Soft

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December 28th, 2013

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Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 1.1/4 1.0/4 1.0/3 0.8/3 0.5/2 0.2/1
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 0.8/3 0.7/3 0.6/2 0.6/2 0.4/2 0.2/1
Total Viewers (million) 2.972 4.726 5.204  4.146 2.172 0.747

Univision was number one in adults 18-49, while CBS won with total viewers.

On ABC,  20/20 notched a 1.1 down 8 percent from last week's 1.2 adults 18-49 rating.

On NBC, the news special What We Wasted Our Year On garnered a 1.0 adults 18-49 rating.

On The CW, the series finale of  Nikita matched last week's 0.2 adults 18-49 rating. Your predictions were too optimistic.

Overnight broadcast primetime ratings for Friday, December 27, 2013

Time  Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
8:00 NBC Dateline  - R 1.1/4 6.27
CBS Undercover Boss - R 0.9/3 5.27
ABC Last Man standing - R 0.8/3 4.25
FOX Bones - R 0.5/2 2.87
CW The Carrie Diaries - R 0.2/1 0.69
8:30 ABC The Neighbors - R 0.7/2 3.03
9:00 ABC Shark Tank - R 1.2/4 5.04
CBS Garth Brooks Live from Las Vegas - R (9-11PM) 1.0/3 5.17
NBC What We Wasted Our Year On 1.0/3 4.95
FOX Raising Hope - R 0.5/2 1.56
CW Nikita - Series Finale 0.2/1 0.81
9:30 FOX Raising Hope - R 0.4/1 1.39
10:00 ABC 20/20 1.1/4 5.50
NBC Grimm - R 0.5/2 2.05

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," 1.9/5 with an encore telecast; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 1.8/5 with an encore; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 2.0/5 with an encore.
  • In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 0.5/2 with an encore; "Late Show," 0.4/2 with an encore; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.7/3 with an encore.
  • From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 1.3/4 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" (1.1/4 in metered-market households with an encore telecast) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (0.8/3 with an encore).  In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.4/2 in 18-49 with an encore) topped "Late Late Show" (0.2/1 with an encore).
  • At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.7/3 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.3/2 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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  • JJA

    @Brad–“the fact that Nikita fans never shut up” Oh, cut the crap!! We like our show. You people mock us to make yourselves feel good.

    For those who actually saw the Nikita finale, it was great. It’s amazing they were able to wrap up everything in just one episode, without the episode feeling rushed. The final confrontation between Amanda and Nikita was extremely well done. And the cameo of their fallen teammate in the closing moments of the episode was very touching.

  • Matt M.

    Shark Tank repeat is STILL the #1 Show of the night. What a monster.

    Eh for Nikita, don’t watch the show, but I [kinda] hope it adjusts up.

    OK for 20/20

  • Mike

    90210 also finished with a 0.2 rating. I think that’s all the ‘closure’ it needed.

  • Jon

    Its you obnoxious haters that won’t shut up

  • Grayson

    That Nikita finale was awesome! The ratings are irrelevant, I’m just glad this show got a chance to wrap up.

  • Matt M.

    BOTH Last Man Standing and Shark Tank repeated well.

  • Mike

    Brad, since when does two wrongs make a right? Honestly, by doing so, you’re really no better than the people you attempt to deride. I feel sorry for you.

  • Truth


    That’s pretty funny coming from you, since you tried to promote Nikita by insulting SPN’s longevity. Obnoxious hater indeed.

  • Dr. L

    Guess nobody ever watched Nikita to be fair. The few people who followed it were not Nielsen viewers. Such a shame though. It had potential, amazing writing and solid performances.
    You will be missed Nikki! :(

  • Jon

    The Series finale was perfect a true Series finale. Loved it coming full circle in every sense even Amandas last words to Nikita the same as Percy’s. A perfect Series finale like Breaking Bad Series finale also was.

  • Crystal

    I thought the Nikita Finale was really good. They ended the show well. Im glad they gave us closure. I don’t generally watch to much crap on The CW (Supernatural and Life Unexpected a while back) because they end up turning it into soaps. I was pleasantly surprised when I tuned into Nikita because the production was so amazing and above and beyond that of The CW. So thank you for giving us this show. Probably the best Reboot of any show I ever watched.

  • CrimTV

    TheCW’s bürden has finally been lifted.

  • CrimTV


  • Sam

    If you bash Nikita I guarantee you have never seen it. It was a good series that deserved more attention and viewers. Maggie Q is awesome also.

  • Jon

    You mean the burden to be the only show of theirs to have 2 EMMY nominations and the critics like unlike their other shows getting trashed except Arrow

  • John A

    CW care about Ratings not critics or Emmys it didnt win any emmys anyway.

  • Truth


    He/She means the burden of embarrassingly low ratings, or is your fanboy cap cutting off the circulation to your brain? Assuming you have a brain, of course, but that might be giving you too much credit.

  • CrimTV


    Emmy’s don’t equal money. CW has hits in Arrow, TVD, Supernatural and The Originals, which all score above 1.0, which is much more than they have had in recent years.

  • Joseph A

    Given that it had nothing in promo , Garth Brooks had really nice numbers. Enjoyed watching his show again after Shark Tank ended.

  • M

    Nikita didn’t fit with the typical CW audience anyway: gays and preteen females. Not enough shirtless twinks on the show (see Brad’s avatar as an example). Will miss the show, but I am not the audience the CW is looking for…..and considering their numbers, they should want whoever they can get.

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