TV Ratings Friday: 'Whose Line Is It Anyway' Premieres Down, 'Hart of Dixie' Up, 'Grimm' Down, 'Shark Tank' & 'Hannibal' Steady

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March 22nd, 2014

Whose Line Is It Anyway 2014 Premiere Kat Graham

Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 1.6/5 1.3/4 1.2/4 1.0/3 0.5/2 0.5/2
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 1.2/5 0.9/4 1.0/4 0.8/3 0.4/2 0.3/1
Total Viewers (million) 6.837 5.365 3.915 2.661 1.568 1.628

ABC was number one in adults 18-49 and with total viewers.

Notes:  CBS aired live coverage of the NCAA Tournament. Due to the nature of live sports programming, the ratings are likely to be adjusted in the finals. The CW was pre-empted in Chicago for NBA Basketball. Its likely that its ratings will be adjusted in the finals.

On ABC, The Neighbors earned a 0.9 up 13 percent from last week's 0.8 adults 18-49 rating.   Shark Tank matched last week's 2.0 adults 18-49 rating. 20/20 scored a 1.7 down 11 percent from last week's 1.9 adults 18-49 rating.

On CBS, the second night of the NCAA Basketball Tournament earned a preliminary 1.2  adults 18-49 rating up 9 percent from Thursday’s preliminary 1.1 and up 20 percent from last year’s preliminary 1.0.

On NBC, Dateline notched a 1.4 up 27 percent from last week's 1.1 adults 18-49 rating. Grimm earned a 1.5, down 6 percent from last week's 1.6 adults 18-49 rating. Hannibal matched last week's 0.9 adults 18-49 rating.

On the CW, the season premiere of Whose Line Is It Anyway earned a 0.6 adults 18-49 rating down 45 percent from a 1.1 for last summer’s premiere but up 20 percent from a 0.5 for its most recent original. A second new episode at 8:30 also scored a 0.5 adults 18-49 rating down 58 percent rom a 1.2 for the second episode that aired on the previous season’s premiere night.  The first Friday episode of Hart of Dixie garnered a 0.4 adults 18-49 rating up 33 percent from a 0.3 for its most recent original episode. Your predictions for both shows were too optimistic.

On FOX, Rake matched last week's 0.5 adults 18-49 rating.  Raising Hope garnered a 0.4 down 20 percent from last week's 0.5 adults 18-49 rating.

Overnight broadcast primetime ratings for Friday, March 21, 2014

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
8:00 NBC Dateline 1.4/5 7.58
CBS NCAA Basketball Tournament - Live (8-11PM) 1.2/4 3.92
ABC Last Man Standing -R 0.9/4 4.59
CW Whose Line is it Anyway - Premiere 0.6/2 1.91
FOX Rake 0.5/2 1.92
8:30 ABC The Neighbors 0.9/3 3.78
CW Whose Line is it Anyway 0.6/2 1.91
9:00 ABC Shark Tank 2.0/7 8.05
NBC Grimm 1.5/5 5.73
FOX Enlisted - R 0.4/1 1.25
CW Hart of Dixie 0.4/1 1.23
9:30 FOX Raising Hope 0.4/1 1.42
10:00 ABC 20/20 1.7/6 8.28
NBC Hannibal 0.9/3 2.79

via NBC press note:

In Late-Night Metered Markets Friday night:

  • In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon," 3.2/8; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 1.6/5 with an encore delayed by basketball; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 2.3/5.
  • In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “Tonight,” 1.2/5; "Late Show," 0.5/3 with an encore delayed by basketball; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.7/3.
  • From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 1.4/4 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 Seth Meyers" (1.5/5 in metered-market households) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (0.9/3 with an encore delayed by basketball).  In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.6/3 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.3/2 with an encore delayed by basketball).
  • At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.8/3 in metered-market households 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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