TV Ratings Friday: 'Shark Tank' Down, 'Hannibal' & 'Hart of Dixie' Up; 'Grimm' Steady

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May 17th, 2014

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Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 1.6/6 1.2/4 0.9/3 0.7/3 0.6/3 0.5/2
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 1.1/5 0.8/4 0.8/4 0.4/2 0.4/2 0.4/2
Total Viewers (million) 8.380 4.909 2.231 6.074 2.010 1.335

Note: NBC was pre-empted in San Francisco for MLB Baseball. Ratings for NBC are more likely to be adjusted in the final ratings.

ABC was number one in adults 18-49, while was on top with total viewers.

On ABCthe season finale of Shark Tank, which aired at 8PM, earned a 1.6, down 16 percent from last week's 1.9 adults 18-49 rating but up 23 percent from a 1.3 for its 8PM telecast on May 10, 2013. It was ABC’s highest 18-49 rating in the Friday 8-9pm hour since November 19, 2012. Overall, it was Shark Tank's highest rated season ever, growing 14 percent over the prior season in adults 18-49.The two hour special Barbara Walters: Her Story 20/20 scored a 1.6, even with 20/20’s 1.6 last week.

On NBC, Dateline garnered a 1.3, up 8 percent from last week's 1.2 adults 18-49 rating. The season finale of Grimm matched last week's 1.3 adults 18-49 rating. Your predictions were too optimistic. Hannibal earned a 0.9, up 29 percent from last week's 0.7 adults 18-49 rating.

On FOX, the season finale of Kitchen Nightmares garnered a adults 18-49 rating, up 13 percent from a 0.8 for its most recent episode.

On the CW, Whose Line Is It Anyway scored a 0.6, up 20 percent from last week's 0.5 adults 18-49 rating. The season finale of Hart of Dixie earned a 0.4, up 33 percent from last week's 0.3 adults 18-49 rating.

May 16, 2014 (all Live+Same Day ratings):

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Total Viewers (Millions)
8:00 ABC Shark Tank - Season Finale 1.6/7 6.49
NBC Dateline 1.3/6 6.86
CBS Hawaii Five-0 -R 0.7/3 5.32
CW Whose Line Is It Anyway 0.6/3 1.78
FOX 24: Live Another Day - R 0.4/2 1.62
8:30 CW Whose Line is it Anyway - R 0.5/2 1.54
9:00 ABC Barbara Walters: Her Story (9-11PM) 1.6/7 9.30
NBC Grimm - Season Finale 1.3/5 5.39
FOX Kitchen Nightmares - Season Finale 0.9/3 2.40
CBS Blue Bloods - R 0.7/3 6.02
CW Hart of Dixie - Season Finale 0.4/2 1.01
10:00 NBC Hannibal 0.9/3 2.48
CBS Blue Bloods - R 0.8/3 6.86

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," 2.5/6; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.0/5; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 2.5/6.


  • In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” 1.0/4; "Late Show," 0.4/2; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.8/3.


  • From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 1.5/5 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" (1.2/4 in metered-market households with an encore) beat CBS's first-run "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.1/4).  In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.6/3 in 18-49 with an encore) topped "Late Late Show" (0.2/1).


  • At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.7/3 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.4/3 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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