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[06/01/13 - 10:00 AM]
Friday's Broadcast Ratings: Newsmagazines Pave the Way for NBC Victory
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

nielsen ratings
(fast national numbers for friday, may 31, 2013)

Here are the highlights of the 12 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks last night:

NBC (6.034 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) held onto the top spot on Friday with new episodes of "Dateline NBC" (6.411 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) and "Rock Center With Brian Williams" (5.279 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #4).

The silver then went to ABC (4.135 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) with a repeat of "Shark Tank" (4.047 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T5) followed by the return of "Primetime: What Would You Do?" (3.922 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T2) and a new "20/20" (4.436 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T2).

Next up was CBS (4.984 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) and its second run mix of "Undercover Boss" (4.199 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T5), "Hawaii Five-0" (4.630 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #8) and "Blue Bloods" (6.125 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #7).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.245 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) offered up rebroadcasts of "Bones" (2.425 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #9) and "The Following" (2.065 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #10).

And finally, repeats of "Nikita" (0.936 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #12) and "Supernatural" (0.903 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #11) on The CW (0.919 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the night. In the netlet's target demo (women 18-34), "Nikita" delivered a 0.2 rating at 8:00/7:00c and "Supernatural" a 0.3 rating at 9:00/8:00c.

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+33.33% - Rock Center With Brian Williams
+27.27% - Dateline NBC (vs. 5/17/13)
-13.33% - 20/20 (vs. 5/17/13)

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+40.00% - Dateline NBC (vs. Best Friends Forever/Dateline NBC)
+8.33% - Primetime: What Would You Do? (vs. Primetime: What Would You Do? (Repeat))
-13.33% - 20/20
-14.29% - Rock Center With Brian Williams (vs. Dateline NBC)

In late-night metered market ratings (via NBC's press release):

* In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 2.4/6 with an encore telecast; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.1/5 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 Wednesday results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 0.7/4 with an encore; "Late Show," 0.5/2 with an encore; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.7/3 with an encore.

* From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET Wednesday night, 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" (1.4/4 in metered-market households with an encore) beat CBS's first-run "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.2/4). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.5/3 in 18-49 with an encore) topped "Late Late Show" (0.4/2).

* At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.9/3 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.3/2 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.


Here are the highlights of the 13 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (6/1/12):

ABC (4.37 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) edged out a demo victory on the first night of June thanks to repeats of "Shark Tank" (4.77 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T3), "Primetime: What Would You Do?" (3.69 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T3) and a new "20/20" (4.66 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1).

NBC (4.75 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) then claimed a competitive second place with its mix of "Best Friends Forever" (2.39 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9), another "Best Friends Forever" (2.04 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9) and a two-hour "Dateline NBC" (6.02 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2).

Next up was CBS (5.16 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) with repeats of "Undercover Boss" (5.02 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #5), "CSI: NY" (5.05 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7) and "Blue Bloods" (5.41 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.41 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) likewise offered up second runs of "House" (2.26 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7) and "Bones" (2.58 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #6).

And finally, an encore of "Breaking Pointe" (0.85 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #12) and a repeat of "Supernatural" (0.84 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #13) on The CW (0.84 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) closed out the evening.

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+27.27% - Dateline NBC (vs. 5/18/12)
+25.00% - 20/20 (vs. 5/18/12)
-25.00% - Best Friends Forever (vs. 4/25/12)

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+36.36% - 20/20
+16.67% - Dateline NBC
-25.00% - Best Friends Forever (vs. Friday Night Lights)

In late-night metered market ratings (via NBC's press release):

In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 2.6/6 with an encore telecast; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.1/5 with an encore; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 2.9/7; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.4/4 with an encore.

In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 0.9/4 with an encore; "Late Show," 0.5/2 with an encore; "Nightline," 0.9/4; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.5/3 with an encore.

At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.4/4 in metered-market households with an encore) beat CBS's first-run "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.1/3). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.5/3 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 0.8/3 in metered-market households and a 0.2/2 in adults 18-49 with an encore in the 25 markets with local people meters.

Source: Nielsen Media Research





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