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[05/17/14 - 08:53 AM]
Friday's Broadcast Ratings: "Shark Tank" Finale Paves the Way for ABC Victory
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

Primetime Preliminary Fast National Nielsen Data
(includes all DVR playback through 3:00 am)

Here are the highlights of the 13 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks last night (5/16/14):

ABC (8.380 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1) was the network to beat on Friday thanks to the season finale of "Shark Tank" (6.491 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T1) and the two-hour special "Barbara Walters: Her Story" (9.324 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T1).

NBC (4.909 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) then claimed the silver with its mix of "Dateline NBC" (6.861 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T3), the season finale of "Grimm" (5.390 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T3) and a new "Hannibal" (2.475 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T5).

Next up was CBS (6.074 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) and repeats of "Hawaii Five-0" (5.322 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8), another "Hawaii Five-0" (6.020 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8) and "Blue Bloods" (6.881 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #7).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.010 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) served up an encore of "24: Live Another Day" (1.623 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T12) and the season finale of "Kitchen Nightmares" (2.397 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T5).

And finally, The CW (1.335 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5) closed out the evening with a new "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.777 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #10), a repeat "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.537 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #11) and the season finale of "Hart of Dixie" (1.012 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T12). In the netlet's target demo (women 18-34), "Whose Line" posted a 0.6 rating at 8:00/7:00c and 0.6 rating at 8:30/7:30c while "Dixie" managed a 0.6 rating.

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+33.33% - Hart of Dixie
+12.50% - Hannibal
+12.50% - Kitchen Nightmares (vs. 5/2/14)
+8.33% - Dateline NBC
0.00% - Grimm
0.00% - Whose Line Is It Anyway?
-15.79% - Shark Tank

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+50.00% - Kitchen Nightmares (vs. Bones (Repeat))
+50.00% - Whose Line Is It Anyway? (vs. Nikita)
+33.33% - Hart of Dixie (vs. Supernatural (Repeat))
+33.33% - Shark Tank
+18.18% - Dateline NBC
+18.18% - Grimm (vs. Dateline NBC)
-5.88% - Barbara Walters: Her Story (vs. Shark Tank/20/20)
-30.77% - Hannibal (vs. Rock Center With Brian Williams)

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

·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.


Here are the highlights of the 12 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (5/17/13):

ABC (5.720 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) was the top draw on Friday with its mix of a new "Shark Tank" (4.996 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.2, #4), the season finale of "Shark Tank" (6.571 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1) and a new "20/20" (5.593 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2).

NBC (5.207 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) then claimed the silver with a two-hour "Dateline NBC" (5.274 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5) alongside an original "Rock Center With Brian Williams" (5.073 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3).

Next up was CBS (4.918 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) with the season finale of "Undercover Boss" (5.382 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #7) followed by a repeat of "Undercover Boss" (5.003 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5) and a special "48 Hours" (4.369 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #8).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.182 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) offered up repeats of "Kitchen Nightmares" (1.908 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #9) and "Bones" (2.457 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #10).

And finally, the season finale of "Nikita" (1.083 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #11) and a repeat of "Supernatural" (0.788 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #12) on The CW (0.936 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the evening. In the netlet's target demo (women 18-34), "Nikita" delivered a 0.3 rating at 8:00/7:00c and "Supernatural" a 0.3 rating at 9:00/8:00c.

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+100.00% - Nikita
+8.33% - Rock Center With Brian Williams
+5.56% - Shark Tank
0.00% - Dateline NBC
-11.76% - 20/20
-37.50% - Undercover Boss

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+58.33% - Shark Tank - 9:00 (vs. Primetime: What Would You Do?)
+25.00% - 20/20
+25.00% - Undercover Boss (vs. Undercover Boss (Repeat))
+18.18% - Rock Center With Brian Williams (vs. Dateline NBC)
+12.50% - 48 Hours (vs. Blue Bloods (Repeat))
0.00% - Nikita
-15.38% - Dateline NBC (vs. Who Do You Think You Are?/Grimm)
-20.00% - Shark Tank - 8:00

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," 3.0/7; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.0/5; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 2.2/5 with an encore.

* In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 Wednesday results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 0.9/4; "Late Show," 0.4/2; 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 1.4/4 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 Jimmy Fallon" (1.5/5 in metered-market households) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.0/3). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.6/4 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.2/1).

* At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.9/3 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.4/3 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

Source: Nielsen Media Research





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