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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Nikita’ Flat In Finale, Univision Tops English-Language Networks

By | Saturday December 28, 2013 @ 9:24am PST
Nellie Andreeva

CanceledYou can’t have high expectations when you schedule a series finale on Friday night between Christmas and New Year’s Eve. In that context, the series closer of the CW drama Nikita did as well as could have been expected. The finale managed a 0.2 in adults 18-49, even with the last two airings that followed an original lead-in and tied for a series low. The only other original offerings on the 5 English language broadcast networks were ABC News 20/20, which pulled a 1.1, down 8% from last univisionweek, and the NBC News special What We Wasted Our Year On, which too looked like a wasted opportunity with a meager 1.0 rating. With a repeat of ABC’s Shark Tank (1.2) as the highest-rated program last night, it’s no surprise that the English-language networks were edged by Spanish language broadcaster Univision, which averaged a 1.1 18-49 rating in primetime, with ABC and CBS (1.0) tied for second place.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Nikita’ Returns With Premiere Low, ‘Bones’ Rises, ‘JFK’ Special Solid, CBS & ABC Tied To Win Night

By | Saturday November 23, 2013 @ 9:49am PST

The final Friday of the November sweep was a night of return and remembrance. The return was with the fourth and final season premiere of The CW’s Nikita (0.2/1). Back for just six final episodes, the spy drama fell a hard 33% among adults 18-49 from its October 19th Season 3 debut last year. That’s a premiere low for Nikita. Added to that was the fact that last night’s result also cratered 60% from the season finale of America’s Next Top Model in the same slot last week. In terms of overall viewers, Nikita was also down sharply from 947,000 watching last year’s season debut to 732,000 watching last night. A modest but steady Friday night performer for the CW over its run so far, Nikita has done well in DVR viewing so expect so uptick there as Live+3 and Live+7 results trickle in. Nikita’s lead-in, The Carrie Diaries (0.3/1), was even with last week.

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In terms of remembrance, NBC commemorated the 50th anniversary of the death of President John F. Kennedy with Where Were You: The Day JFK Died (1.1/5) at 9 PM hosted by Tom Brokaw. The two-hour special featured the likes of Steven Spielberg and Dan Rather Read More »

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Comic-Con: ‘Nikita’ Cast On “Bittersweet” Series End & Season 4 Arcs

By | Friday July 19, 2013 @ 12:44pm PDT

Sadness and excitement marked the final Comic-Con panel for The CW‘s spy show Nikita, which is set to come to an end with a six-episode midseason wrap-up. “It’s bittersweet,” said showrunner Craig Silverstein, who was joined at Comic-Con by cast members Maggie Q, Shane West, Lyndsy Fonseca, Melinda Clarke, Aaron Stanford and Noah Bean. “I’m just glad we’re able to end it and bring it to a full close. Knowing that it’s going to finish lets us finish it with a period — hopefully an exclamation mark.”

The network’s decision to end the spy drama after three seasons came as a mixed blessing. Unlike many cancelled series, the cult hit will at least get to end with some closure. “My heart hurt because I have a very deep love for [the cast] and I’m going to miss them,” said Maggie Q. “We get to end this show with such integrity and with our heads high.” Filming on the fourth season is underway. The abbreviated run will accelerate the pace of Nikita‘s storytelling, said Silverstein. “What it means is you get right to the good stuff. [Most seasons] end with things happening one after the other, [but] that’s how we’re going to start this season.” Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Shark Tank’ Finale Up, ‘Undercover Boss’ Finale Down, ‘Rock Center’ Up, ABC Wins Friday Night

By | Saturday May 18, 2013 @ 10:27am PDT

Nothing says Disney like crossover and that’s what the Season 4 finale of Shark Tank (1.9/7) saw last night on the last Friday of the 2012-2013 TV season. Dr. Heinz Doofenshmitz of Disney Channel’s Phineas and Ferb showed up to give the Sharks a pitch last night on the Disney-owned ABC, though they weren’t really biting. With an online dating service looking for some investment plus a grilled cheese franchise in the making too, Friday also saw the entrepreneurial reality series rise. Shark Tank was up 6% from last week’s show and up 19% from its Season 3 finale on May 18, 2012. The 9 PM Shark Tank finale was both the highest rated show of the night and the most watched with 6.57 million tuning in. Preceded by a special Shark Tank (1.2/5) in the 8 PM slot where Happy Endings sat this season, the finale of the unscripted series was followed at 10 PM by 20/20 (1.5/5) The ABC newsmagazine show was down 12% from its May 10 show among Adults 18-49 but up 25% the final Friday of last season. ABC won the night among adults 18-49 and, with 5.720 million watching, total viewers.
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It’s Official: ‘Nikita’ To End Run With Final Six-Episode Installment

By | Thursday May 16, 2013 @ 6:00am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

As expected, the CW announced today that the six-episode renewal for Nikita will mark the spy drama’s final installment. The pickup came after Nikita creator Craig Silverstein, who has a hot new pilot, Turn, at AMC, closed a deal for one last short order. Nikita‘s final chapter, which is yet to be scheduled, will bring the series full circle, with Nikita (Maggie Q) once again on the run as a hunted rogue for a murder she didn’t commit as she attempts to clear her name as well as spare the people she loves. The pickup is part of CW president Mark Pedowitz’s efforts to give the network’s long-running series a satisfying ending for fans. Nikita, a very modest performer on Friday night, has had solid digital play and ranks as one of the CW’s top series on social media. It also has been a strong international seller for producing studio Warner Bros TV.

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CW’s ‘The Carrie Diaries’ & ‘Nikita’ Renewed

By | Thursday May 9, 2013 @ 3:33pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

And just like we predicted a month ago, the CW has renewed all of its existing series. The last to get the nod today are The Carrie Diaries and Nikita. The network is not confirming the sizes of the pickups, but Carrie’s is automatically a 13-episode order as it is a midseason show, and I hear Nikita will return for a six-episode cycle. I had heard that could be the final chapter for Nikita, though if the limited event series format works, the CW may leave the door open to additional installments. The network had been looking to break into the limited series format for the last couple of seasons. Carrie Diaries and Nikita join previously renewed Arrow, The Vampire Diaries, Supernatural, Hart Of Dixie and Beauty And The Beast.

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Pilot Panic: Streaming Deals Boost Chances Of CW Bubble Series; Will They All Return?

Nellie Andreeva

Carrie Diaries Renewal Chances CWThe CW‘s midseason drama The Carrie Diaries wraps its 13-episode freshman season tonight. With its pedigree as an offshoot from one of most recognizable media franchises of the last 20 years, Sex And The City, it was expected to be a slam-dunk. Instead, Carrie Diaries started slow and is finishing its run on the bubble. But while its TV ratings alone would’ve likely pushed the series toward cancellation, Carrie Diaries‘ very strong online play including on Hulu is making the renewal a possibility. What’s more, besides the three shows the CW already cancelled this season — veteran 90210 and freshmen Emily Owens MD and Cult — there is a chance that the CW returns all of its other series including Hart Of Dixie, Nikita, Beauty And The Beast and Carrie Diaries in some shape or form, including limited runs. (The CW’s strongest series, Arrow, The Vampire Diaries and veteran Supernatural, were already renewed in February.)

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More than other networks’ series, the online performance of CW shows, most of which are serialized, plays an important part in the net’s renewal decisions. After all, episode streaming provides a key revenue stream for the CW. In addition to commercial-loaded play on the the network’s website, the CW’s current series are available on Hulu under a five-year, $75-million deal, while previous seasons of CW shows are on Netflix as part of the eye-popping four-year, $1 billion pact the two companies inked in late 2011. The Netflix deal in particular represents an incentive for the CW to keep shows on the air longer because that raises interest in previous seasons as evident by such current serialized cable series as Breaking Bad, whose older seasons became blockbuster hits on Netflix. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Touch’ & ‘Malibu Country’ Hit Series Lows, ‘Blue Bloods’, Nikita’ ‘Cult’ Up, ‘Fashion Star’ Even

By | Saturday March 16, 2013 @ 9:56am PDT

In the weeks since Fox’s Touch (0.6/2) returned for its second season on February 8, the Kiefer Sutherland-led drama has had a rough ratings ride. Last night, that ride hit a new bump. The struggling show fell 14% from its March 8th airing to hit a new series low. Fox’s other Friday primetime outing had a softer landing. Hell’s Kitchen returned for its 11th season this past Wednesday slightly down from its previous season debut. Last night on Gordon Ramsey’s other Fox cooking show Kitchen Nightmares (1.1/4) things also slipped. The reality series was down 8% from its March 8 show. The first Friday of Daylight Savings saw overall TV usage down 5% for the night.

The CW had a very good night Friday with Nikita (0.5/2) up 25% and, in the second week in its new slot, the freshman Cult (0.3/1) surging 50% over its March 8 show. “Sex Sells” was the title last night of the second episode of the second season of NBC’s Fashion Star (0.8/3). The 11 remaining designers were charged with showing their sexiest looks to buyers and judges John Varvatos, Nicole Ritchie and a very pregnant Jessica Simpson. In the end, one contestant went down but Fashion Star’s ratings weren’t. The show was even with last week’s premiere. A week after coming back with its first original since November 16, 2012, Grimm (1.4/5) lost a slight bit of its luster. The procedural fantasy drama dipped 7% from its March 8 show. NBC ended the night with Rock Center With Brian Williams (0.7/2), which was down two tenths from last week’s show.
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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Fashion Star’ Returns Low, ‘Golden Boy’ & ‘Cult’ Slide, ‘Nikita’ Rises, ‘Grimm’ Dips

By | Saturday March 9, 2013 @ 10:01am PST

It was a fully loaded Friday last night with premieres, both season and time slot. Back for its second season, Fashion Star (0.8/3) kicked off NBC’s Friday primetime. After some labor troubles while in production last year, the reality designer competition series moved from Tuesdays to Fridays as well as adding a new host in Louise Roe to replace Elle Macpherson. Even with judges Nicole Ritchie, John Varvatos and Jessica Simpson back, something about this outfit didn’t work. Fashion Star cratered 50% from its Season 1 debut at 9:30 PM on March 13, 2012. Granted the series had the lead-in of Biggest Loser last year, but it was also down 43% from what Dateline Friday got in the same 8 PM slot last week.

Freshman police drama Golden Boy (1.0/3) made its one and likely only Friday appearance last night. Originally set to move to Friday nights after two Tuesday preview airings, Golden Boy will remain in the early week 10 PM slot with Vegas relocating to the end of the week. It looks to be a smart move as Golden Boy was down 44% from its February 26 Tuesday premiere and 40% from the February 22 CSI: NY finale in the Friday slot. The CW’s Cult (0.2/1) also took a tumble as it moved into a new Friday 9 PM slot. The series was down 33% from its last original on February 26. Read More »

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Ratings Rat Race: ‘Nikita’ Hits Season Highs

By | Saturday January 26, 2013 @ 10:44am PST
Nellie Andreeva

Against very little competition on the Big 4 networks (only Kitchen Nightmares, Dateline and 20/20 were in originals), the CW’s Nikita posted a modest gain. The spy drama (1.6 million viewers, up 23% from last week) drew its largest audience in more than a year, since 12/2/2011. Nikita also hit season highs in 18-49 (0.5/2, up a tenth from last week, best since 3/23/12) and in 18-34 (0.5/2, best since last season’s finale on 5/18/12). Fox’s Kitchen Nightmares (1.3/4) was up 18% from its most recent original on Dec. 14.

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CW’s ‘Nikita’ Moves Back To Friday 8 PM

By | Wednesday November 7, 2012 @ 10:51pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

The CW‘s Nikita has been struggling in its new Friday 9 PM slot, dropping to a dismal 0.2/1 in 18-49 and 793,000 viewers two weeks ago. The network is looking to shake things up by shifting the action drama back to its old Friday 8 PM berth. According to advance TV listings, Nikita‘s first airing in the new (old) 8 PM slot will be on November 30. It will be followed by a repeat of freshman breakout Arrow. Nikita currently airs behind America’s Next Top Model, whose season finale airs November 16. (The CW has holiday specials slated for Friday, November 23.)

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Devon Sawa Upped To Regular On ‘Nikita’

By | Saturday July 14, 2012 @ 12:27pm PDT

Devon Sawa has been elevated to a series regular on The CW’s Nikita. Sawa (Final Destination, Slackers and Idle Hands) had been recurring as Owen Elliot, a former Division “cleaner” on the show which is headed into its third season. In a similar fashion to Nikita (Maggie Q), Owen became attached and eventually fell in love with a civilian, Emily (Bianca Lawson) who was killed. Owen also killed Nikita’s fiancé, Daniel Monroe (Sebastien Roberts). Sawa’s casting follows recent feature roles in The Philly Kid with Wes Chatham and Neal McDonough and 388 Arletta Avenue opposite Nick Stahl. Sawa is repped by Gersh and KLWGN Entertainment.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: NBC’s ‘Grimm’ Receives A Happy Season Ending

By | Saturday May 19, 2012 @ 12:13pm PDT

Friday was a good night to be Grimm on NBC. The 9 PM season finale of Grimm (1.6/5) was up 33% from last week. The end of season one of the fantasy drama drew 5.3 million viewers, winning the night among Adults 18-49. Grimm both tied its highest 18-49 demo rating and its highest overall audience since January 20. Over on ABC, at 8 PM the season finale of Shark Tank (1.5/6) was down from last week’s 1.7. The entrepreneur reality show, recently picked up for a full 22 episodes next season, had 5.53 million overall viewers. Grimm’s 8 PM Who Do You Think You Are? (1.0/4) lead-in was up over last week. The genealogical series tied with its highest 18-49 rating since March 2 and its biggest overall audience since March 23 with 5.54 million viewers. 10 PM’s Dateline NBC (1.1/4) was down from last week’s 1.2. ABC’s 9 PM Primetime: What Would You Do? (1.2/4) and 20/20 (1.2/4) were both down from last week. With back to back finales of Nikita (0.4/2) and Supernatural (0.6/2), the CW held reasonably steady. Nikita was even with last week’s show with 1.47 million overall viewers in its 8 PM slot. Supernatural, which is moving to Wednesdays next season, was down from last week’s 0.7. CBS aired repeats of Undercover Boss (0.8/), CSI:NY (0.8/3) and Blue Bloods (0.8/3). Fox went all out on Kitchen Nightmare (0.8/3) from … Read More »

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UPDATE: CW’s ‘Gossip Girl’, ‘Nikita’ & ‘Dixie’ Renewed; ‘Ringer’ & ‘Secret Circle’ Gone

By | Friday May 11, 2012 @ 2:37pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

As it picked up five new drama series, the CW also has renewed its strongest bubble series, Gossip Girl, Nikita and Hart of Dixie. It will be the final season for Gossip, third for Nikita and second for Dixie. The pickups of Dixie and Nikita are for 22 episodes, Gossip‘s is for an 11-episode final season.

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Meanwhile, as expected, low-rated freshmen Ringer and The Secret Circle are not coming back. Here what the three renewed series had going for them. Gossip Girl is a big DVR gainer and has been a signature show for the CW that could go well together with Carrie Diaries, Hart Of Dixie has been very strong in online viewing, and Nikita is a big international seller for the CW’s sister studio Warner Bros TV.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: CBS And CW Dramas Return Higher From Holiday Hiatus

By | Saturday January 7, 2012 @ 10:20am PST
Nellie Andreeva

CBS’ Friday lineup posted gains in its return to originals after a month of reruns. A Gifted Man (1.5/5) was up 15% from its most recent original on December 2, CSI:NY (1.8/5) was up 29% and Blue Bloods (1.8/5) was up 13%. Similarly, the CW’s Nikita (0.6/2) climbed 20% from its most recent first-run episode, and Supernatural (0.8/2) was up 14%. The tide lifted all the ships, with NBC’s Chuck (1.0/3) up 25% from last week as the series approaches its series finale later this month. Also heading into its series finale is ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, whose back-to-back episodes last night (1.4/4, 1.6/5) were up 17% and 23%, respectively, from December 16. Fox is expected to top Friday night in 18-49 with the Cotton Bowl, while CBS is on track for a No. 1 finish in total viewers.

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