Nikita to Reclaim Its Friday Lead-Off Time Slot

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Nikita is spying a familiar time slot.

TVLine has confirmed that beginning Friday, Nov. 30, the CW thriller — which now airs at 9/8c — will move back to the 8 pm lead-off spot it used to hold. The hour’s current occupant, America’s Next Top Model, concludes its run on Nov. 16.

Repeats of the network’s freshman smash Arrow are slated to follow Nikita at 9 pm until Jan. 18. Previously announced holiday specials, meanwhile, will fill both hours on Dec. 14 and 21. (The Futon Critic first reported the schedule swap.)

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Nikita opened Season 3 in the Fridays-at-9 spot with barely a million viewers, and suffered a decline the following week. It ticked up with its most recent outing but still struggles to draw a million viewers or score above a 0.3 demo rating.

Are you happy Nikita will once again be kicking off your Friday night lineup?



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Comments (61)

  • At least they are trying…

    Comment by Tommy – November 7, 2012 06:05 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • AGreed. Plus, they might as well change the show to a better night.

      Comment by Phil – November 7, 2012 06:37 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • It’s a way better time. Now I can watch it live, and record Grimm and Fringe. I’m happy The CW is trying to do something. It’s such a good show, but it was getting slammed in the ratings.

        Comment by Lena120 – November 7, 2012 08:47 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • This is definitely good news. Arrow is an obvious pairing (even if it’s reruns), and Nikita will definitely benefit from not being up against both Fringe and Grimm. My DVR gives thanks from the bottom of its overworked heart.

    Comment by wordsmith – November 7, 2012 06:06 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • This will definitely excite Stasi Pajori!

    Comment by Hey, Stasi! – November 7, 2012 06:11 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I have said they needed to pair Nikita with Arrow since the Arrow pilot!! They needed to do it on Wednesdays with Arrow at 8 and Nikita at 9, but… It’s a start….

    Comment by Jared – November 7, 2012 06:13 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Yess! That 9pm hour sucks and ties up with other shows at that time

    Comment by Crystal – November 7, 2012 06:13 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • good decision

    Comment by Toms1€ – November 7, 2012 06:18 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • It’s encouraging to see these two shows paired, I think they make a far better combination than Nikita with ANTM did. Now if we could just see some of the promoting for Arrow happen for Nikita it would help. Still seeing comments from people who didn’t know Nikita S3 had started or who lost it during the breaks last winter.

    Comment by LJ – November 7, 2012 06:18 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • anything would be a better pairing than that thing. i swear the cw marketing division looked at it and said “well they are both about women, they should be together right?”

      Comment by Alan – November 8, 2012 11:32 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I think that Nikita is the best show that I have ever seen!!!!!! I’ve seen season one and two and im seeing season three and it is awesome and I really dont know why people are not seeing it!!!!! But I know this NIKITA NEEDS MORE ADVERTISEMENTS. ALOT MORE!!!!!and thats wat I think people will see it! !!! And I’ve seen Arrow and all the new shows on CW AND NIKITA IS THE BEST!!! Come on people see it cuz I really wanna see this show go on for more and more years! !!! So please put more advertisements on different channels or change it to a different day our time but I it would really make me sad if Nikita stops!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Comment by edwin salas – January 18, 2013 06:12 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Smart move CW

    Comment by tvaddict – November 7, 2012 06:19 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Yay! The 9 pm slot is totally killing the show and America’s Next Top Model’s audience couldn’t be more different from Nikita’s. I really hope it goes back to the 0.4-0.5 of last season after the change comes.

    Comment by Nerdbot – November 7, 2012 06:27 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I think that this is an awesome lineup. FYI Powers that Be at CW, I OPT to watch NIKITA over GRIMM and I purchase both from Amazon Instant Video. So, give it a chance.

    Comment by Heatherly Pooh – November 7, 2012 06:31 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Good move. Hopefully the numbers will improve. My Nikita-loving heart knows that each episode is a gift, and I am grateful for each one, for as long as The CW and WB will keep ‘em coming.

    Comment by CJ – November 7, 2012 06:32 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • This is a VERY SMART move. Nikita deserves it.

    Comment by Eliza – November 7, 2012 06:54 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Awesome. Now, I can watch “Fringe” and “Nikita” on Friday nights.

    Comment by Carrie – November 7, 2012 06:58 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Good job, CW. You wouldn’t have cancelled Angel. I wonder how well Fringe and Nikita will do now.

    Comment by TigerNightmare – November 7, 2012 07:00 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • fantastic CW. wonder what Nikita will be leading in to after 18th january

    Comment by Michael – November 7, 2012 07:19 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Cult!!!

      Comment by Reno – November 7, 2012 07:43 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Doubtful, they’ve held Cult back as a big, promotable event series for midseason…. It will likely air after Vampire Diaries on Thursday, and Beauty & The Beast (if given the back nine, which is unlikely right now) would shift to Fridays.

        Comment by Dizzle – November 8, 2012 01:07 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • If you think B&tB isn’t getting a back 9, you’re a foolish retentionista! The CW has only 2 midseason shows in the pipeline and 3 slots to fill (Gossip Girl, Top Model and probably Emily Owens) so no way they can afford to make it a fourth by canceling Beauty and the Beast. B&tB will move to Fridays and Cult will premiere after TVD!

          Comment by Christian – November 8, 2012 07:23 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Yeah, I wonder too. There are a lot of options:
      - If Emily Owens, M.D. gets cancelled after 13 episodes (its numbers are even worse than Nikita’s), they’ll have an empty spot to fill on the schedule, so they can keep airing Arrow repeats with Nikita until the end of the season.
      - If it isn’t cancelled, there are 2 main possibilities: pair Nikita with Cult on Fridays, or move Beauty and the Beast to Fridays with Nikita while Cult replaces it on Thursdays (Cult stars Matt Davis from The Vampire Diaries, so pairing the two shows could work well). The former would be better for Nikita, I think, but I don’t see the CW premiering a show on Friday. Especially since Cult is a genre show too and will get murdered by Grimm, just like Nikita if not worse.
      Nikita/BaTB isn’t as good as Nikita/Arrow but it can work. BaTB is about a female homicide detective and does have elements of action and crime, though it focuses on the main romance much more than Nikita. Anyway, like everyone said – ANYTHING beats Top Model!

      Comment by Alex Forrest (@AlexForrest5) – November 8, 2012 12:21 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • YES!!! CW needs to realize that Nikita is their absolute BEST SHOW!

    Comment by illi – November 7, 2012 07:20 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Word, word, word! The best show gets the worst spot in the schedule, and as a result, the worst ratings. This is sad… but I guess not surprising, since people prefer crap, shallow TV over something complex and intelligent. Especially the kind of people who watch this network.

      Comment by Alex Forrest (@AlexForrest5) – November 8, 2012 02:31 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I agree! Yet, it’s almost impossible to find on ‘Comcast On Demand.’

      Comment by Frances Seth – November 20, 2012 04:02 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • The CW definitely messed up….They had a show that did decent in ratings(just not in their “pre-teen girl” demo…) but messed around with it and now the ratings have tanked.

    Comment by Josh – November 7, 2012 07:40 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Thank goodness. Now, I just need them to move Beauty and the Beast to Fridays at 9 (crime-fighting ladies and the growly-voiced men who love them!) and launch Cult out of Vampire Diaries on Thursday (if only so I can sort of have Damon and Alaric back together again).

    Comment by I Heart Chuck Bass (and Damon Salvatore) – November 7, 2012 07:49 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Very happy to hear! I hate having to choose between this and Fringe at 9!

    Comment by angelblue1772 – November 7, 2012 08:11 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • About time the CW gets some brains

    Comment by Mh – November 7, 2012 08:19 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • This may be too little too late.

    Comment by dude – November 7, 2012 08:22 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’m glad they finally paired Nikita and Arrow (even if they are reruns), but it’s unfrtunate how late they’re doing it. The gaps in between are not helping Nikita at all.

    Comment by kavyn – November 7, 2012 08:31 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Hopefully it gets better ratings and some more promotion wouldn’t hurt either. Honestly I kinda wish Nikita had been paired with Arrow in the first place.

    Comment by Jon – November 7, 2012 09:28 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I freaking love this show, waaaaaaay more interesting and less emotional drama than the one staring Peta Wilson back in the early 2000. This Micheal is a lot cooler than the old one as well.

    Comment by Sash – November 7, 2012 10:47 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • whoaa CW congrads on trying to kill ARROW. not because of the Nikita pairing btw but putting the show on another night as repeats. This is overkill, you can only kill the show by this move. Wednesday is enough.

    Not happy

    Comment by Arrowhead – November 7, 2012 11:18 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • If anything kills Arrow, it will be the uninspired writing and wooden acting.

      Comment by Christian – November 8, 2012 07:51 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • What does it matter if Arrow has repeats on another night? It can only help – people who watch something else on Wednesdays at 8pm might catch a repeat, like the show and start watching. I’ve never heard anyone say that airing repeats of their favorite show will hurt it.

      Comment by Alex Forrest (@AlexForrest5) – November 8, 2012 02:12 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Oh thank goodness! I was so worried about pairing it up against Fringe, Grimm, and CSI: NY. I love this show, and this time slot is sooo much better for it.

    Comment by Justin – November 7, 2012 11:59 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Great news!!!! Nikita deserved a better time slot!!

    Comment by albtrex – November 8, 2012 12:15 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I hope it gets better ratings it should be paired with Cult after the Arrow repeats are over :) It’s one of the best CW shows and thank God the CW is showing they actually care about it :D

    Comment by JC – November 8, 2012 01:48 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Good call! Even if it’s repeats, Arrow is another action show and makes much more sense as Nikita’s companion than ANTM. Nikita/ANTM is a completely senseless pairing, because the shows have nothing in common.
    Also, going back to 8pm relieves Nikita of the competition with Fringe and Grimm, two genre shows that appeal to the same audience. It sure can’t hurt.
    Honestly, I ain’t expecting miracles since Nikita was pulling 0.4′s even on 8pm in last season’s final reel, but every bit helps. This is such a fantastic show and I wish more people would watch. The cast and crew deserve more recognition for their top-notch work.

    Comment by Alex Forrest (@AlexForrest5) – November 8, 2012 02:23 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • This is good, it’s not against Grimm anymore.

    Comment by Renee – November 8, 2012 05:17 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • yes! awesome news. finally, CW shows that it cares about Nikita. Now maybe some more promotion could benefit the show..and then hope that the ratings climb.

    Comment by oliver – November 8, 2012 07:18 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Dang it, CW!! You are doing this show such a disservice by airing it on fridays!!! It should follow Arrow and Supernatural needs to go to fridays. Nikita is such a great show and it’s only in it’s 3rd season! Supernatural is doing just fine. It has its fan base and they will follow it to fridays. You need to build up Nikita’s fan base!! Come on! Get it together!

    Comment by Meg – November 8, 2012 07:34 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • CW wanted a solid ratings night with Arrow/SPN and got one, SPN won’t be moving this season and if it moves next season ,it won’t be to fri.Secondly,Nikita had a great leadin with VD in season one,underperformered,wasted the leadin(which is why Secret Circle was cancelled & Beauty will be too) and was the lowest rated show renewed then so it was moved to fri.SPN managed to still be #2-3on CW on Fri(SMV too) but Nikita has crashed & burned on Fri.This time change won’t help it’s ratings,they still sucked last spring at 8& Arrow reruns will do better than Nikita originals.LOL.But Nikita fans will still complain about how it’s paired up with reruns instead of na original show.Third, Nikita is in season three and should already have a fanbase,not still be trying to get one plus, it’s been bleeding viewers last season and this one.First & second seasons are the highest rated and shows loose viewers as they age so Nikita’s got all the audience it’s ever gonna have.

      Comment by Brandy – November 8, 2012 08:30 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Also, they’re not going to pair a failing show like Nikita with a hit show like Arrow on Wed. Or VD on Thurs.just to let Nikita drag it down.

        Comment by Brandy – November 8, 2012 08:33 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • Oh Brandy, you amuse me. Stewing in your Nikita hate over on TVBTN wasn’t enough, so you had to drag your hateful comments over here as well?
          Take a hint: this page is full of Nikita fans who are actually happy about the schedule change, as well as intelligent enough to enjoy a good show (hint: “underperformered” isn’t a word). Piss off back to your precious TVBTN, where you can keep making sophisticated comments like “hahaha, Flopkita will totally be cancelled, it only has like 3 fans!” with your fellow hater friends. It’s right over there, don’t let the door hit you in the ass on the way out.

          Comment by Alex Forrest (@AlexForrest5) – November 8, 2012 12:15 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
          • I wish I could LIKE this comment a thousand times. Don’t mind Brandy,she’s just bitter her favourite show TSC or Ringer was canceled and not Nikita. LOL. Enjoy watching reruns of your flop shows while Nikita still continues. The fact that Nikita’s ratings are pretty bad, yet it was still renewed must be making these bitter fans infuriated, which makes me happy. ;)

            Comment by Ddddddde – November 8, 2012 01:23 PM PDT  
  • Jump in a ditch Brandy you f ucking hater

    Comment by Michael – November 8, 2012 08:43 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • i normally hate comments like this but damn i couldnt even finish reading those painfully uninformed comments

      Comment by Alan – November 8, 2012 11:36 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • She’s a notorious Nikita hater! All I know is that she needs a beatdown(Nikita style)

        Comment by Sid – November 8, 2012 09:12 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • CW really has a lot of good shows. Nikita is one of them. Fridays work great, can’t imagine watching it on a Monday or Tuesday. I can see the 8pm being a huge boost with less competition from Grimm and Fringe conflicts. Arrow is a great pairing, but wouldn’t want to break up the Arrow/Supernatural Wednesday night.

    Comment by Gerald – November 8, 2012 10:27 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Now I can watch Nikita, Grimm AND Fringe!! I think Nikita will do better without having to compete with those two.

    Comment by Mikael – November 8, 2012 10:32 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Yes!!! Now, I can enjoy Fringe to its conclusion! Way to go,CW! Should have done this a YEAR ago!

    Comment by Susy – November 8, 2012 10:48 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • that should help, wont be up against two other genre shows at the same time and will have a repeat of a seriously successful show afterwards. maybe cw finally realised the 9 slot was like a grim reaper for the show

    Comment by Alan – November 8, 2012 11:30 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Dodd, I’m not bitter about Ringer or SC, their ratings ect war rented cancellation but so do Nikitas

    Comment by Brandy – November 8, 2012 02:45 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • God you’re such a stupid *****!

      Comment by Sid – November 8, 2012 07:15 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Thank you CW for at least pairing Nikita with a show that is also action!

    Comment by Mimi Wang – November 8, 2012 07:47 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Thanks CW for bringing back one of my favorite shows from your Network!!!

    Comment by Kirby – December 28, 2012 09:12 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Is the show going to be hired in again in 2013 or is it over?

    Comment by Sylvia – January 12, 2013 07:00 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’m so glad Nikita did not get canceled great show, great actors.I hope the show goes on for many seasons.

    Comment by Ashley – February 17, 2013 07:49 PM PDT  Reply To This Post

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