Ratings: Nikita Surges to Season Highs

Ratings: Nikita Season HighThe CW’s Nikita made the most of this relatively quiet Friday night, surging 25 percent week-to-week to score season highs.

In fact, Nikita‘s total audience of 1.6 million viewers marks its largest haul in almost 14 months (since Dec. 2, 2011). And the spy drama’s 0.5 rating represents its best demo delivery since March 23. Impressive — let’s give Michael a hand!

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For the night, repeats of CBS’ Undercover Boss and ABC’s Shark Tank shared the demo win with ABC’s 20/20 (each netting a 1.4), while a Blue Bloods rerun copped the largest audience (7.8 mil).

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51 Comments
  1. tvaddict says:

    Maybe Nikita can stay in the 0.4-.0.5 demo and come back for at least one final season. It still did better than 90210 this week and matched The Carrie Diaries premiere

  2. Awesome news! I was always reticent to watch this show but, I might have to marathon it on Netflix. I’m glad to see it’s not letting the Friday night stigma defeat them.

  3. mantua says:

    I can’t help but think how much better Nikita could be on cable (Showtime might consider it with these numbers), but still a damn good show and for a Friday CW slot, those ratings are excellent ! Season 4, here we come ? Scratch that ! Season 4, here we come !

    • Nikita might have worked much better on cable (although it’s hard to imagine the show with nudity, gore and graphic sex scenes) since that medium relies considerably more on critical acclaim, as opposed to ratings. And the critics have been praising Nikita for a long time, including mainstream sites like IGN, Huffington Post and of course TVLine.

  4. lewis jones says:

    Since Fringe ended… a few fans may be checking out other things.

  5. :-) says:

    Happy to hear this news. Maybe fringe ending help them?

  6. Alan says:

    “let’s give Michael a hand!” that’s a bit low matt, funny but low. hopefully now the cw will realise that when it isn’t scheduled against other shows competing for the exact same audience it will do well for them

    • len says:

      Well yeah or we could do this…, let’s have nothing else on and see how Nikita does in the ratings.

      The point I am attempting to make without the sarcasm is that Nikita was clearly not the first choice of genre fans for that time slot. That alone says a lot about a show and how much advertising potential it has long term.

      It isn’t about good or bad show, it’s about what people decide to watch. One can only handhold and code a shows timeslot so much, at some point it needs to stand up and survive against other similar things. Nikita can’t do that.

      • len says:

        Code is really coddle above. Sorry.

      • Alan says:

        no it shows that the cw doesnt understand how to schedule a show. you dont put a show which has average-but-not-terrible ratings up against other shows which fight for that same small section of the viewing public. unless your show has ncis level numbers you put it in a position where it can stand out rather than blend in

        • len says:

          Umm, no you don’t.

          Take a look at the overall schedule and see the vast number of shows that are slotted to compete against a similar show.

          The idea isn’t to protect your show and coddle it in a safe spot, but to beat the competition. You schedule your utterly against another network mystery, hoping to beat them and force them to drop their mystery. Winning more advertisers in the process.

          The last thing you want is your competition to have a line up of established shows. That’s not good, not good at all.

          • len says:

            Sigh, stupid mobile and auto correct.

            Utterly is mystery. As in, Mystery vs mystery. Procedural vs procedural. Singing competition vs singing competition. Prime time is full of this.

            There was a reason that fringe, Grimm and Nikita were all on at the same time.

            It’s a dog eat dog world, king of the mountain wins.

          • Of course a show should be able to stand on its own and survive tough competition. However, networks actually often use “counter-programming”, because a show is obviously going to do better when it’s not up against shows that share the same audience. Case in point, Nikita’s ratings last season and after it moved back to 8pm this season are better than in the first few episodes of this season, when it was at 9pm.
            Alan simply pointed out that Nikita was always going to suffer from competing against shows like Fringe and Grimm, which share its audience, so it wasn’t a good idea by The CW to move it to 9pm. This isn’t about how well Nikita “should” be able to do. The given situation is that the 9pm slot was too tough for it, so if The CW decided to renew the show, it should have left it at 8pm. The Top Model pairing was a bad idea, but they could have at least put Top Model at 9pm and leave Nikita where it was. Top Model, a competitive reality show, likely wouldn’t have been as adversely affected by the “genre” pair of Fringe and Grimm as Nikita.
            I’m not saying that Nikita “deserves” anything. It would have simply been good (well, better) business to never move it to 9pm. The fact is that unlike Supernatural, it’s not a strong enough show to survive the competition, so if The CW was going to keep it despite its low ratings, it shouldn’t have moved it to a slot it couldn’t handle.

          • len says:

            Of course there is counter programming and that method is used. Sometimes effectively and sometimes ineffectively. Also though the same applies to programming competitively.

            Bottom line is that Nikita could not survive the genre competition and was not the top, or even the second choice of genre fans. Of course Nikita fans want it to not have competition so it’s numbers are better, but there is only so much room on the schedule to schedule a program not against direct completion, how a show does agant direct competiton is its true measure. In that regard Nikita failed. It waxnt the first and won’t be the last to do so, no matter how good a show is.

            Personally, despite how well I like a show, if it cannot withstand direct competition, I feel the show should be cancelled and a new attempt be made to create a show that can. In the end, that is usually the best move for a networks bottom line. Which really is what tv is about.

          • (For some reason I can’t reply directly to your latest post but only to this one)
            I agree with most of what you said, but I’m not looking at this from the PoV of a Nikita fan (even though I am), but from the PoV of the network. They decided not to cancel the show after Season 2 – many people believe that decision was a mistake, given Nikita’s low ratings, but that’s a separate discussion. Once it was a given that Nikita would be on the 2012/2013 schedule, they should have tried to make the most of a bad ratings situation. Moving it to 9pm was simply unwise in that sense because it pitted the show against stronger “genre” competition. Is there limited room to shuffle the schedule around and help a show? Of course, and I won’t argue that The CW should have bent over backwards to help a low-rated show. However, in this case they wouldn’t have had to do anything complicated, simply to LEAVE the show where it was rather than move it to the later, tougher slot. Like I said, Top Model, the show it was paired with, was unlikely to suffer from the genre competition the way Nikita did.
            Just to be clear, again, I’m not arguing “Nikita deserved better, The CW is treating the show like crap”, etc. I’m simply pointing out that the network made a bad business decision, considering it’s in their best interests for Nikita (like every other show) to perform well, and they unnecessarily worked against those interests by moving it to 9pm.

          • Len says:

            I disagree. If I were CW I’d do what they did. Top model Needed to stay in the 8pm time slot to maintain its viewership. It would have lost too many moving to a later slot. CW was further ahead with top model and then a bad competitive situation with Nikita, then if they had of reversed the order. The small pickup in audience for Nikita would not have offset the top model loss by going later in the evening, ESP on a Friday night, when that audience is young and female.

            They probably should have cancelled Nikita, but they lacked somethng they thought would work instead. By throwing Nikita against fringe and Grimm, what they did do was take away some viewers from other networks, making a bad situation, a bit better. Sometimes it isn’t about winning the slot if you know you have no chance to, but reining the competition in a bit.

  7. shuayb says:

    Yay! Excited for this…. Hopefully it can maintain the ratings for the rest of the season. I hope The CW schedules the Matt DaviS show Cult on the same day. Nikita needs to get to season 5 for syndication.

    • Solomon says:

      actually season 4 is enough. But i can see a 5th short final season for the show as well. For a friday show its not doing to bad at all. this week it beat 4 of the CW shows in viewers and beat their monday and tuesday line up.

  8. Solomon says:

    The Vampire Diaries – 2.71 Mil / rating 1.3
    Arrow – 3.14 Mil / rating 1.1
    Supernatural – 2.01 Mil / rating 0.9
    Beauty and the Beast – 1.79 Mil / rating 0.7
    Hart Of Dixie – 1.45 Mil / rating 0.6
    Nikita – 1.59 Mil / rating 0.5 (FRIDAY)
    The Carrie Diaries – 1.27 Mil / rating 0.5
    Emily Owens MD – 1.36 Mil / rating 0.4
    90210 – 0.79 Mil / rating 0.4

    not bad at all for a show on fridays

    • Elyse says:

      damn I was hoping the Carrie Diaries had done better in the ratings than that. I really like Carrie Diaries! I watch 90210 but I would rather see them cancel it over Carrie or Nikita.

  9. Renee says:

    Impressive — let’s give Michael a hand! OUCH. LOL.

  10. How long before Brandy comes over from TVBTN to make excuses about why Nikita got better ratings and say how much it deserves to be cancelled, etc.?
    Anyway. I believe the brutal twist ending of last week’s episode generated some buzz, and combined with the lack of competition, that helped Nikita. Very happy BUT we’ll only know for sure on Monday, since the numbers can be adjusted down. I really hope they won’t.

    • Alan says:

      im actually surprised she wasnt the first 10 comments, or that other one who refers to the show as “stinkita” (oh the wit is strong with that one)

    • mh says:

      Haha, i was wondering the same thing

    • Solomon says:

      It has 0.5 in both its halves i don’t see how it can adjust down if it had 0.5 for the whole hour

    • Solomon says:

      brandy just made a hating comment on this on tvbtn. She is so pathetic. Saying it had no competition but what she is forgetting friday always has competition and that is people not turning on the tv. Also her shows on tuesday was also up against nothing and they did not rose. She really is shooting with blanks here she got nothing getting 0.5 (both halves) on a friday night and beating 3 of the CW’s shows on monday-tuesday and 4 shows in viewers is pretty damn good.

  11. Sareeta says:

    Forget Arrow and Supernatural (just kidding, I like both), but Nikita is the best action show on network TV. Maggie Q should be nominated for something, because she kicks butt on a weekly basis and looks great doing it! Also, really enjoying what they’ve given Owen and Birkhoff this season.

    • Alan says:

      it doesnt matter how good she is the award snobs would never give anything to an action show

    • I was surprised the Nikita people didn’t submit the show to be considered for an Emmy nod in the stunt category. Unlike the major categories, Nikita has a realistic shot with stunts because it doesn’t have to compete with shows like Breaking Bad, Boardwalk Empire, Homeland, etc. And even if it’s a CW show, Maggie has undeniable industry cred as an action star.

  12. ollie says:

    so happy nikita #s were up. hopefully they will keep going up and that it gets renewed.

  13. Lisa says:

    Nikita is my favorite show. Congrats on the ratings. Lets keep it going!!!!

  14. Solomon says:

    Ha ha Brandy is pathetic now lying and saying Nikita is the lowest rated show on CW. Did she forget Nikita beat 90210,EO had same demo as TCD and all that on a friday night even saying lowest rated show on tv i say huh that is the biggest lie ever MANY cable shows get way lower than NIKITA. She lies and lies what does she get out of being such a bitch lol

  15. Solomon says:

    Brandy now saying on tvbtn that we are bragging over a show getting same demo as EO started with. Yeah we are because Nikita is 3rd year show and airs on friday. EO is airing on tuesday and is a freshman show. Do the math brandy. She is so stupid lmao.

    Also Nikita beat 3 shows this week in the demo a friday night. Yeah thats good Brandy but i guess your hating eyes can’t acknowledge that.

  16. ggny says:

    I think CW needs to come out and Renew it early show the fans that they believe in it and i think these ratings will stay

  17. oliver says:

    Wow this is amazing. Excellent news…and i hope it gets better…especially now that renewal season is just around the corner. Although i have to agree with some that Nikita would fair better if it were on cable..maybe Showtime perhaps? If Nikita doesn’t get another season with CW i really hope Showtime picks it up, or some other cable network.

  18. Shannon says:

    Interesting the comments re how Nikita would be more suitable for cable. La Femme Nikita, of which Nikita is a quasi remake, more reimagining really, was a USA cable drama in the late nineties. It was significantly darker, and considerably different tonally to the CW show. They’re both great, but Nikita was designed to be a network show, whereas La Femme Nikita, with more sex and goriness, was designed for cable.

    • I have to say, Nikita on the USA network would have been great. It has shows like Burn Notice, Covert Affairs and White Collar – Nikita would have fit right in. Plus, it was the home of the La Femme Nikita series, like you said. Maybe Nikita will end up on USA in syndication?
      On The CW, Nikita stands out like a sore thumb. The only show somewhat like it, with elements of action and crime, is freshman Arrow, and it has quite a different “feel” in my opinion.

    • Shaun says:

      Was there a body count on that USA one?Because they are a really tame network.

    • Fido says:

      For anyone new to Nikita – Nikita is a direct sequel to the 1990 movie La Femme Nikita. The Peta Wilson series (also called La Femme Nikita), had as their pilot a reimagining of the movie.

  19. sabrina says:

    Nikita was moved to 9pm because it was a strong lead in for the news. Unfortunately tough competition and lack of promotion killed that plan. I am a fan of the show and I am so pleased that CW’s screw up ( this episode was supposed to air before Christmas break) was Nikita’s gain. It was a great episode to pull in new viewers.

  20. Nikita stayed at 0.5 in the finals, although it was adjusted down *slightly* in overall viewers (from 1.6 million to 1.53). That’s good to know :)

  21. KEC says:

    I love nikita it is pretty awesome and reminds me of 24 which I loved! Esp bc a women is the main character that kicks butt! I only happened to begin watching it on netflix roughly a month ago but I am now a huge fan! Ii LOVE it and I think as long as ITS giving a chance this show can be great! I SAY just put a little more into advertising!

  22. Sharlot says:

    I LOVE!! Nikita. I was a big fan of the old show but really like this one better. I really hope it gets #4 !!

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