TV ratings: 'Nikita' finale rises slightly while 'Shark Tank' dominates a night of news and reruns

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Fast National ratings for Friday, May 17, 2013

Despite a quiet night on all of the networks, "Nikita" saw soft ratings for its Season 3 finale, landing at the bottom of the ratings pile against a lineup of reality, news programs and repeats. The low-rated -- yet already renewed for a final fourth season -- program only pulled in 1.1 million viewers for the only original scripted program of the night. While an increase over recent weeks, the show has seen higher ratings this season alone.

Thanks mostly to the dominance of two hours of "Shark Tank," the night's highest-rated show, ABC led the night overall, with 5.7 million viewers and a 3.7/7 share in households. NBC's solid night of news programming followed (5.2 million, 3.6/7), with CBS' (4.9 million, 3.3/6) "Undercover Boss"-dominated night rounding out the big three. FOX aired only reruns to come in fourth (2.2 million, 1.5/3), while The CW lagged with 0.9 million viewers (0.6/1).

ABC also won the night for adults 18-49 at 1.5. NBC followed with 1.2, CBS earned 1.0, FOX managed 0.6 and The CW trailed again with 0.3.

Friday hour by hour:

8 p.m.

CBS: "Undercover Boss" (5.4 million, 3.6/7)
ABC: "Shark Tank" (5.0 million viewers, 3.3/6 households)
NBC: "Dateline NBC" rerun (4.7 million, 3.3/6)
FOX: "Kitchen Nightmares" rerun (1.9 million, 1.3/3)
The CW: "Nikita" (1.1 million, 0.7/1)

18-49 leader: "Shark Tank" (1.2)

9 p.m.

ABC: "Shark Tank" (6.6 million, 4.1/7)
NBC: "Dateline NBC" (5.8 million, 4.0/7)
CBS: "Undercover Boss" rerun (5.0 million, 3.4/6)
FOX: "Bones" rerun (2.5 million, 1.7/3)
The CW: "Supernatural" rerun (0.8 million, 0.5/1)

18-49 leader: "Shark Tank" (1.9)

10 p.m.

ABC: "20/20" (5.6 million, 3.7/7)
NBC: "Rock Center with Brian Williams" (5.1 million, 3.4/6)
CBS: "48 Hours" (4.4 million, 2.9/5)

18-49 leader: "20/20" (1.5)

Ratings information includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are preliminary and subject to change. Source: The Nielsen Company.

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