Ratings: ‘Nikita’ season 3 slips, ‘Happy Endings’ improves, and ‘Vegas’ returns with a thud

Happy EndingsLet this be even more proof that moving your show to Friday nights is more or less the TV kiss of death these days if you are a scripted property. Example #1: look at “Fashion Star,” which literally drew an anemic 0.6 rating in the 18-49 demographic that is absolutely keeping “Grimm” from being as big of a hit as it could be. Example #2: look at “Happy Endings,” which despite its slight improvement this week to a 1.0, is probably still going to be over on ABC. (Luckily, USA is apparently waiting in the wings.)

Finally, the latest example comes to us courtesy of “Vegas.” After six weeks off the air, the Michael Chiklis drama returned to CBS and posted a woeful 0.9 rating. The network will probably run off the remaining episodes, but this is proof that there will be no season 2 here, despite the high viewer totals. (It’s all about the demo these days.)

Easily, the most impressive program of the night was “Shark Tank,” which soared to its highest ratings since the fall in a 2.1, despite there being new competition across the board. What can you cite as the reason why? Personally, we’re keen to just say that the beauty of this show is that you can miss a few, then come back and be fully into it. This is proof that if your show is compelling enough, it can survive being on a bad night.

Another example of the latter? “Nikita.” Its ratings may not be good, but we still find it funny that with a 0.3, it performed just as well as both “The Carrie Diaries” and “90210” have as of late. It also draws consistently more total viewers by a wide margin. It’ll be back for more, since it’s too big of a gamble right now for The CW to put something else in this spot.

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