TV Ratings Friday: 'Last Man Standing' & 'Malibu Country' Fall, 'Grimm' & 'Undercover Boss' Down, 'Fringe' Flat

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November 17th, 2012

Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 1.6/5 1.5/5 1.2/4 1.1/3 0.4/1
Total Viewers (million) 6.50 8.544 3.982 3.062 1.064

ABC was number one in adults 18-49, while CBS was on top in total viewers.

On ABC, Last Man Standing garnered a 1.4, down 14% from last week's 1.6 adults 18-49 rating. Malibu Country earned a 1.3, down 24% from last week's 1.7 adults 18-49 rating. Shark Tank scored a 1.9, down 10% from last week's 2.1 adults 18-49 rating. 20/20 notched a 1.4, down 13%  from last week's 1.6 adults 18-49 rating.

On CBS,  Undercover Boss earned a 1.7, down 11% from last week's 1.9 adults 18-49 rating. CSI: NY scored a 1.4 adults 18-49 rating, even with last week. The special We Will Always Love You: A Grammy Salute to Whitney Houston scored a 1.4 adults 18-49 rating, compared to Blue Bloods 1.5 in the time period last week.

On NBC, Grimm notched a 1.6, down 6% from last week's 1.7 adults 18-49 rating,. Dateline NBC earned a 1.2, down 8% from last week's 1.3 rating.

On FOX, Kitchen Nightmares earned 1.2 adults 18-49 rating, even with last week. Fringe garnered a 0.9 adults 18-49 rating, matching last week’s performance.

On the CW, the season finale of America’s Next Top Model earned a 0.6 adults 18-49 rating, even with last week. The special America’s Next Top Model: The Girl With the Best Top Model Freakout scored a 0.3 adults 18-49 rating versus Nikita’s 0.3 in the time period last week.

Overnight broadcast primetime ratings for Friday, November 16, 2012:

Time  Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
8:00 CBS Undercover Boss 1.7/6 8.98
ABC Last Man Standing 1.4/5 7.09
FOX Kitchen Nightmares 1.2/4 3.43
NBC Go On - R 0.7/3 2.60
CW America's Next Top Model (Season Finale) 0.6/2 1.36
8:30 ABC Malibu Country 1.3/4 6.66
NBC Guys With Kids - R 0.7/2 2.18
9:00 ABC Shark Tank 1.9/6 6.70
NBC Grimm 1.6/5 5.02
CBS CSI: NY 1.4/4 9.50
FOX Fringe 0.9/3 2.70
CW America's Next Top Model (Behind the Scenes Special) 0.3/1 0.77
10:00 CBS We Will Always Love You: A Grammy Salute to Whitney Houston 1.4/4 7.15
ABC 20/20 1.4/4 5.92
NBC Dateline 1.2/4 4.54


via press note:

In late-night metered-market households Friday night:
> * In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The
> Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 2.8/7; CBS's "Late Show with David
> Letterman," 2.6/6; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 3.3/8; and "Jimmy
> Kimmel Live," 1.8/5.
> * In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results
> were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 0.8/4; "Late Show," 0.6/3;
> "Nightline," 1.2/5; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.7/4.
> * At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.5/5 in
> metered-market households) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig
> Ferguson" (1.3/4). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late
> Night" (0.6/3 in 18-49) beat "Late Late Show" (0.4/2).
> * At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 1.0/4 in
> metered-market households and a 0.3/2 in adults 18-49 in the 25
> markets with local people meter


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  • POI

    MC is going down and that is because its a bad show i only watch it if there is nothing on and because LMS is its lead in.

  • s0303

    @richard…i heard it was coming back in feb. but i don’t think there is an exact date set yet…

  • Max

    @Bill and/or Robert…

    have you seen this? LMAO


  • Dan

    For fridays ABC comedies arent bad only being beaten by Undercover Boss and even with Shark Tank wining its hour, I expect both Last Man Standing and Malibu Country to get full seasons.

    Here’s a fun fact to spin in ABC’s Friday Comedies favor, Last Man Standing and Malibu Country still both beat ABC’s Tuesday Happy Endings and Apartment 23. With HE and A23 having full seasons of 23 and 19 episodes respectively I don’t see why ABC wouldn’t give the cheaper multi camera comedies more episodes.

  • rob60990

    So how bad was MC that its down a whole point from its premiere just 2 weeks ago? At least Shark Tank wont be moving.

    Grimm did fine. 1.6 is about average.

  • Oliver

    The GWK repeat got half of its Wed ratings on Friday. Whitney did similarly during summer. Multicams always repeat well.

  • SarahL

    Disappointing for Grimm. It was great episode. Nick finally knows about Renard.

  • Kavyn

    MC was pretty bad too. Some of it was okay but the celebrity rapper totally ruined the episode. MC feels like Hannah Montana like I claimed when the pilot trailer was released, except a generation older.

  • Mitchell

    Grimm is more than fine at 1.6 … some of the episodes in the middle last year were at 1.2 or 1.3.

  • Dennis

    Grimm went as low as 1.2 for a number of episodes last season.
    Season 2 is doing far better then season 1 so far….
    season 3 is a lock

  • Colin

    CW 9pm spot is terrible

  • Dan

    If LMS and MC can stablize to 1.5 for the next few weeks than they wil be fine, Friday = lower expectations. So comedies getting 1.4 is like them getting 2.4 on a regular night.

  • Dante

    LMS is just a horrible show. It flopped last season and its not doing so good this season either. Tim Allen is the ONLY reason why this series wasn’t cancelled. MC has its funny moments..but I can’t see it sticking around too long with those ratings.


    ABC Friday is still a solid night. Shark Tank is there Friday night hit and its helping 20/20. Last Man Standing is solid its Malibu Country thats a bit shaky. ABC Friday comedies are higher then Tuesdays. ABC will keep this whole lineup

  • s0303

    @dan…what makes you think these abc comedies can stabilize at a 1.5? they are already below that and have been falling fast (especially mc) i don’t if they are done falling yet…i’m thinking they will stabilize between 1.0-1.2…

  • s0303

    correction…doubt, not don’t…where’s that edit button :)

  • SarahL

    The ratings for last night’s episode was disappointing, but why are some people acting like Grimm is on its deathbed? This season’s ratings are much stronger than last season’s. I am hopeful that it will be adjusted up, but regardless season three is a sure thing.

  • Dan

    @JonnysBro – I agree, you need to look at the whole Friday night schedule to see that the shows aren’t doing as bad as they seem. Even in total viewers which don’t matter, both comedies still beat other nights of the week. ABC must seem satisfied with their friday night lineup.


    LMS/MC fading too fast, Breaking Dawn last night, Black Fri next week & Nikita the week after, Shark Tank still strong 1.9, 20/20 flat

    Expected Grimm finale to take 9:00, but 1.6 isn’t bad

    UB takes 8:00 (unscripted), NY flat & even Ms Houston couldn’t bring ratings for Whitney

    Clip show on CW does better than Nikita, FOX will soon be all but forgotten

  • Jamie

    So, a pretty much free-to-air episode of Top Model scored better than original Nikita.

    They should just air specials at 9 p.m. through the end of the season, with CSI: NY, Shark Tank and GRIMM the hour is too competitive.

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