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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  • Tested

    Fringe was amazing last night. I know it’s fallen in the ratings this year, but I’m very glad Fox brought it back for a final 13 episodes. I’ll be a little curious to see how Science does with the reruns this week.. and whether Fringe on Fox will get any boost from that at all.

  • david

    I agree Last Man Standing was full of stereotypes last night. It was funny but a little over doen at times. Everything was down or the same as last week.

  • POIfanatic

    @Old Man: Revolution has 2 episodes left and it’ll end on Nov 26, not Dec 17.

  • Blaine

    Guess that cast change on Last Man Standing really didn’t help the ratings. It certainly did not help the overall chemistry on the show.

  • Greg


    I could be wrong, but I believe both shows are not produced by ABC, so they’re not getting the money from syndication. Besides, these comedies are too far away from the 88 episodes.

  • POIFanatic

    I still think TGIF could happen if the shows have better writing.

    Grimm is solid. Last season it went as low as 1.2. This show bores me, but it’ll be back for a season 3. Fans shouldn’t worry so much.

  • omabin


    I just checked. Malibu Country is produced by ABC studios and is the type of show that should do very well in syndication reruns, as should LMS. Even though I agree with you that it is too soon to think about syndication, I have always presumed that this was the reason behind ABC going scripted on a night in which it was already winning. I mean, sure they were not expecting to increase much more than a few tents in ratings, so the additional add revenues would never be higher enough to compensate for the higher costs. Add there syndication though, and the picture is way different. So, my point is: syndication would not save the comedies at this point if they were tanking, for sure, but its prospects might give ABC an incentive to keep them, even if unscripted would do the same, as future income will be higher in their case.

  • Chris

    I still think TGIF could happen if ABC president Paul Lee decides to do a younger skewing lineup like back then. He’s already stated that he wants it to be older skewing.

  • The Mike Factor

    They do get syndication money from What Would You Do, they have a deal with HLN.

  • omabin

    @The Mike Factor,

    I did not know that. I stand corrected then.

  • omabin

    But in any case, WWYD is still planned to air elsewhere, so that would money will still come regardless. We are talking about incremental money. I think when it comes to friday shows, these type of factors are probably more important than actual ratings (for bubble cases, obviously, flops like made in jersey are dooemd no matter what)

  • Greg


    What you said about syndication makes sense, but Malibu Country is in its third episode so far and it’s already pulling a 1.3. We don’t know if it’s even stable yet, it might fall even further in the upcoming weeks. I don’t think they would put up with these ratings for 85 more episodes, especially when ABC already has a lower rated comedy which’s much closer to syndication (Happy Endings).

  • The Mike Factor

    Well said!


    @ POIFanatic

    Thanx, I had it in my notes 12/17 for RVN.

  • omabin

    @The Mike Factor,


    I know, but a 1.3 on Friday is something like a 1.7 middle week. I personally think that Malibu will be able to bounce back a little and hang around the 1.4 range for the remainder of the season. This would be like 1.8 in a normal weekday, which might very well turn out to be the new normal for comedies at ABC by season’s end. Obviously, if the show does not stabilize and go below a 1.2 anytime soon, I think it is doomed, because syndication is too far away for it to be profitable. But as it stands, they are probably still going to continue with it. Not to mention that whatever decision they do for malibu they do for lms, because it does not make sense to continue one without the other i think

  • Rebecca

    Doesn’t Grimm come back January 11th? I loved how it said “to be continued…sorry” at the end. Great, fast paced episode. I still don’t like Juliet, but the rest makes up for it.

  • jessie

    TGIF could work again if they put on good shows. The first episode of LMS and MC had great ratings but the shows are bad so people tuned out.

  • r0ckmypants

    @Rebecca – There’s been no announcement regarding Grimm’s return date.

  • Dan

    @Bill – For ABC compared to the more expensive lower rated Happy Endings and Apartment 23 rating lower despite having a lead in, Friday comedies still look good. I wonder what ABC expected the Friday shows to get? Even though the Tuesday comedies have more competition than the Friday shows, it still sad to see a 1.3 for HE and a 1.1 for Apartment 23. My guess is that Apartment 23 will burn through its 19 episodes through March and be done while Happy Endings will probably get a new season but Happy Endings is looking to be the next Cougar Town.

    Seeing that ABC’s Tuesday midseason comedies will likely tank and its Tuesday block will probably do worse than FOX’s maybe ABC should move Shark Tank to Thursdays at 8, premiere the new comedies Friday at 9 and air a drama or Wipeout at Tuesday at 8, although ABC will probably stick to its previous plans.

  • Julianna

    666 course with Malibu Country

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