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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  • a p garcia

    I am wondering how Reba was talked to do MC-trainwreck. Reba, on the CW, was a much better show. Grimm had a good episode last night.

  • a p garcia

    Grimm off for 3 months, RVN off for 4 months, does NBC have a death wish?

  • JohnnyRico

    Dan how do you get DTB and HE are more expensive then LMS? Tim Allen probably makes 5 times an episode more then any of the younger actors on those shows.

  • omabin


    Conventional wisdom says that multicams are cheaper than single cams. But I do agree that this might be an oversimplification here with big stars like Tim Allen involved.

  • Ashley

    Grimm is one of the most creative shows on TV right now. Great story line, twist and turns, mysteries and an amnesiatic woman. What else can you ask for? Actually, Juliette’s character annoys me too. She plays innocent/dumb too well. It is getting quite annoying. But other than her character, the show is solid. Monroe is the best!!!

  • BagToPunch

    No one cares about Fringe… and rightly so.

  • jamandas

    I think Grimm’s ratings will go back up once Fringe is done. I see lots of posts of people recording Grimm while watching Fringe.

  • Dan

    @JohnnyRico – Despite Tim Allen’s involvement, multi camera shows are always cheaper to produce than single camera ones. There’s always a chance that Last Man Standing could become the next Til Death, if LMS gets a full second season and then a third, it may as well get a fourth. Its worse if ABC’s friday comedies with no lead in are performing better than their Tuesday comedies with a marginal Dancing lead in.

  • JJA

    Frankly, the best thing the CW can do for its Friday night right now is to move Supernatural back to Friday. Supernatural is their ONLY show that can reliably perform well on Friday.

    Should Supernatural be in the 8 PM time slot, I’m positive it could do even better than it is doing now on Wednesday. Keep in mind, there are no other genre shows in the 8 PM time slot, so Supernatural will not have to worry about Grimm or any other male-skewed shows.

    Also, Grimm THIS season kept its ratings from Monday night after it moved to Friday. Supernatural can be expected to do the same.

  • omabin


    The CW needs supernatural during the week. It’s not like they are having an excess of hits so they can go to the luxury of shipping one of them to friday. They have exactly three hits and Supernatural is one of them, it needs to stay on mon-thur. If anything, it should be separated from arrow to hold its own night, even though wednesdays are going wonderfully for them right now.

  • TVGuru

    Loved that Whitney special… what a great talent, one of the last true superstars.

  • vfentress62

    MC is not funny, My guess it will be even lower next week.


    @ Rebecca

    I also loved how it said “to be continued…sorry.” Excellent episode & as much as I’m trying, I still don’t like Juliet either, but the rest of the cast is outstanding. (Scary how we’re thinking more & more alike!)–have nothing in my notes on Grimm’s return, but a friend of mine told me she heard Feb Sweeps.


    Breaking Dawn Pt 2 did not break franchise record & opened to 71.2, behind 71.6 for Pt 1 & 72.7 for New Moon. Weekend projection is 135M-140M, Midnite included


    @ r0ckmypants

    Just saw your post re: Grimm’s return. Thanks.

  • Richard Steven Hack

    The final episode of Grimm should be really good, given how much they’ve finally pushed things along in this week’s episode. I haven’t been keeping any episodes on my hard drive except one, but I added this week’s episode.

  • Dan

    Supernatural is fine where it is and a good companion for Arrow. CW doesn;t seem to care about Friday so it seems with no spring ANTM, Nikita’s season will stay put in the 8pm slot and CW will probably move BATB to Fridays at 9 so they can give midseason Cult a good boost after the Vampire Diaries.

  • Ray


    i don’t think Supernatural will be move from their wed 9/8c slot at least for this season. SPN doing great on wed night alongside Arrow.

    totally agreed!

  • Joseph A

    I like Tim Allen of Last Man Standing , and I like the leads Reba and Lilly of Malibu Country , but that was only enough to get me to check out the shows. Since the writing sucks so bad I just keep it on with the shows being muted so I do not miss Shark Tank.
    My Current problem is that I like both Fringe and Shark Tank , and since I opt to watch Shark Tank at 9pm , I now no longer am keeping up with Fringe since they have a delay on streamed viewing.

  • kyle

    am I the only one to notice that Malibu Country has 6.66 million viewers?? Its a sign of coming doom for the show

  • BagToPunch

    @Richard Steven Hack

    This week WAS the final episode of Grimm.

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