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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  • Cass rowlwland

    I love last man standing great sitcom

  • kevin

    I think ANTM should’ve put their recap episode before the finale :P People won’t really watch it anymore after they found out the winner. So juding the ratings based on the finale alone, ANTM was steady all season, ranging from 1 million to 1.5 million all season. Pretty stead I’d say

  • kevin

    I think ANTM should’ve put their recap episode before the finale :P People won’t really watch it anymore after they found out the winner. So juding the ratings based on the finale alone, ANTM was steady all season, ranging from 1 million to 1.5 million all season. Pretty steady I’d say

  • BagToPunch


    No, I will never be silenced, so shut up yourself!

  • Charlie Sheen

    Looks like some people are hitting the panic button a little too early. I think LMS are Reba are still doing fine, the drop-off is a little bit harder in the demo but that’s to be expected when both shows haven’t settled in just yet or stabilized. Viewer wise both shows drew audiences a little similar to last week, LMS actually went up in finals last week to 7.6 million and I think in the overnights it was closer to 7.3 million. Reba went up to a 1.7 and may go up to a 1.4 or 1.5 and if it doesn’t it doesn’t matter as these two comedies are still outdrawing the Tuesday crop of comedies on a lower hut-level night.

    The thing about Shark Tank is that ABC was really patient with that show and it was not the demo juggernaut that it is now I remember when it struggled when it first moved to Fridays but it was able to grow overtime. I see the same thing happening with these comedies once they settle in.

    ABC needs to commit to that 2-hour block for next season and I still see Shark Tank on Tuesdays or Thursdays as a good option.

    The CW is going to be interesting when Nikita returns in a couple of weeks. The trend seems to be that 8pm shows arre much stronger than the 9pm shows so maybe Nikita will do a lot better at 8pm.

  • John A

    Nikita was at 0.4 for its last 6 eps last season at 8pm. It wont do that much better when it comes back.

  • omabin

    @Charlie Seen,

    I agree.

  • Kavyn

    To be honest I don’t think Nikita will do much better at 8pm, but at least it won’t compete with Fringe and Grimm anymore. I’m hoping it stays steady at a 0.4 but I wouldn’t be surprised if there wasn’t any change.

  • Chris

    Weird that 666 Park Ave. is canceled, since they were shooting scenes for it in my nabe just yesterday. Not the first time that’s happened, I’m sure.

    Grimm really ought to be canceled–it’s doing about what Fringe was doing back when most people here were saying Fringe should be canceled. Only fair. ;)

  • richard

    @ serial rocker
    fyi, i am going to stop, because i never can manage to get first. maybe someday when i am always home, and i can sit by the computer, constantly refreshing the page, until the numbers come in, thus assuring I will always get first comment. i will then realize i retired too early, and wil take upon a part time job of solving the unsolvable cases of the local police department, until my untimely grusome murder 2 weeks later.

  • Dinaminjo

    Ap 23 and MC cancelled with Happy Endings going to Friday..

  • John A

    Grimm and Fringe is hardly competition for Nikita.

  • BagToPunch


    I think the difference is that Grimm was always a Friday show and the expectations were lower. Fringe was never able to hold an audience any day of the week. It’s been a flop in every time-slot unless it was babysat by American Idol. Grimm on the other hand has largely maintained it’s numbers and audience in the same slot on the same day. So no, Grimm shouldn’t be cancelled, but Fringe is still an embarrassment.

  • martine

    Hm. Grimm and Shark Tank are getting close. I know it matters not…but just wondering if they will ever switch places.

  • cass rowland

    it is fusturating that lms had more viewers than shark tank but a lower rating tha that happens a lot

  • Bill-Brooke-Taylor-Katie

    I’m enjoying LMS more this season than last season. I like Tim Allen acting like Archie Bunker this season with these racist comments. It’s given him a real edge. It was good to see Mandy finally get the spotlight last night also.

    MC is just getting started, I feel like it doesn’t have a real direction just yet it’ll more than likely find a direction in season two or later this season.

    Ratings wise I still feel that both are doing well their doing much better than any Tuesday comedy right now and this is all on a Friday. Shark Tank is just a throwaway reality show its doesn’t need to be on Friday, ABC can get more out of it earlier in the week.

    NBC should really take a hard look at moving Whitney and Guys with Kids over to Fridays next year they might get more out of them than on Wednesdays which is really competitive.

  • Jimbo

    I’m more in favor of scripted programming especially on a Friday than just reality programming so I hope the TGIF block still happens and I think it more than likely will. These comedies are actually holding up a lot better than I thought they would I thought they would be closer to 5 million by now.

  • omabin

    I think Guys with Kids and the multi cam version of Up All Night, if anything, would be a better fit for Fridays than Whitney. I cannot see Whtiney doing decent numbers on Friday

  • Jimbo

    @ John A
    I’m not really paying attention to the demo when it comes to Nikita my concern was the fact that it was under a million viewers almost every week. In the 8pm hour it might be able to match ANTM like it did last season. The 0.4 still got it season 3 so that doesn’t matter anyways since its making a lot of money overseas.

  • Jimbo

    @ omabin
    I think you might be right on that with NBC that the comedies like Guys with Kids and Up All Night would do way better on a Friday than Whitney. It actually seems like now that UAN is a multi-cam now that NBC has plans to put those two together next season. Whitney would do better during the week since it attracts a different and much maturer demographic.

    I think the problem for NBC and I agree with BBTK on this that Wednesdays is really competitive so their going to have to figure out where to put comedies like Whitney at. I think a return to Thursdays wouldn’t be a bad idea even though CBS’ big juggernauts are over there.

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