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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  • Cj morton

    NOOOOOO! Malibu Country was so much better than the week before! Crossing my fingers it rises in the final ratings. At least everything was down, so it doesn’t look as bad.

    Last Man Standing was also really good, and honestly I find it refreshing to see a show that doesn’t worry about being all politically correct, and stars a character who is so much different and conservative. LOVe Tim Allen!

  • CBSViewer

    CBS should put comedies on Friday at 8 like ABC. I’m sure Rules of Engagement and another new comedy can get a 1.8 or a 2.0 in this slot before the return of Undercover Boss.

  • alffan

    I believe LMS should follow the Middle. I think it’s the perfect show to run in that slot and would probably do a 2.1-2.3 – and consistently better than the awful Neighbords.

    If ABC could get a 1.5 and those 7-8 million viewers on Friday, they might stick with it, but not if the 18-49 falls any lower.

    ABC should really go the reality route on Thu at 8pm. Survivor did very well there. As old as their dramas skew they might want to consider doing something different

    As old as DWTS skews, they should consider a Thu/Fri run. They can’t find anything to do well around Grey’s…

    Move DWTS to 8-10 Thu and 8-9 Fri and get away from the Voice.

    Then move to Grey’s to 10p to give the affiliates the big lead in and have Grey’s pull dominant 10pm numbers.

    Then have Shark Tank and 20/20 go 9-11pm Fri

    Much cheaper nights.

    Then take Monday and go with dramas with female appeal: Body Of Proof, Scandal, and Castle

  • Richard Steven Hack

    BagtoPunch: Re last episode of Grimm. Not according to IMDB – they show another episode whose air date is unknown… Of course, they’ve been wrong before…

  • Richard Steven Hack

    As for Nikita, I don’t expect it to do “much better” than it did last season, but moving to 8PM might well boost it at least a tenth of a point. If it goes back to the .4-.5 it had last season, that’s better than .3.

    Not that it matters much – the show is going to be renewed anyway. But for CW PR purposes, at least at .4 it doesn’t look ridiculous since a lot of their shows have been on life support anyway.

    I do think moving away from Grimm and Fringe competition will help at least slightly. If one is a genre fan, as I am, you’re likely to watch all three shows. I can do it because I download them, but other people may not. Nikita might get the short end of the stick for those people because it’s not sci-fi or fantasy. Whether that’s enough to get another tenth of a point in the ratings is debatable. We’ll see.

  • Barbie

    CBS should order a full season for CSI:NY. Just sayin’…

  • Austin Lauran

    Does anybody know why almost every show ABC has put in the Thursday 8/7 pm time slot ends up getting cancelled? (Ugly Betty and Wipeout were the only 2 recent shows in that time slot to do well in it)

    Also, does anybody know why NBC fell from 1st to 4th place after the year Friends and Frasier ended? Was it because of dramas that weren’t cop shows and sitcoms without any laugh tracks in them, terrible president running the network, or etc?

  • r0ckmypants

    @alffan – Multicam and single cam comedies don’t typically do well together. Look at how Whitney fared last season as the only multicam surrounded by 3 single cams. Other failed attempts to put a multicam comedy in a single cam block of late: I Hate My Teenage Daughter, Better with You and Hank, the latter two of which were in the ABC Wednesday comedy block.

  • BagToPunch

    @Richard Steven Hack

    You could be right; I was under the impression that Friday’s show, “Season of the Hexenbiest” was the fall finale.

  • Nick

    Malibu Country is definitely in danger now. I think LMS will get renewed, though.

  • taylor

    can someone tell me how abc is the new NBC?

  • Ultima

    @Austin Lauren
    Does anybody know why almost every show ABC has put in the Thursday 8/7 pm time slot ends up getting cancelled?

    Because most of ABC’s new shows get canceled and that’s always been a difficult timeslot (Friends, Survivor, now Big Bang Theory & Idol).

    Also, does anybody know why NBC fell from 1st to 4th place after the year Friends and Frasier ended?

    NBC had been struggling with the development of new shows for years. They had a revolving door of comedies on Thursday that never took off. They had remained in first on the strength of older shows (Friends, Fraiser, E.R., Law & Order, SVU), but new blood was hard to find. They were actually losing money with Friends, but kept it on to prop up Thursday nights (and the network as a whole).

    However, it was not just NBC fading in 2004-05. FOX was improving (American Idol was still growing and House was a breakout hit), CBS had been growing on the strength of the CSI franchise and ABC had easily the best freshman class since NBC in 1994 (Lost, DH, Grey’s).

  • Ultima

    can someone tell me how abc is the new NBC?

    It’s just a thing dumb kids say, like putting “flop” in the title of everything.

  • Networkman

    @Austin Laura, I thought Ugly Betty exceeded expectations and that ABC did not appreciate the show. When Ugly Betty was on the air, DWTS was stronger. And not once did ABC air a special episode behind it to gain the show more exposure. It had the potential to run at least another 2 more years if ABC gave it more promotion/support. They could of even ran it after Desperate Housewives or Extreme Makeover:Home Edition a couple of times. It had the hard task of leading off Thursday night against Survivor, Bones and My Name is Earl. And ABC did not continue to nurture it so that it could turn into a bigger hit.

  • Joe

    NO Malibu Country! :(

  • Holly


    can someone tell me how abc is the new NBC?

    It’s just a thing dumb kids say, like putting “flop” in the title of everything.

    I don’t know… a night of comedy held up by one flagship show. A veteran reality show that’s started floundering. Renewing low rated shows like BoP… Of course, you have to ignore things like the success of Once (though… Heroes was successful for the first two years…) and Revenge as well as the continued strength of Greys. ;)

    Though really, I think FOX is in more danger of being the new NBC with their struggles to launch any new scripted shows and reliance on a couple of strong veterans. Throw in a little poor management and they’d be just one Leno debacle away from considering the CW major competition.

  • jimbo

    As a big fan of NBC, I think NBC just waits for Bigbangtheory,2man to end. And they launch new comedy shows on the time slot!!

  • Jon

    It’s not hard to figure out why Malibu Country is continuing to fall. It really isn’t that good of a show. I have watched all three episodes, and I have to admit outside of Reba and Lily Tomlin the other actors just aren’t very good. The kids are annoying, the neighbor is annoying, and so is the record producer guy. But bottom line the story lines are weak, haven’t been very funny, and the show struggles to get you to care about the characters.

  • Jon

    Not sure why grimm would fall on fall finale night. It was such a good episode, infact season 2 has really blown season one out of the water. It was a good show then, and a great show now. I love how they have turned it from just a bad guy of the week procedural into the ongoing tension filled and thrilling saga that it has become.

  • Diego

    Good Job ANTM

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