Friday Final TV Ratings: 'Undercover Boss' & 'Malibu Country' Adjusted Up; 'America's Next Top Model' Special Adjusted Down

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November 19th, 2012

Malibu Country and Undercover Boss were adjusted up a tenth while America's Next Top Model: Behind the Scenes was adjusted down a tenth while among adults 18-49 versus Friday's preliminary ratings.

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

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00 PM CBS Undercover Boss 1.8 6 9.01
ABC Last Man Standing 1.4 5 7.13
FOX Kitchen Nightmares 1.2 4 3.38
NBC Go On-R 0.7 3 2.52
CW America's Next Top Model 0.6 2 1.34
8:30PM ABC Malibu Country 1.4 4 6.67
NBC Guys With Kids -R 0.7 2 2.15
9:00PM ABC Shark Tank 1.9 6 6.82
NBC Grimm 1.6 5 5.03
CBS CSI: NY 1.4 4 9.59
FOX Fringe 0.9 3 2.70
CW America's Next Top Model: Behind the Scenes 0.2 1 0.71
10:00 PM ABC 20/20 1.4 4 5.85
CBS We Will Always Love You: A Grammy Salute to Whitney Houston 1.4 4 7.18
NBC Dateline NBC 1.2 4 4.54

Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2012 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.

  • John A

    Nikita got a 0.2 for its 2nd episode too. Anyway a 0.3 for a new ep nothing at all to brag about.

  • Ruan

    I don’t understand how CBS can be third in ratings and first in viewers. (CSI: NY)

  • thesnowleopard

    Arrow has already repeated in that slot and gotten a 0.6. Granted, it was the series premiere but that’s still twice what Nikita’s been getting in that slot this season.

    As for SPN, uh, no. Older shows decline from year to year. They do not normally “build up” audiences over time. They lose them. So, newer shows *should* do better than older shows because the series premiere is almost always the best rating they will ever get. Even allowing for the Gunsmoke Rule, Nikita’s ratings are dismal for a show its age.

    So, the fact that SPN is getting over three times the demo Nikita is getting when it is in season eight and Nikita is in season three, in the same slot, makes Nikita look really bad. I don’t know if syndication really will get Nikita a fourth season with such dire ratings (Personally, I’m skeptical), but there’s no way it will get a fifth at this point. It will never be a Supernatural.

    Also, while ANTM’s special only got as much as one of Nikita’s poorer entries, the fact that it didn’t do significantly better didn’t just show that the slot is the worst the network’s got (Hello. Some of us were already saying that when the schedules came out last spring). It also showed that Nikita isn’t suffering from having ANTM as its lead-in. So, nice idea about moving Nikita off Fridays for a better lead-in, but that won’t be happening, either, especially now that it’s going back to 8pm.

  • The End


    CBS skews much older than other networks. A lot of viewers for said shows on Friday were 50+ years old on the network.

  • Ram510

    CW should just aired a new Nikita so at least it only had Thanksgiving week off. The fans, even is just a few, had already waited til mid October for the show to return to get only 4 episodes before a break. Lame

  • thesnowleopard

    The CW does not care about the show’s fans. It cares about the ratings and how much money it can get out of advertisers using those ratings.

    If the show’s ratings were higher, the CW might start to care. But with the ratings and the audience so low, there’s no reason for the network to cater to them, so the show’s gonna be bounced around the schedule. Just because the network wants to keep the show around long enough to get a syndication number doesn’t mean it’s going to air the show regularly in a way not frustrating to the show’s fans. The ratings are already so bad that there’s no benefit to that. Expect burnoffs and airings on off-weeks in this show’s future, should it actually survive to a fourth season. Not to mention an increasingly slashed budget.

    See, this is something fans of a low-rated show don’t take into consideration when they are gloating over it being saved through other factors. It may continue production, but what they see and when they see it may not be what or when they are used to or want.

  • Cass rowlwland

    oh my god what is wrong with lms

  • gary

    If ANTM adusted a tenth then is 0.3 not 0.2 because have 0.4 in preliminary

  • SarahL

    I was hoping that Grimm would be adjusted up.

  • Moe

    I know Nikita fans are bummed that their show isn’t doing better, but yea, bashing Supernatural because it DID do better in that timeslot just last season as an older show in it’s 7th season, isn’t going to help your show any.

  • Vanessa S.

    Yeah, bashing Supernatural for doing better at 9:00 pm on Fridays just smacks of jealousy.

  • JJA

    Nobody is Supernatural bashing!! Just stop!!

    Frankly, one thing is for certain, the only CW show that can do well in the Friday @ 9 time slot is Supernatural. Its fan base is so loyal, they’ll follow it anywhere.

    Although, my bet is that Supernatural will actually do better at the Friday @ 8 time slot than it is doing now after Arrow. I think it will be exceed a 1.0 if moved there.

  • Justin121

    @The End,

    what does that mean?

  • Kavyn

    Why would anyone bash SPN? It’s a beast for getting the 3rd best ratings on the CW after 8 solid years.

    IMO I think it would have been wiser to keep SPN on Fridays just due to how loyal the fanbase is. But I understand the move to Wednesday.

  • Mickey

    Supernatural certainly does have a loyal fanbase going for it, but it has nothing to do with the number of seasons it has been on the air. It’s a cult hit, it’s just the kind of show that inspires a passionate, devoted fanbase.

    It had a much larger, no less loyal fanbase years back. As snowleopard said, shows tend to lose viewers over time, and Supernatural is no exception. It’s in fact because it already had a very loyal fanbase that it survived being on the bubble back in season 2. Kripke has publicly credited the fans for getting the show renewed that year, through various fandom efforts.

    The only reason Supernatural’s age gives it an edge over Nikita, is that Supernatural predates the CW and had a chance to acquire an audience before the CW started crashing. Nikita came in at just the wrong time, when the CW was shedding viewers like crazy, and still focusing on young women, which is not Nikita’s best demographic. And the early move to Friday certainly didn’t help.

  • John

    These ratings for Malibu County and LMS are fine. If they stabilize above a 1.4, they could get a whole season. Fringe was amazing!!

    Supernatural is great. Not just simply good, but truly great (except season 7). Bashing on it because Nikita doesn’t hold onto its viewers doesn’t make any sense. Fans have persevered severely in the early seasons to keep this show on the air. If not for them, we wouldn’t have seasons 2-5 which are some of the best seasons on tv in the last decade. Season 8 has started to bring the lost magic back which bodes well for the show.

  • Jennaa

    I kind of like Malibu County, at least for a Friday sitcom. I hope its ratings hold.

  • Wagner

    I was hoping that Grimm would adjusted up, but its numbers still amazing for a Firday show, tho.

  • Bad Wolf

    @ Mickey

    You’re absolutely right. People tend to forget that currently, there is not a single CW show which is doing “good”. Arrow and The Vampire Diaries are doing “OK” and Supernatural is doing “Ok-ish”. The CW is a dying network, and had it been in good health, absolutely everything apart from Arrow and The Vampire Diaries would have been canceled years ago. Supernatural included.

    For me, Nikita is not a teen show, like 90210, Gossip Girl, Beauty & the Beast, Hart of Dixie, The Vampire Diaries and, to a lesser extent, Supernatural, are. That’s why it’s skewing much older.

    It’s boring to see people laughing at shows and their fans because the demo numbers are low. Look at CBS and NBC. Obviously, way more people are interested in CSI:NY than in Grimm, yet Grimm always gets all the praise. Is it a crime or something to be shameful of for a show to skew older ? Is it the show’s fault ? We live in a world where barely watched shows get renewed because the few people who watch them are young while other shows, sometimes massively followed, are canceled because the people who watch them are older than 49 years old. As if life stopped at 49 because the advertisers said so. Nowadays, networks don’t care about pleasing a lot of people, they just care about pleasing the youngest ones (who, just saying, are the most likely to zap the ads !).
    I’ve got no other choice to accept how it works. OK. But to those who laugh at shows getting the axe because their viewers are not young enough, without even questioning the quality of those shows : do you really think it’s funny ? I think it’s scary. Scary and sad.

    Seriously, when ambitious, constantly well-acted, well-played and thought-provoking shows like Alias, Veronica Mars or (very likely) The Good Wife gets canceled after a maximum of 5 seasons, repetitive, overly formulaic shows like the CSIs and their clones (Criminal Minds, NCIS, Bones…), or poorly-written and often badly-acted shows like One Tree Hill reach at least 9 or 10 seasons. Am I the only one to think something’s clearly not right ?

    Now back to Friday’s ratings : Nikita’s ratings are awful (even if it didn’t air last Friday), and it’s said by a Nikita fan. A small group of Nikita fans doesn’t accept the truth and is really annoying. Period. But give me the name of a CW show which doesn’t have such a group ? A small but very vocal group of Supernatural fans really believe that Supernatural is superior to anything else on TV. Their behavior is really no better than some Nikita/Vampire Diaries/Fringe/Chuck/Grimm… fans.

    Seriously, I’ve always prefered Charmed and Ghost Whisperer than Buffy and Medium because their universes and characters touched me more. BUT I’ve always willingly admitted that Buffy and Medium were the superior shows (in terms of acting, writing…). Is that too hard to like/love a show while still admitting it’s not perfect (sometimes far from it) ?

  • thesnowleopard

    @Bad Wolf
    I don’t think you can come to any such conclusions about any show on the CW. Just as X Failing Show on another network would not get the same ratings on the CW that it’s getting on the other network (which would make it a huge hit if it did), CW shows would be getting higher ratings if the CW, period, had a larger audience and demo. There’s a ceiling they all must deal with.

    So, if the CW were getting higher ratings, TVD, Arrow and SPN would all be doing much better in the demo and the audience. Case in point: SPN did well enough on Fridays to be renewed and moved to Wednesdays. On Wednesdays, it doesn’t better than on Fridays because of the increased audience CW has on Wednesdays over Fridays. With Arrow as its lead-in, its demo and audience have increased again, retaining most of the extra demo and over half of the extra audience that Arrow brings in. Loyal audience aside, SPN can certainly gain a new audience in the right demo if exposed to it.

    Nikita, in contrast, lost its slot on Thursday nights and was moved to Fridays because it 1. lost half of its audience in its first season and 2. failed to retain TVD’s impressive lead-in. It probably would have been moved, anyway, if it had kept the audience and the lead-in, but it wouldn’t have been moved to Fridays. Yes, networks may move a show to Fridays to kill it, but the usual reason seems to be to give a weak show some extra time to build up syndication numbers or whatever, because there’s less audience on Fridays, true, but there’s also less competition. Nikita *might* do better on another night or another network, but the expectations would also be higher and it probably wouldn’t do enough better not to fail.

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