TV Ratings Friday: 'Last Man Standing' & 'Malibu Country' Steady + Battle of the Christmas Specials

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November 24th, 2012

Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 1.4/4 1.1/4 1.0/3 0.7/2 0.5/1
Total Viewers (million) 5.818 4.390 4.805 2.009 1.605

ABC was number one in adults 18-49 and with total viewers.

On ABC, Last Man Standing was even with last week's 1.4 adults 18-49 rating. Malibu Country was also flat with last week's 1.4 rating. 20/20 notched a 1.5, up a tenth from last week's 1.4 adults 18-49 rating.

On CBS,  It's a SpongeBob Christmas earned a 0.9 adults 18-49 rating.

On NBC, Dateline NBC earned a 1.0, down two tenths from last week's 1.2 rating.

CBS, FOX and The CW all re-aired classic Christmas specials last night. Check the table to see which ones fared better than others. For those interested, The Happy Elf on the CW at 9PM (Nikita's current timeslot) earned a 0.5. Your predictions were correct.

Overnight broadcast primetime ratings for Friday, November 23, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00 PM CBS Frosty the Snowman -R 2.0 7 6.876
ABC Last Man Standing 1.4 5 6.708
NBC The National Dog Show -R (8-10PM) 1.0 3  4.849
FOX Happiness is a Warm Blanket Charlie Brown -R 0.5 2 1.778
CW Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer -R 0.5 2 1.684
8:30PM CBS Frosty Returns -R 1.6 5 5.784
ABC Malibu Country 1.4 4 6.432
9:00PM ABC Shark Tank -R 1.3 4 5.102
CBS Hoops & Yoyo Ruin Christmas -R 1.0 3 4.011
FOX The Simpsons -R 0.9 3 2.295
CW The Happy Elf -R 0.5 1 1.525
9:30PM CBS It's a Spongebob Christmas 0.9 3 3.626
FOX The Simpsons -R 0.9 3 2.184
10:00 PM ABC 20/20 1.5 5 5.782
NBC Dateline NBC 1.0 3 4.716
CBS Person to Person 0.7 2 3.021


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," 2.5/6 with an encore telecast; CBS's
> "Late Show with David Letterman," 1.7/4 with an encore; and ABC's
> combo of "Nightline," 2.9/7; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.4/4 with an
> encore.
> * In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results
> were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 0.8/3 with an encore; "Late
> Show," 0.4/2 with an encore; "Nightline," 1.0/4; and "Jimmy Kimmel
> Live," 0.5/2 with an encore.
> * At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.4/4 in
> metered-market households with an encore) beat CBS's "Late Late Show
> with Craig Ferguson" (0.9/3 with an encore). In the 25 markets with
> Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.5/3 in 18-49 with an encore) beat
> "Late Late Show" (0.2/1 with an encore).
> * At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.8/3 in
> metered-market households with an encore and a 0.3/2 in adults 18-49
> in the 25 markets with local people meters.

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  • Oliver

    The CW specials did well. Smart decision by The CW. It also means they don’t need to show as many low-rated repeats.

    Surprised ABC’s comedies held up.

    CBS’s new Spongebob special did terribly.

  • Melissa

    Wow Frosty.

  • Reward

    Poor Nikita xD
    Even if I love (so much) Nikita, its rating is really low :(
    If CW decided to cancel Nikita, it would be right :(

  • TV

    What’s the excuse for Nikita’s terrible ratings now? Hahahaha

  • r0ckmypants

    That Spongebob special was like a bad trip.

  • FringeFan

    If the CW doesn’t cancel Nikita then they’re truly crazy. No offense to the people who watch it but the ratings are extremely low and a Christmas special even bested it. I think Netflix would have a better time producing the show possibly instead.

  • Mark3

    Simpsons was great!

  • Dillan

    Syndication possibly can’t save Nikita. This just proves that people aren’t interested in the show.

  • NEK38583

    The repeat of the National Dog Show did very well, better than what I expected. May be with a repeat doing that well. NBC will think about airing more dog shows like on Saturdays or during summer or something.

    I hope so.

  • s0303

    i’m surprised also that abc comedies held up after the last 2 weeks of free falling…not up against much competition though…

  • the_troubke_with_the_truth

    Hoping this means that Malibu Country is done falling and stabilizes. It should uptick to a 1..5. Every episode this season has gone up in the finals. Last nights episode was by far the best so far. It’s my favorite comedy on tv right now. I was worried the demo would be low considering all the programing to drawl in young ppl with children.

  • Dan S

    I see the CW’s Grandma got run over by a reindeer tied Fox at 8pm 0.5 Charlie Brown. If Nikita can’t even muster that next week it really should be pulled & yes I do watch it.

  • rob60990

    LMS and Malibu Country stable is good news especially on a holiday weekend.

    Happy Elf crushed Nikita

  • the_troubke_with_the_truth

    @s0303 I think the competition was actually worse last night compared to normal considering all the Christmas programming would drawl in young adults who are watching with their children. On a normal night kids would not be begging to watch undercover boss with their parents. In other words life of family watching competition for the comedies that they have not had to worry about thus far.

  • MJDB

    Glad that Last Man Standing didn’t drop again. Hopefully this and Whitney (Other network, off topic but bad ratings this week, along with other show I’m rooting for Guys With Kids) go up next week.

  • CrimTV


    Whitney and Guys With Kids fell because they aired on Thanksgiving Eve, they *should* be up next week.

  • Justin121

    ABC comedies held up well.

  • omabin

    Good news for LMS and MC. I said last week that they should stabilie around here and possibly have a small uptick, so this is in the range of what I expected. Nicely done for both.

  • Chris

    LMS finally stopped falling. It’s a real shame what they did to that show but the story lines have been getting better despite the changes. I wonder how the ratings would look if they didn’t ruin the show and turn so many people off.

  • jay

    For the love of god please cancel Nikita already! It is rated so terrible and we shouldn’t have to read comments about a show that rates that bad.

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