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.

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

NOTE: All ratings are "live plus same day" from Nielsen Media Research unless otherwise indicated.


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  • Charlie Sheen

    ABC comedies held up better than I thought they would against the iCarly finale. I think both comedies are about to level off real soon as they’ll be headed to their fifth week next week.

    Frosty looks like it might beat Undercover Boss in the demo but the rest of the night was nothing.

    I know Nikita won’t be able to post those kind of numbers next Friday as that’s the highest the network has been all season but the 8pm timeslot should really help Nikita next week since the 9pm slot has turned into a death slot for the network except when Supernatural is on.

    RIP TV Legend Larry Hagman

  • forg

    I was predicting the ABC sitcoms will hit 1.0 but holding up is nice, I hope they can rise to high 1s in succeeding weeks

  • thesnowleopard

    @Charlie Sheen
    What will your excuse be when Nikita does just as poorly at 8pm next week as it was doing at 9pm? It had already sunk to a 0.4 last season at 8pm in the spring and has dropped from season to season each time. So, what makes you think it will do anything above a 0.4 next week?

  • John A

    Cant believe the elf special got a 0.5 on a holiday weekend. just shows how pathetic Nikita is.

    wow the simpsons got the same as a fringe original lol

  • William Haney

    Encouraging dog show ratings for NBC. Perhaps if they get a college football deal with the Big East, they could just air the Dog Show in primetime and put a game on Thanksgiving afternoon? Just an idea granted they get a Big East contract.

  • Charlie Sheen


    Actually I’m not even paying attention to the demo when it comes to Nikita I’m just trying to see if it will be over a million viewers next week. If it does bad then it does bad so be it but as long as it continues to make money overseas and on Netflix that’s all that matters to CBS and WB at the end of the day anyways.

  • Andrea

    Where are all the comments that specials on CBS beat both Undercover Boss and CSI:NY?

  • lll

    If nikita gets renewed move them to summertime, like top model.

  • Eddy

    @ MJDB & CrimTV

    I believe Whitney and GWK will start going back up, I believe they’ll be off this week for the Rockefeller special. The following week they’ll both be back. The good news for both shows is that shows like The Middle and Survivor are going on hiatus soon so they’ll be up against reruns and specials and this is where Whitney and GWK can start growing their audiences and steal some viewers who are maybe on the fence about returning to The Middle or Survivor after the new year.

    @ Chris

    I feel like LMS is better creatively this season than last season. Like you said the storylines were much better this season its just the changes have annoyed people.

  • Nick


    Where are all the comments that specials on CBS beat both Undercover Boss and CSI:NY?

    In La La Land, because Undercover Boss got a 2.0 the last time its was on, and CSI: NY got a 1.5, which puts them ahead of all the specials except Frosty the Snowman, which UB tied.

    @William Haney

    Perhaps if they get a college football deal with the Big East, they could just air the Dog Show in primetime and put a game on Thanksgiving afternoon? Just an idea granted they get a Big East contract.

    That would completely kill the dog show’s ratings. It would
    A) lose the massive Thanksgiving Day Parade lead-in,
    B) lose the benefit of being out of primetime, where there’s less competition, and
    C) lose the benefit of being live.

  • Oliver

    Wait, NBC have pre-empted Whitney/GWK next week? That’s not going to help their ratings.

    Weirder still, they’re launching Whitney Community’s new E! talk show on Wednesday. I would have thought Whitney would be the ideal place to promote it.

  • Evil Kristin Baxter

    R.I.P. Larry Hagman

    I’m really surprised both LMS and MC are doing so well for Friday comedies. I mean you look at the Tuesday comedies and its like night and day. ABC was really smart in establishing this comedy hour and hopefully it turns into a block next season.

    It actually makes me wonder if Whitney/GWK are better off on Fridays than on Wednesdays.

  • rob60990

    Whitney & GWK would be below a 1.0 on Friday.

    “Where are all the comments that specials on CBS beat both Undercover Boss and CSI:NY?”

    The fans of those shows haven’t been complaining week after week about the timeslot the shows are in unlike the loony Nikita fans that say no show can do better in that timeslot. Wait until Arrow reruns do better than Nikita. :D

  • Bern

    SpongeBob should have aired at 8pm or 8:30pm

  • Pepper

    Nikita is done. Syndication can’t save a show that no one will watch

  • Kavyn

    The comments section of this site suck.

  • Justin121



  • Justin121


    New REVENGE, New GOOD WIFE, New One Upon A Time today!

    That’s the best of the week :D

  • JohnnyRico

    Considering Tim Allen is one of the highest paid guys on tv it’s hard to see them renewing a show that “holds steady at 1.4″

    I think this and Reba’s show prolly need btwn at minimum average above 1.5-1.6 this season for 2nd season renewal.

  • psychic

    Oh my God.
    Nikita. Niki – Oh.
    Just… Just stop the madness. Just stop it. Please. For the love of Pete. It’s just humiliating itself.

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