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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  • Mark Wilkins

    new The Walking Dead and Dexter, best shows on TV imo

  • Jiji Moran

    No go
    No go

  • Nikki

    I really wasnt sure where to ask this so i hope one of the site administrators see this. There was a new holiday movie on the hallmark channel last night, is there a possibility that you guys will get the ratings for it.? Im curious to see how it did. The movie was called Naughty & Nice with Hilarie Burton. Thanks.

  • Rebecca

    It’ll be in whatever ratings results they post from that night’s cable showings. I’d be curious to see how that one did, too, because it had Michael Gross and Meredith Baxter paired up again in it (the married Keatons from “Family Ties”). I only knew about it because of the article about them on Zap2it recently…I don’t have the channel.


    @ Rebecca

    Really glad you & the kiddo enjoyed “Life of Pi,” such a visually haunting film! No doubt it will be rewarded with lots of awards. The Oscar race is really shaping up & “Pi” is one of the frontrunners for best movie.

    Watched 1st half of Grandma Got Run Over, then MC, Hoops & YoYo, and about 5 min of Sponge Bob. Like you, I own all the good animated Christmas specials on DVD as well as box sets of the classic TV shows + eps of Bewitched & Donna Reed.

    Glad you enjoyed “Alias” as I watched all seasons when it aired.


    @ Justin 121

    The Good Wife is the absolute best & no FB overrun tonite! YAY!

    I watch OUAT & 666 PA, so looking forward to both. May make a Turkey Devonshire to pour over my GA Toast while watching!


    @ Kavyn

    I think the Bill’s comments in column 4 were extremely informative

  • Katb

    Dateline was a repeat.

  • Anna

    “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″

    Can everyone see Grimm, CSI or fringe there? No?

    So one pathetic happy elf can get good numbers, against “-R” of simpsons and christmas shows.

    It’s so obvious that the joke lose the sense.

  • Nikki

    @ Rebecca Thanks. It was pretty good, i like Hilarie Burton though. The movie was cute, and they all did a good job. Hope it did well last night.

  • Anna

    By the way, this is the same discussion of past season: CW is unpredictable, no one knows that they will renew or cancel.

    Nikita was a joke here (TVBTN) and what did happen? Renew, above the beloved TSC. The people can laugh, but the aftermath can be the same.

  • Anna

    “oh no, but no one will renew a show with 0.3-0.2″

    Yeah, the people said the same when Nikita got some “0.4’s”, last season. And? Ops, Nikita is more alive than us. Impossible hum? Noes.

  • Annie Orhan

    Nikita will be around next season don’t you worry your pretty little heads lol….

  • Cj morton

    Yes! Good news for Malibu and last man! Even on a Holliday it finally stops it’s downward spiral. Given it’s a Friday, if they can stabilize around 1.5 they should b good for renewal (I think).

  • jamie

    Can I ask why people are talking trash about the CW show “Nikita”? I don’t understand. If you like the show or want to watch it, then watch it and if you don’t then don’t. I don’t understand why their seems to be animosity to the fans of “Nikita” on here.

  • Evan

    The Spongebob Christmas special will most likely do better on Nickelodeon on December 6, 2012 at 6/7c.

  • Alan

    I knew the CW christmas specials would do better than Nikita! LOOL

  • thesnowleopard

    @Charlie Sheen
    Dude, it doesn’t make money overseas. You can repeat that bs with no proof all you like, but that won’t make it true.

  • RG-X

    Hoops & yoyo was disappointing to watch – lame~ high expectations

  • Jon

    I would be surprised if Malibu Country is renewed for next season. I wanted to like it so bad, after all who doesn’t like Reba. Let’s face it, the rest of the cast, especially the kids and that annoying neighbor just seem out of place. The show is short on laughs, which if your tuning in to watch a sitcom, that’s what you are there for. I’m not sure how much longer I’m going to watch before I bail on it.

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