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


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  • Jon

    @jamie…..it is kind of silly when you think about it. Why attack someone for liking a show. Some people feel a sense of they are somehow better than you attitude because they don’t watch a particular low rated show

  • Chuck_T

    Frankly I feel it was too early to start with Christmas specials. I mean it’s only November 23!

  • thesnowleopard


    Probably because the more vocal Nikita fans on here are thoroughly obnoxious. Every year, there’s a bunch of crazies on here dedicating their vain efforts to saving some struggling show by shouting down and insulting anybody who happens to discuss the show’s low ratings, and getting themselves worked up into a froth with a zillion Fan Excuse Bingo-worthy reasons why their show really isn’t doing that badly. This year, Nikita is one of those shows.

    The rest of us get to hear about how Nikita is terribly popular overseas (no evidence ever given), how the network is mean to it and gives it no promotion (The show started off in the second-most-coveted slot on the network, with tons of promotion its first year, and dropped half its audience in a single season, anyway), how Supernatural/Arrow/TVD is a big meanie bully leech that is killing Nikita, how Nikita is too intelligent for us peons to appreciate/too precious for this world, how the show will get two seasons for syndication despite having gutter-level ratings so suck it haters hahahah….

    Gee, I can’t imagine why anybody would mock *that*.

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