TV Ratings Friday: 'Nikita' Hits Season High, 'Malibu Country', 'CSI:NY' & 'Last Man Standing' Up; 'Blue Bloods' Flat

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December 1st, 2012

Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 1.6/5 1.6/5 1.1/4 0.9/3 0.4/1
Total Viewers (million) 9.910 6.034 4.035 3.731 1.153

Due to the nature of live  programming the ratings for FOX (College Football) are approximate and subject to more than the typical adjustments in the final numbers. See below for more information on these Fast Affiliate Ratings.

ABC and CBS tied for number one in adults 18-49, while CBS was on top in total viewers.

On CBS, Undercover Boss garnered a 1.8 adults 18-49 even with its last  episode on November 16. CSI: NY notched a 1.5 adults 18-49 rating up 7% from a 1.4 on November 16. Blue Bloods scored a 1.5 adults 18-49 even with its last episode on November 9.

On ABC, Last Man Standing earned a 1.6 up 14%  from last week’s 1.4. Malibu Country scored a 1.5 up 7% from last week’s 1.4.  20/20 garnered a 1.7 up 13% from last week’s 1.5.

On FOX, College Football  (UCLA at Stanford) scored a preliminary 1.1 adults 18-49 rating from 8-10PM.

On NBC, Dateline garnered a 1.1 adults 18-49 rating down 8% from a 1.2 on November 16.

On the CW, the timeslot premiere of Nikita scored a season high  0.4 adults 18-49 rating up 33% from a 0.3 for the show’s last original episode on November 9. Most of your predictions were about right.

Overnight broadcast primetime ratings for Friday, November 30, 2012:

Time  Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
8:00 CBS Undercover Boss 1.8/6 8.73
ABC Last Man Standing 1.6/5 6.80
FOX College Football (8-10PM)  1.1/4 4.04
NBC Christmas in Rockefeller Center - R 0.9/3 4.06
CW Nikita 0.4/1 1.24
8:30 ABC Malibu Country 1.5/5 6.33
9:00 ABC Shark Tank - R 1.6/5 5.84
CBS CSI: NY 1.5/4 9.82
NBC Grimm - R 0.6/2 2.80
CW Arrow - R 0.3/1 1.06
10:00 ABC 20/20 1.7/5 5.69
CBS Blue Bloods 1.5/4 11.18
NBC Dateline 1.1/3 4.34


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In late-night metered-market households Friday night:


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    I just read there is a special new Shark Tank on this Tuesday night. I think ABC might be testing it on a different night. For it to repeat that strong damn that stronger then any drama/comedy repeat. Shark Tank is IMO is a show just waiting to break out. Shark Tank might not work on a different night. They did an experiment a few years ago testing Blue Bloods on Wednesday and guess what ratings were lower then Friday night. So it didn’t work. Should ABC move Shark Tank or keep it on Friday’s where its found its audience?

  • Dan

    @bigbrotherfan-All I have to say to that is besides the fact that Supernatural was doing great there the last few years as someone already pointed out, a repeat of Arrow just got over 1 million viewers and a 0.3 in the demo…Nikita was sinking down to 0.2’s and those were new episodes lol. It isn’t the time slot…no one is watching!

  • Simon

    Thank you to everybody who watched Nikita last Night! Did good but can do better so please keep watching Nikita! Next week is Nikita Mid Season Finale so be sure to watch!

  • Richard

    Maybe some day I will watch Blue Bloods. It has Donnie Wahlberg from Boomtown. But Donnie, Lana can’t be on Justified because of their commitments to these shows. Jason would not have been able to except that Luck was cancelled. I kind of like his character on Dexter this season ( I’m a few episodes behind though). Gary, well, I think Graham should get him sometime soon, even just for one of the one or two episode villains. and Nina, well I think she retired. Anyway, I still have yet to see Justified season 3 (DVD comes out December 31) but Boomtown is the best show ever!

  • RJ


  • Dan

    Go ABC comedies, if they stablize at these levels than they will do fine

  • John A

    wow a shark tannk repeat does better than a new CSI and matches Grimm when its new amazing.

  • Ardnaskela

    Ohh, .4 for Nikita ;)
    SooOoOo BIG YES!!!
    Season 4, here we go!!

  • Hi

    Hmmm, let me see…

    This wednesday:

    CW Arrow 1.3/4 3.74
    CW Supernatural 0.8/2 2.00

    Supernatural, the new the Secret Circle?!

  • Richard Steven Hack

    It’s good that Nikita is up in the overnights, but we’ll have to see if it adjusts down.

    The episode itself was another filler, which I think was a mistake. The plot wasn’t particularly well done, either – too much running around the White House like it was your neighborhood Arby’s. :-) Otherwise, it wasn’t too bad.

    They need to make next week bloody good – which means bringing Amanda back full time – or the ratings will drop after the hiatus. They need to get back to an overall story arc and stop the “procedural” episodes, as I suspect it’s costing them the more lukewarm “fans” and the general audience (if there is any left.)

    Of course, the ratings don’t matter for Nikita given the syndication circumstances, but that’s no excuse for “phoning it in.”

    OTOH, the clowns here who are having a big laugh over the show fail to recognize that the ratings really aren’t the show’s fault. No one may be watching but that’s not the fault of the quality of the show in general. It’s simply a fact that the show doesn’t fit the CW’s audience and never did, not to mention that the network itself is a disaster area in general.

    When you have only ONE show that’s a consistent hit – i.e., TVD – and one that is an enduring effort, i.e., Supernatural – well, you suck as a network. And even those shows would be PULLED INSTANTLY on any other network.

    Spy shows probably would not do well on the CW until the network reorients its audience to more genre shows in general. The moderate success of Arrow shows this can be done. Dump the teen stroke crap like HoD, 90210, and the like and concentrate on QUALITY genre shows. Even then, it will be a hard slog taking multiple seasons to pull the CW back from the brink.

  • kat

    For everyone who always feels the need to remind Nikita fans that a .4 is still, in the grande scheme of things, a really low rating – yeah, we know. But those are the ratings Nikita was getting last year when it got renewed. And you can all scratch your heads and bitch and moan about how it shouldn’t have been – it was. Either non-ad revenue is higher than anyone thinks, or they’re playing the long game and are hoping to make back money in syndication, but whatever the reason, the man in charge felt it made enough financial sense to give Nikita another full season when it was getting .4s consistently. Since I doubt anyone expected Nikita to suddenly start rising in the ratings between seasons, if .4s were good enough to get a season 3, then why wouldn’t they be enough to get a season 4 when the show is even closer to syndication than before?

    So yeah, most of us Nikita fans *are* happy to see .4s. It’s not a great rating. Nikita is a low rated show that not that many people watch, very few people are going to contest that. But for those of us who do watch and love it, seeing it not continue to fall lower than it was last season is a good thing. I would love it to suddenly get a ratings boost and start doing double its current ratings, but the chances of that happening are extremely slim to the point of basically being nonexistent.

    Of course, Nikita has a history of being adjusted down in the finals, so I will wait and see what those are before I get too happy about the .4. It’s nice to see it above a million viewers again though. I know it has no affect on renewal chances, but as a fan of the show, I like knowing more people overall tuned in to watch.

  • John A

    People watched Nikita in season 1 and it nosedived by the end of the season.Obviously viewers didnt like what they saw. Can we stop blaming the cw for pathetic Nikita ratings please.

  • Ardnaskela

    Every show someday will adjust down…

  • ally

    Hard to remember when smallville used to get 1+ demo ratings on a friday the cw would kill for that on any night. Smallville really was a beast.

  • Reward

    If I was in “CW”, I put in this slot (9/8) “Beauty and the Beast” and not Arrow.
    Arrow is stronger than BB and if they dont want cancel it …

  • CrimTV


    How is Supernatural similar to Secret Circle? It pulls 0.7-1.0 in it’s 8th season, TSC was pulling 0.5-0.7 regularly in it’s 1st season.

  • david

    Good to see Nikita up to a .4 last night. I am surprised Arrow got a lower rating than Nikita did. Good to see twenty twenty up last night, the episode was pretty interesting. I was pretty sure the ABC comedies were going to rise form last week. So that is good for them as well.

  • thesnowleopard

    Hmm, no, that really isn’t how the mythical Friday Factor works, especially when shows like SPN and ANTM didn’t need it to do better.

    You wish.

    @Richard Steven Hack
    Considering Nikita’s history, including in this new/old slot, yes, there’s a high probability that it will adjust down. Even if it doesn’t…well…unless the syndication factor does kick in (and there really is no actual proof that it will), the show will be just as dead at a 0.4 as at a 0.3, Friday Factor or no.

    People seem to forget that Bill and Robert’s assertion that syndication will automatically give Nikita another two seasons is really just a theory, albeit a good one supported by some past evidence. It could well be proven out, but the network has made no official announcements of its own that support it, so it’s hardly the 100% certainty some are making of it. Their theory is really no more a guarantee than that of a cast member or a producer for the show talking about having story set up for the next two seasons, or that the cast has a contract that goes to a specified period.

    I’d say Nikita’s fate is already fixed at this point in the season and it will either get a fourth season based on syndication hopes (however funky the burnoff may turn out to be) or is a dead show walking. If the network was looking for a reason to keep it that didn’t involve syndication, last night’s rating was not it. That’s a cancellation-worthy number for any other CW show, whether it’s a 0.3 or a 0.4.

    @John A
    Well, exactly. Nikita lost half of its audience within its first season and another half between seasons two and three. Obviously, whatever it’s offering, most people don’t want to watch. It’s been sampled a lot by potential audiences and just can’t keep any. That’s hardly the fault of the CW, which gave it a whole lot of promotion in season one and still airs promos throughout the week, as well.

    If a few people like it and want to watch it while it continues its Let’s Get Syndication run, that’s fine. But the reason why the show is doing so poorly has nothing to do with the alleged incompetence of the CW or the alleged stupidity of other viewers who checked in and then checked back out. It’s not too smart, too complicated, too beautiful to live, or neglected on Fridays. Most people just plain don’t like it.

  • Hi


    I mean, dropping 0.5 and 1.74 from their lead in? see the MO?

  • CrimTV


    It’s not all about retention, Supernatural remains as the 3rd highest rated series on The CW, why would they cancel it?

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