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


via press note:

In late-night metered-market households Friday night:


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  • BagToPunch


    You don’t know what you’re talking about. Like at all.

  • MJ

    WAY TO GO Malibu Country!!!! Glad to hear ABC ordered enough episodes to finish out the Season. The show has been getting better every week. Good to see LMS & MC beating out other comedies during primetime spots on other days!!!!

  • CrimTV

    Also does anyone know when ABC and CBS will announce their midseason schedule and when Fox will announce The Goodwin Games’ and The CW will announce Cult’s premiere dates.

    Last season ABC announced their midseason schedule on November 18, 2011 and CBS announced their’s on November 14, 2011. It’s now December 1!

  • thesnowleopard

    You fulfill the very definition of a knee-jerk Retentionista. TSC didn’t get canceled and Nikita moved to Fridays because they didn’t retain TVD’s lead-in. It was because they did poorly relative to other shows on the network. If Nikita had continued to do well relative to the rest of the CW, while not retaining all that much of TVD’s lead-in, it probably would have still been moved (It probably would have been moved, regardless, since the network would want to put another new shows there and expect Nikita to bolster another night). But it wouldn’t have been moved directly to Friday night.

  • Alexis

    *lights candles and forms a prayer circle that Nikita doesn’t get adjusted down*

  • Homer99

    Yay, Nikita!

  • Frank82

    @Hi As you can compare a series that goes by its eighth season and has a few classifications of 0.8 to 1 and more than 2 million viewers in a series that in his first season had some classifications so low

  • charmedcraft

    As expected, Nikita still horrible.

  • herpderp

    Hilarious how the Nikita fanboys are trying to attack Supernatural and the rest of CW. Way to show graditude to the network that renewed your show despite crap ratings, you idiots. The very definition of an ungrateful fanbase. Instead of enjoying their show, they continue to whine and moan. Now I wish it would get canceled so they would shut up. Thanks a lot, loud obnoxious fanbase. You’ve ruined the show for me.

  • Ram510

    I think it’s so weird how on this site people love to focus in on Nikita’s ratings and bash them week in and week out. The part I don’t understand is that people bash Nikita as though the CW has much better ratings as a whole. THE WHOLE CW STINKS!!!!! Have people not noticed?

  • John A

    Yeah CW promoted Nikita like crazy and still just a 0.4 so pathetic as well as people blaiming CW for its lousy performance.

  • Stella

    Why do people always accuse Nikita fans as the haters towards other shows on the CW?

    I watch Nikita every week and I know the ratings are bad but you don’t see me hating on other cw shows, stop accusing Nikita fans of everything. For all we know those people who talk bad about every CW show don’t even watch CW.

    It was a miracle Nikita got renewed, and I don’t even care if it doesn’t get a Season 4, i’m already thankful it reached Season 3.

  • Michael

    @Ram510- yes, we noticed. But Nikita has horrible ratings *relative to other CW shows*, as Bill and Robert have pointed out many times.

  • John A

    Nikita fans attack every other higher rated show on CW. Its sad really. Arrow Tvd and SPN are doing fine so no the whole CW isnt doing awful

  • herpderp

    They’re all disciples of Bondoel.

  • Felipe

    @herpderp WTF? I do not see fans of Nikita “attacking” other shows o_o You’re confusing and accusing without knowing.

    And Nikita it’s “hated” here, not other shows. And if there are any Nikita fan that “attack” other CW shows, DO NOT THINK THAT ALL FANS ARE SO.

    Do not judge a whole fanbase only by one fan. And if so, you don’t want to watch Nikita, who loses is you.

  • Vcoolwater

    The fact that cw only has three shows doing well in ratings show that cw is in dire straights. Supernatural is already showing signs of depreciation and don’t see lasting past season ten.

    Also it looks like cw is going to flood the market with superhero shows. I mean they already planning another dc comics show, I see over saturation in the future which might hurt arrow. If cw want to succeed they need a major facelift.

    Having pretty people is not enough

  • Andrea


    on Nikita: Most people just plain don’t like it.

    That’s an opinion, just like everyone else’s.

  • herpderp


    Rofl. I can’t tell if you’re ignorant or just in denial.

    If Nikita is hated here, it’s because of fanboys like you.

  • Damo

    @Crim TV

    General question why do you care that you keep asking near enough everyday now and hardly a response but I can say the Goodwin games which had its episode order cut will probably premiere once Ben and Kate is done which should be around February or March time but i’m looking forward to most of the midseason stuff but more importantly revolution coming back and have you watched it yet

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