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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  • Alffan

    Fox is stupid. They should switch the days Of the games. You cannot get ratings in LA and the bay area at 5pm on a Friday when people are at work or in traffic. Yesterday had largest storms of the year. Bad strategy by Fox

  • Nick

    Yay for LMS & Malibu Country!
    As long as they both get full seasons (I don’t believe any of the “5 extra episodes” bull) they’re in great shape!

    @Sara Bibel

    Shouldn’t 20/20 be grouped with the ABC shows, not the CBS shows, in the text?

  • Nick


    Fox is stupid. They should switch the days Of the games. You cannot get ratings in LA and the bay area at 5pm on a Friday when people are at work or in traffic. Yesterday had largest storms of the year. Bad strategy by Fox

    Fox has little to no control over when games air. The only thing they get to decide is whether or not to air the game or not, and apparently it was better than repeats.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Robert Seidman

    Fox has little to no control over when games air.

    having licensed the rights to the Pac 12 games, Fox has lots of say when the game airs and it wanted the conference championship on a primetime Friday (tonight it has the Big 10 championship). This year’s Pac 12 championship wouldn’t have rated great no matter when it aired, but if USC was playing and in contention to go to the BCS championship game depending on the results, time zone and weather wouldn’t have mattered, it would’ve rated better. Lots of ifs – but that’s how sports licensing goes (e.g. *if* the Yankees are in the World Series and *if* the series goes 7 games…)

  • chrisss

    @ Nick

    Whether you believe it or nor, ABC have given LMS and MC back orders of 5 episodes each.

  • Freyja


    Dillan is like those SPN haters that jump on the bandwagon when a show goes up or down, cause haters are just that haters.

    Just ignore them and the world is better off ;)

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    ” This year’s Pac 12 championship wouldn’t have rated great no matter when it aired, but if USC was playing and in contention to go to the BCS championship game depending on the results, time zone and weather wouldn’t have mattered, it would’ve rated better.”

    Plus, much of the Pacific time zone viewing (and Eastern/Central viewing) is not in those preliminary ratings since the game ended at 845 Pacific. It’s virtually certain to be adjusted up in the final ratings.

  • Tony ^_^

    By season high for “Nikita” I thought you meant 0.5+. Hehe…

  • the_troubke_with_the_truth

    Na Na Na Na Na Life Is Sweet! So Happy Malibu Country went up in the demo. I’m expecting come finals on Monday it will uptick to a 1.6 demo! Pretty good for a little show critics hated on a night known for super low demo ratings! The sad thing for me is to see how poor Nakita is doing in Reba’s old time period on CW. Makes me think if they had kept the Reba show it would be in it’s 12th season and CW’s highest rated show. Oh well, their loss, ABC’s win!

  • Ardnaskela

    @herpderp, so why you act an attacker?

  • Brandy

    I have a couple questions about Nikita for its fans
    1.If Fridays are the reason for its poor ratings,why did it start at at a decent/ok by cw standards last season than fall two tenths in demo over the season?Why were SMV and SPN still the second and third highest rated shows and SPN s low in spring last spring was 0.6.?Seems like people were into SMV and SPN no matter that they were on fri but not Nikita.If the 9pm slot was the problem this season, why not more than a tenth raise in demo?If Top Model leadin was the problem, why was Top Model able to pull 0.4-0.6 this cycle while Nikita, 0.3-average-and under a million viewers?If Top Model was doing better ratings wise than Nikita, it wasn’t a bad leadin just incompatable .
    2.What is it about Nikita that in its second and third seasons it pulls 0.2-0.4 ,a few times under a million viewers(well see if it adjusts down this week) and keeps loosing viewers like crazy but SMV in season 10 & SPN in season 8 have no where near this bad ratings despite shows loosing viewers as they age?

  • JJA

    I have no idea why Nikita has low ratings. If, however, you’re trying to get us to say it’s because Nikita is bad, that I dispute. Nikita’s low ratings have NOTHING to do with its quality.

    There are many good TV shows with low ratings, many of which do not get very far (s.a., Pushing Daisies, Rubicon, Lone Star, etc.). That doesn’t mean they’re bad shows, it simply means they did not catch on.

    Nikita, sadly, did not catch-on with too many viewers. Those of us who do watch it are enjoying it, and will be very grateful to see a 4th season.

    Anyway, like I said before, 90210 and HOD are scoring .5’s, while GG (after years of gratuitous promotion) only scores a .4 (same as Nikita, which is on Friday). The LA complex typically gets a .3, while other CW shows do somewhere between a .3 and .5. Considering all these facts, Nikita’s .3 to .4 on Friday is right in that ballpark.

  • herpderp

    @Ardnaskela, so why does your grammar suck?

  • JS4P

    A season high at .4. Yeah, break out the Dom! time to cele-brate good times!

  • Dan S

    It’s sad to see NBC already giving up on Fridays with no new Grimm. At least CBS & ABC are both still competing with new episodes even though ST was a rerun that did surprisingly well.

  • Luwey

    .4 for NIKITA.. ATM can get better ratings for that slot.

  • Patsy Williams

    I hope Malibu Country is safe and has enough ratings for another season.It is so much like real life and family. ABC is doing well on Friday night. Hope it continues to keep Malibu Country on.

  • forg

    Yay LMS! Good for Malibu as well and excellent repeat ratings for Shark Tank!

  • Dan


    As far as I can tell Nikita doesn’t need two more seasons. It is now in its third year and with another 22 episode season it will reach 88 episodes, the minimum for stripped syndication and surely what they are aiming at.
    If it maintains a 0.5 (something GG, 90210 and HoD get) and maybe even manages to get a 0.6 on occasion then I’m sure we will get another (and probably fnal) season.

    BTW, people seem to forget that The WB and UPN also had many low rated shows. while their overall ratings were definitely better (nobody is saying The CW is doing great), viewership in general has dropped considerably and The CW will never be able to compete with the big guys.
    This season The CW has two shows that can be counted as hits (TVD and Arrow) and Supernatural is doing fine. Two more shows to go before the season ends.
    People seem to forget it will take a while for the new president to clean up the mess Dawn made.

  • Nikki

    I just dont understand how everyone is so sure Nikita is going to be renewed, even if just for syndication purposes. Its ratings have been terrible for 2 seasons now.. even if its close to syndication its not worth it. Its terrible ratings are proof.. they switched the time and still it bombs. Id understand if its ratings were decent like a show like Parenthood, they will probably get a 5th season but its deserved their ratings are much better, and the show is better. But those shows are on 2 different networks, who knows what the CW does. I honestly think they just pick shows out of a hat to cancel. lol

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