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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  • Ultima

    @Dan S
    It’s sad to see NBC already giving up on Fridays with no new Grimm

    It’s after Thanksgiving and Grimm has already aired a dozen episodes this season. “Giving up” is a strange way of describing NBC’s scheduling.

  • Austin Lauran

    If plenty of shows can be syndicated with less that 88 episodes & 3 seasons with low ratings, why can’t any shows on the air with less than 88 episodes be syndicated?

  • William Haney

    How did the Pac 12 Championship ratings compare to last year’s game? I will guess up but the B1G Championship will be down.

  • chris

    Wow Shark Tank was a repeat and still pulls decent numbers on Friday Nights and ranked #1 in its timeslot.

    Regarding Nikita atleast it hit the 1 million mark which is more than gossip girl, as well as 0.4 demo which is still not impressive by all means but it is up from the last couple eps below 0.3/0.2.

    Arrow was ok for a repeat and pulled over a million viewers just kinda low for the demo but what else do you expect? I know it did better as a repeat than any of the other cw shows that would show a repeat there.

    CBS seems to be doing “alright” ever since they rid of that horribly rated Jersey show. I didn’t understand why take away Undercover Boss in the first place? Ever since UB rejoined the Friday Night lineups and placed CSI:NY back to 9 it has improved drastically. Thank God CBS came back to their senses.

  • CBSviewer

    Half hours for CBS ?

  • CBSviewer

    After all the CW should cancel Nikita and give Beauty and the Beast a second season. Then move Hart of Dixie on Friday at 9 with America’s Next Top Model and move Beauty and the Beast to Monday at 9. CW should also put Arrow on Thursday at 8 and replace it on Wednesday by The Vampire Diaries (could increase its ratings because the competition is not so hard on Wed.). Plus Arrow will be a very good lead-in.

  • herpderp

    ^Aragon aka a devout Bondoel disciple.

  • rob60990

    Will Bondoel ever go away?

  • were123

    @Austin Lauran
    Because syndication for shows with 4 or less seasons is very rare. The Science Channel is just starting with the sci fi purshasing campaign, and so they decided to get some shows that were cheaper because they have just a few episodes, Firefly (14), Dollhouse (27), Terra Nova (13), and the exception of Fringe (100), but Fringe’s deal is non exclusive syndication, so as it might be syndicated via streaming services or others networks it became cheaper for the Science Channel to buy.
    Shows like Mike&Molly and The Middle were syndicated before reaching 88 episodes, but The Middle had already the ratings to be renewed for a 4th season and reach over 88 episodes, and Mike&Molly would surely stay for more years and FX just wanted to make sure they would get that comedy before other cable network bought it (as such, we could expect 2 Broke Girls to be syndicated by the end of the season).
    So, the general rule is to have 88 episode to be sold, although Community made it to Commedy Central with only 84 episodes (13 to be aired), so yo can give or take some. This is because, after all you, want to be able to run shows Monday through Friday and avoid getting too repetitive. So, in this case, Warner Bros will stop at nothing to make Nikita get its 4th season, but once it gets all the episodes it’s when it becomes tough: either it’s renewed this season for a final full season and get the 88 episodes, or it can hope to get a 5th and final shortened season as it’s the usual treatment for CW veterans. Either way, it’s likely that the fans get closure, that was assured when it was renewed last year

  • Just Desserts

    I knew it. Malibu Country is getting renewed.

  • CBSviewer

    @ Aragon

    Im not dumb Nikita deserves cancelation. I perfectly know it won’t get canceled but i was just saying it would be better if this “thing” was gone. Im not a hater but i don’t see why people are watching this show. There is so much good shows on the CW (like Supernatural, Arrow or The Vampire Diaries) and on TV in general,

  • bsp

    Blue Bloods has really “dumbed-down” its story lines this season, particular those involving the Danny Reagan character. Last night’s episode, with an absurd portrayal of a narcotics officer, was one of the worst ever. BB will stick around to reach a syndication-worthy number of episodes, but that doesn’t mean that anyone will care to watch it in syndication if it continues its dumb-and-dumber course.

  • The End


    If you removed all the comments attacking other shows, regardless of fanbase, this ratings release topic would only have 1 page of comments. The whole attacking shows thing doesn’t seem limited to just the Nikita fanbase, lots of people seem to do it who like other shows.

    Mostly why I don’t bother with some of these topics for discussions, too many arguements.

  • CBSviewer

    @ Aragon

    That’s right i wrote i expected a 0.0 for Nikita but i’m still hoping it. It would be hilarious to see Nikita getting Renewed with a 0.0 or 0.1 :)

  • CoolRanchDoritos

    CBSviewer. You’re like a broken record, complain, complain, complain. just shut up already.

    People are watching b/c they, (let me found the right words) LIKE IT…

  • herpderp

    ^And the Nikita fanboy shows his butthurt.

  • DeanW

    Why are you all fighting about Nikita ? OK it’s a good Show with pathetics ratings, it will be Renewed for a Final Season and haters and lovers will be happy.

    @ CBSviewers, people are watching it because they like it and probably because of the other networks programming on Friday at 8/7c (lol :) )

    @ CoolRanchDoritos, just one thing… 1st Amendment !

  • CoolRanchDoritos

    yea but when its the same negative thing over & over you get kinda sick of it.

    & if you don’t have anything nice to say, keep your mouth shut.

  • Nick


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

    LMAO. I worded it wrong. I know that. I just think it is just schedule filler and has nothing to do with the long-term renew/cancel chances of the 2 series.

  • Numb3rs

    Looks like the ABC comedies have settled in now as they now know they can expand to two hours and go on ahead and move Shark over to Tuesdays next season.

    Blue Bloods has gotten its viewership back over 11 million viewers consistently now.

    Nikita as most people predicted would do a whole lot better in the 8pm timeslot than at 9pm. The CW should definitely reshuffle the rest of the week’s schedule. If Top Model comes back to Fridays I would say move Nikita earlier in the week with Beauty and the Beast.

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