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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  • davie

    As a fan of the show, I’m happy Nikita could muster up that 0.4. If that was good enough last season and syndication was a factor…should be enough for renewal.

    Although even I’ll admit that this season is taking it’s time getting to the action,and even the real season arc (past the “dirty thirty”)

    Still happy it got a 3rd season…it’s still entertaining.

  • michael

    Emily Owens ,in my part of the world(Vancouver,Canada)is known to be a very well written show that so many people I know cannot believe it has been cancelled.For once,I thought the CW Network was getting into something of quality!Again the network has proven it has absolutely no taste and no concept of what a fine program is about!!!!Good Luck to you CW for you will never make it in the real world!!!!!Take a strong look at your ratings history!!!!!!!

  • thesnowleopard



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

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

    Well, no, it really isn’t. If a show has been well-promoted and has started out with a relatively high audience and demo for its network–then drops to a quarter of that original audience and demo in two seasons–the obvious conclusion is that most of the audience with access to that network doesn’t like it. Otherwise, it would have a larger audience.

    Is that a comment on its quality? No, it’s not. Personally, I don’t think the show is all that great shakes, but my personal opinion about the show has nothing to do with it. I’ve watched shows in the past that I thought were great shows and that I really loved, but they were canceled after a season or two (or less) because of low ratings. The obvious conclusion? Most people didn’t like them. Didn’t make them bad shows, but it did make them unpopular shows that couldn’t grab an audience, or couldn’t keep what they grabbed.

    This is Nikita’s problem. It doesn’t make the audience stupid. But it does mean that most people in the show’s potential audience don’t like what the show has to offer.

  • POIFanatic

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

    Most don’t. We only accuse the TSC fans for all the hating.

  • Mike

    Nikita Rules!! Hopefully we can get to at least .8 or more… Soon ;)

  • Mike

    I love all shows (or at least never usually hate on a show).. Some shows are not my taste but others grow on me where at first I did not like it.. I love Nikita for the action and intrigue… Most shows do not have that kind of choreograph… Either way, I would miss Nikita a lot if it was cancelled. Hopefully it starts getting more fans. Really good fight scenes, a good storyline, and great acting. Keep Nikita ;) !!

  • JFC

    So football did slightly better than Fringe normally does?

  • Brian

    Blue Bloods needs to go! What a BOMB!

  • Melissa


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