TV Ratings Friday: 'Last Man Standing' & 'Malibu Country' Down; 'Fringe' & 'Nikita' Steady

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December 8th, 2012

Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 1.6/5 1.5/5 1.4/4 1.0/3 0.3/1
Total Viewers (million) 4.829 9.663 5.496 2.917 1.026


NBC was number one in adults 18-49, while CBS was on top in total viewers.

On CBS, Undercover Boss garnered a 1.6, down two tenths from last week's 1.8 adults 18-49. CSI: NY notched a 1.4, down a tenth from last week's 1.5 adults 18-49. Blue Bloods scored a 1.4, also down a tenth from last week's 1.5 adults 18-49 rating.

On ABC, Last Man Standing earned a 1.4, down two tenths from last week's 1.6 adults 18-49 rating. Malibu Country scored a 1.4, down a single tenth from last week's 1.5 adults 18-49 rating.  20/20 garnered a 1.3, down four tenths from its previous 1.7 adults 18-49 rating

On FOX, Fringe  scored a 0.9, flat with its last original's  adults 18-49 rating, three weeks ago. Kitchen Nightmares earned a 1.2, up a tenth from its last original's 1.1 adults 18-49 rating.

On NBC, Dateline garnered a 1.7, up six tenths from last week's 1.1 adults 18-49 rating

On the CW, Nikita was even with last week's season high  0.4 adults 18-49 rating. Your dreams of a Beauty and the Beast tie were too hopeful.


Overnight broadcast primetime ratings for Friday, December 7, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00 PM CBS Undercover Boss 1.6 6 7.939
NBC SNL Christmas -R 8-10p 1.5 5 4.400
ABC Last Man Standing 1.4 5 6.566
FOX Kitchen Nightmares 1.2 4 3.127
CW Nikita 0.4 1 1.186
8:30PM ABC Malibu Country 1.4 5 6.082
9:00 PM ABC Shark Tank -R 1.5 5 5.532
CBS CSI: NY 1.4 4 9.975
FOX Fringe 0.9 3 2.708
CW Arrow -R 0.2 1 0.865
10:00 PM NBC Dateline 1.7 5 5.689
CBS Blue Bloods 1.4 4 11.073
ABC 20/20 1.3 4 4.631


via press note:

In late-night metered-market households Friday night:


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  • Oliver

    Well, that Arrow repeat didn’t do well.

  • Felipe

    Nikita *-*

  • Tod

    good for nikita, steady !

  • Pepper

    So much for Arrow reruns doing better than Nikita. Nikita is still doing awful though, obviously

  • Esdru

    YAY for Nikita.

  • David

    It’s dad that B&B will be soon lower than Nikita on a Thursday after the CW’s highest rated show. The Carrie Diaries and Cult will put them in a bad situation if bot of them bomb. TSC was only eye candy for the hot chicks, but maybe they should have kept it around because it might have grown.

  • observer

    good for nikita

  • John A

    Did Fringe really get a 0.8 3 weeks ago? I dont think it did. LOL at people thinking Nikita would grow.

  • Simon

    Nikita was amazing last night- action form beginning to end so i kinda hoped the ratings would go up but anyway at least its steady! CW shouldn’t of moved its day because when it was on thursdays the ratings were good! PLEASE WATCH NIKITA! TRUST ME, NIKITA IS SO HOCKING AND FULLL OF ACTION! JUST WATCH IT GUYS AND YOU WILL SEE HOW GOOD IT IS!

  • Lisa

    Of course Nikita wasn’t going to tie Beauty and the Beast. I bet that .4 is closer to a .3 than to a .5. There’s no way I can call a .4 good, because it just plain is not. It might be enough to get another season for the show, though, and that would be a big win right there.

    Last Man Standing/Malibu Country are probably okay enough for Fridays, and even the repeat of Shark Tank did well.

  • danny94

    Good Numbers for Nikita. Bad Numbers for Fringe.

  • POI

    i hope Arrow goes up next week because the episode looks awesome and i wish that Nikita be adjusted up as this is the midseason finale and it was amazing.

  • fra

    Nikita is doing fairly good. It recovered after the time slot switch, and is stable. With a syndacation deal…. it will likely be renewed ;). I just hope that it will keep a 0.4 after the haitus.

  • rob60990

    LMS and MC are doing alright but it doesnt look that great when the Shark Tank rerun after it did better and both lost to an SNL rerun that aired last week.

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  • Sam

    Not a fan of Nikita, never have been, but that episode last night… amazing!

    Not sure if it’s enough for me to catch up on all the seasons, but I will be tuning in next week! Tuned in this week plainly out of curiosity, mostly because these comment sections are full of people slandering the show’s ratings, yet saying the show is actually quite good. Now I see where they’re coming from.

    Maggie Q is a fantastic actress, and I didn’t expect the show to be so action-packed, especially for a CW show. Now I agree with the shows fans, it’s a shame the ratings aren’t higher, I suspect this show would be quite the hit on some other networks, and on cable too.

  • Carmen

    I wonder if the Fox suits still think it was a good idea to renew Fringe based upon the very small, but very vocal support it got on blogs such as this one last year.
    Everytime Fringe gets a .9 it means that Fox falls further and further behind the other newworks this season.
    They may be counting on Idol to bring up the slack, but that is certainly not a given for an 11 year old show with a (almost) new group of judges.

  • alexjones

    fringe held steady? that’s a pleasant surprise, seeing as most shows on the CW dropped this week I thought nikita would be down too, it seems the change of timeslot is helping it, if it maintains this level, then it’s a lock for season 4.

  • omabin

    Nikita is a certain renewal at this point on the cw. I think that after tvd, arrow and supernatural it’s the safest bet for renewal. A 0.4 on fridays is 0.5 on a weekday, which means it is tying or beating every cw show apart from the three I just mentioned. Add to that the syndication thing and it’s a lock. Things looked bleak with the 0.3s and 0.2 but now it’s safe.

    As for the comedies, I think the long term potential for syndication will save them.

  • alexjones

    the numbers for fringe are dissapointing, but this is the final season so it dosen’t really matter, fans should just enjoy the few episodes they have left.

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