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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  • John A

    NBC did well with SNL Repeat.

  • Den

    Flopkita lolz

  • Ricky

    Finally started watching Nikita last night, having never seen a single episode before (unfortunately I haven’t been able to obtain any DVD’s or free episodes online). Now I have to wonder exactly why so few people watch this show.

    IT’S FREAKING AWESOME! And it deserves at least as many viewers as SPN or Arrow. But, because it’s on a stigmatized netlet where the highest-rated show is TVD…yeah, no wonder people don’t watch.

    While I’m here, I just want to say – I hope Cult scores high when it comes around. I’m really interested in that one. Seems like this midseason will be the Winter of High Concept Conspiracies – Cult, The Following, and Zero Hour. And I cannot wait for any of them.

  • Dan

    @Danny – Numbers for Fringe doesn’t really matter anymore. It wont be pulled or anything bad because we all know its ending and thats probably the best thing FOX has ever done. Fringe is the longest that FOX has left a drama on Fridays. If Touch pulls those numbers then we should be worried.

    I can’t make heads or tails with LMS and MC. They are down but they are both consistent, and still doing better than Happy Endings and Apartment 23. I guess we can say they have stabilized but is ABC happy with those numbers?

    CSI NY looks done with the news the other day and these numbers. Its funny that it dropped in the demo but gained total viewers.


    You say NiKEYta, I say NiKITEa

  • Jojo

    @Ricky Right!!?? I mean high-five. But I also love other shows too. Please don’t bash on my show ppl.

  • s0303

    i don’t watch nikita, but a 0.4 on a friday with no lead in, to me, is better than batb getting a 0.5 on a weekday behind a show that just got 1.2…jmo

  • Felipe

    See? Even for the people who started watch now, Nikita it’s an awesone show and deserve better ratings. I watch many CW shows and i like them.. but Nikita it’s the best show of the channel. ?

  • bellaherna

    Gosh! I just don’t get people not tuning into FRINGE. This is the most imaginative interesting fun bizarre entertaining movie production like show around! Everything about this show is top notch. I highly suggest those of you that have never tuned in to FRINGE to start watching it from the beginning. You can catch reruns on theSCIENCE CHANNEL on Tuesdays but this show MUST be watched in order or you will NOT get it or understand anything. You are in for a fun ride if you decide to check it out!


    @ Carmen

    Fringe wasn’t renewed & is gone come Jan

  • Kyle

    Nikita did, in some way, better than Beauty and the Beast, because despite the 0.1 difference, it airs on Fridays at 8 p.m. with no lead-in. Beauty and the Beast has TVD. And it’s better than GG, 90210 and Emily Owens because of the Friday-factor. It will certainly have a 4th season.

  • John A

    Nikita does have a lead in. Do people think CW air from 8-10pm each night and thats it?

  • David Howell

    Even if this gets revised to a 0.3 (and the 0.2 for the Arrow rerun suggests this wasn’t a sports-inflated number like some CW Fridays), Nikita is in a less-bad place than it seemed to be a while ago. How are you going to get it into syndication, though, with these numbers?

    I’d be quite happy to bet on Beauty and the Beast being cancelled though, it’s squandering even more of the TVD lead-in than TSC did. It’s certainly no bubble show.

    LMS and Malibu Country are bubble shows – but again, I’d say likely cancellation for them with their current trajectory. LMS has been hemorrhaging viewers since its big season premiere numbers, and that’s not promising for syndication. The only saving grace for them is that the Tuesday sitcoms are doing just as badly.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “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.”

    No, and they never did. They, correctly, care nothing for the crazy fans inside their internet echo chambers.

    They probably thought it was a good idea to renew Fringe because Warner Brothers slashed its license fee for the show. Considering that this Fall’s ratings are within a tenth of last Spring’s ratings they can’t be too surprised with the results.

  • ZmaX


    Definitely! Nikita on another network would be a hit! I think that’s why it needs to get syndicated on some cable network like FX so action fans would actually watch.

    Last night’s episode was amazing! Amanda is one hell of a villain. She’s completely snapped…which is awesome.

    And it was chock full of little references to season 1, which I loved. It’s always great when a show pays attention to it’s own continuity. Fans like me appreciate that.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “Nikita […] airs on Fridays at 8 p.m. with no lead-in. “


    CW affiliates averaged a 0.6 A18-49 rating in the 7:30pm half hour last night.

    Certainly not as good as TVD ratings, but hardly “no lead-in”, considering that’s better than every CW primetime show this week except TVD, Arrow and Supernatural.

  • Kavyn

    @Sam This season has been the worst so far, so if you enjoyed last night’s episode (which I did), I would HIGHLY recommend watching the first two seasons. They focus less on the romance and more on the action and story, and the acting is a lot better.

    Isaiah Mustafa was a great addition too, I hope we get to see him in more episodes!

  • Tessa

    I’m becoming really suspicious of all these people who “suddenly” decided to give Nikita a chance last night and are singing it’s praise now, especially with the fan coming right after them with, ” See? People who start watching Nikita all love it.” I’m not accusing anyone of sock puppetry yet but after Bondoel you never know.

    I gave Fringe a chance. Gave it two and a half seasons worth of a chance. It may have the production values of a small movie but so what? So did Terra Nova and Last Resort. It’s the story that matters and I’m sorry to say with all the retcons and resets to a new universe the Fringe writers finally lost me.

  • Kavyn

    Even if it is sock puppetry, at least it’s a nice breath of fresh air from the idiots that post “Floptika” every week ;)

  • ZmaX


    Isaiah Mustafa was awesome! I loved his little gun-selling spiel at the beginning of the episode as a throwback to his Old Spice commercial hahaha

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