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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  • Colin

    Nikita half hours?

  • Jiji Moran

    I hope my last post was not censored. I’ve read posts in here that are way worst than what I write.

    TO THE MODERATOR: If my post contained a word not proper, though I don’t think so, please change the word since I spent time typing and thinking my post.


  • Dude

    Nikita is doing awful by television standards sure. Not gonna argue with that but by CW standards a 0.4 has become pretty average. Once Gossip Girl goes and 90210/Nikita get their farewell seasons, the CW should invest in shows people actually want to watch.

  • Felipe

    What, Tessa? I din’t understand what u said exactly, but i’m a fan of Nikita and always been ._. And i’m not the other fans that writed this, and actually, i commented this because on another social network some people that r my friends don’t like nikita, and i tell them of some people who decided to watch Nikita and like it. So, i wrote this here too.

    If you have a very fertile imagination, i can’t do anything, sorry. o_o

  • Bizzaro Bondoel

    Nikita is such a stupid show! The action is lame and the acting is so fake! The show sucks and the ratings prove it! It should be canceled!

  • Felipe

    Nikita is such a stupid show! The action is lame and the acting is so fake! The show sucks and the ratings prove it! It should be canceled!

    Oh, please. If you watch some other CW shows, (even though I also watch and enjoy) you do not have much to say.

  • Kavyn

    @Jiji It’s happened to me too. You typed a word in the censor and it didn’t go through. That’s the breaks, sometimes you get so emotional, say something like “poop” and lose everything you wrote.

  • Jiji Moran

    Well, I guess there is no purpose for me to post here.

    Will take this link off my favorites.

    Tah Tah!

  • Kavyn

    I guess you can say Nikita’s up a whole Nikita from it’s season low :)

  • Bizzaro Bondoel

    If Nikita is so good why does it get the lowest ratings on CW?!? Because nobody cares about it!

    And you just said you watch and enjoy other CW shows too! Way to contradict yourself fanboy!

  • Felipe

    Only because i watch and love Nikita (and want to the show get well in ratings), doens’t mean that i can’t watch other CW shows.

    And well, may can’t not happening to you and the things you like it, but not everything that is good, makes success (this does not apply only with TV shows, but also with movies and albums etc.) :D

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Robert Seidman

    Jiji: having nothing to do with you or your particular comment, the “L word” is in our spam filter.

  • The Cool Max

    So, this is “officially” the Nikita board now? No wonder I don’t watch it, sounds like a bore.

  • Bizzaro Bondoel

    Was that mess of a post supposed to be your response? Learn some english!

  • Tessa

    Lol, I once was typing something about the show White Colllar on USA. One of the show’s running plotlines was a treasure that was left from WWII. Everyone on the show called it the …azi loot. I kept typing about it here and none of my posts would show up because, get this, the site filters the word …azi.

    @Felipe, after Bondoel/Mikey no imagination is too fertile. If you didn’t meet him you wouldn’t know what I’m talking about but I’ll take your word that there is no sock puppetry going on.

  • Percysowner

    @Dude Once Gossip Girl goes and 90210/Nikita get their farewell seasons, the CW should invest in shows people actually want to watch.

    I’m not a network executive, but I don’t think there has ever been a Network executive that has looked a pilot and thought “That show is certainly going to tank and bring down our network ratings and lose us money. Let’s pick it up!”. Every show on every network was picked up because the network thought it would be a financial winner. Nikita will make money for Warner Brothers, Fringe’s licensing is priced so low that Fox decided it could live with the bad ratings. Fox thought The Mob Doctor might be the next House. Someone thought Animal Practice would pull in viewers. The CW is trying to make shows people will watch. They have been bad at it, but they are trying. Nikita was an attempt to have a show that wasn’t aimed towards the young women viewers demo. Gossip Girl and 90210 started out reasonably strongly. It may be a mistake for the CW to give its viewers a wrap up season on shows that have been on a long time, but it helps in syndication and DVD sales. Believe me, Mark Pedowitz wants to find shows people will watch more than anyone else.

  • david

    Nikita got a .4 two weeks in a row being back on at 8. So i would say the move back to 8 helped the show a bit. The episode last night was pretty good. Twenty Twenty was good last night. it was on holiday parties. Arrow repeat very bad. I would have thought it would have at least got at .3 again like last Friday.

  • Vcoolwater

    Given both Wednesday and repeat episode ratings were down for Arrow. Safe to say viewers didn’t like the Huntress arc. I wonder if the show can rebound next week

  • Tessa


    I guess you can say Nikita’s up a whole Nikita from it’s season low.

    Lol, thanks for the laugh dude. :D

  • Richard Steven Hack

    Jill: I’ve been hit by the “L” word numerous times until I finally started remembering not to use it.

    Robert: If I may make a suggestion, why not just take the “L” word OUT of the spam filter. It’s not like it’s likely to be frequently used in real spam! :-)

    I did notice the numerous sock puppets in this thread, both for and against Nikita. Seriously stupid people post here as well as on other sites.

    Everyone knows I’m a Nikita fan, so I can get away with saying legitimately that last night’s episode was pretty good. The reveal about Sonya, the amusing addition of Isaiah Mustafa, the confrontation with Amanda, and Alex’s drug slip – all brought back the Nikita of seasons one and two. They managed to combine procedural with serial successfully this time, as opposed to the first three or four episodes.

    And yes, a .5 was possible, even if it didn’t happen. It’s still possible even in the spring, although still unlikely.

    They’re still shooting episodes, by the way, since Shane West tweeted yesterday he had an all-nighter shoot Friday, so he couldn’t watch and tweet live.

    Fringe OTOH has been a complete disaster this entire season in terms of quality. The entire Observers as invaders premise was stupid from the get-go. The acting remains good, although the writers are now literally wallowing in emotional scenes between Olivia and Peter and Walter to the detriment of the action and plot. The whole “Twelve Steps (i.e., video tapes) to Save the World” bit is boring beyond comprehension. The entire season as a result has been nothing but filler to get more episodes for syndication.

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