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

    I agree, Fringe has gotten boring bc the whole Observer thing…

  • Tessa


    I didn’t like the “Huntress arc” at all. Way to throw in another character when we’re just getting used to the regular ones, especially since the actress wasn’t much to write home about. The show is asking the audience to care for way too many new characters way too soon. It should’ve stuck to the original players, at least build something between Oliver and Laurel, show Oliver’s struggle with law enforcement a little more, before throwing a wrench right in the middle of it all.

  • RYKM

    not all great show will have a great rating.
    sometimes, bad and crappy shows can get a good rating.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “They’re still shooting episodes, by the way, [of Nikita]”

    Is there a sane person that suggested otherwise?

  • POIFanatic

    Fringe is bloody brilliant. FOX weren’t expecting anything more, nor did they renew it for a final season because of the vocal online fans. Look at TMD whose ratings are almost as much as Fringe and all the other shows on FOX. Everything has tanked from last season. They’re fine with Fringe for now.

    ABC did fine and will renew LMS and MC if their tuesdays don’t improve.

  • Joseph

    Tonight (December 8th) may be the least-watched night of prime-time television (combining broadcast and cable) so far this season.

    The reason: it’s the second Saturday night of December, and traditionally, much of Corporate America holds their mandatory-attendance Holiday Office Parties on this night (the second Saturday night of December) than any other night of the Holiday season.

    Thus, several million people who normally would be at the movies, eating out, at a nightclub, attending a sports event—–or at home watching TV—–will be at these work-related events that they are required to attend and that will likely provide some impact on TV viewing levels.

  • John A

    I agree Fringe isnt great this year. Its still miles better than that crap Revolution though.

  • Joseph

    In my last post, I should have written “more businesses hold their mandatory-attendance Holiday Office Parties on this night (the second Saturday night of December) than on any other night of the Holiday season”.

    Hope this clears up the point I was trying to say in my message.

  • John A

    I disagree Nikita wont see a 0.5 again. 0.4 at this point is the best it will get. Its nearly a year since it got a 0.5.

  • Kate

    YEAH, Nikita steady!

  • Dan

    90210 will get a farewell season. CW wont have both Gossip Girl and 90210 ending in the same year, especially when they may only have Arrow from this season and no Top Model next fall. Nikita and 90210 will be axed by May 2014 if they are not done this May. I think CW can squeeze 22 more Nikita episodes and 10-22 more 90210 eps.

  • thesnowleopard

    I suppose the main thing is that, outside of this particular Internet echo chamber, they don’t matter. The sockpuppetry didn’t do a thing for Nikita’s ratings.

    Let’s all be realistic. Nobody cares anymore about Fringe’s ratings because its last episode will air in January, regardless. FOX got it for a song, so FOX aired a final shortened season. That’s the best guess.

    And if Nikita does survive, it will only be due to syndication or some other non-ratings factor. Two 0.4s as its season *highs* are not even within the ballpark of renewable ratings, if Emily Owens’ cancellation is any indication. These are two cases where the ratings are *so* bad that only non-ratings factors we don’t entirely know (but can guess) can be invoked to explain their survival.

    I also don’t think the network is boo-hooing over Arrow’s 0.2, even if it doesn’t adjust up, since that’s a cheap repeat and Nikita was getting that same number in the same slot a few weeks back.

  • Tyson


    The bigger problem is that the college football regular season (except for today’s Army-Navy game) has ended. Fox will air mixed martial arts instead of college football tonight. ABC will broadcast reruns of Castle and a movie. The lack of sports will cause the viewership decline tonight.

  • Ashley

    @ David-TSC was only eye candy for the hot chicks, but maybe they should have kept it around because it might have grown.

    I didn’t understand the huge, cult-ish fan base till I watched the series myself. Now I understand why fans were in an uproar that they were cancelled when other shows weren’t any better in their ratings. The show is more than eye-candy. It had good acting and really good plots, esp at their finale. I think the viewership definitely could have grown if they were renewed. It was a fun, interesting series. It’s crazy to think we gave up TSC for Emily MD and TBtB.

  • Kavyn

    @Ashley if TSC was any good, it certainly wasn’t in the first 13 episodes. The show was a disaster aside from Phoebe Tonkin and the adults in my personal opinion. The drama was very petty and childish, but I suppose that’s what people like on the CW, right?

    It was the PERFECT match for TVD and only maintained less than half TVD’s ratings, which made it pretty obvious it was a failure. The TSC and Ringer cults are beyond annoying, especially since they just take their anger out on (mostly) Nikita and HOD.

    That said, if I had to pick between TSC and BTB, I’d pick TSC.

  • Nicole

    Nikita was steady.. i figured. Doesnt seem to matter though, still say its done after this season. It should be anyways. .4 is not good, weather a show is in its 3rd season i think.. longer running shows can keep up their decent to high ratings. So many examples dont feel like naming but im sure most of you already know. Poor CW is really the bottom line. And Ashley thank you.. its nice to hear a new fan of TSC stand up for it. I was a fan too.. sucks they cancelled it for 2 really terrible shows, but it looks like the network is suffering so ha, good for them. Lol.

  • Tom

    @ Ashley Thank you for summing up TSC so nicely.

  • Matt

    I guess I’m in the minority that thinks Fringe is better than ever this season. The ratings have been steady though for the past year/year and a half, though. .9 is the core group. I predict that the next 3 shows of Fringe will remain between .8-1.0. The 2 hour finale will probably be around 1.0 or 1.1 at the highest. Only 4 more Fringe Fridays left folks. :(

  • matt

    Glad Nikita is holding steady, love the show.

    Also enjoyed Fringe especially the final few minutes.

  • John

    “TSC was only eye candy for the hot chicks, but maybe they should have kept it around because it might have grown.”

    Completely agree with the first part. I endured half a season for the girls. Damn, Diana was hot. I loved her. Only character I liked, believe it or not. Adam (I think or that Terminator: SCC guy who put too much eyeliner) was horrible and the stupid writing made me stop watching the show. Also, Phoebe Tonkins is way overrated.

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