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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  • Danak

    In regards to Nikita, does the CW think it will do well enough in syndication to earn them enough profit if it barely has a pulse during its regular run?
    I read an article that the CW supposedly doesn’t care about the 18-49 ratings, they are only interesting in the 18-35 or whatever female demo and they’re happy as long as they make a profit. But if they’re that narrow in terms of their audience, why are they a broadcast network? And if their ratings in general are so low, how high can their more female demos be and how much profit, if any, do they really make? They’ve got to be losing some money with the ratings they have.

  • Tessa

    I may have given Nikita a try if it weren’t for my intense dislike of the character Alex. I’ve come this close to watching it but every time her face pops up in my head and I get a sever backlash of DoNotWant! feelings. It’s too bad. They already had a kickass female agent. Why did they have to add the annoying Barbie doll?

  • Jake

    Fringe is/was amazing Me personally thinks this season is one of the bests Ratings does not matter Fans enjoy it anti fans .. oh well

  • ZmaX


    I think they do and it is possible for a low rated show to gain popularity after going into syndication. It gives a show a chance to draw in brand new viewers who have never seen the it before.

    If Nikita was on a network that attracted more action show fans, then I think it would do fine. FX comes to mind. the show is basically a mini action film every week. For such a low rated CW show, I’m pleasantly surprised at the production quality, it’s top notch.

    What other networks would be a good match with Nikita? maybe TNT?

  • kat

    “I think they do and it is possible for a low rated show to gain popularity after going into syndication. It gives a show a chance to draw in brand new viewers who have never seen the it before.”

    This is what happened when USA started playing NCIS marathons, I remember reading a bunch of articles about it at the time, though I have no idea what its ratings were like before that.

    Is that what happened to Supernatural? I never paid super close attention to the ratings prior to last year, so I can’t remember for sure, but wasn’t it always a bubble show until it suddenly got a bit of a ratings surge right around the time TNT started playing it? Or am I misremembering the timeline on that.

  • ZmaX

    @ Kat

    I just checked and yeah NCIS went into syndication in January 2008 and the next season it’s ratings jumped up, it went from being ranked #14 to #5 that season.

  • Sam

    Flopkita fans are actually proud that their show did better than a repeat… YAY for them!

  • JimmySmith

    For us Reba McEntire & Lily Tomlin fans, it is very sad to see their talents wasted in such a pathetic show with abysmal writing. For those of us who love these two ladies, we can only hope they will move on to more worthy projects that will not taint their otherwise excellent contributions to our entertainment.

  • Bizarro

    Nikita is safe right now for renewal BUT this does not mean it won’t be moved to the summer. ANTM moved to the summer and did quite a few times WAY beter than Nikita. Well see when next year comes along. Remember Nikita did not start getting 0.4’s until the second half of the season. The CW also needs some decent programming in the summer.

  • Richard Steven Hack

    Bill: Never suggested otherwise, just a mention as I don’t know when they finish shooting. Presumably they should finish up within a month or so.

    I wouldn’t mind Nikita being moved to the summer but they still have to get 22 episodes in for syndication, so it won’t matter whether it’s moved there or not as far as that goes.

    And Phoebe Tonkin most certainly is not overrated when it comes to oozing predatory sexuality. She was the best thing about TSC. regardless of how annoying her character was (and she was annoying.) I was thrilled to see her cast in TVD. Shelley Hennig was beautiful but Phoebe could eat her for breakfast than go out to the IHOP for pancakes when it comes to being HOT. :-)

    In general, however, I liked TSC for more than the hot babes, and I think they probably should have given it a second season to fix the problems that were there. It wasn’t a great show despite the obvious attempt to give it the ambiance of TVD, but it wasn’t horrible. It just wasn’t quite as intense or compelling as TVD and, yes, the acting wasn’t quite up to TVD either. And I agree Thomas Decker isn’t one of the better young actors, although he can do an adequate job occasionally.

    Once again on Nikita: We pretty much know that Nikita will get a fourth season strictly for syndication purposes. So the ratings don’t matter a whit any more than they did for Fringe last season or Nikita for last season.

    Joseph: Corporate Christmas Party Night! New Fan Excuse Bingo card entry!! :-)

  • Tom

    @ Tessa I agree about Alex. But I also attribute a lot of what you said to the fact that Lyndsy Fonseca still can’t act. Her stonefaced impersonation of Alex is just another of many reasons to avoid Nikita.

  • kat

    “Presumably they should finish up within a month or so.” They just wrapped episode 12. There are 10 eps left and each ep takes about 10 days to film. So they should wrap filming on the season around the end of March.

  • Anon

    FWIW, my CW afiliate airs an hour of “Judge Judy” as the lead-in to prime time. The lead-in to the lead-in is an hour of “Judge Joe Brown.”

    I guess if you go back far enough, you can find the right lead-in show to blame for Nikita’s bottom-dragging ratings.

  • SourChops69

    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.

    Fox gets/is getting everything they deserve with Fringe. Garbage in – garbage out.

  • Renee

    SourChops69 I so agree about Fox. Loathe that network. They deserve what they’re getting. Hope they are just loving their Mob Doctor Mondays.

  • david

    The CW affiliate here in Phoenix has two and a Half Men just before primetime. And before an hour of that of rules of Engagement.

  • Duncey

    ABC comedies have definitely stabilized, they usually go up in viewers for Finals.

    CBS had a good night with their crime dramas especially CSI: NY which hasn’t been over 10 million that much this season or at all despite a lower than usual performance out of UB.

    Nikita at 8pm is much better than at 9pm as the viewership has remained over a million but it needs a partner now. The CW is giving it too much of a long break too for a show that started late.

    I would like to see NBC build a rival family comedy block against ABC with Guys with Kids over there on Fridays.

  • CBSviewer

    Half hours for CSI: NY ?

  • SourChops69


    Letting everything rest on the strength of Idol and producing hour after hour of terrible quality programming like Fringe gets them where they are now – pulling CW numbers and lucky to get ’em.

  • JNewt

    8:00p – CW – Nikita
    Viewers: 1.19 million (#5), A18-49: 0.4/ 1 (#5)

    8:30p – CW – Nikita
    Viewers: 1.18 million (#5), A18-49: 0.4/ 1 (#5)

    9:00p – CBS – CSI: NY
    Viewers: 9.79 million (#1), A18-49: 1.5/ 5 (#2)

    9:00p – CBS – CSI: NY
    Viewers: 10.16 million (#1), A18-49: 1.4/ 4 (#3)

    10:00p – CBS – Blue Bloods
    Viewers: 10.98 million (#1), A18-49: 1.4/ 4 (#2)

    10:30p – CBS – Blue Bloods
    Viewers: 11.16 million (#1), A18-49: 1.4/ 4 (#2)

    LMS and MC are a good combo but they need a couple of other comedies behind them next season.

    Nikita sure can get people riled up, people take it personally whne it comes to this show. Nikita did a great job more than most CW shows of keeping all of its audience at the bottom half-hour.

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