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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  • TheFrenchGuy

    Nikita will get a full fourth season and certainly a 13-episodes fifth and final season.
    CSI: NY is stable and I’m still hoping Renewal !

  • Lamar

    I think at this point CBS better keep CSI: NY as long as they can even if Golden Boy does good. Their other procedurals during the week in comfortable slots are dying and CSI: NY is staying stable and still growing for an old show.

  • TheOnlyOneAndOnly

    CSI NY has bad ratings, no matter if its stable or not. besides the episode order has been cut from 18 to 17 and it has an early season finale.

    i think it will be cancelled, just like csi miami last may.

  • Lamar

    TheOnlyOneAndOnly you might be right but why are you lying about it having bad ratings? If the ratings were bad CBS wouldn’t had kept it with those demos and that viewership the last 4 years since it moved to Fridays.

  • TheOnlyOneAndOnly

    the ratings got worse a bit from year to year and the production costs rise.
    csi miami had the same problem and got cancelled last year. i think csi ny has the same fate.

  • JR

    Malibu Country sure is chock full of cheese- but it’s the same cheese that filled McEntire’s previous sitcom. So, if one enjoyed that, one probably enjoys this show. Perhaps it will be adjusted up in the finals.

  • lexxy

    OK i don’t understand this.

    why nikita fanboys always say bad things about Friday slot when the previous ANTM can get higher viewers and ratings then their show? seriously guys?

  • Tom

    “Nikita sure can get people riled up, people take it personally when it comes to this show.”

    Good point. But, that reaction is not necessarily limited to Nikita. On most days, the television ratings thread inevitably turns to a discussion of the CW shows du jour. Witness Amanda’s Nikita/B&B poll. This excessive attention is truly odd because all but three of the CW’s shows are currently rated at or below 0.5/0.6. I get that one million or more people watch those shows regardless of their ratings. This makes it inevitable that someone is going to stand up for them. While that’s heroic, it doesn’t change the fact that shows like Nikita, HOD, B&B, etc. occupy the bottom of the television barrel. So, espousing the virtues of these shows on this site is flying in the face of reality. What matters here are numbers. If you want to cheer for Nikita and get away unscathed, try a site that doesn’t define reality in quantitative term. I love reading about the CW. But that’s only because I enjoy a good train wreck.

  • vincentdante

    It’s the last season for Fringe. Time for the haters to finally shut up.

  • Brandy

    French guy, yeah right. Lol.as soon as Nikita gets 88 its done,no fifth and final season cause the fourth will be the final season.
    Lexxy, right on!

  • hahaha

    Flopkita? I dont think so. Is think is the best Show OF CW. I’m no watching because i from Mexico but i watched sometimes online.

  • Fred

    Crazy how a repeat of SHARK TANK achieves a 1.5 and beats original programing. What a profitable show.

  • Marion

    ABC should try to shift Girl Meets World from sister network Disney. I think we will see a 2 hour comedy clock next year, and it would fit in.

    8:00 – Last Man Standing
    8:30 – Girl Meets World
    9:00 – Malibu Country
    9:30 – (I actually think Guys with Kids would be a fit here, should NBC end it. It’s Another TGIF-ish show and the most family friendly sitcom outside of LMS and MC).

    I’ve seen suggestions for HE and Apt to go to Fridays, but that’s as weird a combo as 2 comedies and ahark tank oN Fridays.

  • Fresh Harry

    Marion I definitely think Girl Meets World should try and transfer that show from Disney. It would be more worth it to have it on ABC than Disney Channel which reach is smaller for viewers. Guys with Kids would be a perfect fit in this lineup and it actually does well in the demo it just needs to be in the right situation for it to be huge.

    That Roseanne pilot NBC had last year should get picked up by ABC.

  • thesnowleopard


    There are probably a few reasons. One, of course, is that the CW is a small, struggling network that specializes in cult genre shows. Those fandoms tend to be small and passionate.

    Another is probably because a lot of the people who come here do so because they are anxious about the fates of their shows and a lot of the CW shows (most, actually) are, at best borderline in ratings. Plus, the distinctions between a success and a failure are quite fine on the CW, because the general ratings are so low. So, it gets pretty vicious at times between fans of various shows on the network because the difference between a survivor and food for the Cancellation Bear is so small.

    But for many, it’s probably just because the marginal shows (and their squabbling fans) are the most fun and even educational to watch. There’s not much of drama to a high-rated show like NCIS, or much to learn, unless it drops suddenly and a lot. And the CW has a lot of marginal shows.

  • Networkman

    It is funny how NBC picks up addition episodes for Law & Order:SVU, whereas CSI:NY does not get a full season pickup. Yet, CSI:NY airs on Friday and garners between 1.4 and 1.5 consistently and also is able to capture a larger audience. But I guess CBS think they could do better with Golden Boy.

  • thesnowleopard


    Different networks, different standards.

  • Networkman

    @Matt, I agree with you that Fringe has been very strong this season. I have been really captivated with it this season. I really hope John Noble is recognized this season for his work on the show. I like how the ratings have been consistent. Even when the show is off the air for 3 weeks it returns with the same results. This show has a loyal audience.

  • Networkman

    @thesnowleopard, I know. That still shows how bad of shape NBC is still in. Its standards are low. But, I just don’t feel CBS should underestimate CSI:NY and how important it is to their Friday night lineup. I’ll be really surprised if Golden Boy does better. Next year, they could try The Mentalist on Friday. It is an establish show with loyal viewers.

  • thesnowleopard


    But that’s assuming The Mentalist will get another season. Current wisdom on the site seems to be that either The Mentalist, CSI:NY, or The Good Wife will be canceled at the end of this season.

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