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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  • Frank

    @ Rena

    The 18-49 demo is certainly ageist, but it is definitely not commercially irrelevant. Advertisers pay more money for ad space during shows that get higher demo ratings and care very little about total viewers. If that wasn’t the case, Harry’s Law would still be on the air. Even network executives aren’t dumb enough to cancel shows that make a lot of money.

  • Austin Lauran

    If Friends & Frasier were still airing on NBC, how bad or good would the ratings be?

  • John

    Its so good to see Rena’s nonsensical ramblings again. I was starting to miss them.

  • panda22

    Nikita…..steady, all i care about…if it holds 0.4’s and over 1 million viewers = syndication.

  • Jane

    Glad to see Nikita and Emily Owens beat GG this week.

  • CBSviewer

    My Renew/Cancel index (Friday)

    CSI: NY = Renewed for a 13-episodes tenth and final Season (Golden Boy will flop)
    Blue Bloods = Renewed for 3 more seasons (NUMB3RS’ fate)
    Last Man Standing = Renewed for mid-season
    Malibu Country = Renewed for mid-season
    Nikita = Renewed for a 4th full and final season
    Fringe = Already canceled

  • John

    @CBSviewer: Fringe is ending on its own terms. There’s a difference between being renewed for a final season and being unceremoniously cancelled.

  • thesnowleopard

    @Rena Moretti
    The Good Wife remains on the air because it makes somebody somewhere money. PR campaigns and awards mean nothing if they don’t bring in monetary results. When it stops making as much money as any other show on CBS, it will be canceled, critical acclaim and all.

  • thesnowleopard

    While one certainly hopes for the fans’ sake that knowing ahead of time when the show will end has given the Fringe writers the wherewithal to write a decent ending to it, I’m quite certain the showrunners (and what fans are left) would have preferred it keep going. The show was still cancelled. We all just got a bit more heads-up on it than the usual practice of being informed after the end of a season.

  • P L Sims

    When will Malibu Country know if it has been renewed for another season? We love the show but cannot find anything definite on renewal.Love all of the cast and chemistry they share. Hope it makes it.

  • JR

    P L Sims- ABC ordered five episodes (to take the season count to 18). It’s too early to know next-season renewals for most shows (unless there were prior announcements about longer-running shows before the season started).

  • NJ Viewer

    I still can’t figure out how these ratings work. Blue Bloods had a 1.4 rating with 11 million viewers, but Dateline had a 1.7 with half as many viewers? Wouldn’t that be a 0.7?

  • Holly

    @NJ Viewer,

    The ratings listed and total viewers are measuring two different things. Total viewers is just that: all viewers over the age of 2. The rating is a percentage of adults 18-49. The lower rating for Blue Bloods despite the higher viewer total means that majority of those viewers were 50 and over.

  • karin

    Finales ratings?? when?

  • NewNikitaFan

    If people actually started WATCHING Nikita, all of the bad comments would go away and it’s ratings would soar to well above .5. BUT one has to watch it from the beginning to truly appreciate it’s greatness. Yes it’s full of action, but it’s the character twists, arcs, and camaraderie that make the show compelling. As soon as I am caught up (I am only on season 2 online) I will be part of the next 100,000 new viewers come January. Great Show!

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