TV Ratings Friday: 'Fringe' Rises, 'Malibu Country' Up; Christmas Specials Strong, 'Dateline' Beats '20/20'

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December 15th, 2012

Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 1.5/5 1.5/5 1.3/4 1.1/3 0.4/1
Total Viewers (million) 6.074 5.762 5.192 3.082 1.544


CBS and ABC tied for number one in adults 18-49, while CBS was on top in total viewers.

On ABC, Last Man Standing earned a 1.5 adults 18-49 rating, even with last week. Malibu Country scored a 1.5 up 7% from last week's 1.4 adults 18-49 rating. A 20/20 focused on the school shooting garnered a 1.6, up 33% last week’s 1.2 adults 18-49 rating.

On CBS, the second telecast of Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer this season won the time period with a 1.9 adults 18-49 rating. Yes Virginia scored a 1.6, up  14% from a 1.4 on December 9, 2011. Elf on a Shelf earned a 1.5 up 7% from a 1.4 on December 9, 2011. A CBS News Special on the school shooting earned a 1.2 adults 18-49 rating.

On FOX, Kitchen Nightmares earned a 1.1 down 8% from last week's 1.2 adults 18-49 rating. Fringe  scored a 1.1 adults 18-49 rating up 22% from last week’s 0.9. Fifteen percent of your predictions were right.

On NBC, Take It All garnered a 1.1 down 8% from Thursday’s 1.2 adults 18-49 rating. A school shooting focused Dateline scored a 2.0 adults 18-49 rating up 18% from last week’s 1.7.

On the CW, the holiday special Prancer Returns earned a 0.4 adults 18-49 rating, on par with Nikita's performance in the 8PM time period.


Overnight broadcast primetime ratings for Friday, December 14, 2012:

Time  Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
8:00 CBS Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer - R 1.9/6 6.61
ABC Last Man Standing 1.5/5 6.98
FOX Kitchen Nightmares 1.1/4 3.03
NBC Michael Buble: Home for the Holidays - R 0.9/3 4.08
CW Prancer Returns(8-10PM) 0.4/1 1.54
8:30 ABC Malibu Country 1.5/5 6.53
9:00 CBS Yes, Virginia - R 1.6/5 5.91
ABC Shark Tank - R 1.2/4 4.28
NBC Take It All 1.1/3 4.74
FOX Fringe 1.1/3 3.13
9:30 CBS The Elf on a Shelf - R 1.5/5 5.96
10:00 NBC Dateline 2.0/6 6.76
ABC 20/20 1.6/5 6.25
CBS CBS News: Newtown 1.2/4 5.68


via press note:

In late-night metered-market households Friday night:

In late-night metered-market households Friday night 
(some delays in the New York and Hartford markets for news coverage): 
> * In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: 
"The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 3.0/7; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman,"
2.2/5; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 4.0/9; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 2.6/7. 
> * In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: 
> "> The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,> "> 1.0/4; "Late Show," 0.6/2; 
"Nightline," 1.3/5; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.9/5.
> * At 12:35 a.m., 
"Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.6/5 in metered-market households) 
beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.2/4). 
In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.6/3 in 18-49) topped 
"Late Late Show" (0.4/2).
> * At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.9/3 in metered-market
 households with an encore and a 0.4/2 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets 
with local people meters.


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  • Ali

    Go Fringe! not that it matters but GO FRINGE!!!!

  • Fred

    CBS repeat Line up does better than their regular shows :-)

  • John A

    Nice to see Fringe get a small rise Close to the end. The christmas Specials did well for CBS and CW. Prancer had more viewers than Nikita lol.

  • Greg

    Kitchen Nightmares tied with Fringe. That’s just bad. FOX should really consider moving Touch to 8pm.

  • Tellitlikeitis

    That was a great episode of Fringe last night. One of my favorites ever.

  • Glue

    I Love Yes, Virginia!

  • John A

    Touch will bomb at 8pm or 9pm it dont matter.

  • erwan from france

    yay for FRINGE !!

  • beatrix~

    YAY! Fringe :D

  • Dan

    @Fred – It seems people are in the holiday spirit.

    I’m sure ABC will order a few more episodes of Last Man Standing and Malibu Country to give them 22 episodes each.

  • alexjones

    makes sense that fringe would be up, it had very little competition tonight.

  • touchsucks

    fox’s friday shows average 1.1,how about that?

  • mike

    Local news was on in my area I’m in the new haven area of CT not sure if that will effect ratings or not.

  • Regina Taylor

    Good news for Malibu Country. However, I do not believe LMS always rates as high as the raters say. Read the blogs on this show and you will see what I mean. Malibu Country had a very good Christmas show and after yesterdays sad, sad news, it was nice to watch the show.

  • Oliver

    9pm is a better timeslot than 8pm.

    Solid for Malibu Country/Last Man Standing. Looks like Last Man Standing will reach syndication.

  • Terryjackson1NYC

    It doesn’t matter, but I do hope the small rise in Fringe’s ratings suggest a halfway-decent rating for the series finale. I’m not one to be happy or sad about any show’s ratings (and certainly never one to gloat); I typically am happy that a show is able to continue, as long as I like it. I was probably over-invested with V (but I still think its ratings warranted a third season, even – and maybe especially – in retrospect, with ABC imploding so horribly), but that was about it. For Fringe, I just want a decent rating, since the series will go down in history as one of the best ever sci-fi shows; it doesn’t hurt that the full story will have been told, after all.

  • iowegian

    LMS was very funny last night. Their ratings are good enought for ABC Fridays.

  • Fred

    Why don’t you guys write that the Christmas specials on CBS beat their regular line up of Undercover Boss and CSI NY :-/

  • forg

    CBS Christmas specials with good ratings!

    Solid for ABC sitcoms

  • Fourat

    Is this season high for fringe?

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