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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  • TheFollowing


    At least it’s on Friday. Compare to the freaking ratings of NBC on Thursday and ABC on Tuesday. ;)

  • John A

    @Fourat Think Fringe had a 1.1 for the seaon Premiere.

  • Just Desserts

    Go Malibu Country! :)

    (So sad Jenni River is dead though, her show could have been a good compliment to Reba; Nortena v. Southern music would have been awesome. Sighs. This was a sad week really, Ravi Shankar, Jenni, Connecticut…)

  • KS

    Good to see Fringe a little up!

    Last night’s episode was good, but I am a little unhappy that this season has not gained momentum yet. Are they saving everything for the finale? It doesn’t really feel like they are going to take on the observers. I wish the episodes are more action packed.

  • Rebecca

    Still not happy about the cast changes/additions on LMS (Boyd’s dad is more annoying than Meathead on All in the Family, IMO), but at least the youngest daughter Eve still cracks me up (followed by the middle daughter). She has a good rapport with Tim Allen, it seems. Good episode.

  • david

    I guess everybody wanted to hear about the shooting tragedy on Dateline more than they did on Twenty Twenty or CBS news.

  • the_trouble_with_the_truth

    That was the best episode of Malibu Country yet last night. If they can keep churnin’ em out that good, with that much laughter and heart, it will be around for a long time. I’d also like to point out that MC and LMS are only one point behind the Neighbors in the demo, and they don’t have the good lead in. So as far as I can see they will be back next year with ABC cancelling Happy Endings, Don’t Trust, and The Neighbors! love ya Reba!

  • david

    Last Man Standing and Malibu Country are still doing good for ABC. The Holiday specials did really good. I enjoyed the movie on the CW last night.

  • rob60990

    CBS did well with Christmas specials. I always find it funny how when it comes to news people flee away from CBS to NBC and ABC. Theyll never recover from flop Katie Couric.

    ABC comedies pretty solid. Its too bad ABC wasted 2 episodes of Shark Tank premiering the show 2 weeks early. They would easily win the night.

    Thats the best Fringe can do against minimal competition? Lol

  • Ram510

    @ John a

    Is it really fair to compare holiday specials that happen once a year to original programming? That’s kind of like comparing something like the Grammys to Its normal programming in that timeslot

    And wow people really go out of thier way to not watch Take it All


    Rudolph again shines bright for CBS & Yes, VA & Elf OTS brought Christmas cheer as well

    LMS/MC no match for Rudolph & Shark Tank tanks @ 9:00, but 20/20 takes 10 for ABC

    Buble has no Voice @ 8 & 9:00 is just grim without Grimm but Dateline shines bright w/ 2.0 @ 10 & takes hour

    Prancer returns 0.4 for CW while FOX averages 1.1 for night

  • Leondre

    Dateline beats Rock Center, Chicago Fire, Vegas, Private Practice, the Michael Buble special and ties Parenthood.


    POLL: Are there so few comments today because of The Hobbit opening in theatres, or no new Nikita episode to discuss?

  • LD

    Fan Excuse Bingo on the comments, that has to be a first.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Robert Seidman

    @The Old Man: I vote “no new Nikita” with “Christmas shopping” as my secondary choice!


    @ Robert

    I vote “no new Nikita” as well. If only I could figure out how to tie in “The Gifter” ad w/ it! So I suppose “Christmas shopping” would be the tie in?

  • Paul

    Official – LMS and Malibu Country have settled in at 1.5-ish and will get renewed. With Shark Tank and 20/20, ABC’s Friday is great and even does better than Tuesday, lol.

  • The End

    @Robert Seidman

    Personally I think the lack of comments for todays post is purely down to a lack of shows being on that people care about, people simply have nothing to argue about and Fringe fans understand that the show is ending soon anyway.

  • Richard Steven Hack

    This episode of Fringe was probably the worst ever aired with the sole exception of the heavily animated episode the last season.

    Utter garbage. Unbelievable. Aside from the animation itself being stupid, the rest of the episode had virtually zero content. The writers are just wallowing in nonsense without even trying to tell a real story any more.

    Not to mention I expect it to be adjusted down in the finals as it is a suspiciously large jump given the opening of The Hobbit on the same night.

  • Matt

    I know it doesn’t matter anymore, but I must be clasically conditioned to get excited about Fringe rising in the ratings. Every time I see that headline, I get excited. I will miss Fringe. Gone too soon, but ever greatful to Fox for allowing it to end the story on their own terms.

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