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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  • were123

    YES! I love that Fringe bounced back :D! Not that it matters anyway, but it’s nice to see it back on 1s ^_^

  • MJ

    This week’s Malibu Country was one of the best episodes, with a great message on a day that the nation needed some healing!!!!

  • davie

    thought last night’s Fringe was one of the best of this Season, behind The Bullet that Saved the World and An Origin Story. It felt like classic Fringe outside of Season 5’s oddly depressing theme it’s been putting off for most episodes. I loved that they answered that the boy remembers the other timeline too, I’m pretty sure that boy is September as a child.

    Glad to see it rise even if it’s just 2 tenths. Hopefully the series finale can bring back old viewers like Smallville and Chuck did. Maybe it can get a 1.3 or 1.4

  • Khan

    WooHoo Fringe! Glad that it shot up! It seems Fringe suffers from too much competition, and not from lack of interest from the public

  • Khan

    Btw, Is that a season high for Fringe?

  • John A

    @RSH Whats the point watching a show just to talk crap about it? Nothing good to say about it any week just stop watching.

  • TVDxItachi

    Any one know where i can find international ratings for U.S television show, or at least Canada!!??

  • Networkman

    The comedies on ABC are really consistent. There is still opportunity for growth. I can see them rising back near 2.0. ABC may consider going for a 2 hour comedy block on Friday next Fall, since Tuesday comedies are not working. I wonder if ABC were to be bold would they move The Middle to Friday.

    8pm Last Man Standing
    8:30 Malibu Country
    9pm The Middle
    9:30 The Neighbors

    8pm How to Live With Parents
    8:30 Suburgatory
    9pm Modern Family
    9:30 New Comedy (Super Fun Night)

  • BigDirtFace88

    Fringe went up?

    People really will watch anything when there’s nothing else on. Hopefully it will adjust down to it’s usual trashcan level on Monday.

  • killertv

    Networkman, interesting thinking, though single cameras typically bomb on nights with multicameras. The Middle could maybe work, but I do think it’s always benefited from being on Wednesday with Modern Family.

  • K

    Rudolph still has it over Charlie Brown Christmas

  • Terryjackson1NYC


    I understand your feelings, but this is the typical episode that Fringe airs before the final three of each season other than the first (when the mythology played a distant second from the more procedural nature). These episodes are all based on Walter’s drug use (or something being done to Walter’s brain, more to the point), with the first being a musical that was due to his marijuana usage, the second a cartoon (as you mentioned) due to his LSD usage, the third being a future episode with entirely different characters that took place >20 years into the future, where his brain was altered by future tech procedures. Last night’s had all of these concepts: it was partially animated, it was largely musical and it took place in the future. (Also, it was three episodes before the season (in this case, series) finale.

    If you don’t like the episode, fine. But you should know why it is what it is and your complaint suggests that you haven’t been watching Fringe closely enough to even know what is going on. That’s fine. But there is a method to the madness. For what it’s worth, many of the show’s most die-hard fans have not liked these “out of the box” (as they’ve been referred to) episodes. That doesn’t mean they don’t have their place… and that their place isn’t important.

    Frankly, I’m surprised you watch Fringe at all. You don’t have anything positive to say about it. And it doesn’t have any of those hot girls that you talk about that seem to be so important to so much else of what you watch.

  • Matty

    The Connecticut affiliates for NBC ABC and Fox were broadcasting local news all night. I don’t know if that will effect the ratings at all.

  • JakeSnake

    Just proves Fringe is better than Chuck. When that went to its final season the fan base virtually abandoned it. The faithful Fringe fans are still watching even knowing it’s over soon.

  • Nick

    Nice for Take It All & the ABC comedies holding up.

  • Rebecca

    Some of us faithful Chuck fans saw it through to its end. Too bad we just didn’t have Nielsen boxes.

  • thesnowleopard

    Looks like its final-season announcement gave Fringe a little bounce.

    Prancer Returns got the same as Nikita’s highest demo and a higher audience? Yeesh. I guess they can only repeat Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer so many times.

  • Richard Steven Hack (idiot)


    RSH is just a troll. He even approves the gun shooting in CT.

  • Lucretia Lean Green

    I love the Astrid/Walter relationship…it is sweet yet tentative…I am really going to miss that element most.

  • CrimTV

    Hey guys, just to let you know that new NBC comedy 1600 Penn is having it’s pilot aired on December 17 following the Voice at 9:30pm

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