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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NOTE: All ratings are "live plus same day" from Nielsen Media Research unless otherwise indicated.


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  • John A

    I think Fringe is performing the same as Chuck did in demo last season but Chuck had over 3 million each week. So fringe not doing any better than Chuck did really.

  • Khan

    @JohnA But Chuck was doing much better in its previous season than Fringe has been doing!

  • John A

    I was comparing Chuck Final Season and Fringe final season which are the same. Chuck and Fringe had fairly similar numbers all along anyway.

  • TerryJacksonNYC

    I have no idea what function is filled by comparing two shows on two different networks in two different seasons but, by all means, carry on.

    If I were to think this stuff matters, I’d point out that Chuck had a much better lead-in and that this is a year later (which is important since broadcast television ratings decline by about 10% each year; that’s deflation). So, using fan excuse bingo reasoning, Fringe is doing at or above par for a fifth season genre show on a Friday night.

    But again… what is the function of this?

  • TerryJacksonNYC

    (I guess Chuck didn’t have a better lead-in unless it was after Grimm, but I really have no idea about what that situation. Still, NBC had an actual “all genre” evening, with at least one of the shows doing really well.)

  • John A

    Sure this dont matter but a comment above said Chuck was doing ALOT better than Fringe last year but thats just not true.

  • TerryJacksonNYC

    @John A

    You’re right. I just read it and it’s sort of perverse the way people misremember things, but it’s even more so when those things don’t matter.

    I loved Chuck and I love Fringe. I have no horse in this race. But Chuck wouldn’t be doing as well as Fringe right now, were it still on the air. (And, frankly, I thought the ending of season four for Chuck was a much better ending to the series; season five was superfluous… people wanted it and I’m glad they got it, but it served no purpose, especially with the ambiguous ending that was less satisfying than the previous season’s “Chuck vs. the Cliffhanger.”)

  • Tested

    Great episode of Fringe. Not sure most shows would be daring enough to pull the Monty Python animation they did. I loved it! Can’t wait to see how they wrap this up.

  • John A

    @TerryJacksonNYC I hate when a final episode isnt satisfying i hope Fringe ends with a proper conclusion to fans. I liked the season 4 finale of Fringe and wouldve been fine had it ended there. The observer world hasnt been as good as i hoped but budget cuts and such has affected the season.

  • TerryJacksonNYC

    @John A

    I probably would have been happy with the season four ending, too, but they did already open the can of worms with the “Letters of Transit” episode, so I would have felt like there was unfinished business. I have noticed there aren’t as many special effects scenes as I’d like and there are far too few extras, but I do like the interplay between the characters. The very slow burn may just pay off if the preview for next week’s episode was honest.

  • Stan T

    The reason people are putting down LMS on the blogs is because LMS pokes fun at the touchy-feely, everyone gets a trophy crowd. The touchy-feely crowd can make fun of others, but they hate to be made fun of…See, I came from the good old days, when you could play dodgeball and ride a skate board without a helmet, and you only got a trophy if you came in first, second or third.

    These touchy-feely people think they’re protecting kids with all their BS…but they don’t realize that the kid that came in last still got a trophy, but he knows he came in last. And when he grows up and goes out into the real world and doesn’t get a trophy for just showing up, something snaps…

    If more people would watch LMS maybe more people would see how insane those touchy-feely people really are…

    We didn’t have all these suicides and mass shootings when I was a kid…but the more the touchy-feely crowd interfers with our lives, the more suicides and mass shootings we have…and they don’t see the connection…

  • TerryJacksonNYC

    @ Stan T

    That’s a really interesting way of looking at things. I don’t agree with any of it… and I certainly don’t think a sitcom relegated to Fridays in its sophomore year is going to have the answers to life and how we should treat each other. But I’ve been wrong before.I’m fine with people being “touchy feely.” I grew up in the same era as you did, but mass shootings happened back then, too… you just might not remember them all that well.

    The real problem that we’re facing is that we don’t know how many layers the problem is, so we don’t know how to address it. There is a mental health issue. There is a gun control issue. There is a personal responsibility issue. And there are many other issues regarding how we interact with each other. Which of these is the most important and deserving of our greatest attention is hard to figure out, but all of them require work from all of us.

    I do believe that television has the power to bring us together and make us happy. I don’t believe that television makes monsters (which is why I didn’t list “media violence” as one of our major issues; violence has been prevalent in each of our major means of communication since right after their introduction, with only p0rn becoming more pervasive more quickly). I do believe that there are things around which we can rally, but I don’t think anything in particular comes to mind. Things are either too “touchy feely” (as you submit) or too cold; there’s very little in between. That’s ok, but it doesn’t say much that there isn’t anything other than football that tends to bring in huge amounts of viewers every time it’s on; it isn’t even real television, after all… it’s just the airing of a live event.

    I do hope discussions like this continue, but I doubt it.

  • CenterGravity

    Five seasons and three movies!

    So, can the Fringe series finale possibly hit 1.5?

  • Jonathan

    ABC is not canceling The Neighbors!! It is the funniest show on tv!

  • Jamie

    I feel like the main reason people are putting LMS down is that they hate the recastings.

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