TV Ratings Friday: 'Fringe' Dips + Christmas Special Repeats and 'The Good Wife' Marathon

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December 22nd, 2012

Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 1.0/3 1.0/3 0.8/3 0.6/2 0.6/2
Total Viewers (million) 4.844 2.711 4.421 4.053 1.804


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

On ABC, Back to the Beginning With Christiane Amanpour  earned a 1.1 adults 18-49 rating.

On FOX, Fringe  scored a 1.0 adults 18-49 rating, down a tenth  from last week’s 1.1 adults 18.49 rating

On NBC,  Dateline scored a 0.8, down sharply from last week's Sandy Hook special, which earned a 2.0 adults 18-49 rating.



Overnight broadcast primetime ratings for Friday, December 21, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00 PM NBC Blake Shelton's Not So Family Christmas -R 1.0 3 5.047
ABC Last Man Standing -R 0.9 3 4.294
FOX Kitchen Nightmares-R 0.9 3 2.399
CBS The Good Wife -R 0.6 2 4.127
CW The Happy Elf -R 0.6 2 1.726
8:30PM ABC Malibu Country -R 0.8 3 3.778
9:00 PM ABC Back to the Beginning With Christiane Amanpour (9-11) 1.1 3 5.248
FOX Fringe 1.0 3 3.023
NBC Michael Buble: Home for the Holidays -R 0.8 3 4.435
CBS The Good Wife -R 0.6 2 3.918
CW Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer -R 0.6 2 1.882
10:00 PM NBC Dateline 0.8 3 3.78
CBS The Good Wife -R 0.7 2 4.115


via press note:

In late-night metered-market households Friday night:


* In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 3.2/8; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.4/6; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 3.2/7; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.6/4 with an encore.


* In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were:The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,0.9/4; "Late Show," 0.6/3; "Nightline," 1.0/4; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.5/3 with an encore.


* At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.9/6 in metered-market households) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.3/4). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.7/4 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.4/3).


* At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 1.1/4 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.4/3 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

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  • alexjones

    darn was hoping fringe would see a rise this week due to the lack of competition, oh well I guess it dosen’t really matter at this point.

  • touchsucks

    these ratings look like Saturday

  • CrimTV

    The CW specials did very well :)

  • HalCapone

    Holy cow. CBS would have received higher ratings showing a test pattern rather than running The Good Wife marathon—just pathetic.

  • silvit

    Once you lost the viewers, they never come back. Even less for such a serialized show.

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  • Oliver

    The Good Wife repeats did better than I expected.

    The CW specials did well. Smart decision by the network assuming it doesn’t cost them much. Late premiere and Xmas specials vastly reduces the number of repeats.

  • TheOnlyOneAndOnly

    TGW repeats did well on CBS.

    Last year they aired repeats of CSI NY, which only scored 0,5 or 0,4.

  • Glue

    Well… Ratings For Fringe… Wow. When’s the finale?

  • RJ

    CBS tied The CW…pathetic.

  • s0303

    i was expecting 0.5’s for the good wife…so that’s good…maybe someone will pick it up for syndication with pretty good friday repeats…or at the very least, hopefully this was a test run to see if they should renew tgw and air it on fridays (fingers crossed)…

  • Dennis

    Fringe was amazing last night….very emotional

  • Mon

    Uhm, TheOnlyOneAndOnly, where did you get that? These were the ratings last year, December 23
    A Gifted Man 0.7
    CSI: NY 1.0
    Blues Bloods 1.1


  • TV Gord

    I’m going to be really annoyed in five years or so when people realize what a gem Fringe was. My heart broke a little more after last night’s “departure”, but I’m happy that the character who “departed” went out a hero!

  • Colin

    How has Fringe dipped when it only went down a tenth?

  • s0303

    grimm repeats usually only get 0.6 on fridays and that’s fridays highest scripted show, so not bad for tgw…

  • Ryan

    Personally I think TGW did pretty well. Especially since it’s around Christmas and people obviously (showing by all the ratings) aren’t watching TV that much.

  • Dennis


    because last weeks episode rated 1.1 and this week it was 1.0

    that’s called a dip :/

  • alexjones

    I believe any adjustment down, no matter how small, is called a dip.


    Bad numbers all around w/ 1.1 “best in show.”

    Didn’t watch any network again last night, third night in a row!

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