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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  • Dan S

    When was the last time Fringe came in 2nd in its time period ? It barely got edged by ABC’s 1.1. Agreed last night numbers are the equivalent of Saturday.


    FOX is on a roll, won Thurs w/ XFac & tied Fri w/ Fringe. Who wooda thought?

    Yo Rob, sending you 12 popcorn tins of GATCO, so check your mailbox!

  • JulieDawn


    Last time I checked my trusty dictionary, one of the meanings of “dip” was to “go down”. So as much as I wish it hadn’t, unfortunately the headline got it right.
    Of course we can hope for an upward adjustment in the finals……

  • a p garcia

    I kinda of expected Fringe to rise due to lack of competition and it was a good episode last night.

  • Sam

    Fantastic episode of Fringe last night

    that is what you call quality television.

    Very surprised to see Nina killed off, but she went out a hero…

    and Donald is Michael! :O


  • Mon

    TGW marathon was promoted on Survivor finale. I assume CBS promoted it all week long too.

  • Jared

    I would say The Good Wife marathon was pretty solid for CBS considering those episodes were aired not too long ago and the fact that ratings for all networks were pretty low. CBS should move TGW to Fridays next year and pair it with Blue Bloods.

  • CBSviewer

    I hope the ratings for TGW will help CSI: NY to get a 10th Season. TGW repeats only got a 0.6 at 9 and the last repeat of CSI: NY got a 1.0 ON September 21.
    CBS should probably cancel TGW. It airs on Sunday at 9 for two years and its ratings are pathetic. Moving it to Friday would be suicide !

  • sally

    i like CSI<NY and Blue Bloods but i dont like T.G.Wife and Undercover boss

  • statik

    how could they expect a Fringe uptick?? they screw around with the schedule–now it’s 3 weeks until the last episodes–like people will remember the last night’s episode? I’ll miss Fringe, like I still miss Lost–

  • Liam

    The Good Wife repeated well. I was expecting it to do really badly, but 0.6/0.7 is not bad. If that is what the show can get in repeats on a Friday, for episodes that aired recently and this close to Christmas, I think the show can definitively get at least a 1.5-1.7 on a Friday.

  • DeanW

    I think CBS needs to Renew both of CSI: NY (moves at 8) and The Good Wife (moves on Friday at 9) and cancel The Mentalist. They could build an all new Sunday night with The Amazing Race, Survivor and Hawaii Five-0 at 10.

  • Aisha

    Fringe is one of the best shows on tv. It’s a smart show, to bad Fox f’d up, they’re losing a gem of a show. Last nights episode with Nina was so great, after I watched it live I watched it 3 more times on my dvr. I’m really gonna miss this show!

  • May

    Fox are so lucky for not having 10pm shows..

  • Mayans

    @ May,

    Both ABC and Fox took advantage of not having 10pm shows on yesterday, but ABC should’ve won considering a tenth more is still a tenth more.

  • Samunto

    CBS should get used to those numbers. Come spring that’s what The Good Wife wil be averaging!

  • Austin Lauran

    What ratings would Modern Family & The Middle get if they moved to Fridays (assuming that the ABC execs have 2 old/new hit sitcoms in their slots)?

  • AnnoyingToYou

    You can’t even really see Olivia in that pic, but you can tell she’s sour-faced anyway.

  • CrimTV

    Sorry for the spamming :) I will stop now

  • david

    The Good Wife performed aberage for a repeat last night. The CW did good on a Friday night.

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