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


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  • Joseph

    According to Box Office Mojo.com, the nation’s movie theatres didn’t do too well last night (December 21st) compared to the previous week.

    Although some viewers may have been watching a college football bowl game last night on ESPN (which may well have been the night’s most-watched program; it only needed to draw 5.25 million viewers to have gain that distinction), the major factor for low viewership was travel.

    With most people off from work for the next week-and-a-half, millions traveled last night to wherever they will spend Christmas (and in some cases, the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day as well). That certainly depressed prime-time viewing levels.

    Tonight (December 22nd) may be one of the few Saturday nights of the year where more people watch TV than on the previous night, a Friday. You can credit ESPN’s NFL game between Detroit and Atlanta (which will likely dominate prime-time viewing tonight) for that.

  • brandon

    wow at the CW.. really shows the strength of there shows lmao

  • Fake Me Out


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

    Why do people ask questions and then include the answer as part of the question?

  • AnnoyingToYou

    @Fake Me Out

    Because as is always the case with Fringe, every ratings embarrassment must be transformed into a triumph for it to be accepted.

  • herpderp

    Fred aka Bondoel is off crying somewhere because his precious Nikita was beat by two children’s Christmas specials.


    @ Crim TV

    Took a shot at your survey & sorry I hardly answered any of the questions. Old school to me is pre-1970 + your choices didn’t have a write-in vote!

    Thank goodness you had Adele & Jennifer Lawrence or I would have practicly scored a zero (LOL)! Am I that old? ONO! Had fun though.

  • herpderp

    Fred aka Bondoel excuses excuses. I like Nikita I just don’t like you :)

  • Hubert R. Wentland

    I filled your survey and enjoyed it, just the question what the nominations were based on? :) I know all nominees are mainstream, but even though I never seen/heard most of these movies/songs. And the only thing I was unhappy with was M.I.A’s ‘Bad Girls’ not being nominated for the best video ;p

  • Tyson

    Joseph, I don’t think the St. Petersburg Bowl between Central Florida and Ball State drew 5.25 million viewers last night. Thursday’s Poinsettia Bowl between San Diego State and Brigham Young attracted 2.2 million viewers.

  • Hubert R. Wentland

    @The Old Man,
    I would be happy with the write-in vote as well, most of my votes related to music would go with ‘Kate Bush’ ;)

  • Aaron Explicable


    Thanks for the spoiler guy, we all needed that well thought out insight you provided. (/sarcasm)

  • James

    It really is too bad about Fringe. What an amazing episode it was last night.

  • Sam

    CBS just threw their schedule away with “The Good Wife” marathon. A pathetic show. They should just dump it altogether!

  • PixieLavender

    Jimmy Fallon beat Jimmy Kimmel at a later time!

  • DW

    its the friday before christmas. no ones watching television unless they are in a home or hospital bed. people are out at parties , getting drunk , wishing now that they didnt take their pants down and sit on the copy machine. i love those people. i get to laugh at them. :)

  • Richard Steven Hack

    Fringe was another filler show that went nowhere, except for the bit about Nina Sharp. The entire season has been slowly slogging along with long emotional scenes and zero plot development – not that the plot needs developing since it’s a simplistic “Walter saves the world again” nonsense.

    Anyway, only three episodes left of this agony. :-)

  • Patrick G.

    @ Sam…Donald is September…NOT Michael. Who the hell is Michael? LOL. Neat to see him with hair, since we’ve seen him bald from Day 1.

    @ Statik…FOX is delaying the final 3 hours of “FRINGE” because they fear viewership will be too low during the Christmas and New Year’s weeks, since both are the equivalent of a 4-day weekend and many people won’t be home. It makes sense, though I partly understand your concern. At this point, though, viewership for “FRINGE” has been basically static for the entire season. Once the New Year’s dust has settled, the show’s fans will be back, and I actually suspect numbers higher than 1.0 for the final 3 hours. I read that the finale will be 2-hours, so we only have 2 episodes left, if that’s the case.

    As for the episode itself, it was indeed amazing. Nice to see Nina back, and her protective suicide surprised me (which is rare). With the show ending, it really doesn’t matter much now who lives and who dies, though I suspect the “time reset” alluded to in the promos will bring the team back to 2013 by the end, restoring the lives of both Nina and Etta and perhaps even some old faces. I just hope the alternate universe is back in the finale and we get to say goodbye to them as well. That whole plot was “FRINGE” at its best !! :)

  • Patrick G.

    @ Aaron Explicable…and for the record, once a show has AIRED, it’s no longer a “spoiler” to comment on what occurred during the episode as Sam did. You’re just an idiot for reading the comments and anything about the episode if you haven’t watched it yet on your DVR!!

  • lessaunce@yahoo.ca

    Looks like Good Wife on Fridays?

  • Aaron Explicable

    @ Patrick G

    My post wasn’t directed at you sir, yet you felt a need for some attention? Just because I wasn’t sitting at home on a Friday night like you doesn’t make me an idiot. And save your “spoilers” definition, people only post spoilers on here to be ***hats and people like you only defend them because you’re bored.

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