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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  • Flarikker

    The ratings don’t mean jack now……..all repeats….even repeats of specials…..see yeah in 2013!

  • Patrick G.

    @ Aaron Explicable…the web hosters of this site have themselves said that any discussion of episode content AFTER an epiosde has aired is not a “spoiler.” Would someone telling you the plot of “The Wizard of Oz” today, nearly 75 years after its theatrical release, still be a “spoiler” to you if you had not seen it yet? Of course not! Spoilers occur only when plot information is divulged prior to the release of something. That was NOT the case here. And, if you can attack Sam, I can attack you. Free speech and all. Sam did nothing wrong discussing the plot…YOU did by reading articles about the “FRINGE” episode in question before you had watched it; so, yes, you ARE an idiot! Most rational people who want a surprise kept don’t seek out information about their subject beforehand. Grow a pair and stop being a cry baby! And for the record, I wasn’t home last night to watch “FRINGE” live. I, too, DVR’ed it, but I watched it this morning BEFORE reading anything about the episode. Just common sense ;)

  • Nick

    Saying that Fringe dipped on a night where nothing got much of a rating is pretty lame. 3 Million is about where you expect Fringe to be…

  • John A

    Im annoyed that Fringe didnt go up to a 1.2 with 0 competition. Oh well at least at a 1.0 is ok for a ending show. Lol at Cartoons doing better for CW than Nikita.

  • John A

    I guess TGW did okish. Still want CBS to air 1 new ep at 9pm for a test 1 week.

  • USAmerica1st

    Stopped watching fringe last year. Checked in to see what’s up; the observers are now the bad guys? Please, writers!

  • Andy

    @sam The Good Wife Is the best show on TV!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Kyle

    Actually LMS and MC repeated pretty well for a Friday Night. They are completely compatible with each other.

  • JNewt

    I agree LMS and MC repeated really well, LMS was getting less viewers than that for repeats during the summer last year. MC for a new show repeated well and held a good percentage of LMS’ audience.


    @ HR Wentland

    Glad your vote would have gone to Kate Bush–Wuthering Heights, Cloudbursting & A Sensual World were truly outstanding LP’s. Not to mention Laurie Andeson from Big Science thru Strange Angels LP’s + All Siouxsie & the Banshees!

  • iggy agrimotor

    its the friday before christmas. no ones watching television

    With these network shows, who can blame them.

  • Networkman

    The Fringe episode was great. It was really special. And I feel Blair Brown should get some consideration come Emmy time for her strong performance in this episode. This cast is so underrated.

  • John A

    LMS and MC have more viewers and not too far away in the demo than the 2 comedy flops on tuesday on ABC.

  • David Howell

    Those 0.6s for the TGW reruns are not going to help it get a syndication deal. And it’s only that prospect that got the show a S4. CSI NY and Mentalist fans are going to be pleased with those numbers!

  • Nick

    @David Howell

    Those 0.6s for the TGW reruns are not going to help it get a syndication deal. And it’s only that prospect that got the show a S4.

    It would be kinda hard for TGW to get a Season 4 next year, considering S4 is airing right now…

  • Fake Me Out


    Re-read David Howell’s comment … he didn’t say it was going to ‘get’ a S4 (future tense) he said it ‘got’ a S4 (past tense) on hopes of a syndication deal which, in his opinion, were lessened by the weak numbers for the marathon.

    Virtually everthing gets a syndication deal now so it’s not really a question of if, it’s a question of who and how much … I’m guessing $9.95 per episode as filler for the 3am slot on OWN.


  • Aaron Explicable

    @Patrick G.

    Didn’t bother reading your long winded nonsense, maybe next time focus your energy on something more productive.

  • Terryjackson1NYC

    @Aaron Explicable

    It’s a shame you didn’t read Patrick’s response. He’s right and you’re wrong.


    The Observers have always had an agenda. Right from the first season’s episode, “The Arrival,” we’ve known that. We haven’t known what that agenda is. Now we do. If you had watched a few of the episodes earlier in the season, you’d know what their motives and agenda are. They’ve been observing for centuries, according to the show’s mythology… why wouldn’t there be a reason for that?

    @Richard S. Hack

    I can understand how you feel about some of this season’s episodes of Fringe. The “slow burn” isn’t for everybody. This is the first season in which individual episodes of Fringe can’t really be enjoyed on their own. This season, all thirteen episodes (plus last season’s “Letters of Transit”) have told one story that has relied on things we’ve learned during the 86 episodes that have preceded it. If you’re not into the show, fine. I just don’t understand why you’d be watching it. Have you EVER liked it?

  • curtisfiles

    The Good Wife is a bad show. I don’t get the attraction it gets, I guess the same people that watch so called “Reality shows”
    Low ratings for Fringe is not a surprise the same lame brain people 18-49 year old don’t have a clue what is good.

  • AnnoyingToYou


    Perhaps you might like to consider the idea that you’re the one who does not know what is good, NOT the “lame brain people 18-49 as you suggest, and that you’re wasting time on a show that went nowhere, did nothing, and polluted the network with terrible writing and acting for over 4 years. Just a thought.

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