TV Ratings Friday: 'Dateline' Repeat Rises to Win Night, 'Back to the Beginning' Down

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December 29th, 2012

Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 1.4/4 1.1/3 1.0/3 0.8/3 0.2/1
Total Viewers (million) 5.444 5.330  4.556 2.345 1.056


NBC was number one in adults 18-49 and in total viewers.

On NBC, a rerun of Dateline scored a 1.7 adults 18-49 rating up   a whopping 113% from last week's 0.8.

On ABC, Back to the Beginning With Christiane Amanpour  earned a 1.0 adults 18-49 rating down  9% from last week's 1.1.

FOX aired Christmas specials after Christmas. Dreamworks Dragons Gift of the Night Fury garnered a 0.9 adults 18-49 rating down 40%  from a 1.5 on December 17. Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas scored a 0.9 down 40% from a 1.5 on December 17.




Overnight broadcast primetime ratings for Friday, December 28, 2012:

Time  Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
8:00 ABC Shark Tank - R 1.4/4 5.41
CBS Undercover Boss - R 1.1/4 5.47
FOX Dreamworks Dragons Gift of the Night Fury - R 0.9/3 2.89
NBC Go On - R 0.8/3 2.95
CW Nikita - R 0.2/1 1.00
8:30 NBC Go On - R 0.9/3 2.68
FOX Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas - R 0.7/2 2.40
9:00 NBC Dateline (9-11PM) - R 1.7/5 6.83
ABC Back to the Beginning With Christina Amanpour (9-11PM) 1.0/3 5.29
CBS Undercover Boss - R 1.0/3 4.41
FOX Kitchen Nightmares - R 0.7/2 1.91
CW Arrow - R 0.2/1 1.11
10:00 CBS Undercover Boss - R 0.9/3 3.79


via press note:

In late-night metered-market households Friday night:



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  • James

    Are you sure dateline was a rerun?

  • Marion

    So no one cares about Amanpour, not shocking. And GOON repeats fared worse than Last Man Standing/Malibu Country repeats on a Friday night…

  • Sitcoms Rule

    NBC has to put some heart and values into their sitcoms. Most of their shows have a “sick/odd” humor that only a small age group appreciate. NBC shows have become depressing/hearless. However GO ON seemed to do somewhat well in reruns- the show isn’t that bad but it isnt great. It deserves the numbers it gets. It will probably have a good 4 seasons on NBC so it can go into syndication.

  • Oliver

    @Sitcoms Rule

    Have you actually ever Parks and Recreation? It’s the most optimistic, positive show on television. In addition, the premise of Goon is very similar to Community, and Community is intended to be a throwback to saccharine sweet sitcoms of the past.

    Meanwhile, shows like The Big Bang Theory and Family Guy get huge ratings despite having quite unpleasant tonally.

  • Cory

    @ Oliver

    All NBC’s single cams to me look like Seinfeld copies and have bad ratings, thanks to NBC’s stuberness to keep them on air it ruined what was greatest night on TV, CBS is #1 on Thursdays, but TBBT is what keeps that night alive just like Friends did in last yrs on Must See TV.

  • Sitcoms Rule

    @ Oliver

    All NBC shows are heartless and cold. Most people dont want to work all day to watch a depressing sitcom. Shows like Big Bang Theory, Friends, Seinfeld, Raymond, How I met Your Mother, Cheers, Cosby, King of Queens, etc are all about friends and families. NBC sitcoms are about co-workers which is boring- NBC has developed a unique taste in comedies lately…. but the ratings oviously show it. Big Bang repeats on TBS( 3.5 total, 1.6 in 18-49 demo) do better than NBS sitcoms.

  • Joseph

    I suspect Univision probably topped the English-language broadcast networks in the 18-34 and 18-49 demos last night (December 28th).

    I also wouldn’t be surprised if ESPN’s lower-tiered college football bowl games also topped at least one, and maybe all, of the English-language broadcast nets last night.

  • Sitcoms Rule

    @ Oliver

    TBBT is the new “Friends” of its generation. Its great for what it represents- geeks/nerds!!! Nerds have finally been recognized in the media as cool/interesting people. TBBT is definately the most original sitcom out there as there has been no other hit sitcome ever centered around a bunch of intellectual geeks! There have been too many shows about work( office, 30 rock, parks&rec, community- any NBC sitcom), about families( middle, modern family, Raymond, Cosby,etc), and about friends( Seinfeld, Cheers, Friends,etc). Its nice to have a unique show on TV!!! TBBT will definately get 10 seasons- it does so well in syndication, especially on TBS. It scores 3.5 million total vieweres and 1.6 in 18-49 demo- which is better than most NBC sitcoms that air new episodes. Go Big Bang!!!!!!!!!! Jim & Kaley make the show!!!!!!!!

  • Sitcoms Rule

    @ Oliver
    Our whole universe was in a hot dense state,
    Then nearly fourteen billion years ago expansion started. Wait…
    The Earth began to cool,
    The autotrophs began to drool,
    Neanderthals developed tools,
    We built a wall (we built the pyramids),
    Math, science, history, unraveling the mysteries,
    That all started with the big bang!

    “Since the dawn of man” is really not that long,
    As every galaxy was formed in less time than it takes to sing this song.
    A fraction of a second and the elements were made.
    The bipeds stood up straight,
    The dinosaurs all met their fate,
    They tried to leap but they were late
    And they all died (they froze their asses off)
    The oceans and Pangea
    See ya wouldn’t wanna be ya
    Set in motion by the same big bang!

    It all started with the big BANG!

    It’s expanding ever outward but one day
    It will pause and start to go the other way,
    Collapsing ever inward, we won’t be here, it won’t be heard
    Our best and brightest figure that it’ll make an even bigger bang!

    Australopithecus would really have been sick of us
    Debating how we’re here, they’re catching deer (we’re catching viruses)
    Religion or astronomy (Descartes or Deuteronomy)
    It all started with the big bang!

    Music and mythology, Einstein and astrology
    It all started with the big bang!
    It all started with the big BANG!

  • Oliver

    @Sitcoms Rule

    That’s completely not true and it’s very clear you’ve never seen Parks and Recreation. Parks and Recreation is a relentlessly positive, warm, upbeat show. It’s about co-workers as family and friends, and people coming together to support each other to achieve goals.

    If anything, the huge successes of shows like The Big Bang Theory, Two and a Half Men, Seinfeld, Family Guy and Raymond prove that people aren’t after “sweet and positive” shows. They are all mean-spirited shows without any “hugging and learning”.

  • Sitcoms Rule

    @ Oliver

    BBT,Seinfeld,Raymond aren’t “mean-spirited” only people like u who wish your favorite shows can have half the attention and praise that shows like BBt,raymond,seinfeld get. BBT is all about learining(science jokes) and hugging… especially when sheldon hugs penny!!!!!!!! Raymond is probably the best family sitcom since Cosby show!!

  • Oliver

    @Sitcoms Rule

    Its great for what it represents- geeks/nerds!!! Nerds have finally been recognized in the media as cool/interesting people. TBBT is definately the most original sitcom out there as there has been no other hit sitcome ever centered around a bunch of intellectual geeks!

    You overplayed your hand, now I know you’re trolling.


    All NBC’s single cams to me look like Seinfeld copies and have bad ratings, thanks to NBC’s stuberness to keep them on air it ruined what was greatest night on TV

    None of NBC’s sitcoms are much like Seinfeld, for better or worse.

    There’s some tonal similarity with The Office, but then it’s based on a UK format (and Seinfeld flopped in the UK). Besides, The Office was a hit.

    Parks is like The Office with any vaguely Seinfeldian elements removed and replaced with relentless positivity and happiness. Community is closest to The Simpsons. 30 Rock is a more cartoonish Scrubs.

    NBC isn’t being “stubborn” keeping them on air, they haven’t developed any more successful shows.

  • Sitcoms Rule

    @ Oliver
    Do people actually watch parksandrec? considering its ratings… I think spongebob repeats do better than parks, lol
    Don’t hate the player(high rated sitcoms), hate the game(ratings)

  • Sitcoms Rule

    @ Oliver
    I like the quarrel we have going on here- no hard feelings its just TV which is meant to be fun and entertaining.

  • Sitcoms Rule

    If I woke up tomorrow with my head sewn to the carpet, I wouldn’t be more suprised that i am now that Community actually has a fan. – Chevy Chase, Christmas Vacation!!!!!!!!!!!

  • ToXiX

    Wow. Abc aired an episode of Go On last night.

    *rolls eyes* fix it

  • Michael

    Oliver: (and Seinfeld flopped in the UK).

    Did it? Episodes premiered on Sky 1 initially as part of their own Thursday night “Must See TV” brand along shows like Mad About you and The Nanny. When they abandoned that branding, and mostly moved away from sitcoms on the channel altogether, those other shows were dropped but they still bought and showed Seinfeld, which moved to a Sunday slot and partnered with Duckman. Meanwhile BBC Two also picked up the network rights for its run. While the show was not a huge hit, but then few American shows have been in the UK since the 1980s, neither was it a flop.

  • forg

    Good rerun ratings for Shark Tank just a tenth below what LMS and Reba gets

  • David Howell

    I’m still laughing at how the only first-run scripted shows in broadcast this week are on Saturday.

    Undercover Boss’s rerun numbers spell trouble for TGW. When reality repeats better than a scripted show in season 4 without a syndication deal, the latter must be in huge danger.

  • Nick

    @Sitcoms Rule

    All NBC shows are heartless and cold.

    No, they’re not. While some shows, like Revolution, Grimm, or the Office, are lacking in heart, I wouldn’t go as far as to say they’re heartless and cold. And Go On and The New Normal are have a ton of heart. You would know that if you’d seen them. So please stop making accusations when you haven’t watched the shows.

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