TV Ratings Friday: College Football Leads FOX to Big Friday Win; 'Shark Tank', 'Last Man Standing' & 'CSI:NY' See Dips for Return

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January 5th, 2013

Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 3.1/9 1.5/4 1.4/4 1.2/4 0.3/1
Total Viewers (million) 11.207 5.836  8.878 4.477 1.027

Due to the nature of live  programming the ratings for FOX (College Football) are approximate and subject to more than the typical adjustments in the final numbers. See below for more information on these Fast Affiliate Ratings.

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

On ABC, Last Man Standing earned a 1.4 adults 18-49 rating, down from a 1.5 on December 14. Malibu Country garnered a 1.2 adults 18-49 rating, down from December 14's 1.5. Shark Tank scored a 1.8 among adults 18-49, down a tenth from a 1.9 for its last new Friday episode on November 16. Your predictions were too optimistic .  20/20 notched a 1.4 adults 18-49 rating, down two tenths  from a 1.6 on December 14.

On CBS, Undercover Boss earned a 1.5, down a tenth from a 1.6 on December 7. CSI:NY scored a 1.4, down a tenth from a 1.5 for its last new episode on December 7. Blue Bloods garnered a 1.3 adults 18-49 rating, down a tenth from December 7's 1.4.

On NBC, a two hour Dateline scored a 1.5 adults 18-49 rating, down two tenths from a 1.7 for last week's encore episode.

On FOX, The Cotton Bowl earned a 3.1 adults 18-49 rating, up six tenths from a 2.5 on January 6, 2012.

Overnight broadcast primetime ratings for Friday, January 4, 2013

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM FOX College football (8-10PM) 3.1 9 11.207
CBS Undercover Boss 1.5 5 7.510
ABC Last Man Standing 1.4 4 6.616
NBC Go On -R 0.6 2 2.272
CW Nikita -R 0.3 1 0.969
8:30PM ABC Malibu Country 1.2 4 6.020
NBC Go on -R 0.6 2 1.884
9:00PM ABC Shark Tank 1.8 5 6.338
NBC Dateline NBC (9-11PM) 1.5 4 5.677
CBS CSI: NY 1.4 4 9.176
CW Arrow -R 0.3 1 1.085
10:00 PM ABC 20/20 1.4 4 4.835
CBS Blue Bloods 1.3 4 9.946


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," 3.1/7; CBS's "Late Show with David
> Letterman," 2.5/6; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 3.0/6; and "Jimmy
> Kimmel Live," 1.5/4 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," 0.6/2;
> "Nightline," 1.1/4; 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" (1.1/3 with an encore).  In the 25 markets with Local People
> Meters, "Late Night" (0.7/4 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.3/1
> with an encore).

> *        At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 1.0/4 in
> metered-market households with an encore and a 0.3/2 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.


Rating: Estimated percentage of the universe of TV households (or other specified group) tuned to a program in the average minute. Ratings are expressed as a percent.  More information on ratings is available here.

Share (of Audience): The percent of households (or persons) using television who are tuned to a specific program, station or network in a specific area at a specific time. (See also, Rating, which represents tuning or viewing as a percent of the entire population being measured.)

Fast Affiliate Ratings: These first national ratings, including demographics, are available at approximately 11 AM (ET) the day after telecast, and are released to subscribing customers daily. These data, from the National People Meter sample, are strictly time-period information, based on the normal broadcast network feed, and include all programming on the affiliated stations, sometimes including network programming, sometimes not. The figures may include stations that did not air the entire network feed, as well as local news breaks or cutaways for local coverage or other programming. Fast Affiliate ratings are not as useful for live programs and are likely to differ significantly from the final results, because the data reflect normal broadcast feed patterns. For example, with a World Series game, Fast Affiliate Ratings would include whatever aired from 8-11PM on affiliates in the Pacific Time Zone, following the live football game, but not game coverage that begins at 5PM PT. The same would be true of Presidential debates as well as live award shows and breaking news reports.

Time Shifted Viewing – Program ratings for national sources are produced in three streams of data – Live, Live+Same Day (Live+SD) and Live+7 Day. Time shifted figures account for incremental viewing that takes place with DVRs. Live+Same Day (Live+SD) include viewing during the same broadcast day as the original telecast, with a cut-off of 3:00AM local time when meters transmit daily viewing to Nielsen for processing. Live+7 Day ratings include incremental viewing that takes place during the 7 days following a telecast.

For more information see Numbers 101 and Numbers 102.

  • Mi

    Nikita will probably get adjusted down in the finales and Arrow will be adjusted up in viewership (but not demo.)
    Funny how the audience that watches Arrow reruns on Fridays seems more younger skewing than on Wednesdays, I’d expect less young people to be home on Friday nights. ;)

  • Nick


    That’s pretty bad for ABC’s comedies. At this rate, the only ones we’ll see renewed for next season are The Middle, Modern Family and Suburgatory.

    I doubt that. Last Man Standing still has good enough ratings, and I’m fairly certain one of The Neighbors, Malibu Country, and How to Live With Your Parents (for the Rest of Your Life) will be renewed.

  • Nick


    I believe only Last Man Standing and Malibu Country actually hit season lows.

    Malibu Country was the only one that established a new series low. Last Man Standing & Blue Bloods tied series lows, and 20/20 tied a series low.

  • Jenny

    Malibu Country deserves higher ratings then this it’s actually a good show.

  • Frank


    Sara Rue looked 6 months pregnant because she was 6 months pregnant. They do a poor job of hiding pregnancies on multicams all the time. The Cosby Show, Everybody Love Raymond, How I Met Your Mother, the Modern Family pilot – it’s kind of a sitcom tradition. Would you prefer that ABC had fired her and been forced to pay her $8.5 million like the Price is Right producers had to for one of their models?

    And they wrote the pregnancy in about 6 weeks ago if that makes you feel better. Not to mention that the show has gotten even better the last few episodes. I actually missed last night’s episode because of the A&M game, but I’ll watch in online tonight.

    Gig ’em, Aggies!

  • JJA

    I wouldn’t say Nikita did “well,” but it seems to have done OK (for now). The Arrow re-run probably benefited somewhat from the absence of both Grimm & Fringe.

    Note that since only 6 of 22 Nikita episodes aired this fall, we will probably have 16 straight weeks of NEW Nikita episodes when it returns. In other words, episode 7 to the season finale will very likely air uninterrupted. Hopefully this will help the ratings a bit.

    Still, I really do believe Nikita just needs ONE more season to tell its full story. Luckily, 90210, HOD and Beauty & The Beast are all hovering at the .5 range, so a final Nikita season 4 is realistic.

  • Anon

    LMS is stunt casting Richard Karn next week, FWIW.

    The key statement about LMS is not that the ratings are good but that they are “good enough.” What would ABC replace its Friday comedies with? Weekend Wipeout?

  • david

    I am pretty sure the ABC commedies fell because of the Cotton bowl last night. i think they will go back next week.

  • Alan

    Malibu and Last Man Standing are dead

  • John A

    CW should have aired a new Nikita. It would have got its usual miserable 0.4 anyway.

  • Alexis


    Someone made a calculation about Nikita – it looks like there’ll be one more short (like 3 weeks) break before the end of the season, because if they air the remaining 16 episodes in one block, the season will end in early May. They usually stretch it out til mid-May, so I’m thinking there’ll be that one short break in there somewhere.

    That being said, I’m guessing we’ll have 10-11 episodes in a row (which is a real blessing, with the endless breaks we’re used to!), 3 weeks off, and then the remaining 5 or 6 episodes. There’s usually one last break before the last few episodes (in Season 1 after “Covenant”, in Season 2 after “Power”).

    As for Season 4 – honestly, I don’t even know if I *want* Nikita to go beyond Season 3. I have to see how the rest of the season pans out, and whether there’s more story to tell afterwards. That being said – I’m inclined to believe there’ll be a fourth season unless there’s a significant drop in ratings, for the syndication reasons that have been discussed ad nauseam, and since The CW’s other “bubble” shows are only getting 0.1-0.2 more than Nikita (so it’s not like this show is alone in its sucky ratings).

  • tahina

    I agree BB has lost some luster this season..Tom Selleck fewer lines makes room for grouchy faces and grunting.

  • Dan

    It seems FOX screwed up the curve, just like repeats on Thursday helped Big Bang reach a 6.1. When there is no Fringe or Kitchen Nightmares and people watch FOX, then less people watch Last Man Standing and Malibu Country. I think both comedies will bounce back.

  • David Howell

    Early January is definitely a quirky period, a mixture of new and repeated programming and big numbers from the bowls.

    Malibu Country definitely took a bigger hit from the Cotton Bowl than LMS, regional appeal would appear to explain that one as pointed out earlier in comments. If Happy Endings is saved by the syndication gods I’d not be shocked if both are canceled, if it isn’t (or if it’s saved in a Cougar Town-esque cable transfer) I would expect both to survive unless ABC remove an hour of sitcom time (and the fact they’ve canceled three hour-long shows before Christmas suggests they won’t).

  • Dan

    @Nick – I’m fairly certain that ABC will keep their Friday comedy block for next season along with Shark Tank because both shows aren’t doing horribly. I’m certain ABC will ax The Neighbors and Apartment 23 and renew The Middle, Modern Family and Suburgatory. ABC will likely find a way to save Happy Endings and at the same time How to Live With Your Parents, while Family Tools seems dead.

    ABC won’t throw their Friday night comedies away when ABC has had its best fridays in years. Plus being multi camera shows, they shouldn’t be too expensive to produce.

  • Sam

    I didn’t read all of the comments so this might have been covered but, it is worth noting that on the guide for Comcast it listed both Last Man Standing and Malibu Country as repeats.

    Also, in the DC/Northern VA/Southern MD markets Last Man Standing was preempted for a special on the Redskins QB RGIII.

    I don’t know why TVByTheNumbers didn’t list that in the posting, but I just wanted to make sure and get that out there.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “I don’t know why TVByTheNumbers didn’t list that in the posting, but I just wanted to make sure and get that out there.”

    Because we don’t get notification of local pre-emptions, except sometimes in the case of sporting events.

    And if RGIII is as popular in the DC Area as he seems to be, that pre-emption likely *increased* the time period preliminary rating in DC and would lead to a higher than typical chance for a downward adjustment for LMS in the final ratings.

  • Adien

    Assuming CBS kills The Mentalist, what else would they place at 10pm or shall is say 1030 on Sunday? That slot is really almost like a death slow and pity they gave it Simon Baker

    I would leave it there cause moving anything else would result in near death as well…..

  • silvit


    The can move there either Blue Bloods or CSI:NY and try to launch something out of Undercover Boss on Friday.

  • Ultima

    Assuming CBS kills The Mentalist, what else would they place at 10pm or shall is say 1030 on Sunday?

    You do realize that only four episodes of The Mentalist started at 10:30pm or later due to an NFL doubleheader this season, right?


    If they cut the episodes ordered from 22 to 18 and just aired repeats those weeks, would that cause the other 18 episodes of the show to do better? Would that help the production company make money in syndication? Would that help CBS generate ad revenue?

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