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.


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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.

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  • DonJ1973

    I know CSI: NY is running on fumes right now and it’s unlikely that it will come back for a 10th season, I’d like CBS to greenlight at least a 13 episode 10th season so the show can at least get to 200 episodes. Plus, the show is still a money maker for CBS in syndication, overseas and DVD sales.

  • Adien


    I may be wrong but I think the Mentalist rarely started on time (10pm) every Sunday and the issue today very few people except their die hard fans would wait around for a show to start…….

    Moving CSi NY or Blue Blood there to launch a new show at 9pm is an alternative but not sure what it can achieve

    For CBS, i wouldn;t touch Friday or Sunday for new dramas, can;t think of any that have succeeded. Last seasons, Patrick Wilson’s drama was good but nobody watched it.Pity

    Best to leave their best new shows to strengthen the rest of the week, esp Wed where their line up is kinda “old” and tuesday at 10pm

    Original CSi could easily move back to 9pm Friday and give the night a boost!

  • Ultima

    I may be wrong but I think the Mentalist rarely started on time (10pm) every Sunday and the issue today very few people except their die hard fans would wait around for a show to start…….

    It started late nationally only four times during the fall.

    Late regional games can push the start times back, but those only affect a handful of Eastern/Central markets, which vary each time, and the delays are usually only a few minutes.

    Also, the problem is not that people don’t want to wait around for the show to start, as you suggest. 60 Minutes, The Amazing Race and The Good Wife all do better on doubleheader weeks despite the 30-60 minute delay to their start times.

    The problem is that when a show airs well beyond the typical end of primetime, it’s going to take a hit.

    What should CBS do? They can cut the episode order and air repeats, they can air repeats and schedule originals against heavy competition like the Academy Awards and Super Bowl, or they can just air the episodes at 10:30pm and take the unavoidable ratings hit in stride.

  • Dan

    @Adien – CBS can’t cut the Mentalist’s order. Correct me if I’m wrong but WB owns the Mentalist so If there’s a certain number of episodes contracted for this season then CBS has to produce them. Unlike Medium and CSI NY whos episode orders could be cut because CBS owns them.

    The Mentalist will have 22 episodes and if CBS wants to bring it back next season it can or they could cancel it.

  • Adien


    Makes sense, i am on EST so I have the impression that it never starts on time!

    22 episode order still make sense, just air them straight through without repeats from Feb onwards or against heavy competition and like you say repeats on weeks where there are overruns

  • CBSviewer

    I know Im repeating what i just said but CSI: NY is very stable and it was a good idea to Renew it instead of Miami last year.
    I think it still has chances to return next season because:
    – All the cast signed until season 10 so it means no increase for the production cost.
    – The Show airs on Friday for 3 years and it’s doing as good as The Good Wife and The Mentalist.
    – 200 episodes is better for syndication.
    – The Show is still watched by almost 10 million viewers.
    – There is no reasons for CBS to Renew The Mentalist because they don’t own it and it’s doing poorly even at 10.

  • Liam


    CBS can cut the Mentalists order. They air the show and decide what the episode order is.

  • CBSviewer

    @ Liam

    I don’t think The Mentalist episode order will be cut. If the Show is Renewed it’ll get at most 20 episodes.

  • RyanCanada

    ekk worried for blue blood but cant see it cancelled so close to syndication

  • Dan

    @Liam – if a network is contracted to a certain amount of episodes, unless they negotiate the order before hand. If a show isn’t owned by a network like NBC Universal owned House or WB owns Fringe, an episode order is Made up before the season begins. Obviously networks can cut orders to new shows but I don’t think CBS can cut The Mentalists order. WB would lose $$ in syndication.

  • forg

    LMS is just down a tenth from 1.5 that it has been normally getting so i think it’s still safe for now

  • Dan

    Even if CBS could cut the episode order. They wouldnt do it now because their schedule for spring is less packed than recent years, spring 2011 specifically. They have 1 midseason drama Golden Boy and 1 reality show The Job which fits into the schedule perfectly. The only show with no premiere date is Friend Me and with Rules joining Mondays, and Thursdays packed with full Men and Bang seasons, I wouldnt be suprised if it gets a summer burnoff alongside the cancelled Partners remaining eps.

  • Cliff Macke

    Don’t get me wrong..I am a Reba Fan but this show is just bad…her acting is hard to watch…she acts too animated to take her serious and this is NOT a good vehicle for Lilly either..I can only believe that ABC expected it to flop right away or they wouldn’t have put it on Friday’s…Tim Allen’s show MIGHT be saved if they get it off Friday’s but at least…despite the casting changes the show is still solid acting wise…where as Reba show would be best served to become an animated feature…can they make her hair any more red..looks good for being near 60 but I think…her fans like me are saying been there seen that already.

  • rob60990

    “I can only believe that ABC expected it to flop right away or they wouldn’t have put it on Friday’s”

    Wrong, they wanted to re-establish TGIF. Paul Lee has stated he wanted to bring back Friday comedies ever since ABC hired him.

  • Tim


    That’s because she is pregnant…

  • JP

    Great numbers for the Cotton Bowl. A lot of it had to do with Johnny “Football” Manziel. From winning the Heisman to his story of overcoming the odds.

  • Cj morton

    Woah I didn’t know there were new episodes. Now I feel personally responsible for the disappointed ratings for last man, Malibu and csi ny! :(

  • K


    They don’t need Vegas when they have Elementary

  • Hugh

    CSI NY keeps outperforming Blue Bloods, which leans me to think CBS will keep NY on as a lead in for BB. Thats bad news for the Mentalist or Good Wife.

  • Tough Preds

    Even on a down week LMS and MC still look a whole lot better than ABC’s Tuesday comedies Apt. 23 and HE. Viewership wise both shows were still in their range so this really wasn’t even a bad week for them, just the demos dropped because of the Cotton Bowl competition.

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