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.

  • Bern

    NO! Malibu Country. Hopefully it adjust up. Last night episode was hilarious.

  • 134sc

    I hope LMS gets renewed, I have really been enjoying this season. At first, I was skeptical of the cast additions and changes, as well as the tweaking of Tim Allen’s character. But once I watched a few episodes and understood the new characters etc. I realized that LMS became a different type of comedy, and in my opinion, is far funnier now then it was last season. I think the episode that really got me was when Boyd wasn’t allowed to play dodgeball. I was laughing a lot watching that episode.

    I read here that Richarn Karn is on next week, if this is true, thats awesome. First of the old HI cast to be on LMS, and I for one am looking forward to it.

  • TheFrenchGuy

    I think an early finale is better for CSI: NY. The Show will continue its Season with a 1.4-1.5 and almost 10 million viewers (Last year hiatus almost killed the Show which got a 1.2 for its Season finale). If it continues like that it’ll get a 10th Season (Blue Bloods is not strong enought to survive without it.

  • JR35

    Decent for Shark Tank against the football. The producer hinted that we may see Barbara and Laurie in the same episode- not sure why it’s taken so long.

  • TheFollowing

    I thought Fringe was on last night.

  • DeanW

    Half hours for CBS ?

  • Networkman

    I don’t understand how CSI:NY performance has anything to do with the renewal of The Mentalist. CBS could simply decided to air The Mentalist on Friday by not having Undercover Boss in the Fall lineup. Undercover Boss could air at midseason to take over CSI:NY since that show would most likely have a shortened season. There is a possiblity CBS could keep all the bubble shows except Vegas, and have two of them with short episode orders.

    8pm The Mentalist
    9pm CSI:NY
    10pm Blue Bloods

    8pm Undercover Boss
    9pm The Mentalist
    10pm Blue Bloods

    7:30pm 60 Minutes
    8:30pm How I Met Your Mother
    9pm The Amazing Race
    10pm Survivor

    7pm 60 Minutes
    8pm The Amazing Race
    9pm Survivor
    10pm The Good Wife

  • CBSviewer

    @ Networkman

    I don’t think CBS will move HIMYM on Sunday and it’ll get a full season order. On the other hand, I agree that CBS could Renew all the Bubble Shows.

    8:00PM – NEW DRAMA / Undercover Boss
    9:00PM – CSI: NY / The Good Wife
    10:00PM – Blue Bloods

    7:00PM – 60 Minutes
    8:00PM – The Amazing Race
    9:00PM – Elementary
    10:00PM – The Mentalist

    I think The Mentalist would get a Season of 19 episodes to make room for a new Show in April like CSI: Miami did last year. On Friday, CSI: NY would get a 15-17 episodes order because CBS certainly want to pair it with Blue Bloods as long as possible. The Good Wife would have 13 episodes for its final season.

  • Ultima

    7:30pm 60 Minutes
    8:30pm How I Met Your Mother
    9pm The Amazing Race
    10pm Survivor


  • P L Sims

    Still cheering for Malibu Country. Do not have to chase the kids out of the living room while we are watching it-love the show and cast.Hope it gets renewed.

  • Ultima


    Not sure why people like you insist that CBS should construct their Sunday lineup based on how it would work for a few weeks in the fall instead of the full 35 week season…

  • Regina Taylor

    I agree with the previous writer. Malibu Country is a good, family comedy that our family watches together. The show has a great cast and Reba and Lilly Tomlin are great together.Hope we hear it is headed for a second season soon.

  • CenterGravity

    Oh crud, I forgot to record LMS. I didn’t think it was coming back until next week. TV Guide lied to me!

  • Daniel

    Dateline did better than what was shown. 1.5 was the average for the two hours but there was a dramatic increase in the second hour.

  • iggy agrimotor

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

    TGIF, Friday Death Slot, Tomato Tomahto.

  • Christina

    Alot of you on here are saying that you didn’t know Last Man Standing & Malibu Country were new. That’s because it said they were repeats. For those who gave up after only a few episodes of Malibu Country……..please give it another chance. It is a great comedy, and every show just needs to a little time to find it’s viewers. The show is actually getting better……….and really good.

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