TV Ratings Friday: 'Fringe' Returns Down, 'Shark Tank', 'Undercover Boss', 'Last Man Standing', 'Malibu Country' Up; Season Highs for 'Blue Bloods' & 'CSI: NY'

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January 12th, 2013

Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 1.6/5 1.6/5 1.2/4 0.9/3 0,3/1
Total Viewers (million) 10.303 6.139 4.766 2.456 0.924


ABC and CBS tied for number one in adults 18-49 while CBS was on top with total viewers.

On ABC, Last Man Standing earned a 1.5, up 7% from last week's 1.4 adults 18-49 rating. Malibu Country garnered a 1.4. up 17% from last week's 1.2 adults 18-49 rating. Shark Tank scored a 2.0, up 11% from last week's 1.8 among adults 18-49. 20/20 notched a 1.5 adults 18-49 rating, up 7% from last week's 1.4.

On CBS, Undercover Boss earned a 1.8 adults 18-49 rating, up  20% from last week's 1.5. CSI:NY scored a  season high 1.6 adults 18-49 rating, up 13% from last week's 1.4. Blue Bloods garnered a season high 1.6. up 23% from last week's 1.3 adults 18-49 rating.

On NBC, a two hour Dateline scored a 1.4, down 7% from last week's 1.5 adults 18-49 rating.

On FOX, Fringe earned a 0.8, down 20% from its last original's 1.0 adults 18-49 rating on December 21.

Overnight broadcast primetime ratings for Friday, January 11, 2013

Time  Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
8:00 CBS Undercover Boss 1.8/6 9.03
ABC Last Man Standing 1.5/5 7.05
FOX Kitchen Nightmares - R 1.0/3 2.49
NBC 1600 Penn - R 0.8/3 3.13
CW Nikita - R 0.3/1 0.96
8:30 ABC Malibu Country 1.4/4 6.15
NBC 1600n Penn - R 0.9/3 2.92
9:00 ABC Shark Tank 2.0/6 6.84
CBS CSI: NY 1.6/5 10.74
NBC Dateline (9-11PM) 1.4/4 5.64
FOX Fringe 0.8/2 2.42
CW Arrow - R 0.3/1 0.89
10:00 CBS Blue Bloods 1.6/5 11.13
ABC 20/20 1.5/4 4.98


via press note:

In late-night metered-market households Friday night:

In Late-Night Metered Markets Friday night:
> * In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The
> Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 3.2/7; CBS's "Late Show with David
> Letterman," 2.7/6; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 2.4/6.
> * In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49
> Wednesday results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 1.0/4; "Late
> Show," 0.6/3; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.8/4.
> * From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET Wednesday night, ABC's "Nightline"
> averaged a 1.5/4 in metered-market households and a 0.5/3 in 18-49 in
> the Local People Meters.
> * Friday season averages heading into this week were: in
> metered-market households, "Tonight," 2.8 rating, 7 share; "Late
> Show," 2.5/6; "Nightline," 3.1/7; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.6/4. In
> the Local People Meters, 18-49 season averages for Friday were:
> "Tonight," 0.9/4; "Late Show," 0.6/3; "Nightline," 1.0/4; "Jimmy
> Kimmel Live," 0.6/3.
> * From 12:35-1:35 a.m. ET, "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.7/5
> in metered-market households) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig
> Ferguson" (1.2/4). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late
> Night" (0.7/4 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.3/2).
> * At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 1.0/4 in
> metered-market households with an encore and a 0.4/3 in adults 18-49
> in the 25 markets with local people meters.


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  • Fake Me Out

    If Fringe could only loose 50% of this audience and get down to a 0.4 it may have a shot at renewal like Nikta …

  • Jimmy

    Blue Bloods skews way old.

    I think a solid sci-fi show would be a great addition for any network on Fridays. Fringe has been too confusing over the past 5 years. A show like X-Files-namely a “family oriented”- would garnered a respectable audience.

    Come on, I NEED a show like X-Files!

    Anyway, I just wanted to make my voice heard…

  • rob60990

    Decent for ABC comedies. Way to go Shark Tank. Paul Lee stated he still wants primetime nightline fridays at 9. Is he a moron?

    Season high for both CBS dramas.

    Lmao at Fringe. Could not be happier to see it still failing even in its undeserved final season.

    Nikita is still in repeats? This show has been off the air longer than on this season. LOL. :D

  • ChannelDante

    I hate Friday night tv. The ratings are so depressing. I love seeing 3.2’s and 15.00 million viewers. Idk…

  • rob60990

    @RJ, there is no official start date for Primetime Nightline and Shark Tank isnt even close to finishing its season. 13 out of its ordered 24 episodes have aired and its in reruns the next 2 weeks. I assume once the comedies are done, Shark Tank moves back to 8 and it will premere around mid March or early April.

  • badman

    fringe’s ratings proves that ratings doesn’t make a show good or bad!
    if it was for ratings fringe had to be canceled since season two.. However it’s an awesome show, an amazing journey coming to an end next week!
    Whoever didn’t have the chance to watch the show had missed one of the best shows in tv..!
    I am glad that FOX despite the bad ratings gave the show the chance to finish it’s story and come to a proper finale!
    As for the 0.8 nobody really cares..! I can’t wait for next weeks finale! Goodbye Fringe, you will be missed..!

  • David Howell

    Well I guess Nikita doing as well on second transmission as first run is a good sign for its future.

    Blue Bloods belatedly starting to justify the back end of *its* arguably undeserved de facto 44-episode order last year.

    How in the world did Fringe survive this long?

  • Dan S

    To those people snarking about Fringes low numbers, so what ? Fans got a 5th season which was basically a gift & too bad if it’s too complex for some people to follow. May your favorite shows that I don’t watch go down in flames in the new year.

  • Dan S

    I just read where CBS’s new summer series by Stephen King Under the Dome will premiere on Monday June 24th. Presumably it’ll be at 10pm in H50’s timeslot. Nice to see some new scripted programming being done over the summer on the major nets.

  • Tessa

    @RJ if Fringe would have stuck with any story instead of rebooting itself every half a season and pulling the rug from under the audience’s feet I may have stuck with it too. For some reason they thought they could slander every story telling rule and call it clever. It pissed me off because there were some stories in there I really liked before the writers decided to stop telling them halfway through. For that reason alone I don’t mind that it is going out with a whimper.

  • Tessa

    @David Howell

    How in the world did Fringe survive this long?

    One of Fox’s bigwigs who wears a mask has a hardon for it.

  • Dennis

    lol at the Fringe Haters!

    I laugh at your stupidity!

    One of the best television shows of all time goes out with a bang next week…did someone say ALT-VERSE?? :) Hell ya!

  • SJ

    I don’t know why ABC doesn’t just go ahead and give Last Man and Malibu Country 6 more episodes each to get them both to 24-episode orders. I thought the point of these multi-cam Fridays was to get them into syndication as soon as possible in order for ABC to see how profitable they are.

    I also don’t get why they’re cramming Nightline into this night when it’s already working as is. Nightline and What Would You Do should be summer shows only, like Wipeout, only appearing in the regular season when there’s a hole to be plugged.

    It is depressing that the season HIGH for both Blue Bloods and CSI: NY is a 1.6, when two years ago it would have gotten them both cancelled. At this rate, I still say they both return next season (not that there’s any doubt about Blue Bloods, really) and The Mentalist gets the boot.

    Fringe, just like Gossip Girl and Private Practice, is exiting on a low note. At least 30 Rock scored a season high yesterday. Hopefully it gets a 2.0 for the series finale, but I’m not holding my breath. As for Fringe, a 1.0 is as high as it is going to get next week.

    It is astounding, though, how many shows have scored low 1s or worse this season: Fringe, CSI: NY, Blue Bloods, The Mentalist, All NBC comedies except The Office and Go On, Private Practice, Happy Endings, Apartment 23, Malibu Country, Last Man Standing, Last Resort, 666 Park, Mob Doctor, Ben & Kate, The Mindy Project, Rock Center, Extreme Makeover… and none of these shows was pulled. Even 666 will air out all its episodes in the summer. The networks’ standards have gotten really, really low.

  • Matthew

    The second episode of 1600 Penn was 10× better than the first

  • Patrick G.

    Wow, FOX should have just let “FRINGE” keep running at Christmastime without the break. It’s ratings probably would have been better! I guess the few fans the show has left didn’t realize it came back last night. Shame. It was an excellent, pivotal episode that started tying up all the loose ends from Day 1.

    @ Tessa….I partially agree with you. The “FRINGE” writers constantly rebooting the show cost them many fans. Iwas pissed off myself a number of times, but the underlying quartet of characters remained intact, and my investment in THEM is what kept me coming back. I nevertheless agree with you that numerous good plot points were suddenly dropped without explanation. If the series had just stuck with the twin universes as Plot B while maintaining procedural storytelling each week, the series would have probably stayed strong, even though my own personal preference is for serialization. FOX moving the show away from its successful Tuesday premiere night was the single biggest mistake they made.

    Oh well. What’s done is done. I look forward to the “FRINGE” finale next week and expect some mind-blowing turn of events, though I think I have the basic plot figured out already. They have certainly hinted at it enough. Time reset, no Observers, Walter dies, and everyone resets and rebirths back to our time, alive and happy, flying a zeppelin off into the sunset at the end over the Twin Towers in the Alternate Universe (figuratively, if not literally, though the latter would be the coolest way to depict the final scene). You will be missed, “FRINGE,” and TVBTN will have lost a big page-view show!

  • BadWolf


    Absolutely no guarantee of this. Personnally, I’d take 5 seasons of the Fringe we have any day over 10 seasons of a procedural Fringe. I guess quality, ambition and courage are more important for me than quantity and the ocean of laziness in which the dozens of procedurals we ALREADY have on screen have sunk. And you think that out of a procedural – a show based on a formula which is used in EVERY episode – and a complex mythology which reinvents itself regularly, the latter is boring ???… Really ??
    And last but not least, I think that, as a paranormal procedural about FBI agents solving bizarre mysteries, Fringe would have badly suffered from the comparison with an older show, which had already taken this path (and in a way more talented way, may I add)… oh, you know… that little 90s show everybody forgot about… hmm… That’s it : The X-Files.


    Undeserved in your opinion, deserved in mine. Who’s right ?
    Besides, if a show you don’t like pulling in bad numbers is a source of happiness for you, well… I really pity you. The word hater is often misused on this site (to the webmasters’s pleasure I’m sure), but it fits you like a glove. Someone rooting this much for something they don’t like to fail is a pure hater. Is it the same for people ? I mean, do you enjoy people you don’t like failing and having difficulties in their life too ?

    Back to the ratings, Fringe has been really failing since the 2nd part of season 3. Fact. Now it’s almost over, what about its legacy ? My So-Called Life, Twin Peaks, Profit were really short-lived, but they’re still fondly remembered and regularly praised 20 years later. I hope (and think) it will be the case for Fringe too.

  • Leondre

    Off topic: Will American Idol be two hours on every Wednesday for the rest of the season?

  • eric

    Good to see csi ny and blue bloods rise a bit tho it’s not surprising since they didn’t have to face college football. It def hurts shows like these. Friday nights are tough. It seems the only programming that does well are big time sports of some nature especially football. The cotton bowl last fri got a 3.5 and had like 12 mil viewers which proves people will watch on fridays if you give them a reason to.

  • Ram510

    LMS and MC are pretty solid. LMS get a lot of viewers I’m sure if it were back on its Tuesday at 8 it would be getting around a 2.0. Definately deserves another season, perhaps on another night

  • BadWolf


    In my book, a show which gets 21 Emmy nominations, 3 of them won by Julianna Margulies, Archie Panjabiand Martha Plimpton, and not counting SAG Awards, Golden Globes and all the others, is a critically acclaimed drama. Not a so-called one. Someone’s a little jealous, it seems…

    And again, as stated many, many times this season, CSI:NY is in its 9th season, thus way more expensive to produce than the younger Good Wife. Plus, there’s absolutely no way to know how CSI:NY would perform in The Good Wife’s timeslot : maybe better, maybe even worse. If comparing the ratings of a 9 seasons show on Fridays with a 4 seasons show on Sundays is not being biased, then I don’t know what being biased mean.

    And finally, when they cancelled CSI:Miami, with numbers over 2.0 and renewed CSI:NY instead, I suppose, following your logic, that they were biased too, but in favor of CSI:NY ? So, if I’m right, biased CBS execs are not a problem for you long as your favorite shows are not threatened !

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