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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  • rob

    Fringe was so good. such a statement on society. you have to have a brain to watch the show. most folks cant follow it. very sad. It is such an exceptional show. you wanna an easy tool to find interesting folks to be friends with? ask them if they watch fringe.

  • Tessa

    @Patrick G.

    but the underlying quartet of characters remained intact,

    Is that true though? Can one say that the amber universe’s Walter who didn’t know Peter and had no emotional attachment to him was the same as the original Walter whom I partly loved due to his paternal feelings? It was when I realized the original cast was replaced with their copycats that I lost my interest in the show.

    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,

    This is true. I too am a fan of serialization and in the days I watched the show it was the twin universe story (Altlivia and Walternate) that kept me coming back.

  • David Howell

    CSI NY’s economics are probably driven more by its ratings outside the US, and the prospects in terms of more episodes for domestic reruns, than the numbers it gets for CBS in the Friday night wasteland. In my mind, those airings are basically to fill a schedule gap, and the show’s new episodes exist to make money elsewhere.

    Which isn’t the worst of business models, and CBS have perfected it in the past – all three CSI shows have been amongst the world’s most-watched scripted series at one time or another. (I wonder if TBBT is anywhere near that distinction now?) It does mean that most of the CBS veteran shows are slightly camouflaged from the bear – a protective cloak gifted from the syndication gods, perhaps?

  • Tessa

    I don’t know what to think of someone commenting on other people’s brain capacity when they can’t get such things as grammar and capitalization right in their post.

  • E

    I don’t care that the 18-49 rating is less than 2. It’s still remarkable that Blue Bloods can get over 11000 viewers on a weekly basis on Friday Nights. Not many scripted shows would be able to achieve that.

  • E

    11 million

  • david

    Good to see the ABC commedies back from last week. I new they would be up again. and great for Shark Tank too.

  • Adien

    CSI NY near 11 million viewers, its ain;t bad for a Friday night, if only a few more younger viewers tune in. But i won;t be surprise if this is their final season. Friday night is ripe for a retooling!

  • Dahne

    I am sorry to see Fringe’s numbers so low. I haven’t always been delighted with the series. Killing the characters’ memories of Peter after the machine was a huge mistake in my opinion. It was the characters’ relationships that pulled me, and it appears many others, through some rocky storytelling in parts. I am not surprised that its ratings dipped when those relationships were compromised. Still it has been a great show with characters I actually care about so I want it to go out big.

    As for those saying Fringe was too smart and that’s why it didn’t do well, I have middle school students who watch it and are perfectly capable of following the story. I think fans just want to think it’s too smart to feel superior in the face of lousy ratings. Really it’s just Fan Excuse Bingo.

  • Tyson

    CBS’s practice of canceling shows without providing final seasons is proving to be correct. The other four broadcast networks have shown some loyalty by offering final seasons of Chuck, One Tree Hill, The Office, 30 Rock, Private Practice and Fringe.

    The audience is not repaying that loyalty by watching live. The morale of the story is that, while the public says it wants closure, networks should produce no more than one extra episode to provide said closure since the viewers won’t return for more than one episode.

  • Hepha

    CBS has to keep both CSI NY and Blue Bloods next season ! They’re doing great !

  • thesnowleopard

    Ouch at Fringe. If it were just a matter of ratings, the final seasons of shows like Chuck (which, yes, I liked, too, but it didn’t exactly go out with a roar, did it?), Gossip Girl and Fringe, let alone a huge flop like Dollhouse, would, I think, be a strong argument against shortened final seasons. However, since these final half-seasons usually occur due to other factors, like studio hopes for syndication and Netflix revenue, I’m curious to see how the short-term and long-term factors balance out in the future. Will these short last seasons continue as a trend? I don’t know, but they look pretty unsuccessful on balance, at least in the short-term of live broadcast ratings.

    As for that sad Fan Excuse Bingo “My show was too intelligent to live!” cry, well, the crazier Fringies only have a week left in which that’s relevant, so I guess they’re going to milk it.

  • RJ


    Read this article (http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/2012/08/21/jimmy-kimmel-live-moving-to-1135pm-nightline-to-follow-at-1235am/145618/) and tell me I’m wrong again. Try doing research before you tell me I’m wrong.

  • GARY

    As a Nikita fan I’m pleased to see it tied Arrow in the demo
    and had a few more viewers to boot.

  • martin

    i like 1600 Penn

  • rick

    Malibu Country is so bad it’s unreal. Just awful, awful television. I question anyone who praises garbage like it.

  • rob60990

    @RJ, ok sorry. I completely forgot about that article. Then I assume the comedies will keep airing until all episodes are completed and Shark Tank will go back to 8.

  • Craig

    I don’t think it’d be fair to compare Nikita and Arrow here… and I like Nikita, but hardly anyone saw the Nikita ep the first time around, so it was practically “new.”

    I don’t recall what Arrow ep was on last night but it is probably on its 3rd run already.

  • TVlover


    Just curious if you are the line producer on either TGW or CSI NY and actually know the pattern? Truth is, NY’s budget has not increased over the last two seasons. The cost have, but they’ve been forced to absorb those overages into the existing bottom line. TGW however has continued to increase in cost and offers a fraction of the syndication revenue that the CSI juggernaut does. Don’t count CSI NY out of season 10 just yet — there is a considerable about of chatter around the network brass to keep the Friday night line up intact. If Golden Boy tanks, as its expected to, there is a strong chance CSI NY will be back. Likely for a smaller order, but on the schedule none the less.

  • Networkman

    @Badwolf, I am one who watched a couple episodes during the first season but did not became of a fan of the show until later. At first I felt that it would simply be a weak clone/copycat of X-Files. Watching a paranormal procedural about the monster of the week did not interest me. But Fringe has turned into something truly incredible. I really applaud the show’s creator. The complex mythology is intriguing. It is refreshing to watch this show on Friday nights. It is something totally different than what is being offerred on the other networks. For me, what was once forgettable has turned into a memorable, top notch program that should become a cult classic.

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