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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  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    ” 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?”

    Pretty much any scripted show (not just CBS) past its second season has to be given more than the typical latitude when it comes to the prediction of its potential cancellation. In certain cases, a lot more latitude.

  • JR35

    Yay for Shark Tank- but next week looks like a rerun. Why so soon after just two new episodes?

  • Networkman

    @Dahne, I don’t feel Fringe is too smart for viewers but it does require audiences to have patience and a great attention span. I just got my mother to watch this final season and she told me last night about how this show requires alot of thinking. She stated if it were not for me she would not watch. Yet she really enjoyed the episode. My mother is really intelligent but I understood what she meant. When watching TV on Friday night she didn’t expect to really have to follow or focus on a show so intently as one has to for Fringe. One can not be distracted. It does not spoon feed viewers as some dramas do. One really has to be willing to immerse themself in the journey.

    Lastly, John Noble has been brilliant. With this show not being really action oriented, one can really focus on the amazing performance given by Mr. Noble. The emotions that he provokes just simply by a look is ridiculous. It would be an act of stupidity, if he is snubbed again this year by Emmys. In my eyes, that show would have really lost its credibility.

  • Dan

    Nice job Shark Tank, I guess LMS and MC are gonna average out a 1.5 for the next few eps

  • Ike

    @Jimmy said: “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.”

    Jimmy, you’re nuts. If you liked X-Files then you’re a fan of the KING of confusing shows, unlike Fringe, a show with a mostly logical and clear mythology (if you pay attention and don’t miss crucial episodes). X-Files had some good monster-of-the-week episodes but its ongoing storylines a.k.a. “mythology” were pigeon crap. The really terrible thing about X-Files and its nonsensical gibberish mythology is that it was NEVER INTENDED to make any sense — the showrunner, Chris Carter, blew off the concept of “closure” for storylines and basically gave the audience the middle finger. It is truly a real conspiracy theory drama because it follows the dead-end information strategy of conspiracy theorists: Nonsensical information overload. It drowns you in information (most of which is garbage) and conflicting theories and storylines until you either don’t care anymore or you’re too confused to unravel it (not that there IS anything FOR you to unravel), but there is never any real resolution.

    Anyway, how is a show with gruesome images like XF “family-oriented?” Where do you get that crazy idea?

    Much of the potential sci-fi audience is BORED with sci-fi procedurals. We want serialized shows. We want shows that you would consider “confusing,” but also shows with resolution.

    Check out the reruns of Fringe on Tuesday nights on the Science Channel (NOT Syfy).

  • Bitter Ringer Fan

    ouch at Fringe, i hope it can get a 1.5 for the series finale :(

  • Jamie

    @ Rick

    I certainly don’t think Malibu Country is groundbreaking television, but I don’t understand why some people think it’s so awful. I got suckered into watching it because I look after my Dad on Friday nights and he’s a huge Reba fan. I thought I would hate it, but I find myself laughing quite a bit each week. I think it’s just trying to be an old fashioned family sitcom and it succeeds at that. Does it seem like a show that could be from 30 years ago? Yes, but I think that’s the point. And I’m ok with it because I still think some of those old sitcoms hold up.

    When shows try to hard to be edgy you end up with shows with plenty of vulgarity but no laughs like 2 Broke Girls or Two and Half Men. And then there are shows that try so hard to be hip and different that sometimes promote some smiles, but are also basically laugh free like Happy Endings or Suburgatory. Personally, I’m hoping Last Man Standing and Malibu Country get renewed because otherwise I’ll be subjected to watching more reruns of NCIS and that has to be one of the stupidest shows in the history of television.

  • Cass rowland

    1600 penn is awful horrible telelevishion

  • DeanW

    CSI: NY will be Renewed :)

  • psychic

    Fringe is hilariously bad in this final season.
    I’m gearing up for the last episode to be the worst series finale of all time.

  • Tested

    Loved Fringe last night. At the risk of sounding like someone playing “fan excuse bingo”… I think being off for a few weeks probably didn’t help the ratings. Having a repeat of Kitchen Nightmares as a lead in didn’t help. I think a lack of high rated programming for Fox to promote it in early in the week didn’t help either. Of course.. the show just isn’t as popular as it once was. There just aren’t nearly as many people following the storyline as there used to be. The ratings we see are the real “core” fans like me who have watched every episode from season one and probably more than once.

    In other words.. there are a lot of reasons why the ratings were so low last night. My guess is that next week’s series finally will tick up some simply due to the fact it’s the last one and Fox will probably promote it some during fairly high rated American Idol episodes.

    Can’t wait to see how they bring this great show to a conclusion.

  • Mi

    @ethan and @Gary unlike previous weeks, this is the 2nd rerun of the same Arrow episode this week (talk about overkill..) and I think that is the reason for the not so high total viewers.
    Overall though, if the 0.3 of today holds in the finales, it means both reruns combined had a ratings of 0.8, not too shabby for an episode that originally had a 1.0 ratings (Year’s End.)

  • DD

    Well done Blue Bloods! 11 million total viewers 10pm Friday is pretty good, not amazing but still a solid result. Hope Fringe ticks up for the finale next week.

  • dref22

    @RJ about Fringe – Same!

  • DeanW

    I have only one question: Why The CW airs only repeats of Arrow on Friday at 9 ? Are they trying to kill it ?

  • Mi

    @DeanW they aired repeats at Wednesdays too this month and starting from next week B&tB and then TCD replace Arrow in the Friday reruns.

  • Kyle

    LMS and MC are going to be around this 1.4-1.7 range throughout this season. Not bad actually for either shows. They are both very compatible with each other.


  • FistToTheFishFace86

    Nice to see Fringe sink to yet another embarrassing low. Where it belongs, of course. FOX deserves whatever they get for keeping this garbage running.

  • Bumfuzzled

    Looks like Kimmel will have to do a lot more trash talking to over take Leno. Kimmel is a Stern wanna be and much like Stern, will do anything to trash Leno.

  • byefringe:(

    So many Fringe haters on here.LOL! looking forward to next weeks finale. 2.4 million viewers and guess what, I was one of them. Got to get back to the Fringe marathon on science channel.

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