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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  • K

    Fringe can’t end soon enough. It could not even keep an audience after a repeat of Kitchen Nightmares, lol


    Don’t like the fact that unscripted took 8-10

    CSI NY & BB really skew old

  • Sydney Sims

    Our family loves Malibu Country. We watch it together. Cash is my favorite-just like a teenager with teenage problems. Hope it stays on tv for a lot of seasons and hope to hear it is renewed soon. Hope they give it all the episodes it deserves and ABC is smart enough to keep it on the air.Always love Reba in whatever she does.

  • Joe Flacco

    Last Man Standing is doing real good this year, I never would’ve imagine it would be doing over 7 million viewers on Fridays before the season started.

    MC is hanging in there and still doing really well compared to Apt. 23 and HE. I have no doubts about it coming back next season. ABC needs to add another couple of multi-cams to the block next season.

  • Nick

    Nice for LMS & MC. Hopefully, they stay that way.

    Great for the CBS shows! I’m just starting to get into them, and I hope these ratings are good enought for CSI: NY to get renewed.

  • Austin

    Wow. CSI: NY actually reached CSI: Miami ratings.

  • Joe Flacco

    I’m wondering with CSI: NY since its still a strong show if CBS will just keep it next season with Blue Bloods. These new shows keep bombing out it might be hard to duplicate CSI: NY’s ratings.

  • Richard Steven Hack

    Of course Fringe returns down. And the episode was pathetically slow. More moping and slow motion acting – it’s been amazing to watch how they’re just TRYING TO FILL the 45 minutes without actually DOING anything. I’ve never seen anything like it on TV before.

    This season’s sole purpose has been to fill out 13 more episodes for the syndication and they’ve used every trick in the book to do it. The end result is an agonizingly bad season.

  • forg

    I agree with the commenter if LMS stayed on Tuesdays, it would have been doing low 2s there, I always felt like it would perform similarly to The Middle, not a breakout but a solid self starter that could grow over time. Malibu Country is a perfect match as well to LMS and DWTS Results. I love Happy Endings and Apartment 23 but they from the get-go I knew that Tuesday block would fail. Anyway, I hope ABC will keep the Friday sitcoms for next season

  • Sigourney

    Jimmy, that’s because the older viewers know quality when they see it (spoken by a 31 year old). The younger viewers love crap!

  • CBSviewer

    Can someone publish the half hours numbers for CBS ?

  • Nick


    if LMS stayed on Tuesdays, it would have been doing low 2s there

    I’m not so sure about that. It would be up against NCIS, a ratings juggernaut that appeals to the same audience: older men. Plus, The Voice crushes everything in is path.
    ABC made the right decision in moving it to Fridays. It was pretty easy to guess that it would be getting ratings similar to what it’s getting now. On Tuesdays, there’s just too many variables. It could’ve done really good, yes, but it also could’ve flopped.

  • Joe Flacco

    I actually think that NBC should move their multi-cams to Tuesdays its more wide open on that night than Wednesdays.

    ABC is doing really well with their comedies on Fridays, they know they can get even bigger numbers earlier in the week but if they’re trying to build back TGIF then they need to keep them there.

  • Granpa Radox

    LOL Fringe fans are so full of themselves, they think they are so smart, and they can’t even see the blatant PARADOX: you can’t use September’s son to wipe the Observers out of existence, because September is an Observer too, and he’d get wiped out too, he wouldn’t exist, so no September’s son.
    No Observers, no way to wipe them out: do you get it? It’s called The Grandfather Paradox.

    Is your show going to avoid it by pulling yet another reboot, and end its run in a brand new no-Observers Mauve Universe where Olivia is a brunette and Peter a dolphin? :D

    Your show isn’t smart, it’s just nonsensical, so stop patronizing.

  • Lucas

    Talking about Fringe now is like kicking a dead dog that actually got a good funeral. Also, I can’t believe you’re criticizing the one network show who dared doing anything different. That’s why cable TV is hot right now and network is dying: network doesn’t go all in. They don’t try bold ideas, they try lamer versions of bold ideas, which are made mush by standards created to ensure no one hates the shows, but which end up making them also unlovable. No loyal audiences. Pure passing, hot-new-show-of-the-month curious watchers. Shows made with the logic of a summer blockbuster, forgetting that you actually have to keep the audience for longer than 2 hours in this side of media.

    Fringe may not work perfectly, or even at all for some, but I bet that if network had more of these, there would be way more hits.

  • tscchope

    Fringe got pulled from Tuesdays because Fox wasn’t getting the ratings it wanted. By sticking with Fringe, it meant that other bold experiments weren’t tried – but then bold experiments and networks don’t really go together. Fringe may yet sink further when the finals are in.

    I’m amused that repeats of Nikita are getting the same ratings as original episodes. Seems to be a show people will watch over and over again, which must be good for syndication.

  • Ruan

    It’s such a pity that this has happened to “Fringe”. By far the best drama in a long, long time has been destroyed by the network’s poor scheduling. Anyway, none of that matters anymore. The series finale is coming soon, and the story has taken a very interesting direction this season. I really want to see how it will end. I already have the season 1 DVD, it’s time I start buying the others.

  • Granpa Radox

    LOL still patronizing

    OUAT, POI, Grey’s Anatomy, Supernatural… lots of network dramas do have a loyal and even fanatic audience. Supernatural is on the CW, and it’s still pulling better numbers than Fringe.

    And networks do try something different, sometimes it works (OUAT) sometimes it doesn’t (Awake)

  • David Howell

    I wonder how much merit there is in truncated final seasons being 3-5 episodes rather than 13? It always seems that the series finale pulls in big numbers, and the preceding episodes don’t… I get that there’s syndication to consider, but if a show’s already on 88, is 91 really a harder sell than 101, of which 10 are pure filler?

    Then those final episodes can be used as spackle, instead of occupying a slot for half a season. Heck, they could make good end-of-summer hit material against reruns to promote the fall schedule.

  • Matt


    I’m in no means criticizing you or attacking you (like many people do.) I’m simply curious. You always rag on Fringe, but your posts make it clear that you actually watch the show…If you don’t like it, why do you watch?

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